Mark Hauser

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Private equity investor Mark Hauser, in brief.

Mark Hauser

Home: Los Angeles, CA and Cincinnati, OH.  Age: Is just a number, I say I feel like I’m in my forties.  Birthplace: Cincinnati, born and raised.  Profession: Private equity.  Organization: Hauser Private Equity, a private equity firm, and HAUSER, a risk advisory firm.  Title: Managing Partner at Hauser Private Equity; Chairman at HAUSER.  Alma mater: Miami University.

Recent recognition: Nine Hauser Private Equity fund managers were recently named to Inc.’s third annual “Founder-Friendly Private Equity Firms” list.  What’s been your big (or biggest leap)? Taking a small local insurance company in the nineties and growing it into what would eventually become the national risk advisor: HAUSER.  Hobbies: RAMS Football, skiing, during COVID I took to running outside both in Cincinnati and LA through different neighborhoods. Recent travel or adventure: December through March in the Rockies. Wyoming, Utah, Colorado. As often as the schedule will allow.  Last book read: Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand.  Recently viewed and recommended: My three daughters would tell you that my favorite show is, whichever show they are currently watching.

What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Persistent.  Moral compass: My wife.  How do you define an ideal business relationship? The best business relationships are those built on mutual respect and a shared vision.  What is your greatest joy? my four children and watching them build their lives.  What is your guilty pleasure? Dark chocolate and red wine. Also, diet Mountain Dew.  Clearly, not all at the same time.  What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? I always wanted to be a touring musician; I admire police officers and school teachers.  What is your favorite place (or way) to spend money? My kids.  What is your go-to workout? Running outside and hiking.  What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? My family and either warm water or fresh snow.

What was your first paying job? I blacktopped driveways in Cincinnati.  What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? I have some type of ram horn painting or sculpture in all my offices.  What’s the best advice you received in your career? Make it about the other person. What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? Zoom and FaceTime!  What is your favorite app? The Delta app What is your go-to source of news and information? Combination of WSJ, NYT, Buyouts and PE Professional Newsletters, The Cincinnati Business Courier and MSN.  My kids keep me informed of anything and everything fun and entertaining. What is your go-to source of creative inspiration? My wife, Margie.  What company or organization do you most admire? The early growth of General Electric.

What is your big idea?

Private Equity generates success by aligning new resources with industry expertise in a way that creates efficiencies other market mechanisms cannot compete with.

What mega-trend most excites you? Tech enabled services and high technology in healthcare sector.  What mega-trend most concerns you? Disinformation on the internet.

What title would you choose for the movie about your life? Tell Me What I Need To Know.  As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A football player or a rock star.  How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? With our family, together in Wyoming.  What advice would you give your younger self? Buy Starbucks stock or get a little better at typing.

Personal motto: 90% of your focus should be on the future.  Favorite quote: “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been” (Wayne Gretzky).

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