As a former Paterson, NJ Eastside High School Class of 1964 graduate, this second-generation Holocaust survivor can possibly be considered a “Professional Volunteer.”
Lou Weiss has been a volunteer of Fair Lawn’s Rescue Squad and Police Reserves. He has been the President of Gilda’s Club of Northern NJ; Chairman of Commerce & Industry Association of NJ; President of Radburn Association; President of the Fair Lawn Rotary Club; Trustee of the Bergen County College Foundation; Trustee of the New Bridge Hospital Foundation; Board Member of the Fair Lawn Economic Development Committee; and Board Member of Bergen County WIB, just to name a few. He is also a current member of the Bergen County 200 Club.
Many know Lou has been in the construction business for a majority of his career, but what most do not know is that he began as a graduate of RCA Institute in New York City with a certification in Television Production and Operations. This led him to the start of his television career in Philadelphia, where he was an intricate part of opening the first UHF station in the United States. He returned to New York and became a member of the NYPD’s “pre-CSI” Crime Scene Photo Unit. Continuing with his television career, he ran the News Film Departments in NYC, Washington DC, and Dallas.
After Lou’s work in film, television, and photography, he gravitated back to his roots by joining the family business, Weiss Electric, in Paterson, NJ. Ten years later, he started his own electrical contracting business. After years of business ownership, Lou decided it was time to work for a major company. With 45 years of construction-related experience and as a former president of a $40,000,000 New Jersey construction-related firm, Lou has been involved in numerous projects in NJ, NY, PA, & RI. These projects ranged from small to large residential, pharmaceutical, governmental, healthcare, entertainment, maritime, telecommunications and data centers, parochial and public schools, as well as multi-million dollar corporate facilities.
He also been closely involved in local and national governmental affairs and trade associations. These connections have brought him closer to the individuals that play a large part in the final stage and satisfactory completion of many projects. His many years of experience and positive relationships with inspectors, officials and utilities have proven to be very helpful in getting what may have been a long turn-around to quick, positive project completions. His extensive operations and construction management expertise have proven leadership competencies in the construction management and real-estate development arenas.
After 48 years being happily married to his wife, Terry, Lou shows no signs of retirement. His current business, WFM Project & Construction, Inc., continues to grow, but he always reminds everyone that the only real thing you leave behind is your reputation, so make it a good one. Honesty has made his reputation a great one!