Location: Baltimore, MD
Co-founder and EVP
Disagreeing with the way clients were treated at her previous firm, Jessica Tiller decided to become an entrepreneur herself, starting Weiss PR with her mentor and supervisor, Ray Weiss. “As a partner in a small business, there is no job, big or small, that doesn’t find its way onto my plate,” Tiller says.
Fun Fact: Tiller says she has a special place in her heart for animals and is a board member of the Baltimore Humane Society.
Despite a sluggish economy, Weiss PR has continued to grow significantly. The company now attracts large clients, including Walmart and Simon Property Group. Under Tiller’s leadership, Weiss PR has made significant inroads abroad, particularly in New Zealand, where the company now has three clients. Tiller has mentored internal staff, while also becoming involved in a number of educational nonprofits that help disadvantaged kids, such as the Wooden Nickel Park program.
“She has fought through adversity – including a tough upbringing – without complaining, without making excuses, but always with an eye toward doing what she believes is the right thing to do for herself, for her clients and for all of those whose lives she has touched,” says Weiss PR president Ray Weiss. “That kind of determination and refusal to take the easy way out is the reason I wanted her to be my business partner. It is also the reason our company is succeeding today.”