Mr. Smith is a Partner and Co-Head of the Ares Credit Group. He serves on the Ares Executive Management Committee. Additionally, he serves as an Officer and Co-President of Ares Capital Corporation (Nasdaq: ARCC). He is a member of the Ares Credit Group's U.S. Direct Lending and Commercial Finance Investment Committees, the Ares Private Equity Group's Special Opportunities Investment Committee, and the Ares Infrastructure Opportunities Funds Investment Committee. Prior to joining Ares in 2004, Mr. Smith was a Partner at RBC Capital Partners, a division of Royal Bank of Canada, which led the firm's middle market financing and principal investment business. Previously, Mr. Smith worked at Indosuez Capital in their Merchant Banking Group, Kenter, Glastris & Company, and at Salomon Brothers Inc, in their Debt Capital Markets Group and Financial Institutions Group. Mr. Smith serves on the Board of Directors of the University of Notre Dame's Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunity (LEO), which helps service providers apply scientific evaluation methods to better understand and share effective poverty interventions. Mr. Smith received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters in Management from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management.