On Thursday April 7 began my 3rd day working with Ohio Northern University. Coming in to my big office I started work on finalizing flight details for one of the big recruits out of California. While we worked very closely with the mother of the recruit in order to make sure that we set up a flight time that would work for her and her son leaving Oakland but also on their trip back from Ohio. I was able to get a great deal on a flight that left at 12:30pm Oakland time with only 1 stop over which was only for 45 min in Phoenix and would arrive around 5:30pm here in Ohio. The flight back would also be right around the same times going back, so we were very excited that we had everything set up for this recruit and his mom to make the trip here to ONU.
After working on this for about a half of an hour I started working on the football team’s trip to Utica, New York. This was very ironic for me because the last sports class I took I worked with Utica and their Athletic Director to discuss how they take advantage of NCAA grants that are available. Why it was ironic was because the time I was talking to them they were making the trip from New York to come here to Ada and now I am working with ONU and helping set up their trip to Utica. What my project was to do is to find hotels around Rochester, New York which is about 2 hours from Utica. The team is going to drive to around Rochester on September 8th and spend the night and then on the following day make the final 2 hour drive into Utica. What I am doing is researching the hotels that are in the area that are available for the day of September 8th and to find out the rates in which they are going to charge. I had found four great hotels which were right off of I90 outside of Rochester and called all four. I currently am waiting for 2 of them to get back with me but have received the rates from the other 2. What I have learned is I can now leverage the rates back and forth in order to drive the price down, which I have done successfully between the two so far. I also have to make sure that they have a full hot breakfast buffet in order to feed the team in the morning before they head out to Utica. While I am not working in the office this weekend I will continue to research other hotels in order to make sure dates are available to get rates that they will charge.