George M. Weiss is the founder and CEO of Beechtree Capital, LLC, a 30+ year old private investment firm operating primarily in New York City and Scottsdale. George is an accomplished board member, attorney, entrepreneur and management advisor with 40+ years of senior management and investing experience. George is currently the chairman and investor in two important new companies, Stellar3 and Media Fusion International.
George’s advisory and investment expertise has contributed to the growth and success of numerous successful companies. He was a co-founder, board member and early investor in the primary predecessor of American Tower Corporation, a corporation which went from a 1993 valuation of approximately $8 million to today’s NYSE valuation exceeding $80 billion. George was also a senior advisor and early investor in a predecessor of Rogers Cable and AT&T Cable, the initial institutional investor and 10+ year board member of Nexsan Technologies Corp. and XOS Digital, and he has served as an investor and board member of numerous other publicly and privately held companies. George also has personally led or participated in over 120 equity venture transactions aggregating over $700 million as well as institutional debt and equity transactions involving well over $1 billion.
Prior to launching Beechtree Capital, George practiced corporate law with the New York City firm of Rubin, Baum, Levin, Constant & Friedman where he became a senior partner and member of the firm’s management committee. Through merger, the firm is now a major part of the New York office of Dentons, the world’s largest law firm.
Throughout his career, George has served on the Boards of Directors and on the Audit, Executive, Nominating and Governance and/or Compensation Committees of over 20 private, AMEX and NYSE companies. He has served as Chairman or Vice Chairman of the Board in 12 of these companies.
George also served as Vice Chairman of the Board, Committee Chairman and senior leader within The National Football Foundation, Inc., a highly respected 70+ year old organization promoting athletic and academic excellence, and the Play It Smart Foundation, an innovative educational and athletic program for inner city youth. He also served as Board Member and Chairman of the Finance and Audit Committee of The Global Hunger Project, an organization working to end hunger and provide basic human rights. George also served for 10 years as an active member of the Board of Trustees of the United States Naval Academy Foundation and a member of Silicon Valley division of BENS (Business Executives for National Security).
George is the recipient of many awards, principal among which is the National Football Foundation’s highest honor, its Gold Medal, which George shares with more than 70 past recipients including seven past United States Presidents and numerous governmental, military and corporate leaders. George was also honored to have been selected as the Bowling Green University 2017 Outstanding Alumni of the School of Arts and Sciences, and to be inducted into the 2018 Paul J. Hooker Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame.
Leading in the development of Stellar3, a waste transformation company with important sustainability technologies, George is now very active in climate matters and was recently honored to become a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Renewable Energy Institute (AREI), a not-for-profit firm advancing the rapid implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency internationally and the producer of AREDAY events..