Sunday, August 28, 2011

Weekly News & Agenda for Tuesday, 8/30/11



Roundtable introductions and assistance with networking needs. We'll do our best to assist those seeking advice, referrals, job leads, or other networking assistance.


This week we are pleased to have author and motivational speaker Ana-Christina Wadle speak with us on coaching skills for leaders and individuals. Here's an excerpt from her bio:

Ana-Christina Wadle (“Wad-lee”) is a motivational speaker, inspiring trainer, and author. She has honed her communication skills to most effectively engage her audience so that they are more inclined to learn what is being taught and has professionally trained thousands of people at local, state, and national levels, including:

Department of the Interior
Buckley Air Force Base
COVA 2009, 2010 (Colorado Organization for Victim’s Assistance)
19th Judicial District—Greeley, CO
State of Wyoming Sexual Assault Summit—keynote
Rocky Mountain Hostage Negotiators
Western Slope Domestic Violence Academy—keynote
Aurora Police Department—SWAT and VSU teams
Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network
Anthem College
International Customer Service Association
Denver & Aurora Public Schools—staff

She also often works with small business, high school, domestic violence shelter, and church staffs. She has worked with distinct groups such as victim’s advocates, clinical staff, court staff, counselors, active military, accountants, construction managers, purchasing managers, sales professionals, bankers, teachers, and college students. Ana-Christina is often described as enthusiastic, motivating, and insightful.

Her passion is “helping the helpers.” Upcoming sessions include Buckley Air Force Base SAPR, Rocky Mountain Women in Law Enforcement, Wyoming Criminal Justice Association, International Customer Service Association, COVA 2011 Closing Keynote.

Thanks to BizNet member Chuck Franceschi (USAFA '79) for referring Ms. Wadle to us as our speaker this week.


9/6/11: TBD/Open Forum.

3. JOB OPPORTUNITY - Senior Director for Quality & TQM (Denver area):

Thanks to BizNet member Lindy Blackburn (USMA '69) for passing along this opening via Woodmoor Group (executive recruiters):

Position Overview: This role will undertake responsibility for the quality control systems and continuous improvement for a $350+ million global manufacturing and services business.

Key Tasks: Work with peers and teams to identify resource requirements and locations required in order to deliver results and improve manufacturing and operations costs. Work with Corporate team and provide direction and leadership to fully implement a metrics- driven system utilizing Strategic Deployment, principles of lean manufacturing, Six Sigma and the Voice of the Customer. Lead the transformation from an inspection and product based quality system to a process based quality system, including the development of a „Cost of Poor Quality‟ metric.

Experience: A minimum of ten (10) years‟ experience in engineering or quality management. Experience implementing and leading continuous improvement projects as well as a clear understanding of how to foster a continuous improvement culture. Multiple, quantifiable instances of successfully implementing new management tools (as exemplified by the “Toyota Production System”, or equivalent) to expand performance metrics. Thorough understanding of TQM and lean concepts and utilization of modern quality tools for problem solving and continuous improvement, i.e., statistical techniques, etc., preferably demonstrated by objective certification (for example, ASQ-certified or a technical degree). High-level problem solving skills and management experience in a highly regulated manufacturing environment. Experience, in a leadership capacity, interfacing with regulatory bodies and other third-party auditors, customers, suppliers to resolve customer issues. Sense of humor and ability to work at a high level under pressure is desired.

Travel: 30% - 50%.

Please contact Steve Ribbens for more information.
Steve Ribbens
719-359-4410 direct

4. JOB OPPORTUNITY - VP of Engineering (Colorado):

This item is thru Woodmoor Group as well. Thier client company also needs a VP of Engineering for 2 Colorado plants, to convert them to lean manufacturing. Preferred qualifications include Six Sigma Black Belt, Mechanical Engineering degree (preferably an advanced degree), experience in leadership, etc.

Contact information for this opening is the same as for the one above.
Steve Ribbens
719-359-4410 direct

5. JOB OPPORTUNITIES - Schomp Automotive:

Thanks to BizNet member Bob Fretzs (USAFA '71) for passing along this information that was recently distributed in a job seekers forum:

Business is good at Schomp Automotive and we're in need of talented help at all of our dealerships! We are currently offering competitive pay with attractive benefits to the right people in all types of positions. Why not join an award-winning company with 70 years in the automotive industry? Feel free to explore our website and learn more about Schomp Automotive jobs today!


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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