When Barbara Dunlavey became executive director at the Biomedical Engineering Society two years ago, there was no meeting budget or system to track expenses, let alone a strategy to reduce costs. That would soon change. Dunlavey developed a systematic savings strategy based on what was most important to attendees — a plan she calls “drilling up.” The result: an average savings of 25 percent per year. Jason Eggleston has experienced similar savings success at his association, the American ...

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