Dr. James B. Maas, a leading authority and international consultant on sleep and
performance, is CEO of Sleep for Success. He has been the Stephen H. Weiss Presidential
Fellow, Professor and past Chairman of Psychology, as well as a professor in the graduate fields
of Education and Communication at Cornell University. He has also served a professor at the
Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar. Dr. Maas received his B.A. from Williams College and his
M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell. He holds the world’s record for university teaching, having taught
more than 65,000 students in his 48 years on the Cornell faculty.
Dr. Maas has held a Fulbright Senior Professorship to Sweden, has been a visiting
professor at Stanford University and past-president of the American Psychological Association's
Division on Teaching. He received the Clark Award for Distinguished Teaching at Cornell, and
is the recipient of the American Psychological Association's Distinguished Teaching Award for
being the nation’s outstanding educator.
Dr. Maas is a noted filmmaker who has produced nine national television specials for
PBS in this country, for the BBC in England, the CBC in Canada, and for Dutch, Danish and
Swedish National Television. His films for such organizations as the National Geographic
Society, General Motors, Exxon, Upjohn, Metropolitan Life, the McArthur Foundation and the
United States Department of Transportation have won 44 major film festivals.
Dr. Maas is one of the world’s most sought after corporate, medical, association,
education and professional athletic team speakers. He has presented highly acclaimed programs
for such organizations as IBM, Eastman Kodak, Apple Computers, Campbell’s Soups, Kraft
Foods, Pepsi Cola, Google, CitiGroup, JP Morgan Chase, ING, USAA, The GAP, Young
President's Organization (YPO), World Presidents' Organization (WPO), World Business
Council (WBC), Mutual Life, Maytag, the Naval War College, US Navy, Beyer
Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, Steelcase, American College of Facial and
Plastic Surgeons, American College of Rheumatology, American Urological Association, Urban
Land Institute, United States Figure Skating Association, the National Basketball Association,
NFL New York Jets, NFL Miami Dolphins, NHL Philadelphia Flyers, NHL Ottawa Senators,
NHL Colorado Avalanche, NHL Nashville Predators, USA and Canadian Men’s Olympic
hockey teams, Professional Hockey Trainers Association, S. C. Johnson, Equinox Fitness,
Nestle, Simmons Company, Marriott, Starwood and Wyndham Hotels, Cunard, Crystal and
Royal Cruise Lines, MCI/Universal Studios and scores of prep schools, colleges and universities.
He significantly changed student performance at schools such as Cornell, Deerfield, Andover,
Hotchkiss, The Hill School, United States Military Academy (West Point), and the Chinese
International School in Hong Kong. Dr. Maas’ book, Power Sleep, published by Random House
and HarperCollins, is a New York Times business best-seller and published in 12 languages. His
children’s venture, Remmy and the Brain Train, is an award-winning children’s bedtime story
designed to help improve daytime alertness, mood and performance. Sleep for Success! coauthored
with Rebecca Robbins is a book designed for business executives, students, parents,
and seniors. His new book for athletes, Sleep to Win!, co-authored with Haley Davis, is
receiving rave reviews. In the past two years there have been over 200 articles in the popular
press about Dr. Maas' work on sleep and performance. He appears frequently on national
television on programs, such as the TODAY Show, NBC Nightly News, CNN, Good Morning
America, CBS This Morning, The View, Regis & Kelly, and ABC’s 20/20. OPRAH devoted an
entire hour to Dr. Maas and his research on sleep and performance.
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