A native of Chicago, Ed Weed, has distinguished himself in career marketing positions with major advertisers, agencies, and service oriented firms. During his tenure with Leo Burnett, that spanned a dozen years, began as a summer intern amid his Fordham University undergraduate days. Mr. Weed also worked on a variety of multi-national blue chip accounts. Clients included Nestle, P&G, United Airlines, and Sears' Allstate Insurance. The firm grew from five to 85 offices around the world.
In 1971, Mr. Weed was recruited by a client of the agency, the former Chairman of Sears, to General Development as Corporate Officer and President of the firm's in-house advertising and marketing agency. Based in Miami, building 5,000 homes a year, marketing assignments ranged from Europe to the Far East.
In 1975, He was appointed Corporate Vice-President of Hart Schaffner & Marx (Hartmarx). Concurrently, he served as President of their in-house agency. Subsequently, Mr. Weed's responsibilities were expanded and he also served as Group Vice-President for the 10,000 employee, 30 plant manufacturing divisions.
In 1986, Mr. Weed co-founded, an east coast based, real estate auction-marketing firm that grew to five offices and 70 employees. Within a year’s time, the firm successfully sold over $100 million in new condo marketing. And then doubled sales to over $200 million a year, all in new construction projects.
Mr. Weed is well-known in marketing and communications circles for numerous industry articles and a recipient of industry awards. He has taught courses on Marketing, Public Relations and Advertising at Notre Dame's Graduate School of Business, Florida International University and Loyola's Graduate School of Business. In addition to being a director of the First National Bank of South Miami for over 40 years, Mr. Weed is also a Director of AdTrans, a national billboard firm, on the advisory committee of a $500 million fiduciary firm, and a Trustee of an Educational Foundation (The Latin School) in Chicago and a non-profit assisted-living facility, The Admiral, the oldest charity registered in Illinois. Mr. Weed also served in the United States Army.