In 1982 another significant career-changing event occurred. Burnet Realty, where I was Training Director, was purchased by Merrill Lynch Realty Associates. At the acquisition event I asked Board Chairman Dakin Ferris if they had a national training department, to which he replied that they did not. So I said: “I believe you are going to need one and I’d like to head it up.”
My boss and mentor Ralph Burnet later told him that I would be a good choice. In 1983 that suggestion became a reality and a national training task force was formed. I was named National Training Director. Another one of my affirmations came true.
In December of 1983 I moved to Stamford, CT and with the help of the other 33 trainers across the U.S., I created a national training program that was accepted and used by all the operating units.
During that time I also raced cars in the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) at Lime Rock, Watkins Glen and Pocono. I raced Corvettes in Showroom Stock, GT1 and a professional Trans Am. Paul Newman won that Trans Am race (Lime Rock, 1986) and it was fun to have him participate in some of my races.