ACF Our Team

Our Team

LOCATION
  • Atlanta
  • Chicago
  • Colorado
  • Los Angeles
  • San Francisco
  • Tarrytown
  • Williamsville

Name

First Name

Last Name

Role Title

Role Title

Location

Location

David Braff

Principal

San Francisco

David

Braff

Principal

San Francisco

 

David Braff - Principal

Mr. Braff is a Principal in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on the group’s Commercial Finance platform. Prior to joining Ares in 2015, Mr. Braff was a Vice President at First Capital, LLC, where he focused on business development. Mr. Braff holds a B.A., cum laude, from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Business Economics and an M.B.A. from the University of San Francisco in Finance.

Frederick Bubeck

Principal, Controller of Commercial Finance

Tarrytown

Frederick

Bubeck

Principal, Controller of Commercial Finance

Tarrytown

 

Frederick Bubeck - Principal, Controller of Commercial Finance

Mr. Bubeck is a Principal and Controller, Commercial Finance in the Ares Finance Department. Prior to joining Ares in 2014, Mr. Bubeck was the Chief Financial Officer at Keltic Financial Services. Previously, Mr. Bubeck worked at SND Electronics, where he focused on bank relationships, finance, accounting, human resources, information technology and administration services. Mr. Bubeck holds a B.S. from the University at Albany in Accounting. Mr. Bubeck holds a CPA license and is additionally a Chartered Accountant (Ontario, Canada).

Ryan S. Cascade

Partner, Head of Ares Commercial Finance

Tarrytown

Ryan S.

Cascade

Partner, Head of Ares Commercial Finance

Tarrytown

 

Ryan S. Cascade - Partner, Head of Ares Commercial Finance

Mr. Cascade is a Partner and Head of Ares Commercial Finance in the Ares Credit Group and serves as a member of the Ares Credit Group’s Commercial Finance Investment Committee and the Ivy Hill Asset Management Investment Committee. Previously, he was employed by Ivy Hill Asset Management as a Managing Director and Co-President beginning in July 2010. Prior to joining Ares in 2006, Mr. Cascade was a Vice President in Risk and Originations at GE Global Sponsor Finance, where he focused on originating and structuring middle market private equity and leveraged finance transactions. In addition, Mr. Cascade was a Senior Accountant at Coopers & Lybrand LLP. Mr. Cascade holds a B.A., summa cum laude, from Michigan State University in Accounting and Finance and an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Lawrence Chua

Principal

Tarrytown

Lawrence

Chua

Principal

Tarrytown

 

Lawrence Chua - Principal

Mr. Chua is a Principal in the Ares Commercial Finance Operations Group where he focuses on direct lending as well as certain strategic and investor relations matters. Prior to joining Ares in 2016, Mr. Chua was Managing Director and Head of Underwriting at Full Circle Advisors, LLC, the investment adviser for a publicly-traded business development company and certain private funds, where he focused on originating, underwriting, executing and monitoring a broad range of middle-market debt, and to a lesser extent, equity investments. Mr. Chua was a member of the Investment Committee of Full Circle Capital Corporation, a publicly-traded business development company, and was a board member or board observer for several portfolio companies. Previously, Mr. Chua was a Founder and Partner at J Lawrence Group, LLC, where he managed all aspects of the internet-based household services company until its sale to a strategic buyer. In addition, he held finance and risk management roles at various groups within GE Capital including the Office of the CEO, GE Consumer Finance, GE Capital Real Estate and GE Commercial Finance. Mr. Chua is a graduate of GE’s Financial Management Program and is Six Sigma Green Belt certified. Mr. Chua holds a B.S. from Cornell University in Textile and Apparel Management and an M.P.S. from Cornell University in Applied Economics and Management.

Joseph Ciciola

Principal

Tarrytown

Joseph

Ciciola

Principal

Tarrytown

 

Joseph Ciciola - Principal

Mr. Ciciola is a Principal in the Ares Commercial Finance Operations Group. Prior to joining Ares in 2014, Mr. Ciciola was a Vice President at Keltic Financial Services, where he focused on managing a portfolio of direct loan assets, including underwriting, workouts, and liquidations. Previously, Mr. Ciciola was a Vice President at Greystone Business Credit, where he focused on managing a portfolio of direct loan assets. He also was an Assistant Vice President at Webster Business Credit, where he served as a loan officer and administrator, field examiner, collateral and operations analyst. Mr. Ciciola holds a B.A. from Pace University’s Lubin School of Business in Business Administration.

William Drmacich

Principal

Atlanta

William

Drmacich

Principal

Atlanta

 

William Drmacich - Principal

Mr. Drmacich is a Principal in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on the group’s Commercial Finance platform. Prior to joining Ares in 2014, he was a Senior Vice President at Renasant Bank. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President at Capital Business Credit. In addition, he has served as a Senior Vice President at AloStar Business Credit, Regions Banks and CIT. Mr. Drmacich holds B.S. from the State University of New York at Buffalo in Business Management. He also holds an M.B.A in Finance from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Fred Ernst

Principal

Atlanta

Fred

Ernst

Principal

Atlanta

 

Fred Ernst - Principal

Mr. Ernst is a Principal in the Ares Commercial Finance Operations Group. Prior to joining Ares in 2015, Mr. Ernst was a Vice President at First Capital, LLC, where he focused on ABL commercial lending. Mr. Ernst holds a B.B.A. from the University of Cincinnati in Finance.

James Franz

Managing Director

Williamsville

James

Franz

Managing Director

Williamsville

 

James Franz - Managing Director

Mr. Franz is a Managing Director in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on the group’s Commercial Finance platform. He is a member of the Ares Credit Group’s Commercial Finance Investment Committee. Prior to joining Ares in 2014, Mr. Franz was an Executive Vice President and National Marketing Director at Keltic Financial Services, where he focused on loan origination. Mr. Franz holds a B.A. from St. Bonaventure University in Accounting.

