Dave Beson and I were training directors at competing companies. In the late 70s we knew each other only as training rivals. We met in 1978 at a training director’s conference at Sea Island, GA, and discovered that our similarities outweighed any competition between us. We were both the youngest trainers in our market, had a passion for the same sports cars, had similar teaching styles and shared a “Saturday Night Live” sense of humor.
He has become one of my closest friends, as has his wife, Diane, and their two classy young sons, Drew and Adam.
We began teaching together at continuing education venues in Minneapolis and were the first two instructors hired by Real Estate Resources, now PROSOURCE®.
In 1978 at the Hawaii NAR, we both auditioned to be CRS instructors and were accepted. From 1979 on we ended up teaching CRS courses together and helped each other grow through the program from junior to senior instructors. I think Dave will also credit Del Bain as one of his mentors.
He was the first one in our group to buy a computer – an Apple Macintosh with NO hard drive. He helped me buy my first one and showed me how to use it. (I remember adding a 20 mb hard drive and thinking I’d never need more memory than that!)
In 1987, as I considered starting my own speaking business, I turned to Dave who had been on his own for a few years. When I asked his advice, I remember him saying to me, “C’mon in, the water’s fine.”
I remember the many nights he would drive down the street to my home where we would sit in the hot tub for hours, discussing how to build our business, design seminar content and develop educational products. He continues to be a valuable resource when I need advice. Thank you, Dave.