JR Wetzel

Newport Beach

Mr. Wetzel is a Managing Director and Vice Chairman, Industrial in the Ares Real Estate Group, where he focuses on U.S. industrial real estate equity. He also serves on the Ares Real Estate Group's Combined Industrial Advisors Committee (CIAC) Investment Committee. Prior to joining Ares in 2021, he was a Vice Chairman Industrial at Black Creek Group, where he was responsible for overseeing the strategic development of the firm's industrial holdings. Previously, Mr. Wetzel was Managing Partner of PGP Partners, Inc., a company he founded in 2000. In addition, he was Chief Operating Officer at Pacific Gulf Properties and served in various leadership real estate positions at companies including Industrial Developments International (IDI) and Insignia O'Donnell. Mr. Wetzel holds a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College in Economics and an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California in Real Estate Finance.