We are Bill and Laurie Balme. I’m 55, she isn’t!
An Engineer by education, I moved straight into a sales role within the Precious Metals industry in England and have never looked back. I moved to America with my first wife (an American) and took up a similar role to the one I had at Johnson Matthey, but now was earning three times as much in a country where the cost of living was about a third.
Shortly after our daughter was born, we ended up moving back to the UK with tail between legs, but only for a short time as I had grown very accustomed to American business methods… We came back in 1994 when I joined Checon Corporation – where I have been ever since.
My first marriage ended – out of boredom probably – but I quickly found Laurie and we recently celebrated our 10th anniversary.
I’ve enjoyed many hobbies – from Photography (which I’m looking forward to returning to), competitive radio controlled airplane flying, bicycle racing, woodworking and now sailing.
I became an American in 2011 – but never fear, maintain the British Passport also!