catalogue that sold American handicrafts, parlayed it into a payment processing empire for the direct-marketing industry, and sold in 1995 to First USA Inc. for undisclosed millions.

That was before the Internet. Today Mr. Litle is founder and chairman of OrderTrust Inc., a Lowell, Mass.-based company that tracks on-line orders for major retailers -- such as 1-800-Flowers and SkyMall -- and manages the flow of data among the merchants, their warehouses, and their financial services providers.

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