Matt Grimes

Managing Director

Los Angeles

Matt

Grimes

Managing Director

Los Angeles

 

Matt Grimes - Managing Director

Mr. Grimes is a Managing Director in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on the group’s Commercial Finance platform. He is a member of the Ares Credit Group’s Commercial Finance Investment Committee. Prior to joining Ares in 2015, Mr. Grimes was a Chief Restructuring Officer at CRG Partners, where he focused on liquidations. Mr. Grimes holds a B.A. from The University of California, Berkeley in Social Science and an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California in Finance. Mr. Grimes is a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA®).

Fridolf Hanson

Principal

Tarrytown

Fridolf

Hanson

Principal

Tarrytown

 

Fridolf Hanson - Principal

Mr. Hanson is a Principal in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on the group’s Commercial Finance platform. His experience includes originating, structuring and executing leveraged finance structures for middle market sponsored and non-sponsored transactions, including senior first lien term loans, bifurcated term loans, unitranche facilities, second lien notes, mezzanine debt and equity co-investments. Prior to joining Ares in 2017, Mr. Hanson was a Director at LBC Credit Partners where he was responsible for originating, structuring and negotiating new private investments in the New York and New England marketplaces. Previously, Mr. Hanson was a Senior Vice President of Business Development at the Royal Bank of Scotland, where he was responsible for originating new senior debt transactions related to acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, refinancings and corporate growth. In addition, Mr. Hanson worked in senior business development roles at Wells Fargo Foothill and GE Commercial Finance. Mr. Hanson holds a B.A. from the University of Colorado with a double major in Eastern and Central European Affairs and History, and an M.B.A. from Wake Forest University’s Babcock Graduate School of Management.

Jerry Jansen

Principal

Atlanta

Jerry

Jansen

Principal

Atlanta

 

Jerry Jansen - Principal

Mr. Jansen is a Principal in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on the group’s Commercial Finance platform. Prior to joining Ares in 2016, Mr. Jansen was a Senior Vice President at Capital One Business Credit Corp., where he focused on business development. Previously, Mr. Jansen was a Managing Director at Wells Fargo Capital Finance, where he focused on business development. In addition, Mr. Jansen has held business development roles at AloStar Business Credit, Fleet Capital Corp. and GE Capital Commercial Finance. Mr. Jansen holds a B.B.A. from the University of Memphis and an M.B.A. from Samford University.

Sridharan Kannan

Principal

Tarrytown

Sridharan

Kannan

Principal

Tarrytown

 

Sridharan Kannan - Principal

Mr. Kannan is a Principal in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on the group's Commercial Finance platform. Prior to joining Ares in 2016, Mr. Kannan was a Director at Cowen Group, where he covered and provided investment banking services to financial sponsors. Previously, he worked at Goldman Sachs in the Leveraged Finance Group, where he was one of the original members of the Middle Market Financing Group, raising capital through syndicated loans and high yield bonds for middle market financial sponsor-owned companies. In addition, Mr. Kannan was a Director at Loughlin Meghji + Co., where he focused on corporate restructuring advisory services, a Principal at Global Infrastructure Partners, where he focused on investments in the waste management sector, and was a Director at Credit Suisse, where he covered financial sponsors, raising debt and equity capital and providing mergers and acquisitions advisory services to private equity-backed companies. Mr. Kannan began his career as an Associate in the Energy Group at Jefferies. Mr. Kannan holds an M.S. from Clemson University in Mechanical Engineering and an M.B.A from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business in Finance.

David Mazar

Principal

Colorado

David

Mazar

Principal

Colorado

 

David Mazar - Principal

Mr. Mazar is a Principal Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on the group’s Commercial Finance platform. Prior to joining Ares, Mr. Mazar was a Director at W.G. Nielsen & Co, where he focused on arranging senior and mezzanine debt financings for clients. Previously, Mr. Mazar was a Director in the Commercial and Specialty Finance Group of Capital One, where he focused on originating asset-based financings. Prior to that, Mr. Mazar was a Senior Vice President for Bank of America Business Capital, where he focused on originating asset-based and leveraged cash flow financings and arranging other forms of junior capital in support of those transactions. Mr. Mazar holds a B.S. from Saint Vincent College in Finance and an M.S. from the University of Colorado in Finance.

Hector Molina

Principal

Atlanta

Hector

Molina

Principal

Atlanta

 

Hector Molina - Principal

Mr. Molina is a Principal in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on the group's Commercial Finance platform. Prior to joining Ares in 2017, Mr. Molina was a Director at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President at First Capital. Mr. Molina holds a B.B.A. from Georgia Southern University in Finance.

John Nooney

Managing Director

Atlanta

John

Nooney

Managing Director

Atlanta

 

John Nooney - Managing Director

Mr. Nooney is a Managing Director in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on the group’s Commercial Finance platform. He is a member of the Ares Credit Group’s Commercial Finance Investment Committee. Prior to joining Ares in 2015, Mr. Nooney was a Senior Executive Vice President at First Capital, LLC. Previously, he was an Executive Vice President at GMAC Commercial Finance. He has additionally served as an Executive Vice President at GE Capital Commercial Finance and as a Vice President at Heller Financial.

Mark Pickering

Principal

Atlanta

Mark

Pickering

Principal

Atlanta

 

Mark Pickering - Principal

Mr. Pickering is a Principal in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on the group’s Commercial Finance platform. Prior to joining Ares in 2015, Mr. Pickering was a Senior Vice President at First Capital, LLC, where he focused on business development. Previously, he was a Director of Lender Services at Moore Colson, where he focused on marketing for the lender services consulting business. He has additionally served as a Director at SunTrust Bank, where he focused on marketing and underwriting, and as a Managing Loan Officer at Guaranty Business Credit, where he focused on managing loan portfolios and underwriting new transactions. Mr. Pickering holds a B.S., cum laude, from the State University of New York at Buffalo in Business Administration.

