ORACLE     My most recent work event (http://www.avconcepts.com/) was the crazy large Oracle OpenWorld, JavaOne, and Oracle Develop conferences that all run concurrently in San Francisco each fall. JavaOne was a new add since their acquisition of Sun and it grew the event by 20% over last year. More than 41K people attended more than 2,300 sessions that we provided the A/V equipment and labor for on TEN properties throughout the city. For any of you who have worked with union labor (Local 16 in this case), you know that is no easy task — now imagine managing 247 union workers on setup day and 179 on the peak session day? NO small feat, my friends! Downtown SF becomes a crazy, RED, techie-full, Oracle land during this time of year and it’s an awesome thing to be a part of! When I secured this account in May of 2009, I had no idea the crazy ride I was in for. And now here we are, two OpenWorld’s later and I still have the account… We’re talking about next year already and it’s an amazing, crazy, scarey, exciting, frustrating process that I feel privilidged to be a part of.
PARTY           Along with all of the hard work comes some serious fun! Each year Oracle has an Appreciation Party where there’s a killer concert (or 6), midway games, carnival rides, and food and drinks for 22K people on Treasure Island! Last year it was Aerosmith, Roger Daltry, 3 Dog Night and The Whalers. This year? Black Eyed Peas, Don Henley, Berlin, English Beat, Steve Miller Band, and Montgomery Gentry! It really was more fun than should be legal.
GRATITUDE   I try very hard to show every person who works on my shows how *very* much I appreciate them and how hard they work. With Wayne Hensley as my lead project manager, this team ROCKED the show once again and I really can’t thank them enough for doing such an awesome job!

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