Jerry Grossman first became involved with the School of Management when he took a few accounting courses in the mid-1980s. Many years later, his daughter Jill attended Mason to earn her BS in Marketing. In 2004, as a senior, Jill led her team to win the school’s annual Dean’s Business Plan Competition. Of that experience, Jill expressed her appreciation for the corporate knowledge her professors infused into their lessons. She believed her coursework gave her ‘real world’ know-how she could directly apply to the competition and later her professional life.
Inspired by the significant role Mason played in his daughter’s life and his interactions with former Dean Klimoski and several Council members, Grossman sought to get involved once again with the School of Management. In the spring of 2008, Grossman made his efforts official as he became a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council.
As a new member, Grossman enjoyed being involved in strategic discussions around defining and nurturing competitive advantage for the School of Management’s sustained success in an ambitious business school environment. His enthusiasm to make an impact at the school drove him to become more deeply entrenched in a variety of ways. To start, Grossman was instrumental in the creation of committees designed to focus the Council’s efforts around topics most likely to drive the success of the school—executive and corporate engagement, advancement and philanthropy, and mentorship and placement opportunities for students.
In November of 2012, Grossman was chosen to lead the newly-formed Mentorship and Placement Committee. With the objective of developing ways to assist the school’s Career Services team in its outreach to prospective employers, Grossman and his fellow committee members work to leverage their personal and professional networks to strengthen the ties of the university to organizations seeking talented students and alumni.
In addition to his work as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council, Grossman has recently joined forces with entrepreneurs Cheryl Amyx, Lee Corey, and Dusty Wince to assist the School of Management in the evolution of its efforts in the innovation and entrepreneurship realm. As members of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Development Committee, Grossman and his peers actively seek to connect the business community with the university and the Mason Innovation Lab in particular. In Grossman’s point of view, “Mason believes in the benefits of strong connections to the ‘real world’ beyond the campuses and seeks to prepare students to succeed beyond graduation. The thread of entrepreneurship genuinely runs through all aspects of the university.”
In his professional life, Grossman is ‘winding down’ his role as a Managing Director in Houlihan Lokey’s Washington, DC office. He and a partner established Houlihan Lokey’s DC office in 1993. Shortly thereafter, he built the foundation for the firm’s Aerospace, Defense, and Government (ADG) Group, a leading vertical market practice with over twenty bankers, and served until recently as its co-head.
For over twenty years, Grossman advised ADG clients on mergers and acquisitions, strategic and shareholder liquidity alternatives, and sourcing of capital. He was a regular contributor on mergers and acquisitions market topics to Washington Technology, a national magazine for government contractors, and has been a frequent speaker at industry events. He served on the boards of both public and private companies serving ADG markets.
Academically, Grossman earned a BS in Industrial Management from Pennsylvania State University and an XMBA from Loyola College of Maryland. He holds the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst and is registered with FINRA as a General Securities Representative (Series 7 and 63) and a Limited Representative – Investment Banking (Series 79).