Sunday, July 12, 2015

Weekly News & Agenda for Tuesday, 7/14/15


For this week only, instead of the Marriott, we will meet at the recently opened new facility for Centennial Leasing & Sales, at 7150 S. Joliet St, in Englewood.  It's east of I-25 and south of Arapaho Road, just to the northwest of Centennial Airport.  Map: 



We're hosted this week by Kurt Schlaefer (USAFA '70), at the newly-built home of Centennial Leasing & Sales.  Kurt is an independent vehicle broker with Centennial, and a long-time Biznet member.  After a brief introduction, we'll have a tour of this new facility.


After the tour, we'll move to a conference room to continue our discussion, including individual introductions and networking assistance.

7/14/15 (this week):  OFFSITE MEETING LOCATION -- see above.

7/21/15:  TBD/Open Networking.

7/28/15:  Guy Higgins will speak with us on selected business topics.

If there's a speaker you'd like to schedule for 7/21 or some other future Tuesday, please send me a note at Remember that you can be the speaker yourself -- just pick a topic of interest and lead a discussion on it.


Don Sherrill (USNA '01) is conducting an immediate job search in the Front Range area.  See below for his thoughts on his target position, followed by his resume.  If you can offer advice, referrals, or other assistance, please contact Don directly at, or on his mobile phone at 919-670-7999.

What does the ideal job deal with?  One or more of the following:  microgrid, renewables, energy storage, distributed generation, smart grid, improved transmission/distribution infrastructure, electric vehicle (EV) and related infrastructure, traditional and electric bicycle utilization, shared transportation, sustainability, commuter/high speed rail, new urbanism, sustainable/urban agriculture, improving public education (in all areas), public policy, etc. 

What is my role in this ideal job?  Leading change.  Solving big problems.  Having a voice at the table.  Making a company or city smarter and more efficient.  I'm not a guy who needs a particular title in my life, but I want a level of responsibility, flexibility, creativity, and horsepower to get my job done.  I don't mind a little travel, but I don't want to be a road warrior and away from my family all the time.

Where is this ideal job?  We love the vibe in Colorado Springs, but Denver and Boulder are fine too.  They've just got more expensive housing and more traffic to contend with.  Ft Collins gets good reports, but I haven't spent any time there.

Don Sherrill

312 Pyrite Terrace, Colorado Springs, CO  80905
919-670-7999 (m) |

Seeking a job in which I can contribute to the operational and financial success of the company
Skill SET

Domestic and International Project Management Experience
Critical Problem Solving

Led departments and organizations of all sizes to previously-unseen success, with happier team members, and safer work environments
Lived and worked overseas on multiple occasions, leading projects and proposals in numerous countries
High intensity decision-making with lives and hundreds of millions of dollars of equipment at risk

 Work history

Senior Associate,  ScottMadden Management Consultants
· Guided the post-merger integration of multiple major US utilities, evaluating best practices of each and developing an optimal combined operating model.
· Performed operational improvement analysis for the nuclear licensing group of a major US utility; recommendations led to $300k annual cost avoidance.
Proposal Manager and Cost Improvement Program Lead,  Siemens Energy
· Responsible for RFP response and business development support for US high voltage market, ranging in value from $10M - $115M and supported proposals for projects in value up to $300M.  Won 4 of 6 proposals submitted, including a first-of-a-kind installation in the US; other 2 submittals made the final round of evaluation. 
· Responsible for identifying and driving cost savings in all departments. Exceeded executive management’s goals for 30% cost reduction over three years. 
Project Manager and Operations Lead,  URS (now AECOM)
· Responsible for design and operability reviews at the $13B WTP facility at the Hanford site in Richland, WA.
· Long term planning optimization and cost reductions at the Sellafield Site in Cumbra, UK.  Outlined an improved plan to operate the nuclear waste processing/storage facility with >10% employee reduction and complete the facility mission and site remediation in 40% less time (90yrs rather than 150yrs) without exceeding the £300M annual budget.
· Directly responsible for multiple critical path elements on the $700M outage at Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. Set World Record for outage duration and surpassed 1,000,000 man-hours with no lost time injuries.
Project Manager,  Cherry Huffman Architects
· Project management and construction oversight for innovative municipal and education projects in North Carolina.
Project Manager,  M.C. Dean, Inc
· Infrastructure upgrades for Top Secret DoD and State Department installations in Europe.
Officer, Student, Enlisted Sailor,  United States Navy (active duty)
· Responsible for the safety, security, and operational readiness of the nuclear-powered and nuclear-armed submarine USS MARYLAND SSBN-738(G). All divisional evaluations scored as Above Average or higher.  Tactical readiness evaluations scored as Outstanding.  Major maintenance and dry dock periods conducted with a 100% safety record and completed as scheduled. 
· Received a Presidential Nomination to the U.S. Naval Academy from the enlisted ranks.

MBA,  Duke University – The Fuqua School of Business, Durham, NC
B.S., Mechanical Engineering,  United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD


Have a great week.

Joe Paniccia (USMA '84)
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. The Marriott lots are paid parking (approx $2-4), however 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). There are no dues or fees. Our schedule, roster and other information are posted at

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