Course: BSc Mathematics (1973)
Place of Work: Albion Investors, LLC
Position: Managing Partner
Mark, a donor to the College along with his wife Angela, is an actuary working as an investment advisor, with over 30 years of experience. He is a Managing Partner of Albion Investors LLC, which he co-founded in 1995, and is based in the Rockefeller Centre in central New York. Albion specialises in buying smaller middle-market companies and growing them, through organic growth and acquisition, to make them more proﬁtable businesses.
Why did you decide to study at Royal Holloway?
"I applied for Mathematics at ﬁve universities. Royal Holloway seemed to have a good reputation so I came for an interview and I really liked the campus. As I left the college for Egham station I had already decided ‘I'm going there!’ I liked the fact that Royal Holloway was self-contained and based in one location, unlike many other universities. I chose Mathematics as my degree subject because I enjoyed it so much."
What were your professors like?
"The professors were good and accessible. In my ﬁrst year we were introduced to metric spaces and this was a concept that was entirely new to me. My professor gave me additional help outside of the classroom – this helped me get the top grade in that subject at the end of the year."
Do you have a fond memory from your Royal Holloway days?
"RAF coats were all the rage for the male students at that time. One of my friends had a car and while driving we saw an RAF coat on a scarecrow. We drove back late at night, ran across the ﬁeld, took the coat and ran back to the car. It was ﬁlthy and after washing, it shrank to the size of a Ken doll. So we took it back! Now I wonder what we were thinking, but it certainly makes for a fond memory."
Can you sum up your Royal Holloway experience in one sentence?
"When I look back at my Royal Holloway experience, it’s wonderful that I was able to get an education like that and have such a great time while I was doing it - I was so lucky!"
What did you learn at Royal Holloway that helped you in your business?
"The thought processes, that I had to learn to think my way though problems, were enormously valuable to me when I left Royal Holloway. I felt conﬁdent that I could handle, and maybe even dominate, the technical aspects of business. That doesn't mean to say that I have had the opportunity to use all the actual subject matter that we covered; rather that the process of systematically working for a solution was helpful."