Mr. Eliasek has been Chairman of our board of directors and our Chief Executive Officer and President since inception. Mr. Eliasek was the Chairman of the board of directors and Chief Executive Officer and President of PWAY from its inception until March 31, 2019. Mr. Eliasek currently serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of our Adviser, as a Managing Director of Prospect Administration, as President, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Prospect Capital Corporation, as President and Chief Operating Officer of Priority Senior Secured Income Management LLC and as Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer and President of Priority Income Fund, Inc. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Prospect Capital Corporation and leads each of Prospect Capital Management’s investment committees in the origination, selection, monitoring and portfolio management of investments. Prior to joining Prospect Capital Management in 2004, Mr. Eliasek served as a Managing Director with Prospect Street Ventures, an investment management firm which, together with its predecessors, invested in various investment strategies through publicly traded closed-end funds and private limited partnerships. Prior to joining Prospect Street Ventures, Mr. Eliasek served as a consultant with Bain & Company, a global strategy consulting firm. Mr. Eliasek received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia, where he was a Jefferson Scholar and a Rodman Scholar. Mr. Eliasek’s position as our current Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and his investment experience enhances his services to our board of directors.
Ms. Van Dask is our Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, Secretary, and Chief Compliance Officer. Ms. Van Dask serves in a similar capacity for other Prospect funds under management and has worked in investment management and accounting since 2001. She has extensive experience in finance, accounting, and financial reporting, including with business development company, closed-end fund, securitization, corporate, private partnership, and other structures. Prior to joining Prospect, Ms. Van Dask served as an Accounting Manager in the Structured Finance Division of GSC Group LLC from 2007 to 2008, where she was responsible for the accounting and financial reporting of private equity and hedge funds invested in a diverse series of leveraged structured credit instruments. From 2002 to 2007, Ms. Van Dask held various positions within the assurance practice of Ernst & Young LLP, working on a variety of privately held and publicly traded clients, private equity funds, management companies, and investment advisory partnerships. In 2001, Ms. Van Dask began her public accounting career at Arthur Andersen LLP. Ms. Van Dask received her BS magna cum laude from Towson University and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of New York.
Mr. Burges is our Portfolio Manager and a Managing Director for our Adviser with more than 25 years of finance industry experience. Mr. Burges is responsible for originating, executing, and managing debt investments across a variety of industries with a focus on more liquid and club loans. Mr. Burges serves a similar role at Prospect Capital Management. Mr. Burges previously worked for 16 years in investment banking and securities in London and New York with Deutsche Bank, Merrill Lynch, and Knight Capital, where he was a Managing Director. In his roles, Mr. Burges was responsible for advising and financing public companies across a diverse set of industries. Mr. Burges has public company board and executive experience as President, CEO, and Director of a Canadian listed company, and as Chairman and an officer in a private energy company. Mr. Burges holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA (Hons) from Bristol University in England.
Mr. Bloom is an Assistant Portfolio Manager and a Vice President for our Adviser where he is responsible for originating, executing, and managing investments in a variety of industries. Prior to joining our Adviser, Mr. Bloom worked in the New York office of Barclays, where he was most recently a Vice President in the loan portfolio management group. Mr. Bloom received his BS and BA from the University of Virginia.