Mr. Benjamin is a Partner and Head of Ares Real Estate Group and a member of the Management Committee of Ares Management. Additionally, Mr. Benjamin serves on the Ares Real Estate Operating Committee and is a member of the Ares Real Estate Group’s Equity, Debt and U.S. Development and Redevelopment Fund II Investment Committees. He also serves as a Director and Chairman of the Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation board of directors. Mr. Benjamin joined Ares Management LLC in July 2013 from AREA Property Partners, where he was a Senior Partner from 1995 to 2013. Mr. Benjamin joined AREA Property Partners in 1995 from Bankers Trust Corp, where he was a Principal from 1986 to 1995. Mr. Benjamin graduated from Harvard with a Bachelor of Arts degree in social studies and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School.