Building With a Little Help from Bill Gates
I was sitting on the beach with a girlfriend in the spring of 1990, and she was asking me what I was going to do about my situation. I told her that I wasn’t worried in the least. I told her that good things were coming my way. She shrugged her shoulders and I am sure she thought I was crazy. How could I say this when my situation was so dismal? I don’t know. But it was how I honestly felt.
Good things did come my way soon after that chat. Very good things. Microsoft was acquiring a software company in Gastown and wanted an event giving employees a chance to mingle and get to know each other. They approached me and I suggested a casino on a yacht. That’s exactly what we did.
Here is how we set up the buffet on the ship. Not a good layout I now have learned. Major bottle neck for traffic flow!
Check out the hair styles. Wow – that goes back a ways.
The event was super successful and I diligently asked for a letter of reference. I shopped that reference letter from Microsoft around talking to Safeway, 7-11, Chevron; all the big companies. I sold myself and the company until I was blue in the face. But it paid off. They were booking events with me. The gift of the gab saved me after all. I was off to the races!