After graduating from Stanford University and Harvard Business School, his career started in 1967 in San Francisco at the beginning of the technology revolution in Silicon Valley.
Over the last several decades, he has founded two investment banks that took many prominent companies public in the Technology, Healthcare, Consumer and Financial Services industries. Mr. Weisel received the lifetime achievement award from the National Venture Capital Association in 2006.
In addition to his own athletic accomplishments, Mr. Weisel led the re-organization- including restructuring, governance, and funding- of two US National Governing Bodies of Sports: skiing and cycling. Mr. Weisel was awarded the Olympic Foundation Steinbrenner Award in 2011 for his efforts on behalf of skiing and cycling. He continues to serve on the Board of Trustees for the US Ski and Snowboard Association and is the Chairman of the US Cycling Development Foundation.
Mr. Weisel currently serves on the Board of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Previously, he served on the boards of NASDAQ, Stanford Endowment Management Board, Harvard Business School Advisory Board and the New York Museum of Modern Art.
Mr. Weisel is currently Co-Chairman of Stifel Financial Company. He also runs his family office investments, enjoys spending time with his family, continues with his philanthropic pursuits and skis, surfs and cycles when he can.
Longtime US Ski Team supporter Thom Weisel will be one of eight athletes and sports builders inducted into the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017. Weisel will be inducted in April of 2018 at an event hosted at Squaw Valley, where the 1960 Olympic Winter Games were held.
Weisel has worked with the US Ski Team for over four decades. Since the 1970s, he has provided leadership and financial support that has impacted over 200 Olympic and World Championship medals.
According to US Ski and Snowboard President and CEO Tiger Shaw, “Thom Weisel’s financial support of the team has been pivotal. But even more than that has been his constant presence and leadership. During dire times in the 80s, he kept the team afloat. And he remains as engaged today as he was during my tenure on the team.”
Inductees were chosen by a national voting panel and will be honored during a week of celebration from April 12-15 at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows.read more