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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 Weiser was appointed by President Bush as Ambassador to the Slovak Republic. In 2004, for his work in furthering the Slovak economic and political relationship with the United States, he received The White Double Cross from Slovak President Rudolph Schuster, the highest award given to non-Slovaks.  Also in 2004 he received the Cultural Pluralism Award from the U.S. 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.

Before becoming a U.S. Ambassador, Weiser served on the Boards of Directors of numerous non-profit organizations.  Among them he has chaired or co-chaired the National Board of the Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning at the University of Michigan, the Detroit Institute of the Arts, United Negro College Fund of Washtenaw County, the Michigan Theater, Artrain USA, and was Treasurer and Finance Chair of The Henry Ford Museum.  Together with his wife, Eileen, Ambassador Weiser in 1984 created the McKinley Foundation, a public community foundation.  He currently serves as a Trustee or Director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, The Henry Ford, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, and the Industry Board of Revetas Capital Advisors LLP.  He is also a member of the University of Michigan’s Ross Real Estate Investment Advisory Board, and the University’s Food Allergy Center Advisory Board. In November, 2016 he was elected to an 8-year term to the University of Michigan Board of Regents.

In 1968 Ambassador Weiser founded McKinley Associates Inc., a national real estate investment company and served as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until 2001, and again upon his return from Slovakia to the present.  McKinley and its property management subsidiary own and/or manage real estate valued in excess of $4.6 billion.  McKinley also invests in and manages investments in oil and gas, venture capital, and private equity. McKinley’s national headquarters is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan and it has properties located in 33 states.

He was born in South Bend, Indiana on July 7, 1945 and graduated with honors in 1966 from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He also did post-graduate work at the University’s Business and Law Schools.  He and Eileen were married in 1983 and live in Ann Arbor with their son, Daniel, born October 1, 2000.  The Weisers also have two married children, Elizabeth and Marc, and five grandchildren.