Mr. Mason is a Managing Director in the Ares Public Markets Investor Relations and Corporate Communications Group, where he focuses on U.S. direct lending and real estate investor relations. Mr. Mason is a member of the Ares Equity Income Opportunity Strategy Portfolio Review Committee. Prior to joining Ares in 2016, Mr. Mason was a Managing Director at KBW and Stifel Financial where he was a Senior Equity Analyst with a focus on business development companies. Previously, he was a Senior Equity Analyst at A.G. Edwards where he focused on BDCs, mortgage servicers, asset managers and life insurance companies. Mr. Mason holds an M.B.A. from Saint Louis University and a B.S. from Southwest Baptist University. Mr. Mason is also a CFA® charterholder.