Bryan Rozum

Principal

Chicago

Bryan

Rozum

Principal

Chicago

 

Bryan Rozum - Principal

Mr. Rozum is a Principal in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on the group's Commercial Finance platform. Prior to joining Ares in 2017, Mr. Rozum was a Director at CapX Partners, where he was responsible for business development and underwriting within the Midwestern region of the United States. Previously, Mr. Rozum served as a Loan Officer within the commercial lending division at The PrivateBank. In addition, Mr. Rozum served as a Commercial Loan Originations Analyst at Prudential Mortgage Capital Company. Mr. Rozum currently serves on the board of the Membership Committee at CFA Society of Chicago. He also serves as the President of the Junior Board at Metropolitan Family Services and is a founding board member at ACG NextGen Leaders.  Mr. Rozum holds a B.S., with honors, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Finance. Mr. Rozum is a CFA® Charterholder.

Sean Spring

Principal

Los Angeles

Sean

Spring

Principal

Los Angeles

 

Sean Spring - Principal

Mr. Spring is a Principal in the Ares Commercial Finance Operations Group. Prior to joining Ares in 2015, Mr. Spring was a Senior Vice President at First Capital, LLC, where he focused on management of asset-based accounts. Previously, he was a Senior Relationship Manager at Wells Fargo Capital Finance, where he focused on managing and purchasing direct asset-based loans. He has additionally served as a Loan Officer at CapitalSource Finance LLC, where he focused on managing asset-based loans, and as a Vice President at City National Bank, where he focused on underwriting middle market commercial loans. Mr. Spring holds a B.A. from San Diego State University in Economics and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University in Business Administration.

Oleh Szczupak

Managing Director

Tarrytown

Oleh

Szczupak

Managing Director

Tarrytown

 

Oleh Szczupak - Managing Director

Mr. Szczupak is a Managing Director in the Ares Commercial Finance Operations Group. He is a member of the Ares Credit Group’s Commercial Finance Investment Committee. Prior to joining Ares in 2014, Mr. Szczupak was an Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer at Keltic Financial Services LLC. He holds a B.S. from New York University in Management and Economics and an M.B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Finance. 

Victor Verazain

Principal

Tarrytown

Victor

Verazain

Principal

Tarrytown

 

Victor Verazain - Principal

Mr. Verazain is a Principal in the Ares Commercial Finance Operations Group. Prior to joining Ares in 2016, Mr. Verazain was a Vice President at GE Capital Corporation within its Antares Capital and Corporate Finance divisions, where he worked on underwriting and managing a diverse range of middle market loan transactions. Previously, Mr. Verazain completed GE Capital’s Financial Management Program and rotational assignments across a diverse range of GE manufacturing and financial services businesses. Mr. Verazain holds a B.A from Duke University in Economics.

Eric Watson

Principal

Los Angeles

Eric

Watson

Principal

Los Angeles

 

Eric Watson - Principal

Mr. Watson is a Principal in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on the group's Commercial Finance platform. Prior to joining Ares in 2017, Mr. Watson worked at Wells Fargo Capital Finance for one year, where he managed the transition of a newly acquired loan portfolio from GE Capital. Previously, Mr. Watson served as a Vice President at GE Capital, where he focused on underwriting and managing agented middle market ABL and cash flow senior secured loans. Mr. Watson holds a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in Economics and Accounting. Mr. Watson holds a CPA license (inactive).

David Weinstein

Principal

Tarrytown

David

Weinstein

Principal

Tarrytown

 

David Weinstein - Principal

Mr. Weinstein is a Principal in the Ares Commercial Finance Operations Group. Prior to joining Ares in 2014, Mr. Weinstein was a Senior Vice President at Keltic Financial Services LLC, where he focused on direct lending matters. Previously, he was a Principal at Lakeside Advisors Inc., where he focused on providing consulting services. Mr. Weinstein holds a B.A., magna cum laude, from Pace University in Political Science and Economics and an M.B.A. from Pace University in Finance.

Name

First Name

Last Name

Role Title

Role Title

Location

Location

Frederick Bubeck

Principal, Controller of Commercial Finance

Tarrytown

Frederick

Bubeck

Principal, Controller of Commercial Finance

Tarrytown

 

Frederick Bubeck - Principal, Controller of Commercial Finance

Mr. Bubeck is a Principal and Controller, Commercial Finance in the Ares Finance Department. Prior to joining Ares in 2014, Mr. Bubeck was the Chief Financial Officer at Keltic Financial Services. Previously, Mr. Bubeck worked at SND Electronics, where he focused on bank relationships, finance, accounting, human resources, information technology and administration services. Mr. Bubeck holds a B.S. from the University at Albany in Accounting. Mr. Bubeck holds a CPA license and is additionally a Chartered Accountant (Ontario, Canada).

Ryan S. Cascade

Partner, Head of Ares Commercial Finance

Tarrytown

Ryan S.

Cascade

Partner, Head of Ares Commercial Finance

Tarrytown

 

Ryan S. Cascade - Partner, Head of Ares Commercial Finance

Mr. Cascade is a Partner and Head of Ares Commercial Finance in the Ares Credit Group and serves as a member of the Ares Credit Group’s Commercial Finance Investment Committee and the Ivy Hill Asset Management Investment Committee. Previously, he was employed by Ivy Hill Asset Management as a Managing Director and Co-President beginning in July 2010. Prior to joining Ares in 2006, Mr. Cascade was a Vice President in Risk and Originations at GE Global Sponsor Finance, where he focused on originating and structuring middle market private equity and leveraged finance transactions. In addition, Mr. Cascade was a Senior Accountant at Coopers & Lybrand LLP. Mr. Cascade holds a B.A., summa cum laude, from Michigan State University in Accounting and Finance and an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

James Franz

Managing Director

Williamsville

James

Franz

Managing Director

Williamsville

 

James Franz - Managing Director

Mr. Franz is a Managing Director in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on the group’s Commercial Finance platform. He is a member of the Ares Credit Group’s Commercial Finance Investment Committee. Prior to joining Ares in 2014, Mr. Franz was an Executive Vice President and National Marketing Director at Keltic Financial Services, where he focused on loan origination. Mr. Franz holds a B.A. from St. Bonaventure University in Accounting.

