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Jeffrey S. Serota

Jeffrey S. Serota

Jeffrey S. Serota is 52 years old and has been a member of our Board of Directors since November 2016 and became our Chairman of the Board in September 2017. Mr. Serota is currently a Vice Chairman at Corbel Capital Partners, an alternative lower middle-market debt manager. Mr. Serota served as a Senior Partner and Senior Advisor at Ares Management LLC (Ares) from 1997 to 2013. While at Ares, Mr. Serota led investments in an array of security types and industries. Transaction structures included buyouts, recapitalizations, structured equity, minority interest, and distressed-for-control, among others. As part of his role as a Senior Partner at Ares, Mr. Serota acted as an Interim Chief Executive Officer for certain portfolio company investments of Ares, led fundraising efforts for private equity investment funds, participated in numerous private and public companies as a member of the board of directors, and assisted in the management of the private equity efforts at Ares. Before Ares, Mr. Serota served as a Vice President in the investment banking department at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. Prior to Bear Stearns, Mr. Serota was employed at Dabney/Resnick, Inc., where he specialized in merchant banking and capital raising activities for middle-market companies and had primary responsibility for Dabney/Resnick’s bridge financing activities. Mr. Serota was also employed at Salomon Brothers Inc., where he focused on mergers and acquisitions and merchant banking transactions.


Mr. Serota was previously Chairman of the Board of CIFC Corp. (CIFC), a $15 billion asset management firm specializing in non-investment grade credit products. Mr. Serota also served as the Chairman of SandRidge Energy, Inc. from June 2013 until October 2016 and as one of its independent director from March 2007 to October 2016. Mr. Serota has also served on numerous public and private company boards over his career. Public company boards included: Exco Resources, Lyondell Basell Inc., WCA Waste Corp. and Douglas Dynamics, Inc.


Mr. Serota brings to our Board of Directors over 25 years of experience as a principal investor, financial services professional, and operating executive.