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4 Anniversaries to Celebrate: The Making of an Awesome Summer Camp Team

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Team (and World),

Normally we leave the celebration of anniversaries as an internal affair, but I thought, what the heck…why not give these 4 awesome summer camp vets some well-deserved recognition and get the story out to the world?  Who knows, with team members like this, we might just save the world!

Alexa & Kathryn (the mom of iD) Celebrating 12 Years @ iD

alexa-kathrynAlexa co-founded iD Tech Camps along with my mom, Kathryn.  They conceived the idea in 1998, formed the business in 1999, and the rest, as they say, is history.  Starting a business is never easy.  But these two overcame much adversity in the start-up days.  There was little access to capital, so they had to really, truly bootstrap.  They slept in cars to save on hotel costs.  They drove thousands of miles instead of flying.  They drove brochures around from school to school to get the word out about this new tech camp.  And they did it all for way too long without getting paid a dime.  In short, they bet the farm on the idea.  Bigger summer camps were trying to throw hand grenades into the fledgling start up. But those camps didn’t know just how tenacious these two smart, charming women were (and are).  The lesson here is that people can knock you down, hold you down, and try to keep you down…but if you truly believe in something, go after it.  Don’t listen to the people who say you can’t and you shouldn’t.

Jimmy—Celebrating 10 Years

jimmyJimmy came to us 10 years ago in a data entry position in our “office above a garage.”  The office was about 500 square feet, had one 28k internet connection (seriously), no A/C, but we survived.  Jimmy dutifully commuted up to the office in the Santa Cruz Mountains above Silicon Valley, and one day, several months later,  mentioned, “I know something about building websites.”  Jimmy, as our 3rd full-time employee, was then removed from his data entry job, promoted to web manager, and now manages our Web & Creative Department. I am grateful everyday that Jimmy is on our team.  I work with him (and his team) on our product launches, and he constantly evolves our web presence.  As you might see from his photo, Jimmy is also big into birds, which is a fun and creative outlet.  Here’s to 10 more!  Jimmy, thank you so much for all you’ve done since day one.  It’s not just about the web.  It’s about building a company–and believing in something.  And you have never lost sight of that.   You have helped build our culture from day one.  This place wouldn’t be iD without you!

 

MaryAnn–Celebrating 8 Years

maryannA product of Carnegie Mellon University, MaryAnn knew little about the summer camp market before joining our team.  I remember interviewing MaryAnn, and a comment she made always stuck with me.  “I want to work for a company that cares.  A company that really wants to be the best.”  Most people who work here at iD Tech Camps know that we are always pushing ourselves to get better–to make our camps better, the user experience better…which leads me to the next point.  3 years ago, we began a “Next 10” initiative to build out our systems to accommodate the next generation of technologies–and to create a more compelling platform for our internal and external users.  Our ideas were ambitious–we didn’t want to use off-the-shelf products because we wanted the user experience to be defined on our terms.  Well, as you might know, 60% of major enterprise software development projects have major delays, run well over budget, or get scrapped completely.  (I actually bet the number is more like 95%…but that’s a story for another day).  It is now 2011, and we are using the new system, and it is exciting to see our company shift its thinking, for the better.  Thank you, MaryAnn!  This place wouldn’t be iD without you!

  • Karrie Colette

    Wow! Just to have a company like iD *survive* in this economy is a big win… to accomplish it with such talented people is an even bigger win… and to have leadership that cares enough to make sure the world knows about it… Sounds like nothing can stop the drive of this team! Congratulations on the milestones!

  • Karrie Colette

    Wow! Just to have a company like iD *survive* in this economy is a big win… to accomplish it with such talented people is an even bigger win… and to have leadership that cares enough to make sure the world knows about it… Sounds like nothing can stop the drive of this team! Congratulations on the milestones!

  • Rene

    Congratulations to all 4 of you. What a tremendous team we have. Keep on keeping on peeps and we’ll see you all on Pete’s next blog a decade from now.

    Cheers

  • Rene

    Congratulations to all 4 of you. What a tremendous team we have. Keep on keeping on peeps and we’ll see you all on Pete’s next blog a decade from now.

    Cheers

  • Pete

    Congratulations on your anniversaries, folks! You guys rock the summer camp world!

  • Pete

    Congratulations on your anniversaries, folks! You guys rock the summer camp world!

  • Josh

    Congrats you guys!

  • Josh

    Congrats you guys!

  • Jami Smith

    There wouldn’t be an iD without you guys and your tenacity to be the best. Congratulations to you all.

  • Jami Smith

    There wouldn’t be an iD without you guys and your tenacity to be the best. Congratulations to you all.

  • Lori

    Congratulations on a terrific team! That’s 42 years of camp experience in just 4 team members…maybe retention is one of iD Tech Camps tricks to weathering any economic climate. Keep up the good work – I look forward to sending my son, this summer, to his first tech camp at the University of Washington!

  • Lori

    Congratulations on a terrific team! That’s 42 years of camp experience in just 4 team members…maybe retention is one of iD Tech Camps tricks to weathering any economic climate. Keep up the good work – I look forward to sending my son, this summer, to his first tech camp at the University of Washington!

  • Richard Greaves

    Congratulations guys & girls.

  • Richard Greaves

    Congratulations guys & girls.

  • Kevin Durkin

    Haven’t been on the site in a while so in an effort to avoid studying was browsing around and saw this; put a big smile on my face. I’m quickly reminded how contagiously impactful this company is. Here’s to hoping our paths (mine and iD’s) cross again some day!

  • Kevin Durkin

    Haven’t been on the site in a while so in an effort to avoid studying was browsing around and saw this; put a big smile on my face. I’m quickly reminded how contagiously impactful this company is. Here’s to hoping our paths (mine and iD’s) cross again some day!

  • Pete

    Hey Kevin, great hearing from you!

  • Pete

    Hey Kevin, great hearing from you!