Matt Grimes

Managing Director

Los Angeles

Matt

Grimes

Managing Director

Los Angeles

 

Matt Grimes - Managing Director

Mr. Grimes is a Managing Director in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on the group’s Commercial Finance platform. He is a member of the Ares Credit Group’s Commercial Finance Investment Committee. Prior to joining Ares in 2015, Mr. Grimes was a Chief Restructuring Officer at CRG Partners, where he focused on liquidations. Mr. Grimes holds a B.A. from The University of California, Berkeley in Social Science and an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California in Finance. Mr. Grimes is a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA®).

John Nooney

Managing Director

Atlanta

John

Nooney

Managing Director

Atlanta

 

John Nooney - Managing Director

Mr. Nooney is a Managing Director in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on the group’s Commercial Finance platform. He is a member of the Ares Credit Group’s Commercial Finance Investment Committee. Prior to joining Ares in 2015, Mr. Nooney was a Senior Executive Vice President at First Capital, LLC. Previously, he was an Executive Vice President at GMAC Commercial Finance. He has additionally served as an Executive Vice President at GE Capital Commercial Finance and as a Vice President at Heller Financial.

Oleh Szczupak

Managing Director

Tarrytown

Oleh

Szczupak

Managing Director

Tarrytown

 

Oleh Szczupak - Managing Director

Mr. Szczupak is a Managing Director in the Ares Commercial Finance Operations Group. He is a member of the Ares Credit Group’s Commercial Finance Investment Committee. Prior to joining Ares in 2014, Mr. Szczupak was an Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer at Keltic Financial Services LLC. He holds a B.S. from New York University in Management and Economics and an M.B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Finance. 

Name

First Name

Last Name

Role Title

Role Title

Location

Location

David Braff

Principal

San Francisco

David

Braff

Principal

San Francisco

 

David Braff - Principal

Mr. Braff is a Principal in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on the group’s Commercial Finance platform. Prior to joining Ares in 2015, Mr. Braff was a Vice President at First Capital, LLC, where he focused on business development. Mr. Braff holds a B.A., cum laude, from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Business Economics and an M.B.A. from the University of San Francisco in Finance.

William Drmacich

Principal

Atlanta

William

Drmacich

Principal

Atlanta

 

William Drmacich - Principal

Mr. Drmacich is a Principal in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on the group’s Commercial Finance platform. Prior to joining Ares in 2014, he was a Senior Vice President at Renasant Bank. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President at Capital Business Credit. In addition, he has served as a Senior Vice President at AloStar Business Credit, Regions Banks and CIT. Mr. Drmacich holds B.S. from the State University of New York at Buffalo in Business Management. He also holds an M.B.A in Finance from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Fridolf Hanson

Principal

Tarrytown

Fridolf

Hanson

Principal

Tarrytown

 

Fridolf Hanson - Principal

Mr. Hanson is a Principal in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on the group’s Commercial Finance platform. His experience includes originating, structuring and executing leveraged finance structures for middle market sponsored and non-sponsored transactions, including senior first lien term loans, bifurcated term loans, unitranche facilities, second lien notes, mezzanine debt and equity co-investments. Prior to joining Ares in 2017, Mr. Hanson was a Director at LBC Credit Partners where he was responsible for originating, structuring and negotiating new private investments in the New York and New England marketplaces. Previously, Mr. Hanson was a Senior Vice President of Business Development at the Royal Bank of Scotland, where he was responsible for originating new senior debt transactions related to acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, refinancings and corporate growth. In addition, Mr. Hanson worked in senior business development roles at Wells Fargo Foothill and GE Commercial Finance. Mr. Hanson holds a B.A. from the University of Colorado with a double major in Eastern and Central European Affairs and History, and an M.B.A. from Wake Forest University’s Babcock Graduate School of Management.

Jerry Jansen

Principal

Atlanta

Jerry

Jansen

Principal

Atlanta

 

Jerry Jansen - Principal

Mr. Jansen is a Principal in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on the group’s Commercial Finance platform. Prior to joining Ares in 2016, Mr. Jansen was a Senior Vice President at Capital One Business Credit Corp., where he focused on business development. Previously, Mr. Jansen was a Managing Director at Wells Fargo Capital Finance, where he focused on business development. In addition, Mr. Jansen has held business development roles at AloStar Business Credit, Fleet Capital Corp. and GE Capital Commercial Finance. Mr. Jansen holds a B.B.A. from the University of Memphis and an M.B.A. from Samford University.

Sridharan Kannan

Principal

Tarrytown

Sridharan

Kannan

Principal

Tarrytown

 

Sridharan Kannan - Principal

Mr. Kannan is a Principal in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on the group's Commercial Finance platform. Prior to joining Ares in 2016, Mr. Kannan was a Director at Cowen Group, where he covered and provided investment banking services to financial sponsors. Previously, he worked at Goldman Sachs in the Leveraged Finance Group, where he was one of the original members of the Middle Market Financing Group, raising capital through syndicated loans and high yield bonds for middle market financial sponsor-owned companies. In addition, Mr. Kannan was a Director at Loughlin Meghji + Co., where he focused on corporate restructuring advisory services, a Principal at Global Infrastructure Partners, where he focused on investments in the waste management sector, and was a Director at Credit Suisse, where he covered financial sponsors, raising debt and equity capital and providing mergers and acquisitions advisory services to private equity-backed companies. Mr. Kannan began his career as an Associate in the Energy Group at Jefferies. Mr. Kannan holds an M.S. from Clemson University in Mechanical Engineering and an M.B.A from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business in Finance.

