John Wass, Former Staples SVP, Joins Profit Isle as CEO

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am very pleased to let you know that John Wass has joined Profit Isle as CEO and Partner. John is former Senior Vice President of Staples, and was a key senior executive during Staples’ growth from three stores to over 1,000 internationally. He also was CEO of WaveMark, an RFID company recently acquired by Cardinal. John is a graduate of Princeton and MIT.

I will continue to be fully active in Profit Isle as Founding Partner and Chairman. I look forward to introducing John to you.

You can contact John at or 978-807-6268. For more information, please check out our website at

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August 23 Webcast – Managing for Profit: Five Building Blocks of Success

I will be presenting a live webcast, “Managing for Profit: Five Building Blocks of Success”, on Thursday, August 23 from 1-2 p.m. EDT, offered by Modern Distribution Management. There is no charge for this webcast.

Here is a link to register for this event:

You can also view the webcast at a later time by using this link:

I hope you find it helpful.

Holiday Greetings!

Dear friends and colleagues,

I am writing at this very special time of year to thank you for bringing happiness and meaning into my life in so many ways.

I am grateful that so many of you are the source of so many terrific ideas that I write about, and that you share your reactions in ways that encourage me to stretch my understanding.

I am grateful that so many of you give me the deep joy of teaching –  as students, as executives, and as alumni. Most of all, I am grateful that you allow me to stay in touch with you, and experience the great pleasure of seeing you grow and succeed.

I am grateful that I have been able to volunteer for years in alumni affairs, meeting and becoming good friends with so many great people.

I am grateful that so many of you are wonderful friends, often for decades, sharing both joy and sadness, but always deepening our lives with caring.

And, I am grateful to my family for giving me the ultimate happiness in life. I am especially grateful beyond words to my wife, Marsha, for being the blessing of my life since we met in Cambridge 37 years ago.

Marsha joins me in wishing you and your families a wonderful holiday season and a new year full of peace and blessings.


Pictured: Kristin, Dan, Marsha, Jonathan, Steve, Nicole