I have one request for corporate America. Just be like John Bartling. Mr. Bartling is Co-CEO of Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation (ACRE), a public company that is part of the Ares Management group, having over $60 billion in assets under management. I know John because I serve on the board of directors for ACRE, but I am wholly impressed with him for reasons other than his intellect, nor his ability to create, stand up and grow sustainable companies that create jobs and opportunity.
I am most impressed with John, because of his personal ethics. Recently while at a board dinner, John pulled me aside and shared his ongoing concern about the lack of diversity (of African Americans and Latinos) on Wall Street and in the upper reaches of corporate America. But more than just talking about it, he wanted to do something about it.