More than three decades ago, my father, Tom Weber, and uncle, Donny Weber founded The Weber Group when I was eleven months old. Though the great American dream of small business ownership is an arduous and demanding venture, my brother Max and I had the rare opportunity to watch our father and uncle pursue their entrepreneurial spirit and transform their dream into reality.
The backbone of their business was bolstered by the bond of brotherhood, and their shared belief in the value of hard work, business ethics and excellence in quality. Over time, they developed a unique aptitude for creativity in both design and construction for the theme park industry, which began during their childhood summers spent together at a local amusement park called Fountaine Ferry in the west end of Louisville, Kentucky.
While staying true to their roots in architecture and traditional construction, my father and uncle managed to carve out a niche in the entertainment industry. All the elements of their lives, their trials and triumphs, and their perseverance and unity, fused together to form a rare and magical blueprint for success. Some of those successes include clients like Disney, Kennedy Space Center, SeaWorld, Crayola, Merlin Entertainments, Great Wolf Lodge and Six Flags.
The business has evolved and grown exponentially, beyond what my father and uncle originally envisioned. In part, because Weber Group was never just a business to dad; it was an extension of his family. He viewed every member of the company as a brother, a sister, a son or a daughter, and treated everyone with dignity, respect, and compassion.
During his 30+ years in the entertainment industry, he developed a great joy and love for anything and everything that was “bigger than life”. If you were fortunate enough to meet him, you knew he was ‘bigger than life.’ He carried a wise, gently powerful and immensely benevolent presence. He was well liked by all who had the opportunity to meet him, deeply loved by many who came to know him, and will be dearly missed by all of us. • • •
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