One of Jim Weiss’ favorite slogans is “Drive or be driven,” and it’s that philosophy that has gotten him where he is today.
After nearly 15 years of working in the health care public relations field, including time at some of the largest firms and internally at companies like Genentech, Heartport and Aventis, Jim Weiss decided he was ready to drive on his own.
He started consulting in late 1999, working from the basement of his San Francisco loft, and within a couple of years, his services were in great demand, so he incorporated WeissComm Partners in 2001.
Not long after, he bought 1,200 feet of space and hired a few employees, while also starting to market the firm nationally. Today, that business has grown into 80 employees with multiple offices around the United States and in London.
His services continue to be in high demand. In fact, when one company had a patient die in a gene therapy clinical trial, its first call was to Weiss because of his reputation in the industry of managing crises with level-headed thinking and sound judgment. He worked with that company to attack the issue head-on instead of hiding from it. It’s this value of wanting to drive instead of be driven that has helped this chairman and CEO succeed and will help him grow WeissComm into an even larger domestic and international player.
HOW TO REACH: WeissComm Partners Inc., (415) 362-5018 or www.wcpglobal.com