Management Team

Stuart A. Rothstein
Chief Executive Officer, President

Stuart A. Rothstein, is a Director, the Chief Executive Officer and the President of our Company. He is also the Vice President of, and a member of the Investment Committee of our Manager. Since 2009, Mr. Rothstein has been a partner and the Chief Operating Officer-Real Estate of Apollo Global Management, LLC (NYSE: APO). Mr. Rothstein is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the group as well as strategic planning and new business development. Prior to joining Apollo in 2009, Mr. Rothstein was a Co-Managing Partner of Four Corners Properties, a privately held real estate investment company. Previously, he served as a Director of KKR Financial Advisors, LLC, overseeing all investments in commercial real estate and a Director at RBC Capital Markets, responsible for the West Coast Real Estate Investment Banking practice. Prior to RBC, Mr. Rothstein was an Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Related Capital Company, also serving as Chief Financial Officer for three publicly traded companies – Centerline Holding Company (formerly CharterMac), American Mortgage Acceptance Company and Aegis Realty Inc. Mr. Rothstein began his career at Spieker Properties Inc., an office REIT subsequently acquired by Equity Office Properties, and held various senior finance positions prior to being named Chief Financial Officer in 1999. Mr. Rothstein graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Accounting and received an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He is a member of Pennsylvania State University’s Smeal College of Business Real Estate Advisory Board.

Scott Weiner
Chief Investment Officer

Mr. Weiner is the Chief Investment Officer of the Company’s Manager. Mr. Weiner also serves as a partner of Apollo Global Management, where he oversees Apollo’s Commercial real estate debt business. Mr. Weiner joined Apollo in 2009 from Barclays Capital where he was in charge of the U.S. Commercial Real Estate Large Loan and Structured Loan business from 2005 to 2009 (Managing Director, 2006 to 2009; Director, July 2005 to January 2006). In this capacity, Mr. Weiner managed the origination, pricing, structuring and closing of large fixed and floating rate mortgage loans and mezzanine loans throughout the U.S. He was also active in Barclay’s syndication of mortgage loans. From 1996 until 2005, he held various positions at Lehman Brothers, including Senior Vice President (December 2003 to July 2005), in the commercial real estate finance area where he specialized in structured first mortgage and mezzanine investments. Mr. Weiner graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a BA in international studies.

Jai  Agarwal
Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary
Jai Agarwal is the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary of our Company. Prior to joining ARI, he served from 2014 until May 2016 as the chief financial officer and treasurer of CM Finance Inc. (Nasdaq: CMFN). Prior to CM Finance, Mr. Agarwal was a senior vice president in Blackstone’s real estate finance group from 2012 to 2014 and director of finance and accounting from 2008 through 2012 at Capital Trust, the predecessor to Blackstone Mortgage Trust (NYSE: BXMT). Prior to that, from 2000 until 2007, Mr. Agarwal held positions in finance and investments at iStar Inc. (NYSE: STAR). He holds a Bachelor of Science from University of Mumbai and is a Certified Public Accountant.