Black Mountain Elects Michael Hatley to Board of Directors

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Black Mountain Systems is pleased to announce that Michael Hatley, President and Portfolio Manager of West Gate Horizons Advisors, will join its Board of Directors.

Mr. Hatley is a founding partner of West Gate Horizons Advisors, LLC and a founding partner at Aristotle Credit Partners, LLC, where he is a Senior Partner and Portfolio Manager. Mr. Hatley has 33 years of experience in the area of corporate credit analysis and the management of senior secured bank loan portfolios. “I look forward to working to propel Black Mountain to its next phase of growth, particularly as the company has been on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies for three consecutive years,” he said. “It’s an honor to be joining such an exceptional team.”

Steve Miller, Managing Director of the LCD Team at S&P Capital IQ and Black Mountain Systems’ Chairman, said, “We are pleased that Mike has agreed to lend his considerable market stature and expertise to our board. He brings to the team a wealth of experience and creative energy that we are confident will enable Black Mountain to continue to grow rapidly amid the challenges and opportunities of today’s dynamic financial markets.”

Prior to co-founding West Gate, Mr. Hatley worked at ING Capital Advisors, LLC and served in various credit capacities, becoming President in 2001 and assuming full responsibility for the investment process and portfolio management. In 2005, WGHA was formed to purchase all of the active investment management contracts of ICA. Prior to his employment at ICA, Mr. Hatley worked at Pilgrim Prime Rate Trust as an assistant portfolio manager for 6 years helping to oversee Pilgrim’s $1 billion portfolio of bank loans. He also served as a Vice President at First Interstate Bank in Los Angeles for approximately 9 years prior to Pilgrim where he held a number of positions in the areas of national and correspondent banking. At First Interstate, he also served as Director of the Bank’s Credit Training program. Mr. Hatley has served as a board member of the Loan Syndications and Trading Association (LSTA) which serves as the Trade Association for the floating rate bank loan market. He holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Missouri and an MBA in Finance from Indiana University.

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