Mayer, founder of Park Avenue Equity, has been involved in private equity investing for more than 35 years. Mayer worked for The First Boston Corporation (now Credit Suisse), a major investment bank, for 23 years. During his career at First Boston, he held numerous management positions, including President and Chief Executive Officer. Mayer served as Chairman of First Boston’s Investment Committee for eight years.
Mayer was a Professor and Dean of the College of Business at the University of Maryland from 1992 through 1996. He is currently a board member of the following public companies: BlackRock Kelso and Lee Enterprises, and is a trustee of the Columbia Group of Mutual Funds.
During the past 30 years, Mayer has been a board member of numerous other public and private companies. He is also a director on a number of Park Avenue Equity portfolio companies. Mayer was Chairman of the Aspen Institute from 2000 to 2008, and is currently on its Executive Committee.
He is past Chairman of the Board of the University of Maryland, and is currently on its Executive Committee. Mayer is also a board member of the Acumen Fund, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Vice Chairman of the Middle East Investment Initiative.
He holds a BS and an MBA from the University of Maryland.