David Mazar

Principal

Colorado

David

Mazar

Principal

Colorado

 

David Mazar - Principal

Mr. Mazar is a Principal Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on the group’s Commercial Finance platform. Prior to joining Ares, Mr. Mazar was a Director at W.G. Nielsen & Co, where he focused on arranging senior and mezzanine debt financings for clients. Previously, Mr. Mazar was a Director in the Commercial and Specialty Finance Group of Capital One, where he focused on originating asset-based financings. Prior to that, Mr. Mazar was a Senior Vice President for Bank of America Business Capital, where he focused on originating asset-based and leveraged cash flow financings and arranging other forms of junior capital in support of those transactions. Mr. Mazar holds a B.S. from Saint Vincent College in Finance and an M.S. from the University of Colorado in Finance.

Mark Pickering

Principal

Atlanta

Mark

Pickering

Principal

Atlanta

 

Mark Pickering - Principal

Mr. Pickering is a Principal in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on the group’s Commercial Finance platform. Prior to joining Ares in 2015, Mr. Pickering was a Senior Vice President at First Capital, LLC, where he focused on business development. Previously, he was a Director of Lender Services at Moore Colson, where he focused on marketing for the lender services consulting business. He has additionally served as a Director at SunTrust Bank, where he focused on marketing and underwriting, and as a Managing Loan Officer at Guaranty Business Credit, where he focused on managing loan portfolios and underwriting new transactions. Mr. Pickering holds a B.S., cum laude, from the State University of New York at Buffalo in Business Administration.

Bryan Rozum

Principal

Chicago

Bryan

Rozum

Principal

Chicago

 

Bryan Rozum - Principal

Mr. Rozum is a Principal in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on the group's Commercial Finance platform. Prior to joining Ares in 2017, Mr. Rozum was a Director at CapX Partners, where he was responsible for business development and underwriting within the Midwestern region of the United States. Previously, Mr. Rozum served as a Loan Officer within the commercial lending division at The PrivateBank. In addition, Mr. Rozum served as a Commercial Loan Originations Analyst at Prudential Mortgage Capital Company. Mr. Rozum currently serves on the board of the Membership Committee at CFA Society of Chicago. He also serves as the President of the Junior Board at Metropolitan Family Services and is a founding board member at ACG NextGen Leaders.  Mr. Rozum holds a B.S., with honors, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Finance. Mr. Rozum is a CFA® Charterholder.

Name

First Name

Last Name

Role Title

Role Title

Location

Location

Lawrence Chua

Principal

Tarrytown

Lawrence

Chua

Principal

Tarrytown

 

Lawrence Chua - Principal

Mr. Chua is a Principal in the Ares Commercial Finance Operations Group where he focuses on direct lending as well as certain strategic and investor relations matters. Prior to joining Ares in 2016, Mr. Chua was Managing Director and Head of Underwriting at Full Circle Advisors, LLC, the investment adviser for a publicly-traded business development company and certain private funds, where he focused on originating, underwriting, executing and monitoring a broad range of middle-market debt, and to a lesser extent, equity investments. Mr. Chua was a member of the Investment Committee of Full Circle Capital Corporation, a publicly-traded business development company, and was a board member or board observer for several portfolio companies. Previously, Mr. Chua was a Founder and Partner at J Lawrence Group, LLC, where he managed all aspects of the internet-based household services company until its sale to a strategic buyer. In addition, he held finance and risk management roles at various groups within GE Capital including the Office of the CEO, GE Consumer Finance, GE Capital Real Estate and GE Commercial Finance. Mr. Chua is a graduate of GE’s Financial Management Program and is Six Sigma Green Belt certified. Mr. Chua holds a B.S. from Cornell University in Textile and Apparel Management and an M.P.S. from Cornell University in Applied Economics and Management.

Joseph Ciciola

Principal

Tarrytown

Joseph

Ciciola

Principal

Tarrytown

 

Joseph Ciciola - Principal

Mr. Ciciola is a Principal in the Ares Commercial Finance Operations Group. Prior to joining Ares in 2014, Mr. Ciciola was a Vice President at Keltic Financial Services, where he focused on managing a portfolio of direct loan assets, including underwriting, workouts, and liquidations. Previously, Mr. Ciciola was a Vice President at Greystone Business Credit, where he focused on managing a portfolio of direct loan assets. He also was an Assistant Vice President at Webster Business Credit, where he served as a loan officer and administrator, field examiner, collateral and operations analyst. Mr. Ciciola holds a B.A. from Pace University’s Lubin School of Business in Business Administration.

Hector Molina

Principal

Atlanta

Hector

Molina

Principal

Atlanta

 

Hector Molina - Principal

Mr. Molina is a Principal in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on the group's Commercial Finance platform. Prior to joining Ares in 2017, Mr. Molina was a Director at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President at First Capital. Mr. Molina holds a B.B.A. from Georgia Southern University in Finance.

Victor Verazain

Principal

Tarrytown

Victor

Verazain

Principal

Tarrytown

 

Victor Verazain - Principal

Mr. Verazain is a Principal in the Ares Commercial Finance Operations Group. Prior to joining Ares in 2016, Mr. Verazain was a Vice President at GE Capital Corporation within its Antares Capital and Corporate Finance divisions, where he worked on underwriting and managing a diverse range of middle market loan transactions. Previously, Mr. Verazain completed GE Capital’s Financial Management Program and rotational assignments across a diverse range of GE manufacturing and financial services businesses. Mr. Verazain holds a B.A from Duke University in Economics.

