Dean's Advisory Council: Martin C. Murrer
Mr. Murrer is the founding partner of GSM Co-Investors & Nutritional Advisors, LLC.
Previously, Mr. Murrer formed Sagent Advisors Inc. together with Herald Ritch and Joel Cohen in 2003. Sagent Advisors is an Investment Bank providing financial advisory services to businesses in connection with mergers, acquisitions and other corporate transactions. Prior to Sagent, Mr. Murrer was a senior Managing Director in Merrill Lynch’s Merger and Acquisition Group from 2001-2003. Prior to Merrill Lynch, Mr. Murrer was a Managing Director with AEA Investors, a $1.1 billion private equity firm specializing in management buyouts. As a Managing Director of AEA, Mr. Murrer was responsible for a number of investments and a board member of Dal-Tile Corporation, Li & Fund Distribution, Marbo Inc and Sutton Place Gourmet . From 1994-2002, Mr. Murrer was also a board member of PC Connection.
Mr. Murrer is also an active early stage investor in nutrition, food safety, health & wellness and cleaner energy companies through two of his venture entities, Murrer Brothers LLC and GSM Co-Investment and Nutritional Advisory, LLC. Mr. Murrer is retained as an industry consultant and is on a number of private boards. His investments include a solar equipment company, a medical software company, almond orchards, a bar-dance fitness clubs, a functional water ingredient company, a supplement contract manufacturer and Broadway plays.
Prior to AEA Investors Mr. Murrer was a Managing Director at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department. He was the founder and co-head of DLJ’s Exclusive Sales Group from 1997-1999, which became the largest advisor of US seller advisory assignments in 1998-1999. Mr. Murrer began his investment banking career at Lehman Brothers Corporate Finance Group in 1981. He then joined Salomon Brothers in 1984 where he became a Director in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department. In 1990, he joined Goldman Sachs where he was in charge of the New England region in the firm’s Investment Banking Services group until 1995 when he joined DLJ.
He received a BS from The Ohio State University in the College of Administrative Science in 1979 in which he graduated summa cum laude and an MBA from the Graduate School of UCLA in 1981 as an Edward Carter Scholar (top 2% of graduating class). Mr. Murrer is currently a Founding Board Member of the UCLA Graduate School Fink Center for Finance & Investment.
He is married to an Ohio State Graduate, Jean Ruman Murrer and has three children, one of whom is graduated with honors at The Ohio State University majoring in Finance. He is active in a number of Charities and is on the Board of Directors of Catholics Charities of the Archdiocese of New York.