He is the president of Weiss Capital Management, Inc., which provides investment management services to individuals, trusts, estates, and corporations.
Following his graduation from Marquette in 1968, Jim served in the U.S. Army until mid-1970, including a 15 month tour of duty in Korea. In 1970 he entered the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, completing his MBA in 1972. Jim then joined the investment counseling firm of Stein Roe & Farnham in Chicago where he worked until 1992. He then became President of IDS Equity Advisors, Minneapolis. In 1995 he moved to State Street Research and Management, Boston, where he became Chief Investment Officer–Equities until late 2002 when he left to establish Weiss Capital Management.
Jim holds Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Investment Counselor (CIC) designations. He served on the boards of Colie and Harris (furniture wholesalers) and Tropp & Co (insurance brokerage). He has been active in community affairs, serving in Glenview, Ill., on the Village's Zoning Board of Appeals and on the Board of Trustees. Jim also served on the board of the Glenview Education Foundation and the Glenview Downtown Redevelopment Board. In Concord, Mass., he served on the Fenn School Board of Trustees, co-chairing the school's capital campaign. Currently, Jim is a member of the board of Gaining Ground, an organic farm located at Henry David Thoreau's birthplace, which gives its produce to food pantries and soup kitchens in greater Boston. Jim was a contributing author of The Handbook of Cash Flow Management and works with financial reporters at papers in Boston, New York, Chicago, and Dallas.
Jim received the National Alumni Service Award in 1995 and headed the Marquette University Executive Senate in Chicago for a number of years. He presently serves on the College of Business Dean's Council of Excellence. As a member of the Minneapolis Alumni Club, Jim was involved in the establishment of the Club's annual golf outing.
Born in Chicago, Jim spent the second half of his childhood in Racine, Wis., where he met his wife-to-be, Kathleen, at St. Catherine's High School. They were married for 37 years before he was widowed in 2007. He is blessed to have four children, three sons-in-law, and seven grandchildren. The Weisses are a three generation Marquette family beginning with his parents in the 1930s, himself, and his son in the 1990s.
He is a member of the Marquette University President's Society.