Ken Aidekman is Vice President and co-founder of Highview Capital Corporation, an investment advisory firm located in Chatham, NJ. Prior to his work with Highview, he co-founded and operated Amio, Inc., a designer jewelry firm specializing in karat gold and precious stone earrings.
Aidekman developed a keen interest in neuroscience and the biological basis of behavior as an undergraduate at Tufts University. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 1975.
Also in 1975, Alex Aidekman, Kens father, was diagnosed with Parkinsons disease. Alex Aidekman was acutely aware of what the future held in store because his own father has suffered with Parkinsons disease before there was any known treatment.
Ken assumed the role of scientific liaison for his familys philanthropic endeavors relating to Parkinsons disease. The family built the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience at Rutgers Newark Campus and endowed a Chair in Parkinsons Research at Mount Sinai Medical Center. In this capacity, he developed relationships with doctors, scientists and patients and became involved in advocacy for greater federal research funding.
In the summer of 1994, Ken traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in the first Parkinsons Action Network advocacy forum. It was there that he met Margot Zobel, a software consultant and activist with Parkinsons disease who was planning a fundraiser walk for New York City. Together they founded the Parkinsons Parkinson Alliance. Margot is the current President and Ken serves as its Chairman. Besides raising money exclusively for research, the Parkinson Alliance is unique in that the money raised is passed on to all of the national Parkinsons organizations. It is considered a model of co-operation in the diverse Parkinsons community.
Ken Aidekman resides in Short Hills, NJ with his wife, Ellen, and children, Matthew and Andrea.