Peter C. Mertz

Peter C. Mertz

Executive Chairman
Founding Partner

Mr. Mertz advises the firm’s Executive Committee on investment strategy and business development. Mr. Mertz is a member of the GFP Investment Committee. In addition to his responsibilities as Executive Chairman, he serves on the Boards of six private equity timberfunds. Mr. Mertz has over forty years of forest management and investment experience.

Mr. Mertz co-founded GFP in 2003 and previously served as the firm’s CEO and Chief Investment Officer. Prior to co-founding GFP, he served as Managing Director of UBS Timber Investors, the predecessor business to GFP where, since 1997, he directed the firm’s timberland investment capabilities. Mr. Mertz holds a BS in Forestry and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He is a Certified Forester and a member of the Society of American Foresters. He serves on the External Advisory Board for the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan; was the Volunteer Chair for the School and a member of the University Leadership Council for the recent $5 billion Capital Campaign; and has served as a member of the National Advisory Board for the Michigan Congenital Heart Center, and as a Trustee and member of the Investment Committee for the Montshire Museum of Science.