Last month, a crowd of over 300 gathered at The Glen Club in Glenview to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Weiss & Company LLP, one of the area's most enduringly successful accounting firms.
The gathering included company partners and employees as well as dozens of friends and family members and over 200 clients, including several former employees who moved over to the client side of the business. Among the notables in attendance were Naomi and Lenore Weiss, wife and daughter of the firm's late founder, Jerry Weiss. The room décor featured a large graphic display detailing the company's history from its founding in 1968 to the present day.
Guests were treated to a pair of speeches looking back on Weiss & Company's rich history. Frank Lee, the firm's longest tenured partner and longtime head of the tax department, reflected on everything that's changed in the past 50 years and the one thing that hasn't -- that being the uncompromising focus on client service that Jerry Weiss brought to the business. Lenore Weiss followed with some thoughts about her father's legacy, as both "an exceptional accountant and an exceptional human."
The founder's philanthropy and commitment to charitable causes were a big part of that legacy, noted managing partner Dan Fortman. "After Jerry passed away in 1994, we set up the Jerry Weiss Memorial Scholarship Fund to help local accounting students with the cost of college," he said. "The Fund continues to provide 4 to 6 scholarships each year to qualified students."
Another charitable effort was introduced at the Glen gala. Guests were invited to "help us help the charity of your choice," by nominating their own favorite charities to be recipients of Weiss & Company's holiday giving. Donations will be tracked in monthly reports on the company's website between now and year's end, Fortman said.
It's our way of sharing the spirit of the season with the people who do the most for us, year "in and year out: our clients." And a fitting way to cap off the 50th year in business for Weiss & Company LLP.
About Weiss & Company LLP
For 50 years, Weiss & Company LLP has been providing accounting and auditing, tax preparation, and consulting services to clients of all sizes in many different industries. Headquartered in Glenview, Illinois, the firm is a member of the BDO Alliance USA, a nationwide association of independently owned accounting and consulting firms.