Alan Weiss (entrepreneur)
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|Born||March 3, 1946|
Hoboken, New Jersey, USA
|Alma mater||Rutgers University|
|Occupation||Consultant, entrepreneur, speaker, author|
Alan Weiss was born in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1946. He spent his childhood in Union City, New Jersey, and graduated from Emerson High School in 1964. He received degrees in political science from Rutgers, where he was elected to the National Political Science Association Honor Society, and from Montclair University. He was an award-winning editor-in-chief at Rutgers' newspaper, The Observer, winning eight awards including first place in editorial writing in the New Jersey Collegiate Press Association competition.
Weiss joined Prudential Insurance in 1968 and was recruited by the Princeton consulting firm, Kepner-Tregoe, in 1972. In his 11-year career with the consulting firm, he went on to run the Asian, Latin American, and North American Divisions. He was recruited in 1983 to become president of Walter V. Clarke Associates, a behavioral consulting firm in Providence, Rhode Island.
Weiss formed the Summit Consulting Group, Inc. in 1985, specializing in human and organizational performance. Clients for the consulting group include Merck, Hewlett-Packard, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Allianz Insurance, The New York Times, Mercedes-Benz and Toyota. Additionally, Weiss launched a professional speaking career that has taken him to 60 countries.
Weiss has held a position as an adjunct professor at the University of Rhode Island on strategy and consulting, and has been a visiting lecturer at Georgia University's Graduate School of Business, Case Western Reserve, Boston College, Tufts, the Institute of Management Studies, and the University of Illinois.
Honors and awards
The National Speakers Association has recognized him as a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) and has elected him to their Speakers Hall of Fame, making him one of only two people in history to be honored by both the IMC as a Fellow and NSA as a Hall of Fame member.
He has served as Chair of the Newport International Film Festival, and on the boards of Trinity Repertory Company, Festival Ballet, and Harvard University's Center for Mental Health and the Media.
He is a recipient of the Axiem Award for excellence in audio presentation.
Weiss, Alan (1988). The Innovation Formula: How Organizations Turn Change Into Opportunity (with Michael Robert). Ballinger. ISBN 0-88730-352-8.
Weiss, Alan (1992). Million Dollar Consulting: The Professional Guide to Growing a Practice. McGraw-Hill. ISBN 1-25958-861-0.
Weiss, Alan (2000). Good Enough Isn't Enough: Nine Challenges for Companies That Choose to Be Great. AMACOM. ISBN 0-81440-505-3.
Weiss, Alan (2013). Who's Got Your Back: How to Design, Implement, Evaluate and Improve Your Business by Measuring and Engaging Human Performance (with Omar Khan). Global Professional Publishing. ISBN 1-90640-374-0.
Weiss, Alan (2015). The Language of Success: the Confidence and Ability to Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say in Business and Life (with Kim Wilkerson). Business Expert Press. ISBN 1-63157-300-4.
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