Mr. Ward is a Partner and Portfolio Manager in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on investing capital in publicly traded equities. Prior to joining Ares in 2016, Mr. Ward 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, specialty finance and small-cap banks. Mr. Ward serves on the Advisory Board for the Department of Finance at Southern Illinois University. Mr. Ward holds an M.B.A. from Saint Louis University and a B.S. from Southern Illinois University in Finance.