had a client who manufactured machines for road repair.
The bookkeeper was
leaving and he asked me if I was interested in working for him. He
had been my client for 15 years and we got along well so I decided
to do it. The pay wasn’t real to good but I figured that the
future was good and within three years it would be much better.
Soon after I started
he had to lay everyone off except the two of us. He was traveling
to find buyers and I was the accountant, overseas sales manager,
secretary and parts shipping department. I was also talking to a
prospective customer in China.
When dealing with the
Chinese you had to build a friendship with them.
The China deal was not
set yet and the company was running out of money. I told the boss
that we were going to be out of business if we did not get an order
by the end of the week. On Friday I got the order for 2 machines
for China with a 20% deposit.
The company had no
credit so the boss had to borrow the money personally.
We ended up building
6 machines in that year and had 2 12 hour shifts 6 days a week.
Our China contact came
to visit the plant. I took him out to the topless bars which made
him very happy. He and I became good friends. I talked mostly with
his sister and said she should come with his the next time. He
said, “After fun we had there is no way.”
He asked me to go to
China for 6 months but the boss said I was needed at the plant. I
really did not like the idea of the nonstop flight from Detroit.
Things were looking
good but it slowed down again and the boss's wife started divorce
proceeding. The judge fell in love with her and she got everything
but the company. The real estate that the corporation was on became
her property. He went bankrupt and his plant manager bought the
assets and moved the business to another state. The boss went with
him as sales manager.
The wife ended up
losing everything in a lawsuit.
I told him that he
would find out that it was the best thing to happen to him and a
year later he agreed. One thing I liked about him was he had a 9th
grade education and invented a machine. Financially he is much
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