Co-Founder & Executive Chairman Ares Management Corporation
Mr. Ressler is Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Ares Management Corporation, a publicly traded, leading global alternative asset management firm. With approximately $196 billion in AUM as of December 31, 2020. Ares operates three investment groups that invest in credit, private equity and real estate. Ares has approximately 1,445 employees with over 25 offices across the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia. Mr. Ressler has served on several boards of directors of companies owned or controlled by Ares investment funds.
In the not-for-profit sector, Mr. Ressler serves as as Co-Chair of the Board of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and one of the founders and former member of the board of the Painted Turtle Camp (affiliated with Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Association), which serves children dealing with chronic & life-threatening illnesses by providing old-fashioned camping experiences.
In the public education sector, Mr. Ressler is a Founder and former Chairman of the Alliance for College Ready Public Schools. Since 2004, the Alliance has grown to 28 free, public middle and high schools serving approximately 13,000 students from LA’s poorest communities with historically underperforming schools. Four Alliance schools have been named California Distinguished Schools, and three are ranked in the top 10 of all Los Angeles Unified School District schools. More than 90% of Alliance graduates have gone on to college.
In June 2015, Mr. Ressler led the acquisition of the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club and serves as its Principal Owner and Chairman of its Board of Advisors. Mr. Ressler also serves at a Senior Advisor to the Hawks Foundation, a not for profit organization focused on building bridges with the metro Atlanta community through basketball.
Mr. Ressler received his B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and received his MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.