Anthony E. Meyer
President, Ocean Road Advisors, Inc. and Chairman, Meyer and Co. LLC
Anthony E. Meyer is a New York City-based entrepreneur, private investor and philanthropist. He is the President of Ocean Road Advisors, Inc. (www.oceanroadadvisors.com), a privately-held “family office” investment management company he founded in 2005 that manages a diversified investment portfolio of public and private securities, hedge funds, real estate and venture capital on behalf of several New York families. He also serves as the Chairman of privately-held Meyer and Co., LLC (www.meyerandco.com), a merchant banking firm founded in 2002 and based in New York City with offices in Providence, Rhode Island and Salt Lake City, Utah.
As an entrepreneur, in 2007, Meyer founded Graduation Alliance (www.graduationalliance.com) formerly known as The American Academy), an education services company that’s in partnership with educators, economic development agencies and community leaders across the nation, Graduation Alliance provides versatile pathways to high school graduation, fosters college and career exploration, and connects job creators to skilled and ready workers. Previously, in 2004, Meyer founded Extend Health, Inc. (www.extendhealth.com), a leading provider of health benefits management services and technologies, to enable American corporations, public sector entities and other groups to implement defined contribution healthcare solutions for their active and retired employees. Extend Health today operates the largest private Medicare exchange in the United States, creating cost savings for its employer clients and providing its individual customers with improved choice and control over health benefits. In 2011, Extend Health partnered with Microsoft to build the state health insurance exchanges required under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. In January, 2012, Extend Health filed with the SEC for its initial public offering; however, in May, 2012, the Company was instead sold to Towers Watson, a leading global professional services company.
From 1994 through 2001, Meyer was a Managing Director at Lazard Frères & Co. LLC, a leading global, private investment bank, where he was a founding partner of Lazard Frères Real Estate Investors LLC (LFREI), Lazard’s real estate investment management affiliate and the firm’s largest principal investment business. At LFREI, he served successively as Chief Investment Officer, Chief Operating Officer and President, International, on behalf of the firm’s $2.8 billion (equity) real estate private equity business. Prior to joining Lazard, from 1984 to 1993, Meyer was a General Partner of Trammell Crow Company, one of the largest diversified real estate companies in the U.S, where he co-founded Trammell Crow Ventures, Crow’s investment management affiliate. He later served as Trammell Crow Ventures’ Chief Investment Officer and led the $2.6 billion (equity) investment management company’s efforts in real estate, private equity and venture capital.
An active social entrepreneur and involved citizen, Meyer serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the City University of New York’s William E. Macaulay Honors College, a Governor of the American Jewish Committee, a Director of Dr. Mehmet Oz’s HealthCorps, a member of the World Presidents’ Organization (YPO/WPO), a Trustee of Geneva-based UN Watch and a Co-Founder of the No Labels political organization. He has also sponsored new social enterprises such as the Innovation Zone of the NYC Department of Education, the Well Program of charity:water, the FDNY Foundation’s “Ready Room 24/7 Project”, the “Hacking Education” data project of DonorsChoose and the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission’s “Taxi of the Future” initiative. Meyer is former Chairman of the Board of Literacy Instruction for Texas (L.I.F.T.), former Vice Chairman of The World of Children Award, a past Board member of the Young Leadership Cabinet of the United Jewish Appeal and The Educational Alliance settlement organization. He also serves on the Investment and/or Advisory Committees of several for-profit and non-profit organizations. Meyer has also guest lectured in real estate, finance and entrepreneurship at numerous institutions including Stanford University, New York University, Southern Methodist University and City University of New York, and is a frequent speaker at conferences and roundtables on the subject of entrepreneurship and social enterprise.
Meyer graduated from Harvard College in 1982 as a John Harvard Scholar, with a magna cum laude degree in Economics, and received his MBA from Harvard Business School with distinction in 1984.
He is married and lives in New York City with his wife and two daughters.