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December 22 2014

Operation HOPE Announces Michael Arougheti Co-Founder of Ares as a Featured Speaker for the HOPE Global Forum

ATLANTA, GA – December 23, 2014 – Operation HOPE the leading global financial dignity nonprofit, today announced Michael Arougheti Co-Founder of Ares and a Director and the President of Ares Management GP LLC, Ares' general partner as a Featured Speaker on the Main Stage at the 2015 HOPE Global Forum in Atlanta, GA, January 15-17th.  

The annual forum, hosted by HOPE at the Omni Hotel in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, will bring together heads of state, C-suite executives, civic and financial leaders to outline a vision for the future of the modern global economy. This vision that includes all people as HOPE sees the poor, underserved and teetering middle class as untapped assets for economic growth, entrepreneurship and job creation.

Mr. Arougheti is a Co-Founder of Ares and a Director and the President of Ares Management GP LLC, Ares' general partner. He is a Senior Partner of Ares and Co-Head of its Direct Lending Group and a member of the Management Committee. He also serves as Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of and Executive Vice President of ARCC and as a director of ACRE. Prior to joining Ares in 2004.

Since 1992, Operation HOPE has been providing financial dignity and economic empowerment to more than 2 million individuals worldwide. It is America's only nonprofit software company specializing in the software of human development -- reverse engineering poverty. HOPE’s goal is to turn check cashing customers into banking customers, renters into homeowners, small business dreamers into small business owners and minimum wage workers into living wage consumers. For additional information about Operation HOPE, go to

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