Mike Zabik is a Partner of the firm.

Prior to joining RedBird, Mike was a Vice President of Ares Management LLC, a diversified asset manager, where he focused primarily on opportunities in business services, healthcare, industrials, consumer and specialty finance. Prior to Ares, Mike was an Associate of Kelso & Company, a New York-based private equity firm, where Mike evaluated investment opportunities across a broad set of industries including renewable energy, shipping, industrials, business services and consumer.

Mike currently sits on several boards across the RedBird investment portfolio, including (i) Constellation Affiliated Partners, a top 10 managing general agent insurance platform; (ii) Majority Strategies, a direct-to-consumer advertising and marketing business; (iii) OneTeam Partners, a platform company with the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) and MLB Players Association (MLBPA) that helps athletes maximize the value of their name, image and likeness rights; (iv) Tally Energy Services, a buy-and-build oilfield service company focused on fit-for-purpose solutions for shale producers in the verticals of directional drilling, completions and artificial lift; and (v) Zenith Shipping, a portfolio of product tankers and dry bulk shipping vessels. In addition to his involvement on company boards, Mike plays an active role in the following RedBird investments: (i) Grafine Capital Partners, a boutique NYC-based asset manager; and (ii) Skydance Media, the original content production company founded by the Ellison family across theatrical, subscription video on demand, animation and interactive gaming.

In addition to these responsibilities, Mike leads the firm’s Portfolio Financing Team, which is top-down monitoring of the existing financing structures in place across the portfolio, with a view to opportunistically adjust the capital structures of portfolio companies on a go-forward basis.

Mike received a B.S. in Finance and Accounting from Indiana University. He is the former Chairman and a current member of Indiana University’s Investment Banking Network Advisory Council.