GRAND Magazine - July/August 2012 - (Page 20)

extraordinary grands Michael Feuer is a Max-Wellness is at the forefront of the 21st century’s trillion-dollar health and wellness industry BY RICHARD J. ANTHONY, SR. I n 1988, low on funds but catapulted by a big idea, Michael Feuer launched OfficeMax, a brand that went on to transform the retail office supply industry and made its founder an iconic multimillionaire (OfficeMax sold in 2003 for $1.5 billion). In 2010 he launched Max-Wellness, which he originally envisioned as a chain of retail health and wellness stores. Instead, Max-Wellness has become a movement led by a disruptive entrepreneur with a very big vision. GRAND: How did you come up with the idea for OfficeMax? Feuer: I was born with a severe birth defect: no money. I decided I had to make it the old-fashioned way by coming up with that “special something” idea. I knew I couldn’t get rich working for somebody else.... I had the Frank Sinatra syndrome—you know, his song “My Way.” At the time most of the players in the office 20 GRAND JULY AUGUST 2012 * supply business weren’t putting their customers first, a lesson I learned early and believe in very strongly. I didn’t have a lot of capital, so I had to GRAND recommends: Michael Feuer’s The Benevolent Dictator for its inspiring and commonsense lessons for leaders and entrepreneurs.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - July/August 2012

GRAND Magazine - July/August 2012
Grand View
Safety Buzz for Grandkids
Memories of My Grandparents
Grand Central
From Barbie to Bratz and Beyond: Sex Sells
Easier is Better
Lost & Found
Michael Feuer is at it Again
Elvis Through Lisa Marie's Eyes
Arthur & Carol Kornhaber
Sensational Summer Adventures
Toys 'N Tech
A Whole Lot of Juicy Goodness
Money for Visits
Nursing Homes in Trouble
50 Shades of Grand

GRAND Magazine - July/August 2012