By the time I arrived in New York in early May, the Dow Jones Industrial Average had topped 1,200 for the first time since December 2001, and stocks were in freefall.
But the American economy was on the mend.
The US economy grew by an average of 2.6 per cent in the third quarter of 2017, well above the annual growth rate of 1.7 per cent that economists had expected.
It was the best performance by any major advanced economy in the world since the global financial crisis of 2008.
This was a remarkable turnaround for the US, whose economy has been hit by a series of high-profile scandals, including a series that included allegations of child pornography and an investigation into the deaths of children in a car crash.
A quarter of the population has lost their jobs, and the unemployment rate stood at 5.3 per cent.
Many Americans feel that the economy is headed in the wrong direction.
But despite all the problems, there was no sign that the crisis was over.
As I was driving back to New York from Chicago, the weather was perfect.
I had driven for the last six hours, taking in the city.
I was a bit bored and wanted to drive in the opposite direction, but the traffic on the city’s major thoroughfares was slow, so I stayed home.
On the way home, I turned off the highway and headed south on the interstate.
A little further north, I saw a sign for a new service station called Treadmill Repair.
At the service station, I could see the sign for Treadmills.
A couple of guys came out and I told them what had happened.
They were a little shocked and said: ‘You’re the guy who drove the car in the accident.
You’re a hero!’
The guy with me said: That’s not the way it goes.
I said: I know what happened.
He said: Well, you’ve been through a lot.
I didn’t know what to say.
But I got out of there and drove home.
I felt pretty good.
The next day, I started looking for jobs in the US.
But then, one of the guys who had been with me at the Tread mill turned up at my office.
He asked me why I had done that and I said that I had been driving in the car that was hit by this tractor trailer.
He went: ‘It’s a miracle you were there to stop it.
The accident happened right here in front of you.’
I said to him: ‘What’s a ‘miracle’ if you didn’t have a chance?’
He said that this was an area with a lot of traffic and that I should have been there, too.
I started to cry.
He then went on: ‘But it wasn’t just the truck driver.
It wasn’t even the tractor trailer that was responsible.
I don’t know if you saw the whole truck.
You didn’t even see the tractor.
You saw it in the distance.’
I started crying again.
I asked him: What are you saying?
He said he was just trying to help.
He told me that they had done a job and he had just been lucky.
He started crying even more and I started going through a sort of flashback of the day.
He was talking about the driver of the tractor, and I thought to myself: This guy has got to be the one.
The day I met him, I had started my career in engineering at Ford Motor Company.
In the early 1990s, I was working on the new generation of Ford cars, and then I moved to the corporate headquarters of Ford Motor Group in Dearborn, Michigan.
I thought that this guy was going to be my future boss.
He would do things that I couldn’t even imagine.
I’d never worked with him before, so we had to do a lot for him.
I knew that the way he operated and the way that he talked, the way the way his eyes looked at me, the things he did, the stories he told me…
I just thought: I’m going to get this guy.
And then I met this guy, and it was like I’d met the future.
We started a relationship, and things went really well.
I met a lot more women, and he was the most wonderful person to meet.
In 1994, I went to work for Ford Motor.
I did all kinds of engineering, and we started to grow the company, including building a new assembly line for the next generation of cars.
It all started to go really well, and in 1995, I left Ford and started my own company.
We have a strong culture of innovation, and there is a great attitude about what can be achieved.
But it’s not a culture of equality, and when things are going well, the culture of sexism and discrimination and bullying is very powerful.
At some point, I decided that I needed to do something about it