Fawn Weaver has been a serial entrepreneur for nearly 25 years. As the CEO and founder of Grant Sidney, Inc. (GSI), a family-owned private investment company, Weaver has often been active in her investments, serving in leadership capacities behind the scenes. She also serves as the CEO of Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey, a company she founded in 2016, which sits under the GSI umbrella.
Weaver is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author who has appeared on 100s of popular radio, morning and television talk shows across the US, including CBS This Morning, FOX Business, the TODAY Show, New York Times, Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune. She has also been interviewed by top shows in Canada, United Kingdom, South Africa, Italy, Belgium, Australia, Ireland, Poland, Spain and New Zealand.
Weaver launched her first company, a public relations and special events firm, in 1996. In addition to her firm, from 1998-2003, she served as Partner and Business Manager for G. Garvin's LLC, operator of G. Garvin's Restaurant (named one of the Top 10 New Restaurants by Los Angeles Magazine). Weaver developed the business plan, secured development and operational funding, and was business manager for the first four years.
Taking a six-year break from entrepreneurialism, to learn what it was like to be the employee rather than the employer, Weaver held a variety of positions in the hospitality industry. She worked as the head of special events and catering for the world-famous Viceroy Hotels in Santa Monica and as a General Manager for Dimension Development Co., the operator of more than 50 Marriott and Hilton brand hotels throughout the US. The experience profoundly changed how Weaver invests and manages, focusing on a team-first organization in which she often serves as Chief Encouragement Officer, above all else.
Weaver is the founder of the Nearest Green Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that offers full scholarships to every descendant of Nearest Green, the first known African-American master distiller, who is honored through Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey. Through their Operation Brother’s Keeper initiative, the Foundation supplied more than 300,000 N-95 and cloth masks to workers on the frontline and people in disadvantaged communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, in response to the BLM movement, the Foundation formed an alliance with Jack Daniel Distillery to create the Nearest and Jack Advancement Initiative, to elevate people of color within the American whiskey industry and to greatly increase diversity in the spirits industry overall.Events