Indiana Secretary of Commerce
Michael S. ("Mickey") Maurer is Indiana's Secretary of Commerce and President of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. An Indianapolis native, Maurer attended the University of Colorado where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in accounting. He later attended Indiana University School of Law and received a Doctor of Jurisprudence. He successfully completed the CPA examination and is admitted to both the New York and the Indiana Bars.
Maurer is chairman of the board of MyStar Communications Corporation and IBJ Corporation and serves as chairman of the board of directors of The National Bank of Indianapolis, a financial institution he founded in 1993. MyStar owned and operated WTPI-FM and WZPL-FM and WXNT-AM in Indianapolis until they were sold in 2004. IBJ owns and publishes The Indianapolis Business Journal, Court and Commercial Record, The Indiana Lawyer, and Indianapolis Prime Times. Maurer is also president and chief executive officer of Maurer/Shaw Productions, Inc., which produced the theatrical film "Diving In", which showed on HBO/Cinemax.
In 2001, Maurer established "Mickey's Camp," a charitable endeavor that raised over $400,000 for central Indiana charities. He enjoys leadership roles by participating in several community and business organizations including Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, Inc., board of directors; Executive Service Corps of Indiana, advisory council; Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, board of directors; Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, board of directors; Jewish Community Relations Council, board of directors past president; United Way of Central Indiana, past campaign chairman and past chairman of the board; and the Indianapolis Zoological Society, past chairman of the board.
Maurer resides in Carmel with his wife, Janie, and they have three children and four grandchildren. He is a regularly published contributor to the New York Times crossword puzzle. His hobbies include skiing, biking, mountain climbing, woodworking and underwater photography. In 1999, he successfully summitted 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 and the Indianapolis Art Center. In 2003 Mickey authored a book of his underwater photography entitled "Water Colors."