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Watts Wacker Jr.

Westport, Connecticut

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Watts Wacker, Jr.Watts Wacker, Jr, 64, of Westport, CT, died suddenly Oct. 15 at home. Watts was born and raised in Bloomfield Hills, MI. He attended Western Reserve Academy, Tulane University and received an MBA from the University of Texas-Austin.His marketing career included Ventura Coastal,...

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I have only just become aware of Watts moving on when i was back today in New York. I recall my first meeting in Hedsor House, near London, with this unique persona ,stories and wisdom. I think 1995. For several years he played the court jester with me as i lead a team to a new place; the world of Technology as a service. Today we call it Cloud , PaaS, SaaS, in 1995 it was the future. I saw him most years since as I travelled or he did to London. Moy whole family
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Watts was the most unique person I ever met, a true original. Who else wears shorts all year long in New England. A great guy all around, plus a fellow UT grad to boot.

I've known Watts since he was a teenager at Tulane. A brilliant raconteur, athlete and lifelong friend. Never a dull moment exploring adventure with Watts. His outstanding career never surprised me. With a heavy heart, I wish the very best for his soulmate and wife, Elizabeth.

Watts had that rare gift for capturing the essence of something in a few words. 25 years ago, after the launch of the "Just Do It" campaign, he pointed out that Nike was in fact not a sports and fitness company.

"It's an energy company," he said simply. I'll never forget that.

Give my best to Plato, Socrates and Aristotle, Watts. Save me a seat.

Watts, you were an original, through and through.
You're off no doubt to a new adventure in the great beyond. I guess the dress code in the hereafter now includes Hawaiian shirts and sandals.
My condolences to the people who loved you and who were loved by you. May your memory be a blessing to them all.

So sad to hear about the passing of Watts Wacker . A genius and inspirer...there is a whole group of us Brits who are truly indebted to his crazy notions but most of all his intellect. I would like to say a big thank you to him on behalf of us :- Judith, Hillary, Susan, Belinda, Judy, Paul and Louise. God Bless.

I knew Watt's professionally as a business futurist, storyteller extraordinaire and brand shaman. I watched him shift the energy and optimism in seconds with blinding anecdotes and short stories. The gift of his magic was transformation. As we were driving to dinner in Portland once I proclaimed, "In the world of mules, there are no rules." He jumped in excitement at my statement. I asked him what was the matter. He said, the mule is my spirit animal. The portrait above...

Watts came to Savannah in 2000 to prepare us for the oncoming tourist invasion. He quietly inspired much of what has happened since ...

Watts was a friend, colleague, inspiration, and the most unique person I have been fortunate to know. Creative,intriguing and visionary. In his case, the often over-used term "guru" truly applies.