About Maywic

Maywic Select Investments was founded by Fred Mayerson and Chad Wick.

Relationships built on honesty, integrity, and authenticity.

Life-long friends, business partners, and colleagues, Fred and Chad both have significant professional accomplishments. Fred established a track record in business as an investor, owner and operator and Chad as a commercial banking executive and leader of one of the country’s more important national philanthropic organizations focused on education. They remain closely connected through both business and social causes.

Their story can be defined by one word: relationships. To be more specific, it’s relationships that are based on honesty, integrity and authenticity. It is those relationships that lead to access to deals and deal sources that most other groups cannot access and allow us to provide extended support for our portfolio companies.

They blend those values with their expertise, engaging in what they love and investing in skilled and invested management teams that have the potential to accelerate growth from arithmetic to geometry.

They confer with a highly regarded group of industry leaders who are friends and colleagues. They provide market intelligence, deal flow, operating expertise, and strategic guidance.

Maywic Select Investments operates on the basis of pledge commitments by a select number of participants.

Frederic H. Mayerson

Frederic Mayerson is the Founder, Chairman and Managing General Partner of  Maywic Select Investments, a venture firm focusing on growth companies and the Founder and Principal of The Frederic H. Mayerson Group, a diversified investment firm.

For the last 35 years, Fred has been involved in ventures focusing on consumer goods, communications, restaurants, toys and juvenile products, outsourcing, and corporate services – including having served on the Board of Directors of Peloton, Chi-Chi’s Mexican Restaurants, Build-a-Bear Workshop, Cap Toys and numerous others.  He has founded and acquired ownership in a number of companies, public and private. 

Fred also has owned and managed prime office, shopping center, and retail space and continues to be active in real estate. He was Chairman of United Sports Ventures, an owner of minor league baseball and hockey teams that won six championships.  He has co-produced twelve Tony Award winning Broadway musicals and a Pulitzer Prize-Winning drama. Throughout his career he has served on the Boards of Directors of several companies, public and private.    

A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School with an undergraduate degree from Miami University, he received a Fellowship to the World Court in The Hague and practiced law in New York City before returning to Cincinnati to begin his business career.  He is a member of several professional and charitable organizations, especially those concerning children and education.  Fred’s affiliations have included: Director of U.S. Bank Board of Advisors, Trustee of the Mayerson Foundation, Member of The League of American Theatres and Producers, and Trustee of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights, and Member of the Advisors of the Korey Stringer Institute of the National Football League.  He has run the Montreal Marathon, raced as a licensed NASCAR driver, and continues to enjoy and compete in a wide range of other sporting activities.

Chad Wick

Chad Wick has been a CEO and president emeritus of commercial banks, large non-profit organizations, and a national foundation for the past 35 years.  As founder and president emeritus of KnowledgeWorks, Chad was recognized by former Secretary of Education Richard Riley as one of America’s most important leaders in education.  Chad built a major relationship with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and created the fastest growing high school network in the country, New Tech Network, with over 200 schools in 25 states.  In his business career, Chad organized and led the private buyout of Southern Ohio Bank and the sale of Student Loan Funding Corp to SallieMae.   

Chad received his BS degree from the University of Cincinnati and MBA with high honors from Thunderbird Graduate School.  He served many years as president of the Mayerson Company, a diversified real estate and investment enterprise, and has served on numerous boards as a board member as well as president and CEO including: Ameritrust of Cincinnati, Southern Ohio Bank, Shawnee Life Insurance Co., RISE Learning Solutions and KnowledgeWorks. He is currently Chairman of the Board of ACT, Inc., one of the world’s largest student testing and assessment organizations. 

Chad is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and has participated in the Army War College’s Strategic Leadership Forum at Columbia University.  He has received honorary Doctorates from both the University of Cincinnati and Youngstown State University.  Chad is an avid cyclist and has cycled across America.

Clifford Norris

Cliff began his 25 year career in business as a consultant for Development Specialists, a financial consulting firm, in Chicago and then transitioned into owning and operating various businesses. He has successfully and consistently steered businesses to successful exits including Lumber Yards and Medical lasers. Recently, he was on the senior management team of a $50 MM medical equipment company that was acquired by a private equity firm.

Cliff joined Maywic after meeting Fred Mayerson when both were on the Board of Peloton. Based in Chicago, Cliff works in business development for Maywic, generating deal flow and supporting the portfolio companies.

Cliff is on the Board for Recipe For Change, a non profit teaching detainees how to improve their lives through cooking. Cliff earned an MBA from DePaul and a BS from University of Wisconsin

Lawrence Horwitz

Larry coordinates deal flow, analysis and staff activity. He has founded and grown several companies including a financial services company serving medical and allied health professionals, national and international restaurant chains, and a direct-selling women’s apparel company. He has served as a Chief of Staff and has been a friend and colleague of Fred Mayerson for over 20 years.

Larry has served as a director and trustee of various civic and performing arts organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts. His entrepreneurial endeavors include: re-establishing U.S. commerce with The People’s Republic of China in 1971 and an attempt to purchase the Berlin Wall in 1989, as well as the founding and operation of 3 businesses.

He was an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Management at the University of Cincinnati Lindner College of Business and a faculty member at Thomas More College in Kentucky.  Larry has a BA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Brian Shimko

Brian Shimko is responsible for analyzing and evaluating new and existing portfolio companies. Prior to joining Maywic, he was a Manager of Mergers and Acquisitions at EY and responsible for assisting companies with transactions and providing Finance department insights during an integration or divestiture. He began his career at GE in several roles in finance over the course of 9 years including the Financial Management Program and the Corporate Audit Staff. Brian earned an Economics degree at Fordham University and also has an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. Brian’s hobbies include SCUBA diving and curling.