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Our Commonwealth stands at a crossroads, and our leadership must offer a clear direction forward, a compelling vision complete with a plan to get there. Our challenge is to overcome cynicism and define goals that inspire us, and unite us. That includes...
As a mechanic and pilot, with one airplane and six employees, flying one route from Cape Cod to Logan and back again, Dan Wolf started Cape Air almost 25 years ago. Today, as one of the largest independent regional airlines in the country, still headq...
Dan often says that the greatest gift and advantage he received from supportive parents was his education. Raised in Philadelphia, he attended Germantown Friends School, steeped in Quaker ethics and the spirit of inquiry. His mother was and is a professor...
From the very beginning of Cape Air, the company Dan started 25 years ago, access to health care has been a benefit offered to all employees. That’s because it is the right thing to do, because health care insurance is essential, because the system we w...
Two large arrays of solar panels sit atop Cape Air buildings beside the Barnstable Municipal Airport in Hyannis, pioneering projects in decentralized, renewable energy. Cape Air’s headquarters now generates as much electricity as it uses on an annual...
Over the course of 25 years, Dan has been immersed in the transportation sector. Unlike scores of airlines large and small, Cape Air has survived multiple recessions, navigating successfully through deregulation, then overcoming one of the most daunting b...
People think of Dan as a successful CEO, but fewer know that after college, he was a community organizer along Blue Hill Avenue in Boston for a group called The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. He also became a union organizer, tryin...
Dan served for 5 years on the board of directors of the premier environmental non-profit in his region, the Association to Preserve Cape Cod. He also was appointed to the stewardship council of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation ...
Building an airline demands understanding the crucial role of financial institutions in our economy, and the complicated relationships between capital, borrowing, and business growth. One key to Cape Air’s success has been a very conservative borrowing ...
Part of our state’s great strength, sometimes overlooked, is the role of arts and culture in creating jobs, powering tourism, strengthening communities, and enhancing our quality of life. Years of service on the board of directors of the Arts Foundat...
The farm economy of Massachusetts, linked to a remarkable growth in farmers markets across the state, offers important opportunities to improve our health in both personal and economic terms. Fresh food needs to be available and affordable, especially ...
Cape Air has been recognized as one of the most philanthropic businesses in Southeastern Massachusetts, and Dan and his family have offered personal support to many community efforts over the years. But relying on private individuals and corporations to r...
Dan has been blessed with a great deal of financial success building Cape Air from his start as a mechanic and pilot; he would expect to release a full range of tax returns were he to seek higher office, proud to show how hard work and collaboration has l...
A case study like this is a great exercise, a way to clarify thinking, focus vision, express values and priorities. This is essential to provide both framework and inspiration. The next steps demand the leadership, management, acumen and experience to del...