Speaker's Biography:

Tony Ressler
Founding Partner, Ares Management LLC

Tony Ressler is the Founding Partner of Ares Management LLC, a $35 billion asset management firm with a focus on "alternative assets," i.e., leveraged loans, high-yield bonds, distressed debt, private/mezzanine debt and private equity, managed through funds and other investment vehicles. Founded in 1997, Ares has 300 employees and offices in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, London, Paris, Frankfurt and Stockholm. Ressler also co-founded Apollo Management LP, a private investment firm based in New York. Prior to 1990, he served as a senior vice president in the High Yield Bond Department of Drexel Burnham Lambert. Ressler serves on the board of trustees of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the Center for Early Education, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and as chairman of the Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools. He received a B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University′s School of Foreign Service and an M.B.A. from Columbia University′s Graduate School of Business.