For Sue Hollis, motorsport enthusiast and 900CC, 220 kilogram motorcycle racer, high-risk challenge is what life is all about.
But even Hollis felt overwhelmed by the horror week her Sydney-based start-up corporate travel management company had in September 2001.
Hollis and actuary, Grant Wilson, started Travel Edge in late 2000, with $300,000. It got off to a slow start, with the Sydney Olympics affecting normal travel spending.
Then things got worse. The fateful week of the September 11 terror attacks on New York (2001) wrought unprecedented disaster.
“On the Monday, [Australian airline] Ansett went bankrupt. They owed us money. In the same week Ansett's catering company - our largest client went bankrupt owing us even more money then Thursday was September 11, and everyone stopped travelling.”
To this day Hollis cannot even talk about the experience without wanting to throw up. They had ten staff and a large supplier bill to pay at the end of the week, and no idea how they would do it.
Travel Edge was taken to the brink of financial collapse.
But Hollis and Wilson held their nerve.