George M. Weiss, founder and CEO of Beechtree Capital, LLC, is an accomplished attorney, entrepreneur, board member and venture capitalist with more than 40 years of senior management, venture and private equity investing experience. George has been a company founder, officer and board member as well as a senior advisor to top-level executives in high-growth industries around the world.
His investment and management expertise has contributed to the growth of numerous new or emerging companies in developing industries. Throughout his career, George has served on the boards of directors and audit, executive, compensation, nominating and governance, and other committees of over 15 emerging private, AMEX and NYSE companies. He has served as chairman of the board and/or chairman of the audit, executive, nominating and governance, and other key committees in nine of these companies.
Prior to launching Beechtree Capital and its predecessor, 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 became the primary New York City division of Dentons, currently the world’s largest law firm.
George and his principal investment partners have participated in and managed or co-managed over 80 venture investments over a 20+year period, investing on their and investors’ behalf over $600 million with an aggregate realized and expected return of more than 300%.
In addition to his accomplished business ventures, George, at his retirement in December 2014, served as vice chairman of the board of directors, committee chairman and senior leader of the National Football Foundation, a 67 plus year-old institution which maintains the College Football Hall of Fame, promoting athletic and academic excellence.. The NFF has one of the most distinguished boards of directors in the country, and George has been associated with this esteemed institution for 45 years. George received numerous awards for his service, but most important was the Foundation’s 2014 Gold Medal, its highest honor, which had previously been awarded to 57 honorees, including 7 United States Presidents, a Supreme Court Justice and numerous governmental and Fortune 100 corporate leaders. George continues as a Legal member and Vice Chairman executive of the Foundation and as a member of the board of directors of the Hall of Fame.
George founded The Sedona Institute, an Arizona-based think tank advancing non-partisan innovative ideas and creative concepts internationally, related to the arts, technology and ecological matters. He is engaging cutting edge thought leaders from New York City, Silicon Valley, Sedona and Scottsdale, AZ in the development of the Institute. The organization is currently seeking non-profit designation.
George also served for more than 10 years as board member and chairman of the finance and audit committee of The Global Hunger Project, a 40+-year-old strategic organization working on four continents to end hunger and provide basic human rights. George is also a member of the board of trustees of the United States Naval Academy Foundation, and for more than five years, he was an active member of BENS (Business Executives for National Security), focusing on the organization’s activities in Silicon Valley.
George earned a Master of Arts degree and a Juris Doctorate degree with honors from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowling Green State University.