Steve Oyer is CEO of i(x) investments and serves on the firm’s investment committee. He brings 35+ years of business and investment experience. He was most recently Senior Vice President at Lazard Asset Management where he led their Global Family Office Advisory Group. Prior to Lazard, he served as a senior member of the Private Funds Group of Brookfield Asset Management focused on Real Assets and Renewable Investments.
His global investment experience includes structuring and funding direct private equity deals with significant family offices and institutional partners. His collaboration with family offices on direct deals began in the late 1980s, with roles at Harris Bank, Family Office Exchange and Murray Johnstone Ltd. This continued with his role as Managing Director of Global Business Development for Standard and Poor’s, leading the advisory services business, derivatives licensing and distribution of alternative investment indices.
His leadership has included serving as the interim CEO and leading the restructuring of Saflink Corporation, a NASDAQ listed biometric software company. He was also a board member and audit chair of Salton, Inc. (NYSE: SFP), a designer, marketer, manufacturer and distributor of a broad range of branded small appliances like the George Foreman Grill. He played an active part in the ongoing restructuring and sale of Salton. He was also a founder of Quake Capital, an accelerator that fosters early-stage ventures led by student and faculty entrepreneurs from university ecosystems, still serving in an advisory capacity.
His investment industry, non-profit efforts have focused on serving on investment committees whose mandates include allocation of capital to both public and private markets. He currently serves on the Board of Directors and investment committee of the Truth Initiative, “America’s largest non-profit public health organization dedicated to making tobacco and nicotine addiction things of the past.” He previously served as a member of the investment committee for the Florida Atlantic University’s Foundation for a five-year term.
Other non-profit service includes being a founding member of the non-commercial family office initiatives at New York University and Stanford University where he continues to play a leadership role.