Chief Executive Officer & Chief Investment Officer
Before founding Willow Tree, Mr. Lower was a founding member of the direct lending business at Ares Management, which grew from $165 million in AUM at inception in 2004 to over $30.7 billion by 2016. He served on the investment committee for the firm’s flagship direct lending vehicle, Ares Capital Corporation. Prior to joining Ares in 2004, he was a member of the investment team at the Royal Bank of Canada where he focused on making senior and junior debt investments to private middle market companies across a wide variety of industries. He began his career in the Investment Banking division of Salomon Brothers/Citigroup. Mr. Lower graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a B.S. in Business Administration, Accounting and Finance.