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Ch. 4 – KGM The Final Curtain 1998 – 2000

Ch. 4 – KGM The Final Curtain 1998 – 2000

By the close of the 1990s, our nervously executed decision to launch a new DMS (Dealer Management System) had been vindicated. Our client base had grown in eight years from 20 to 200-plus dealerships and we were no longer the smallest DSP (Dealer System Provider) in...
Ch. 3 – KGM Management 1988 – 1998

Ch. 3 – KGM Management 1988 – 1998

I’d worked for three companies since my arrival in Australia in 1983, and they’d all become insolvent. Was I a manifestation of the albatross in Coleridge’s Rhyme of The Ancient Mariner? I’d noticed a few raised eyebrows among contacts in my business network and...
Ch. 2 – A Street of Houses – 1984

Ch. 2 – A Street of Houses – 1984

My employment as a salesperson for ORAD computers lasted only ten months but it was an excellent introduction to working and surviving in an urban environment, and I wasn’t unhappy that fate had tipped me into computer sales. I’d learned that in the pre-sale cycle,...
Ch. 1 – A Street of Houses – 1983

Ch. 1 – A Street of Houses – 1983

After landing in Melbourne, I ticked the box on the immigration form to indicate I intended to remain permanently in Australia. The customs official showed no interest, he scribbled something on the card and shooed me through to the arrival hall. My first impression...
Ch. 11 – Crossing the Ditch (Epilogue)

Ch. 11 – Crossing the Ditch (Epilogue)

Our divorce was finalised in NZ in November 1982. Early in 1983 I was getting restless and began weighing up my options. Rosie had purchased a new house in Invercargill and was getting on with her life. The two youngest children were with her while they finished their...