Jeffrey S. Serota serves as Vice Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Corbel Capital Partners, an independent investment firm that makes non-control investments in debt or equity securities in, lower middle-market businesses. Mr. Serota has over 30 years of experience as a principal investor, financial services professional and operating executive. Independent of his responsibilities at Corbel, Mr. Serota currently serves as the Chairman of Great Elm Capital Group and as a Director of Maverick Natural Resources. Prior to joining Corbel, Mr. Serota served as a Senior Partner with Ares Management in Los Angeles, from 1997 to 2012 and as a Senior Advisor to Ares in 2013. While at Ares, Mr. Serota was a member of the Investment Committee for all private equity related transactions. He has led transactions (including sourcing, due diligence, financing, consummating, monitoring and exiting) of a variety of sizes and in numerous industries including industrials, energy, chemicals, manufacturing and business services. As part of his role as Senior Partner at Ares, Mr. Serota has acted as an interim CEO 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 boards of directors. Prior to joining Ares, Mr. Serota worked at Bear Stearns, Dabney/Resnick, Inc. and Salomon Brothers Inc. Mr. Serota received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.B.A. from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California at Los Angeles.