Sunday, July 10, 2011

Agenda for Tuesday, 7/12/11



During our roundtable introductions, you're welcome to share as much or as little as you'd like about what's new in your world. We'll place particular focus on those seeking advice, referrals, job search assistance, or simply the opportunity to disseminate business information or plug your business.


Michael Hirschman, President & CEO of RIGOR Engineering, will talk about his company and the types of positions they are trying to fill in government contracting. They are especially interested in TS/SCI-cleared individuals and IT professionals. Mr. Hirschman will also discuss the future of America's technological workforce.

Many thanks to Kurt Schlaefer (USAFA '70) for arranging this speaker for us.

Mr. Hirschman's bio:

Michael G. Hirschman

Michael Hirschman, an energetic and creative professional, has a broad background where he enjoys responsibility and demands integrity. He has performed as a public servant, a systems engineer, U.S. Army military intelligence officer and as a business owner.

As CEO of RIGOR EngineeringSM, LLC, Michael is dedicated to service and excellence. He is a passionate person that reveres tenacity and ensures success. Michael has many talents and interests in life, which his career experiences reveal.

Mr. Hirschman began with a career in law enforcement and security where he protected the staff of a multi-million dollar communications firm. He was then recruited to work for a Sheriff’s Department in Iowa where he responded to many nationally broadcast events such as the unfortunate crash of United Flight 232. Michael has also performed as an investigator with undercover assignments.

The study of physics and mathematics at the University of South Dakota and then Wheeling Jesuit College was a passion of Michael’s that ended up taking him to the National Technology Transfer Center (NTTC) where he was able to bring government research and commercial entities together putting government produced products in the consumer market.

While serving in the U.S. Army as a Military Intelligence signals analyst, Mr. Hirschman gained much respect and obtained many awards, certificates and commendations. Working in the intelligence field required a constant vigilance and understanding of the enemy’s tactics and systems for which Mr. Hirschman sought to exceed. His persistence in understanding why and how things worked lead him to a career as a systems engineer where he was able to serve with TRW, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Lockheed and IBM. By satisfying his clients and developing systems that exceeded expectations, Michael quickly moved through the ranks exceeding most of his peers. Mr. Hirschman has had the pleasure of serving many government agencies such as: DoD, NRO, CIA, NSA, NGA, NOAA, DOC and NASA. While working on several multi-million and multi-billion dollar classified government contracts, Mr. Hirschman has been able to affect positive change in processes and systems benefiting the client. Because understanding and participating is so important for Mr. Hirschman, he is a member of many organizations such as INCOSE, Colorado Space Coalition, Chambers of Commerce, National Defense Industry Association and more. Mr. Hirschman is not only a dedicated worker but also a dedicated father and member of society. He is a patriot and has a passion for serving his country.

Michael has two children that he has been active with in Scouting, sports and school activities. Mr. Hirschman’s desire to teach has put him in positions of coaching Odyssey of the Mind, school organizations, serving as CubMaster, ScoutMaster and Board Chairman. He enjoys many activities with his family including fishing, hiking, camping, shooting, skiing, playing board games and cooking. Michael volunteers with organizations such as the American Red Cross and F.E.A.T.


7/19/11: TBD/Open Forum. This date is currently open. If you have a speaker in mind or would like to lead a discussion, just let me know, at


Have a good week.

Joe Paniccia (USMA '84)
BizNet Coordinator

Service Academy BizNet of Denver meets weekly on Tuesdays at 0700 in the Marriott Hotel at the Denver Tech Center. From I-25, exit Belleview east, then turn north onto Syracuse Street. While the Marriott lots are paid parking (approx $2-4), you can park for FREE across the street at Garcia's Restaurant (we have their permission). Look for us in the seating area inside the Marriott's coffee shop. RSVP is not required. Dress is casual. Attendance is open to graduates of the federal service academies (USAFA, USCGA, USMA, USMMA, USNA). Our schedule, roster and other information are posted on the web site at

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