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In late 2006 my employer was looking to make a rather substantial acquisition of another company in the US. As is always the case with these things there can be hitches and the deal can fall through at the last minute. I was scheduled to be in the US around this time, only in a different state. I was effectively on the phone every day finding out if the deal was on or not. Then the day before it happened I was told the deal is likely to go through and I had to take that flight to Texas. When in business I love that feeling of walking into a new location for the first time. Meeting your new colleagues and beginning the steps of a long term, fruitful relationship. Nothing can replace making that first impression on the day your employer acquires a company. It is definitely one of those “you have to be there” moments.