Walter's Way Wins 2016 Silver Axiom Business Book Award

The Jenkins Group has announced the results of the 9th annual Axiom Business Book Awards, honoring WALTER’S WAY:  How A Relief Kid Survived TB, Corporate Betrayal, Bankruptcy, Made Millions, And Touched The Lives Of Billions by Walter J. Scherr (Wiley / 2015) with a Silver award in the Memoir / Biography category.  The Axiom Business Book Awards honors the year’s best business books, their authors, and publishers.  The winning books exemplify the Axiom Award motto, “Success through Knowledge,” by offering a wide array of business information and tools.

In WALTER’S WAY (, Scherr tells the story of how a Depression-era boy from Queens, New York overcame a life-threatening illness to live an adventurous life as a globe-trotting executive who witnessed and helped foster the post-World War II economic boom.  Part autobiography and part history lesson, the book imparts Scherr’s unique perspectives on business, success, risk, love, and life.

Scherr founded Visual Sciences Inc. / Panafax, the first publicly traded facsimile company.  Earlier, he held a variety of financial and operating management positions with Litton Industries and Sperry Gyroscope Co.  He also was an executive and board member at Veeco Instruments.  In 2005, he was honored by the United States Congress with a Certificate of Congressional Recognition for his outstanding and invaluable service to the community. 

Scherr, and his late wife Vera, and their children established the Vera and Walter Scherr and Family Foundation to provide resources for people with developmental disabilities and their caretakers.  In 2004, the foundation partnered with The Center for Discovery (, a nationally recognized provider of health, educational, and residential services for children and adults with severe disabilities and medical frailties.  The foundation underwrites the tuition for Discovery employees who want to further their knowledge of special education and clinical therapies.  Discovery has awarded scholarships to ninety staff members, empowering those employees to earn bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees from thirty-one colleges.  One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sales of WALTER’S WAY will be donated through the Vera and Walter Scherr and Family Foundation to nonprofit organizations.