Mr. McDearis is a Managing Director in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on the group's commercial finance platform. Prior to re-joining Ares in 2021, Mr. McDearis was a Managing Director at Monroe Capital, where he focused on cash flow and enterprise value investments. Previously, Mr. McDearis was a Managing Director at AloStar Capital, where he focused on asset based and specialty finance investments. In addition, Mr. McDearis was a Principal in the Credit Group at Ares Management Corporation, where he focused on the group's commercial finance platform. Mr. McDearis serves on the board of the Atlanta chapter of the Turnaround Management Association. Mr. McDearis holds a B.B.A., cum laude, from the University of Georgia in Finance. He is an active member of ACG (Association for Corporate Growth) and the Secured Finance Network.