Eric Watson

Principal

Los Angeles

Eric

Watson

Principal

Los Angeles

 

Eric Watson - Principal

Mr. Watson is a Principal in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on the group's Commercial Finance platform. Prior to joining Ares in 2017, Mr. Watson worked at Wells Fargo Capital Finance for one year, where he managed the transition of a newly acquired loan portfolio from GE Capital. Previously, Mr. Watson served as a Vice President at GE Capital, where he focused on underwriting and managing agented middle market ABL and cash flow senior secured loans. Mr. Watson holds a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in Economics and Accounting. Mr. Watson holds a CPA license (inactive).

David Weinstein

Principal

Tarrytown

David

Weinstein

Principal

Tarrytown

 

David Weinstein - Principal

Mr. Weinstein is a Principal in the Ares Commercial Finance Operations Group. Prior to joining Ares in 2014, Mr. Weinstein was a Senior Vice President at Keltic Financial Services LLC, where he focused on direct lending matters. Previously, he was a Principal at Lakeside Advisors Inc., where he focused on providing consulting services. Mr. Weinstein holds a B.A., magna cum laude, from Pace University in Political Science and Economics and an M.B.A. from Pace University in Finance.

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Fred Ernst

Principal

Atlanta

Fred

Ernst

Principal

Atlanta

 

Fred Ernst - Principal

Mr. Ernst is a Principal in the Ares Commercial Finance Operations Group. Prior to joining Ares in 2015, Mr. Ernst was a Vice President at First Capital, LLC, where he focused on ABL commercial lending. Mr. Ernst holds a B.B.A. from the University of Cincinnati in Finance.

Sean Spring

Principal

Los Angeles

Sean

Spring

Principal

Los Angeles

 

Sean Spring - Principal

Mr. Spring is a Principal in the Ares Commercial Finance Operations Group. Prior to joining Ares in 2015, Mr. Spring was a Senior Vice President at First Capital, LLC, where he focused on management of asset-based accounts. Previously, he was a Senior Relationship Manager at Wells Fargo Capital Finance, where he focused on managing and purchasing direct asset-based loans. He has additionally served as a Loan Officer at CapitalSource Finance LLC, where he focused on managing asset-based loans, and as a Vice President at City National Bank, where he focused on underwriting middle market commercial loans. Mr. Spring holds a B.A. from San Diego State University in Economics and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University in Business Administration.

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Frederick Bubeck

Principal, Controller of Commercial Finance

Tarrytown

Frederick

Bubeck

Principal, Controller of Commercial Finance

Tarrytown

 

Frederick Bubeck - Principal, Controller of Commercial Finance

Mr. Bubeck is a Principal and Controller, Commercial Finance in the Ares Finance Department. Prior to joining Ares in 2014, Mr. Bubeck was the Chief Financial Officer at Keltic Financial Services. Previously, Mr. Bubeck worked at SND Electronics, where he focused on bank relationships, finance, accounting, human resources, information technology and administration services. Mr. Bubeck holds a B.S. from the University at Albany in Accounting. Mr. Bubeck holds a CPA license and is additionally a Chartered Accountant (Ontario, Canada).

Ryan S. Cascade

Partner, Head of Ares Commercial Finance

Tarrytown

Ryan S.

Cascade

Partner, Head of Ares Commercial Finance

Tarrytown

 

Ryan S. Cascade - Partner, Head of Ares Commercial Finance

Mr. Cascade is a Partner and Head of Ares Commercial Finance in the Ares Credit Group and serves as a member of the Ares Credit Group’s Commercial Finance Investment Committee and the Ivy Hill Asset Management Investment Committee. Previously, he was employed by Ivy Hill Asset Management as a Managing Director and Co-President beginning in July 2010. Prior to joining Ares in 2006, Mr. Cascade was a Vice President in Risk and Originations at GE Global Sponsor Finance, where he focused on originating and structuring middle market private equity and leveraged finance transactions. In addition, Mr. Cascade was a Senior Accountant at Coopers & Lybrand LLP. Mr. Cascade holds a B.A., summa cum laude, from Michigan State University in Accounting and Finance and an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

James Franz

Managing Director

Williamsville

James

Franz

Managing Director

Williamsville

 

James Franz - Managing Director

Mr. Franz is a Managing Director in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on the group’s Commercial Finance platform. He is a member of the Ares Credit Group’s Commercial Finance Investment Committee. Prior to joining Ares in 2014, Mr. Franz was an Executive Vice President and National Marketing Director at Keltic Financial Services, where he focused on loan origination. Mr. Franz holds a B.A. from St. Bonaventure University in Accounting.

Matt Grimes

Managing Director

Los Angeles

Matt

Grimes

Managing Director

Los Angeles

 

Matt Grimes - Managing Director

Mr. Grimes is a Managing Director in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on the group’s Commercial Finance platform. He is a member of the Ares Credit Group’s Commercial Finance Investment Committee. Prior to joining Ares in 2015, Mr. Grimes was a Chief Restructuring Officer at CRG Partners, where he focused on liquidations. Mr. Grimes holds a B.A. from The University of California, Berkeley in Social Science and an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California in Finance. Mr. Grimes is a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA®).

John Nooney

Managing Director

Atlanta

John

Nooney

Managing Director

Atlanta

 

John Nooney - Managing Director

Mr. Nooney is a Managing Director in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on the group’s Commercial Finance platform. He is a member of the Ares Credit Group’s Commercial Finance Investment Committee. Prior to joining Ares in 2015, Mr. Nooney was a Senior Executive Vice President at First Capital, LLC. Previously, he was an Executive Vice President at GMAC Commercial Finance. He has additionally served as an Executive Vice President at GE Capital Commercial Finance and as a Vice President at Heller Financial.

Oleh Szczupak

Managing Director

Tarrytown

Oleh

Szczupak

Managing Director

Tarrytown

 

Oleh Szczupak - Managing Director

Mr. Szczupak is a Managing Director in the Ares Commercial Finance Operations Group. He is a member of the Ares Credit Group’s Commercial Finance Investment Committee. Prior to joining Ares in 2014, Mr. Szczupak was an Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer at Keltic Financial Services LLC. He holds a B.S. from New York University in Management and Economics and an M.B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Finance. 

