I have stood on this platform many times before over the years; to ring the opening and closing bell at NYSE Euronext in celebrating the positive aspects of free enterprise and capitalism, and bringing critical attention to financial literacy in America. But I have never actually stood right here, on this historic podium, as I participated in the actual birthing of a new publicly traded company. Well, last week I had just that opportunity, as I took part in the listing of a new public company for which I now proudly serve on the board of directors -- Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation (trading system ACRE).
The global Ares Capital and Ares Management family are both first class individuals, and a first class organization. I am indeed proud and honored to be associated. And now the work begins.
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John Hope Bryant is a thought leader, founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Companies, Inc. Magazine/CEO READ bestselling business author of LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass) the only African-American bestselling business author in America, and is chairman of the Subcommittee for the Under-Served and Community Empowerment for the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability, for President Barack Obama. Mr. Bryant is the co-founder of the Gallup-HOPE Index, the only national research poll on youth financial dignity and youth economic energy in the U.S. He is also a co-founder of Global Dignity with HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Professor Pekka Himanen of Finland. Global Dignity is affiliated with the Forum of Young Global Leaders and the World Economic Forum.