One man’s memoir looks back at what it was like to work, live and breathe in the corporate America during the 1980s and 1990s

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With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Michael DeForest figured everyone could use a good laugh about his personal past. This inspired him to pen “The Branch Office” (published by Balboa Press), an insightful and hilarious memoir that chronicles his experiences being a young sales representative in the 1980s and 1990s.

A mix between “Mad Men” and “Caddyshack,” this narrative gives readers a glimpse of how business was truly conducted back in time when most people have no idea what it is like working for an insurance company. Here, the author details the crazy life in the corporate America during the ’80s and ’90s. From the typical sales challenges of overcoming objections to sales calls that take strange turns, DeForest somehow made it work during the Reaganomics era. He also highlights the crazy dating atmosphere that is typical in sales. The picture he paints is a no-holds-barred atmosphere, where the only goal is to exceed targets. Work hard and play hard were the mottos he lived by — but the play hard part usually took priority. The era of decadence pushed the limits on how much the author and his fellow sales professionals could get away with while keeping their jobs. While they may have pushed the limits, they had great fun.

When asked what he wants readers to take away from his memoir, DeForest says, “Most believe it is boring but the truth is just the opposite. It was fun, exciting and many ups and downs but the reader will understand the author was trying to make everything work in business and his personal life.”

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“The Branch Office”
By Michael DeForest
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 344 pages | ISBN 9781982264000
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 344 pages | ISBN 9781982263980
E-Book | 344 pages | ISBN 9781982263997
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Michael DeForest is a perennial top finisher in sales. He wrote “The Branch Office” to highlight his wild life as a sales representative, especially with the onset of the recent pandemic. He is semi-retired in a community west of Houston, Texas. His two beautiful daughters are grown, but he lost his wife of 25 years to cancer. He graduated from Texas A & M University. He enjoys playing golf. This is his first book.

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