Monday, April 21, 2008
What keeps him busy professionally: Chairman, Thayer Capital Partners; senior adviser, Thayer Hidden Creek; chairman, Thayer Lodging Group; co-chairman, national finance committee, John McCain 2008.
What keeps him busy away from work: Biking in Aspen, Colo.; sitting on several education and charitable boards; hosting important people such as President Bush for dinners.
Resides: McLean. Home overlooks Potomac River.
Wife: Marlene. Married 46 years. She is president of Friends of Cancer Research and on the Kennedy Center's board of trustees.
Education: U.S. Military Academy at West Point, class of 1959; Harvard Business School, MBA.
Blogs at: http://www.fredmalekblog.com.
Nixon White House days: Special assistant to the president; deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Big deals: Helped lead buyout of Northwest Airlines, later served as president; led buyout of CB Richard Ellis; played crucial role in Marriott International's purchase of Ritz-Carlton. Former principal owner, with George W. Bush, of Texas Rangers baseball team.
Connection to first President Bush: Served as director of 1988 Republican Convention; campaign manager for Bush in 1992. Jumped out of a plane with the former president to celebrate his 80th birthday.
Deal he wanted badly but didn't get: The Washington Nationals. Lost to the Lerner family.
Longest time spent working at a company: Fourteen years, Marriott International.
Companies Thayer Hidden Creek owns: BFI Canada, Mistras, Roadrunner Transportation Services, TEAC Aerospace and Defense and Qualitor.