Richard Glaser started his financial career as an investment banker in Merrill Lynch’s mergers and acquisitions department (1985-1987). He spent most of his career as a private equity investor, investing directly in growing companies and serving as director of numerous service, manufacturing and high tech companies. He has worked closely with entrepreneurs and business owners as an investor and advisor.
Richard has been an adjunct professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology, teaching entrepreneurship to graduate students. He has also been active in the entrepreneurial and economic development community in Rochester. Richard co-founded and was president of Digital Rochester and was an original board member of the Greater Rochester Enterprise. He also served as a board member of the Venture Investors Association of New York and annual giving chair of Haverford College.
Presently, he serves on the boards of Upstate Venture Connect, RochesterGrowth and is a member of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council’s Entrepreneurship and Development working committee. He is also a member of UNY50 and Upstate Venture Association of New York (UVANY).
Since rejoining Merrill Lynch in 2006, Richard uses his experience as an investment banker, investor and entrepreneur. He is committed to providing clients, particularly entrepreneurs, with value-added advice that helps them to preserve and prudently grow their wealth. He establishes long-term relationships and becomes a family’s trusted financial advisor.
Richard is a graduate of Haverford College and received a masters degree from Columbia University’s School of International Affairs. He also attended the London School of Economics and studied Chinese at Middlebury College. Richard and his children, Max and Lily, live in Rochester.