Adam Joel Weitsman is an American entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the owner and chief executive officer (CEO) of Upstate Shredding - Weitsman Recycling. Weitsman grew up in Owego, NY. Weitsman developed an interest in art collecting early in life after his father and grandfather discovered two early American stoneware bottles during an excavation project in their scrap yard in 1980. Weitsman began collecting the 19th-century stoneware and owned 60 pieces by 1982. In 1986, Weitsman graduated from Owego Free Academy. Weitsman majored in banking at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University in Brookville. In 1989, Weitsman worked at a Manhattan art gallery, Hirschl & Adler Folk, and opened the American Folk Art Gallery in Greenwich Village in 1991. In 1995, Weitsman became vice president of Ben Weitsman & Son, a scrap processing company owned by his family.