Mr. Mason is a Partner and Co-Head of Public Markets Investor Relations in the Ares Public Markets Investor Relations and Corporate Communications Group, where he focuses on the investor relations activities for Ares Management. 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.