This is beyond awesome. You and Emily should be accorded deity status in the Code4LibCon Pantheon.
As for CONCENTRA, I have been promoting the idea of using them for years. I am very happy that you are very happy with them. I just wish that their name wasn't in all caps :)
On Sep 2, 2014, at 12:54 PM, Tim McGeary <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I wanted to report on the financial closing of the Code4Lib 2014 account.
> All of the bills have been paid for and the reimbursements have been sent.
> This year, we have a surplus of $29,419.80 that we will be able to pass
> onto the Code4Lib 2015 committee. I can say with great confidence that
> much of this surplus is possible through the excellent contract negotiation
> and cost management of CONCENTRA, whom we hired this year.
> The very first action CONCENTRA enabled for us was to change hotel venues
> because the first hotel contract we reviewed was overly restrictive and
> provided no incentives to the conference. At the venue were the conference
> was located, we received a sizeable number of kick backs of hotel rooms
> that offset costs of scholarship awardees and the keynote speakers, in
> addition to CONCENTRA's experience in estimated the number of meals needed
> so that we did not overcommit. Finally, CONCENTRA was instrumental in
> getting the hotel to not only improve the wireless, but also have the
> charges withdrawn for the days in which the wifi service was unacceptable.
> These are just a few of the examples of financial savings CONCENTRA's work
> provided. Thank you to Ann Elsner and her staff at Duke University for
> hosting the financial services for the conference!
> I am very proud of the hosting efforts of my colleagues at Duke University,
> NC State University, and UNC Chapel Hill, most especially of my co-Chair
> Emily Lynema. None of this would have been possible without all of the
> excellent volunteers locally, as well as those of you in the community who
> volunteered in other ways.
> If anyone has any final questions about Code4Lib 2014, please do let me
> know. Otherwise, I look forward to a successful Code4Lib 2015 in Portland!
> Tim McGeary
> Director of Library & Information Technology
> University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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