Mr. Eck joined Arena Investors in June 2013 to direct the fund’s investments in structured products. In this role, he is responsible for the origination, structuring and execution of direct loans, asset purchases, joint ventures and other types of transactions across an array of asset classes. Mr. Eck is the former Managing Director and head of the Esoterics Desk at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (“BAML”) where he was responsible for the origination and execution of trades involving non-traditional financial assets. Previously, he was a Director and leading revenue generator within Citigroup’s Asset-Backed Finance Group where he focused on the execution of capital markets transactions and financings involving a variety of asset classes including commercial, franchise and home equity loans. While at Citigroup, he established a middle market loan trading platform and was a member of the investment committee for the platform’s principal investments. Prior to Citigroup, Mr. Eck was a member of Bear Stearns’ Asset-Backed Securitization team and a trader on the high yield desk. He holds an M.B.A. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business and a B.S. degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.