Dear Barbara and Sallie, What a great pleasure it has been to work with you over the last 15 years! Your calm, expert management of all things great and small has been a large part of what has made our society so successful. I have especially appreciated your quiet professionalism. You have each been privy to many confidential discussions and meetings, and you have kept those confidences without exception. You know the entire history of the society and all of its sidetracks, both those that have been successful and those that have failed. Your memory for those details informs discussions, and yet you are superb at keeping your own counsel until asked for an opinion. It is an important credit to your management skills that for many, many years I thought SAGES was your full time job. I had no idea that you worked with other groups and societies. You delegate your time so expertly and discretely that I honestly believed we were your only child! That is a tribute to both your diplomacy and your management skills. And of course, Sallie and Barbara, there is no better dinner partner, or seat mate on a bus or plane, or email confident than the two of you. Thank you for all you do, for your support and subtle guidance over the years, and for being there for us and for me. Sincerely,
Our long association has never grown stale. Whenever there has been an opportunity to explore new ideas and launch new initiatives, BSC has made it happen. The staff at BSC is knowledgeable, responsive and most of all tenacious in setting up conferences and managing budgets. The experience that BSC brings to a project always adds value in a professional and friendly atmosphere.
I have been privileged to work closely with BSC over the past 17 years and have always enjoyed our interactions. BSC is highly professional, infinitely organized and always a good business partner. In particular, the team at BSC has the experience and expertise to serve as a “midwife” to even the most ambitious of new projects: they served as an enabling force to the creation of the Fellowship Council – the accrediting body for non-ACGME post-graduate fellowships in GI surgery – and have contributed greatly to the establishment and success of this organization. They excel not only in day-to-day management but also in the long-term strategic planning of the groups they manage. In my leadership role in several of the surgical societies that BSC has managed, which included the negotiation of management company contracts as well as day-to-day operations, there has never been a doubt as to the overall superiority of BSC as a management group.
The services that are provided by BSC Management are first rate. Barbara Berci and Sallie Matthews have recruited a truly outstanding staff. There is little that they will not provide for their clients and overall constituency. There’s a truly outstanding matrix organization that attends to every need of an organization. Services that they have provided for the AHNS (American Head and Neck Society) have been integral in the growth and maintenance of the Society. They have provided a long-term plan that has maintained and allowed for growth of membership. Maintenance of financial records have allowed for a steady, long-term expansion of our resources. Every detail is attended to in terms of both our annual national year meeting, and quadrennial international meeting. Committee structure, maintenance of our website, management of our training counsel; no detail is too small for them to oversee and make sure that is addressed on a regular basis. The best part of our interaction with BSC is the accommodating of quality service and personal interaction. I foresee them being part of the success of our Society for many years to come.
Nineteen years ago, I became a SAGES member. Ever since then I’ve seen this society grow from hundreds to thousands of members worldwide. Recently, I had the opportunity to help develop the Go Global Initiative, aimed at helping educate surgeons in the most remote areas of the planet. BSC has been a true partner in developing this project. The gigantic task of administering an exponential growth in membership, successful annual meetings and worldwide training could have never been achieved without the professionalism, motivation and dedication of BSC. Their staff goes above and beyond of you can expect from a regular management staff. I wish I could clone them to help me develop my own program. Great job BSC !!