The Life of Adam Weiland
With his vibrant red mane, never-ending sideburns and skater dude chin, Weiland looked much like Layne Staley of Alice in Chains; his voice echoed just as powerfully between desperateness and rebellion.
He’s responsible for two high-profile progressive causes in Sioux Falls: one to increase abortion rights and another to lift sales tax on groceries.
Early Life and Education
On December 2, 1995 — shortly after STP’s sophomore LP Core had gone platinum and they had begun touring internationally — Weiland found his bassist Tommy Black sleeping. His cell phone rang unanswered; Weiland called Mohler but got voicemail.
After graduating high school, Weiland used the money given by his parents to enroll in a career-oriented floatplane course at Marshfield Municipal Airport in Wisconsin. There, he earned his pilot’s license and gained invaluable real-world experience and guidance from instructors with decades of aviation expertise.
Weiland has extensive experience working in politics and advocating for responsible, environmentally sustainable building codes around the globe. He currently serves as South Dakota State Director for Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
Adam Weiland is an attorney practicing with Frier Levitt’s Life Sciences practice group. His focus lies in pharmaceutical compliance matters, helping pharmacies and healthcare providers defend themselves against Pharmacy Benefit Manager audits, investigations and network terminations. Adam also assists his clients with patent prosecution matters as well as general intellectual property matters.
He is a member of both the New York State Bar Association and New Jersey State Bar Association, having earned both degrees at Pennsylvania State University before going on to study law at Seton Hall University School of Law.
Although his major league debut was less than stellar in July, Weiland seems to be finding his voice again. The Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman showcases some holiday classics in this nostalgic video for “Winter Wonderland.”
Achievement and Honors
His research and perspectives have been highlighted by major media such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, TIME, Discover, Wired, NPR and CNN. He also co-authored an MIT Press book “The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World”.
Weiland has held various leadership roles within the International Code Council, successfully consolidating several regional legacy organizations into its current form. He has traveled widely in order to advocate for safer and sustainable building codes adoption.
Weiland hails from Sioux Falls and was the son of former U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland. In 2014 he was appointed State Director for Hillary Clinton’s campaign in South Dakota and will lead efforts to mobilize and engage Democratic voters ahead of next month’s primary and, if necessary, general election.
Frontman for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver was an extraordinary performer prone to heroin addiction; yet he also worked to define his legacy as an artist. Sharing his struggles openly with fans, he encouraged other musicians through his music to find their voice through live performances and music recordings.
Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam often drew comparisons for his powerful vocal performance; live performances demonstrated this. Unfortunately, though, their 1992 debut album Core (featuring Creep and Plush singles) proved difficult to sustain after its initial success.
Weiland died due to an accidental overdose of alcohol and drugs including cocaine and MDMA or ecstasy at 48 years old. His former spouse Mary Forsberg wrote an open and honest essay regarding Weiland’s battle against substance abuse.
Weiland was an iconic rock star renowned for his charismatic stage presence and instantly memorable stage presence. A member of both Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver supergroup, Weiland made himself instantly memorable onstage.
Weilland amassed millions of dollars through his music career and various business ventures. An expert in finance, he served as CEO of an individual financial services provider firm.
He held both Series 63 and 65 licenses, which enabled him to provide securities brokerage and investment advisory services to clients. In addition, he served as senior managing director at an asset management company before founding Wealth Enhancement Advisory Services LLC in Minneapolis, Minnesota which provides financial planning and advisory services to high net worth individuals.