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Walking Mountains to honor Mayers, Hermans

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Vail, CO Colorado
Tony and Barbie Mayer

AVON, Colorado – Walking Mountains Science Center has announced that the 2012 Reach for the Peak Award will be presented to Tony and Barbie Mayer and Mike and Karen Herman on Sunday at an evening ceremony at its new campus.

This award is given every other year to individuals in our community that have made a difference in people’s lives through significant philanthropy and civic service.

Mike Herman is currently serving as president of the Herman Family Trading Co. From January 1992 to December 2000, Mr. Herman was president of the Kansas City Royals Baseball Club. From January 1990 to December 1999, he was chairman of the Finance and Investment Committee of the Kauffman Foundation and was its president from January 1985 to December 1990.

Mr. Herman is a trustee of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a member of the Livingston W. Houston Society of Patroons at Rensselaer and, in 1998, he was awarded an honorary doctorate, along with presenting the Institute’s commencement address.

Mr. Herman joined Marion Laboratories in October 1974 as vice president of finance, he went on to become executive vice president and chief financial officer and a director of the corporation until December 1990.

Michael E. Herman ’62 earned his Bachelor of Science degree in metallurgical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his MBA from the University of Chicago.

Karen Herman is the founding president of the Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City. She was “Woman of the Year” in Kansas City in 1994, and has served on the boards of the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education and Temple B’Nai Jehudah, as well as being an investor and volunteer for The Hunger Project for over 30 years.

Mike and Karen believe strongly in providing opportunities for girls to excel in science and math and they initiated the Girls in Science program with Walking Mountains, an after-school program that is now in five elementary schools in Eagle County. The Hermans have two children and three grandchildren.

Tony Mayer is the retired managing director and chief executive officer of J.P. Morgan Capital Corporation, and was elected chairman of the $2 billion Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Board of Trustees in September 2003. He is currently a venture investor and partner in Cove Harbor Partners, based in Stamford, Conn.

During his distinguished career with J.P. Morgan, Mayer held a variety of positions, both internationally and domestically. In 1979, Mayer led Morgan’s entry into Euromarket securities heading the firm’s London-based securities subsidiary; in 1986, he served as a senior member of Morgan’s Mergers and Acquisitions group and was named head of global investment banking; in 1995, he became chief financial officer of the parent company and in 1996 CEO role of J.P. Morgan Capital, the firm’s private equity business.

A graduate of Princeton University, Mayer earned a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School in 1964.

Barbie and Tony Mayer have been generous supporters of Walking Mountains Science Center since its inception as Gore Range Natural Science School over 13 years ago. Their generous capital support enabled completion of the educational displays, serving thousands of visitors and students.

All proceeds from the 2012 Reach for the Peak Award Dinner will directly benefit students in the community by providing high-quality natural science programs in alignment with the district’s science standards. For more information about this event or Walking Mountains Science Center, visit http://www.walkingmountains.org or call 970-827-9725.

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