Local finance expert focuses on opening new office
Thursday, February 21, 2013 |
Name: Jeff Weeks
Age and place of birth: I’m 44 and was born in Alexandria, La., but grew up in Marshall, Texas.
Family: My wife is Cindy Weeks. She is a certified public accountant who works for Eanes Education Foundation. My son, Josh, is a seventh-grader at West Ridge Middle School, and my daughter, Jillian, is a fourth-grader at Barton Creek Elementary School.
Education: I earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University in 1990.
Occupation: Vice president, Fidelity Investments.
What’s your career ambition? After 20 years at Fidelity and two relocations (to California and back to Texas), I’m pretty content to be living the dream in Austin.
Civic or other nonprofit activities: I have been a board member for Eanes Education Foundation for the past four years and have volunteered as a coach for both Western Hills Little League and Western Hills girls softball. In addition I have been involved through work with the American Junior Golf Association, Austin Museum of Art, the Texas Medal of the Arts and The Stock Market Game.
What is the latest project in which you are involved? My Main focus recently has been preparing for the opening of our second Fidelity Investments office here in the Austin area, which will be located downtown at the corner of Fifth Street and Lamar Boulevard. Hiring, training and bringing the new team onboard is a tremendous amount of work, which I am very excited to be leading.
What is your favorite business in the Westbank? Las Palomas Mexican restaurant.
Hobbies: I enjoy hunting, fishing, golf, youth sports and college athletics.
What qualities in people draw you to be their friend? Folks that don’t take themselves too seriously, that can laugh at themselves and that can dish a good-natured insult as well as they take it.
I have a knack for: Remembering useless trivia.
What person do you feel had the biggest impact on the Westbank area and why? You’ve got to give LBJ credit where it’s due, without his championing of LCRA’s projects in Washington, there would be no Westlake.
The one thing I’d like to change about the Westbank is: I’d like to see fewer traffic lights, or at least better synchronization of green lights.
Which of your civic-oriented accomplishments make you the proudest? EEF’s growth during my time on the board.
Excluding family members, who influenced you most and why? Personally, it was a group of seniors in my Corps of Cadets outfit at A&M during my fish year. They taught or reinforced many life lessons that I carry to this day, including but certainly not limited to having a sense of duty, honor, hard work, sacrifice, respect for others and leading by example.
What is one interesting fact about you that people probably don’t know? I played the lead character in my junior high musical.
What is your fondest childhood memory? My father owned a small lake that he and some others bought to develop. The development never happened but I spent countless hours fishing and hunting there with my father and later with friends throughout my youth.
A bad habit I have is: Taking on too much; I hate to say no.
If the world were silent for 20 seconds and all ears were turned to you, what would you say? I’d repeat a Lou Holtz quote I heard when I was probably 12 years old, “Do right. Do your best. Treat others as you want to be treated.”
My pet peeve is: Political correctness.
If you could sit down and ask questions of anyone (living or dead), who would it be and why? Sam Houston, the “Father of Texas.” I’m a history buff, and he lived an incredible life.
Most exciting or dangerous thing I’ve ever done: I served as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army.
Life’s most challenging endeavor is: Not taking it for granted.
If you were stranded on an uninhabited island, with no means of communication or escape, what is one thing that you would you like to have? Duct tape.
How would you like to be remembered? As someone my children are proud of.
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