[vcf-midatlantic] THANK YOU

Evan Koblentz evan at vcfed.org
Wed Apr 5 02:45:17 EDT 2017

Hey everyone.

I wanted to send this email Monday morning. Been crazy busy catching up 
on work and sleep!

Many people in our group and from the InfoAge community commented that I 
seemed more relaxed at this year's VCF East than every other year.

There are three words to explain the reasons.

The first word is "team". More than ever, there were a ton of insanely 
helpful people doing event tasks these past few weeks and at the show 
itself. With advance apologies to anyone I forget, and in no particular 
order: some of the most helpful people immediately preceding the show 
were Corey (who's responsible for every penny of our business matters), 
Tony (and his employees) for doing a ton of physical labor, Bill Dudley, 
Adam, Jeff Galinat, Dean/Drew, Dave R., Dan, Bill W., Bill I., Bill 
Degnan, Henry, Amy, Ann, Jeff J., Don, and Martin; our gatekeeper 
Victor; InfoAge's support team of Patrick, Gloria, Jim, Dawn, Ben, 
Derek, and Elaine; and Garden State Central Model RR Club's Steve, 
Jimmy, Bob, etc.

That leads to the other two words: Jeff Brace.

Anyone with even a limited view inside VCF operations can see that Brace 
was "helpfulest" person of all. Our board smartly determined that Jeff's 
attention to detail and openness to hard work were the perfect balance 
to my hundred-mile-an-hour brain. They gave Jeff the role of project 
manager, which left me free to focus on my strengths (summarized as 
"public stuff": marketing, finding keynoters/presenters/sponsors, 
recruiting exhibitors, making a good layout, social media, interacting 
with other organizations, PR, museum improvements, etc.) .... however 
Jeff did more behind-the-scenes work before, during, and after the event 
than most of you will ever know. As I explained to many people last 
weekend: my job is to say, "Let's all go thataway!", and if the board 
approves the direction/funding then Jeff's job is to plan all the 
details for HOW to go that way. He's been our unsung hero.

Evan Koblentz, director
Vintage Computer Federation
a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit

evan at vcfed.org
(646) 546-9999


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