While Hargrave surrounded himself with a talented and dedicated staff, he was the creative nexus of the company. Developing new Hargrave designs like the 84 became Joyce's most daunting challenge and Ted Black proved to be the perfect solution. I introduced the two of them in the late 1980s when Black and I were working together on a number of design projects. "I had met Mike before he acquired Hargrave and immediately liked him," said Black. "Mike understood design and had a passion for the process." A graduate of both Parsons School of Design and Pratt Institute, Black was already a seasoned industrial designer before his eye wandered to yachts. He had worked with design icon Donald Deskey, the designer of Radio City Music Hall. At King Casey, he helped pen the iconic bull for Merrill Lynch. In the early 1980s, he managed design at Page Avjet, where he turned 747s into flying palaces for heads of state and customized other commercial jets for Forbes and Trump. By the time he and I were fiddling with yacht design, Ted claimed he was "retired" and simply having a bit of fun. In Ted Black, Joyce found a gifted designer who understood his vision of keeping "the Hargrave" in Hargrave Yachts. Joyce had Ted in his business plan from the start: "When I took over the company I had Ted warming up in the bullpen...he was on board the day we started and has been an integral part of our organization-from yacht design to branding."