A dedicated public servant and successful businessman, Ambassador Ronald N. Weiser has served his country, state and community for much of his adult life.
In 2001, he was appointed by President Bush as Ambassador to the Slovak Republic. While at post, Ambassador Weiser officially visited all 138 Slovak cities. In addition to his diplomatic responsibilities, he worked with the Embassy to organize three international investment conferences attended by investors representing hundreds of companies. In 2004, he received from Slovak President Rudolph Schuster the highest award given to non-Slovaks, The White Double Cross, for his work in furthering the Slovak economic and political relationship with the United States. He recently received the Cultural Pluralism Award from the US Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad for his work in the restoration of the Jewish cemetery in Zakopane, Poland, and one of Slovakia’s most cherished historical sites, the medieval Trencin Castle.
Ambassador Weiser founded McKinley Associates Inc., a national real estate investment company, in 1968, and served as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until 2001. McKinley and its property management subsidiary own or manage real estate valued in excess of $1.2 billion. McKinley also invests in and manages investments in oil and gas, venture capital, stocks and bonds. McKinley’s national headquarters is located in Ann Arbor, and it has properties located in nine states.
He is a graduate with honors from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, and did post-graduate work at the Business and Law Schools. In April 2005, he received the David D. Alger award as the outstanding alumnus of the University of Michigan Business School and gave the commencement address to the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.
Ambassador Weiser has chaired numerous political and judicial campaigns including four Michigan Supreme Court races and was Chairman of Team Michigan from 1997-2000. He served as the Michigan Finance Chair of Bush for President in 1999 and 2000 and as a member of the National Executive Committee of Victory 2000. He currently serves as the Michigan Republic State Finance Chair and as National Co-Chair of Senator John McCain’s PAC.
Born in South Bend, Indiana on July 7, 1945, he married Eileen Lappin in 1983. Their son, Daniel, was born on October 1, 2000. The Weisers have two married children and three grandchildren.