Antony (Tony) P. Ressler
Mr. Ressler co-founded Ares Management LLC in 1997, an asset management firm with approximately $46 billion in AUM with a focus on ‘alternative assets’ (i.e leveraged loans, HY bonds, distressed debt, private/mezzanine debt and private equity) managed through a variety of funds and investment vehicles. Ares has approximately 450 employees with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Dallas, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Stockholm and Shanghai. Mr. Ressler also co-founded Apollo Management, L.P in 1990, a publicly traded investment firm based in New York. Prior to 1990, Mr. Ressler served as a Senior Vice President in the High Yield Bond Department of Drexel Burnham Lambert Incorporated, with responsibility for the New Issue/Syndicate Desk.
Mr. Ressler serves on several boards of directors including Ares Capital Corp (“ARCC”), Air Lease Corp (“ALC”) as well as several private companies owned or controlled by Ares investment funds.
In the Not for Profit sector, Mr. Ressler serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (“Cedars”), as Finance Chair and member of the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (“LACMA”), a board member of Campbell Hall Episcopal School in Studio City, CA and as Founder and Co-Chairman of the Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools (“Alliance”), a high performing group of twenty charter high schools and middle schools based in Los Angeles. Mr. Ressler is also one of the founding members of the board and Finance Chair of the Painted Turtle Camp, a southern California based organization (affiliated with Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Association) which was created to serve children dealing with chronic and life threatening illnesses by creating memorable, old-fashioned camping experiences.
Mr. Ressler received his B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and received his MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. Mr. Ressler lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three sons.
Theodore L. Dysart
Mr. Dysart is a Vice Chairman with Heidrick & Struggles where he is a leader in the Global Board of Directors Practice and an active member of the CEO search practice. Ted is responsible for senior-level executive search assignments and is a functional specialist at Heidrick & Struggles, working exclusively on board, CEO and succession planning engagements. He has placed more than 500 executives on the boards of Fortune 500, mid-cap and private companies. BusinessWeek ranked him as one of the 150 most influential head hunters in the world, Executive Search Review named him one of six “executive recruiters to watch” in 2004. In 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011, he was named to the Directorship 100, a listing of the most influential individuals in corporate governance by Directorship magazine. In 2011, he was named to the list of “Rising Stars of Corporate Governance” by the Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance at Yale University.
Serving as a board- and CEO-level advisor, Ted helps clients to identify and attract the proper mix of leadership required for building and managing effective businesses. His consultative-driven approach focuses on working with boards to look at long-term development plans for both management and board succession planning.
Throughout his career, Ted has worked with a wide variety of clients such as American Electric Power, Avon Products, Girl Scouts of the USA, Health Net, Kennametal, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Legg Mason, Liberty Mutual, Moneygram International, Pepsi Bottling Group, Reynolds American, R.R. Donnelley, The Talbots and Terex Corporation, recruiting directors and senior executives. He is a regular commentator on the subject of corporate governance, and his comments have appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and CNN as well as other local and regional papers.
Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, he was a Vice President with The Directorship Search Group, a consulting firm that specialized in corporate governance consulting and board director searches. Earlier, he worked for WIN Enterprise, Inc., a member of the WIN Group. The WIN Group was ranked as Inc. magazine’s 14th fastest growing private company in 1993.
A graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Ted was a member of the first class to receive a bachelor’s degree in management information systems. He is active in civic circles and serves on the board of directors of the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago, Surgery For The Poor and The United States Navy Memorial.