Michael S. (“Mickey”) Maurer’s career as an attorney and entrepreneur has included cable television, film production, radio broadcasting, publishing, real estate and banking.
An Indianapolis native, Mickey graduated from North Central High School. He attended the University of Colorado and graduated with a B.S. in accounting. He is a member of Beta Alpha Psi accounting honorary society. Mickey attended Indiana University School of Law where he received a Doctor of Jurisprudence. He was a writer and an editor of the Law Journal. He successfully completed the CPA examination. Mr. Maurer is admitted to both the New York and the Indiana Bars.
Mickey serves as Chairman of the Board of IBJ Corporation and IBJ Book Publishing, LLC. IBJ owns and publishes The Indianapolis Business Journal, Court and Commercial Record, and The Indiana Lawyer. Under its flag, IBJ Press, it has published more than 400 books.
Mickey serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of The National Bank of Indianapolis, the largest locally owned financial institution in central Indiana.
His film, “Diving In” enjoyed a national release and showings on HBO and Cinemax.
In 2001, Mickey established “Mickey’s Camp,” a charitable endeavor that has raised more than $2 million for central Indiana charities.
In 2005, Mickey was named President of the Indiana Economic Development Corp. and in 2006 Mickey was named Indiana Secretary of Commerce by Governor Mitch Daniels.
Mickey wrote and hosted “Mickey’s Corner” on Fox 59 in which he interviewed Indiana luminaries. In 2008 Mickey won an Emmy for that program.
Mickey enjoys leadership through active participation as a director of numerous businesses, civic, educational and philanthropic organizations. He has served as President of the Jewish Community Relations Council and Chairman of the Board of the Indianapolis Zoological Society and the United Way of Central Indiana. He has served on the boards of the University of Indianapolis, St. Vincent Hospital and the Children’s Museum.
In 2008, in recognition of Mickey’s longtime service and generosity to his alma mater, Indiana University School of Law — Bloomington was renamed Indiana University Maurer School of Law. He serves on its Board of Visitors.
Mickey currently serves on the Indiana Bicentennial Commission and the Indiana University Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Executive Board. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Angie’s List, Home Health Depot and Arcamed, Inc.
Mickey is a published contributor to the New York Times crossword puzzle. His hobbies also include skiing, mountain climbing, woodworking and underwater photography. His woodworking won a blue ribbon at the Indiana State Fair. In 1999, he successfully summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. His underwater pictures have won numerous awards and have been displayed in the Waters Building at the Indianapolis Zoo, The Hilbert Circle Theater, The National Art Museum of Sport, The Indianapolis Art Center and The New York Hall of Science. Mickey has authored six books: Water Colors (2003), 19 Stars of Indiana – Exceptional Hoosier Women (2009), and 19 Stars of Indiana – Exceptional Hoosier Men (2010), 10 Essential Principles of Entrepreneurship You Never Learned in School (2012), 50 Crossword Puzzles with playful narrations (2015) and Cinderella Ball (2017). Mickey is married to Janie Maurer, and they have three children and nine grandchildren.
HONORS AND AWARDS
- 1990 L.L. Goodman Award
- 1992 David M. Cook Memorial Award
- 1992 Ernst & Young – Entrepreneur of the Year
- 1993 North Central High School Alumni Hall of Fame
- 1994 B’nai B’rith Isidore Feibleman Man of the Year Award
- 1994 National Multiple Sclerosis – Hope Award
- 1995 Sagamore of the Wabash – Governor Evan Bayh
- 1995 University of Indianapolis Honorary Degree, Doctor of Laws
- 1996 The Indianapolis Star – Indiana Jefferson Award
- 1996 IUPUI – Spirit of Philanthropy Award
- 1996 Indiana University School of Law – Academy of Law Alumni Fellows
- 1997 Anti-Defamation League – Americanism Award
- 1999 Society of Professional Journalists – Friend of the First Amendment Award
- 1999 Key to the City of Indianapolis, Indiana
- 2000 Hoosier Heritage Civic Leadership Honoree
- 2000 Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee – Charles L. Whistler Award
- 2001 Junior Achievement’s Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame
- 2001 Indiana University – Distinguished Alumni Award
- 2005 Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis – Liebert Mossler Community Service Award
- 2005 Key to the City of Anderson, Indiana
- 2006 The Columbia Club – Benjamin Harrison Medallion
- 2006 Sagamore of the Wabash – Governor Mitchell E. Daniels
- 2007 Indiana University Foundation – President’s Medal
- 2007 Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis – Ivan M. Chalfie Award
- 2008 Planned Parenthood of Indiana Excellence in Media Award
- 2009 Indianapolis Zoological Society – Life Trustee
- 2009 Venture Club of Indiana – Cy Smith Award
- 2009 Indiana Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Outstanding Individual Philanthropist Award
- 2010 University of Colorado – Distinguished Alumni Award
- 2011 Dads Inc. – Fatherhood Hall of Fame
- 2012 College Mentors for Kids – Lifetime Achievement Award
- 2012 Melvin Simon Tikkun Olam Award
- 2013 Cancer Support Community Edgar Goldwasser Founder’s Award
- 2014 Indiana University Kelley School – William L. Haeberle Entrepreneurial Legacy Award
- 2015 CICOA Spirit Award
- 2016 Indiana University Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters
- 2016 Indiana University Presidents Circle Laurel Pin
- 2016 Sagamore of the Wabash – Governor Mike Pence