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David Braff

Principal

San Francisco

David

Braff

Principal

San Francisco

 

David Braff - Principal

Mr. Braff is a Principal in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on the group’s Commercial Finance platform. Prior to joining Ares in 2015, Mr. Braff was a Vice President at First Capital, LLC, where he focused on business development. Mr. Braff holds a B.A., cum laude, from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Business Economics and an M.B.A. from the University of San Francisco in Finance.

William Drmacich

Principal

Atlanta

William

Drmacich

Principal

Atlanta

 

William Drmacich - Principal

Mr. Drmacich is a Principal in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on the group’s Commercial Finance platform. Prior to joining Ares in 2014, he was a Senior Vice President at Renasant Bank. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President at Capital Business Credit. In addition, he has served as a Senior Vice President at AloStar Business Credit, Regions Banks and CIT. Mr. Drmacich holds B.S. from the State University of New York at Buffalo in Business Management. He also holds an M.B.A in Finance from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Fridolf Hanson

Principal

Tarrytown

Fridolf

Hanson

Principal

Tarrytown

 

Fridolf Hanson - Principal

Mr. Hanson is a Principal in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on the group’s Commercial Finance platform. His experience includes originating, structuring and executing leveraged finance structures for middle market sponsored and non-sponsored transactions, including senior first lien term loans, bifurcated term loans, unitranche facilities, second lien notes, mezzanine debt and equity co-investments. Prior to joining Ares in 2017, Mr. Hanson was a Director at LBC Credit Partners where he was responsible for originating, structuring and negotiating new private investments in the New York and New England marketplaces. Previously, Mr. Hanson was a Senior Vice President of Business Development at the Royal Bank of Scotland, where he was responsible for originating new senior debt transactions related to acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, refinancings and corporate growth. In addition, Mr. Hanson worked in senior business development roles at Wells Fargo Foothill and GE Commercial Finance. Mr. Hanson holds a B.A. from the University of Colorado with a double major in Eastern and Central European Affairs and History, and an M.B.A. from Wake Forest University’s Babcock Graduate School of Management.

Jerry Jansen

Principal

Atlanta

Jerry

Jansen

Principal

Atlanta

 

Jerry Jansen - Principal

Mr. Jansen is a Principal in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on the group’s Commercial Finance platform. Prior to joining Ares in 2016, Mr. Jansen was a Senior Vice President at Capital One Business Credit Corp., where he focused on business development. Previously, Mr. Jansen was a Managing Director at Wells Fargo Capital Finance, where he focused on business development. In addition, Mr. Jansen has held business development roles at AloStar Business Credit, Fleet Capital Corp. and GE Capital Commercial Finance. Mr. Jansen holds a B.B.A. from the University of Memphis and an M.B.A. from Samford University.

Sridharan Kannan

Principal

Tarrytown

Sridharan

Kannan

Principal

Tarrytown

 

Sridharan Kannan - Principal

Mr. Kannan is a Principal in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on the group's Commercial Finance platform. Prior to joining Ares in 2016, Mr. Kannan was a Director at Cowen Group, where he covered and provided investment banking services to financial sponsors. Previously, he worked at Goldman Sachs in the Leveraged Finance Group, where he was one of the original members of the Middle Market Financing Group, raising capital through syndicated loans and high yield bonds for middle market financial sponsor-owned companies. In addition, Mr. Kannan was a Director at Loughlin Meghji + Co., where he focused on corporate restructuring advisory services, a Principal at Global Infrastructure Partners, where he focused on investments in the waste management sector, and was a Director at Credit Suisse, where he covered financial sponsors, raising debt and equity capital and providing mergers and acquisitions advisory services to private equity-backed companies. Mr. Kannan began his career as an Associate in the Energy Group at Jefferies. Mr. Kannan holds an M.S. from Clemson University in Mechanical Engineering and an M.B.A from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business in Finance.

David Mazar

Principal

Colorado

David

Mazar

Principal

Colorado

 

David Mazar - Principal

Mr. Mazar is a Principal Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on the group’s Commercial Finance platform. Prior to joining Ares, Mr. Mazar was a Director at W.G. Nielsen & Co, where he focused on arranging senior and mezzanine debt financings for clients. Previously, Mr. Mazar was a Director in the Commercial and Specialty Finance Group of Capital One, where he focused on originating asset-based financings. Prior to that, Mr. Mazar was a Senior Vice President for Bank of America Business Capital, where he focused on originating asset-based and leveraged cash flow financings and arranging other forms of junior capital in support of those transactions. Mr. Mazar holds a B.S. from Saint Vincent College in Finance and an M.S. from the University of Colorado in Finance.

Mark Pickering

Principal

Atlanta

Mark

Pickering

Principal

Atlanta

 

Mark Pickering - Principal

Mr. Pickering is a Principal in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on the group’s Commercial Finance platform. Prior to joining Ares in 2015, Mr. Pickering was a Senior Vice President at First Capital, LLC, where he focused on business development. Previously, he was a Director of Lender Services at Moore Colson, where he focused on marketing for the lender services consulting business. He has additionally served as a Director at SunTrust Bank, where he focused on marketing and underwriting, and as a Managing Loan Officer at Guaranty Business Credit, where he focused on managing loan portfolios and underwriting new transactions. Mr. Pickering holds a B.S., cum laude, from the State University of New York at Buffalo in Business Administration.

Bryan Rozum

Principal

Chicago

Bryan

Rozum

Principal

Chicago

 

Bryan Rozum - Principal

Mr. Rozum is a Principal in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on the group's Commercial Finance platform. Prior to joining Ares in 2017, Mr. Rozum was a Director at CapX Partners, where he was responsible for business development and underwriting within the Midwestern region of the United States. Previously, Mr. Rozum served as a Loan Officer within the commercial lending division at The PrivateBank. In addition, Mr. Rozum served as a Commercial Loan Originations Analyst at Prudential Mortgage Capital Company. Mr. Rozum currently serves on the board of the Membership Committee at CFA Society of Chicago. He also serves as the President of the Junior Board at Metropolitan Family Services and is a founding board member at ACG NextGen Leaders.  Mr. Rozum holds a B.S., with honors, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Finance. Mr. Rozum is a CFA® Charterholder.

