Mr. Mason is a Managing Director in the Ares Public IR and Corporate Communications Group, where he focuses on U.S. direct lending and real estate investor relations. 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.