Remembering Jim Little
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6/25/2015 at 6:41:34 PM GMT
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Remembering Jim Little
I was incredibly saddened to hear of Jim’s passing……we go back a long, long way!  As a struggling student fresh out of Graduate School in 1973, Jim gave me a chance of a lifetime to join his firm in Toronto…it seems just like yesterday!  Jim was certainly my mentor --- he taught me about professionalism, undaunting ethical approaches to business and the strategies of how to conduct both MAS and Design Practices and their financial impacts on companies. Jim was the ultimate professional who would not take second position to anyone or anything. If it could be done, he would try to find a way to do it….and he always rode the front of the wave, never did he take a back seat position on anything as evidenced by his early business expansions of our consulting practice into Australia, the U.S. (with the acquisitions of Arthur Dana Associates of New York and Flambert & Flambert of San Francisco back in the 70’s! He loved adventure and travel and as I remarked more than once, he would make your head spin with the number, duration and miles that he would put in on airliners over any year! He was a one man whirling dervish!  There was another side of this remarkable man as well-the great son to his mother Mary and father Keith (the first food service consultant in Canada and another man that I greatly admired and worked with for a number of years before he retired), a great dad to his girls and a wonderful husband to Elizabeth—he loved them all more than life itself and it showed whenever you saw him and interacted with him over the years!  Many years ago,after I started my own firm, Jim and I kept in touch -working on a variety of FCSI projects and I always called on him when I had questions, issues or concerns about business practice, issues in the industry etc etc.—he always took the time to give me counsel.  Jim is and always was one of the Superstars of our industry. Yes, he was an early member of the Council of Fellows, but he always was on a higher plateau—if we ever had a Hall of Fame, he would get my vote in the first round of voting….because he was and always will be…one of our societies and one of our consulting industry’s giants…..and we all were better for having known him!  Thank you my friend for all you have done for us all…we are all better for having had you in our lives and we will miss you very much! Liz, girls and entire family—thank you for sharing him with us for all of these years and my heartfelt sympathies to all of you—you are in our thoughts and prayers!  William J. Caruso (PP), FFCSI, ISHC


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