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Lawrence Chua

Principal

Tarrytown

Lawrence

Chua

Principal

Tarrytown

 

Lawrence Chua - Principal

Mr. Chua is a Principal in the Ares Commercial Finance Operations Group where he focuses on direct lending as well as certain strategic and investor relations matters. Prior to joining Ares in 2016, Mr. Chua was Managing Director and Head of Underwriting at Full Circle Advisors, LLC, the investment adviser for a publicly-traded business development company and certain private funds, where he focused on originating, underwriting, executing and monitoring a broad range of middle-market debt, and to a lesser extent, equity investments. Mr. Chua was a member of the Investment Committee of Full Circle Capital Corporation, a publicly-traded business development company, and was a board member or board observer for several portfolio companies. Previously, Mr. Chua was a Founder and Partner at J Lawrence Group, LLC, where he managed all aspects of the internet-based household services company until its sale to a strategic buyer. In addition, he held finance and risk management roles at various groups within GE Capital including the Office of the CEO, GE Consumer Finance, GE Capital Real Estate and GE Commercial Finance. Mr. Chua is a graduate of GE’s Financial Management Program and is Six Sigma Green Belt certified. Mr. Chua holds a B.S. from Cornell University in Textile and Apparel Management and an M.P.S. from Cornell University in Applied Economics and Management.

Joseph Ciciola

Principal

Tarrytown

Joseph

Ciciola

Principal

Tarrytown

 

Joseph Ciciola - Principal

Mr. Ciciola is a Principal in the Ares Commercial Finance Operations Group. Prior to joining Ares in 2014, Mr. Ciciola was a Vice President at Keltic Financial Services, where he focused on managing a portfolio of direct loan assets, including underwriting, workouts, and liquidations. Previously, Mr. Ciciola was a Vice President at Greystone Business Credit, where he focused on managing a portfolio of direct loan assets. He also was an Assistant Vice President at Webster Business Credit, where he served as a loan officer and administrator, field examiner, collateral and operations analyst. Mr. Ciciola holds a B.A. from Pace University’s Lubin School of Business in Business Administration.

Hector Molina

Principal

Atlanta

Hector

Molina

Principal

Atlanta

 

Hector Molina - Principal

Mr. Molina is a Principal in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on the group's Commercial Finance platform. Prior to joining Ares in 2017, Mr. Molina was a Director at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President at First Capital. Mr. Molina holds a B.B.A. from Georgia Southern University in Finance.

Victor Verazain

Principal

Tarrytown

Victor

Verazain

Principal

Tarrytown

 

Victor Verazain - Principal

Mr. Verazain is a Principal in the Ares Commercial Finance Operations Group. Prior to joining Ares in 2016, Mr. Verazain was a Vice President at GE Capital Corporation within its Antares Capital and Corporate Finance divisions, where he worked on underwriting and managing a diverse range of middle market loan transactions. Previously, Mr. Verazain completed GE Capital’s Financial Management Program and rotational assignments across a diverse range of GE manufacturing and financial services businesses. Mr. Verazain holds a B.A from Duke University in Economics.

Eric Watson

Principal

Los Angeles

Eric

Watson

Principal

Los Angeles

 

Eric Watson - Principal

Mr. Watson is a Principal in the Ares Credit Group, where he focuses on the group's Commercial Finance platform. Prior to joining Ares in 2017, Mr. Watson worked at Wells Fargo Capital Finance for one year, where he managed the transition of a newly acquired loan portfolio from GE Capital. Previously, Mr. Watson served as a Vice President at GE Capital, where he focused on underwriting and managing agented middle market ABL and cash flow senior secured loans. Mr. Watson holds a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in Economics and Accounting. Mr. Watson holds a CPA license (inactive).

David Weinstein

Principal

Tarrytown

David

Weinstein

Principal

Tarrytown

 

David Weinstein - Principal

Mr. Weinstein is a Principal in the Ares Commercial Finance Operations Group. Prior to joining Ares in 2014, Mr. Weinstein was a Senior Vice President at Keltic Financial Services LLC, where he focused on direct lending matters. Previously, he was a Principal at Lakeside Advisors Inc., where he focused on providing consulting services. Mr. Weinstein holds a B.A., magna cum laude, from Pace University in Political Science and Economics and an M.B.A. from Pace University in Finance.

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Fred Ernst

Principal

Atlanta

Fred

Ernst

Principal

Atlanta

 

Fred Ernst - Principal

Mr. Ernst is a Principal in the Ares Commercial Finance Operations Group. Prior to joining Ares in 2015, Mr. Ernst was a Vice President at First Capital, LLC, where he focused on ABL commercial lending. Mr. Ernst holds a B.B.A. from the University of Cincinnati in Finance.

Sean Spring

Principal

Los Angeles

Sean

Spring

Principal

Los Angeles

 

Sean Spring - Principal

Mr. Spring is a Principal in the Ares Commercial Finance Operations Group. Prior to joining Ares in 2015, Mr. Spring was a Senior Vice President at First Capital, LLC, where he focused on management of asset-based accounts. Previously, he was a Senior Relationship Manager at Wells Fargo Capital Finance, where he focused on managing and purchasing direct asset-based loans. He has additionally served as a Loan Officer at CapitalSource Finance LLC, where he focused on managing asset-based loans, and as a Vice President at City National Bank, where he focused on underwriting middle market commercial loans. Mr. Spring holds a B.A. from San Diego State University in Economics and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University in Business Administration.