0700-0800: Introductions, Assistance, and Networking
It's an open forum this week. We'll do introductions and discuss topics of interest, with special emphasis on any of your networking needs.
2. SPEAKER SCHEDULE:
19 July (this week): Open Forum.
26 July: TBD - this date is available for a speaker.
2 August: Dave Wheeler (USNA '88) on the history of nuclear operations, security, and policy.
If there's a speaker you'd like to invite for 26 July or any future Tuesday, just let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember -- you could be the speaker yourself. If you have an interesting topic or a problem you'd like to put to the group, or maybe have gained new insight from a business book or a conference, we'd love to hear about it.
3. GRAD SEEKING ASSISTANCE:
Dave Wheeler (USNA '88) recently moved to the Denver/Colorado Springs area and is looking for a new position. His professional and personal interests are below, as is his resume. If you can offer Dave any assistance, referrals, or advice, please contact him directly, at email@example.com.
Strategic type of position with operational oversight/ leadership; would consider more tactical project leadership roles in the short term including consulting roles
Would like to mentor more junior staff and managers and have some role in recruiting (but not formal HR position)
Would like time to teach a course at local university or partner with academic programs to assist in courses related to national security, nuclear technology evolution, energy systems, sustainable infrastructure systems.
I enjoy variety.
Do not want government position or positions in national defense work - done it.
Position based in Colorado Springs/ Denver region- willing to travel moderately
Reside near biking/ hiking trails
I play saxophone as hobbyist musician so will be looking to join small bands/ jazz groups once settled.
David M. Wheeler
760149 Woods Lane, Cornelius, NC 28031 (temporary)
Seeking senior level leadership and/or professional development opportunities applying systems level thinking to enhance individual, organizational, and applied business process performance.
Executive MBA, University of New Mexico, 2003 Bachelor of Science, Oceanography, US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, 1988 Exchange Student to US Military Academy at West Point, 1986
US Navy Nuclear Officer Qualification Program, Navy Nuclear Power School Certifications in Plant Engineering (CPE) and Plant Maintenance Management (CPMM) Various technical, management and leadership development courses throughout career
Leadership professional with over 25 years of progressive managerial experience in leading staff in nuclear operations, capital project investment, maintenance, quality, engineering, R&D, safety, communications, information technology, and organizational culture.
Working within the nuclear security profession has afforded opportunities to lead people from many functional disciplines resulting in integrative, team-based solutions in high-risk business environments.
Creative innovator and problem solver in setting standards for performance excellence in work execution, budget to work development, project coordination, workforce development, and positive cultural changes.
Demonstrated a wide variety of communication methods at all levels in an organization and with external stakeholders on a national level.
Leadership and Management Competencies
Systems level thinker for major organizational improvements; adept at challenging underlying organizational assumptions to formulate new questions for advancing creative solutions.
Excellent analytical capabilities in matching business accounting and performance measurement information to human performance and organizational constraints.
Innovator in the professional recruitment, training and development of engineering and administrative professional staff.
Engineering and Technical Competencies
Significant experience in leading teams in the operation and maintenance of highly technical equipment systems including nuclear reactors, steam systems, lasers, special nuclear material packaging systems, specialized HVAC, and associated instrumentation and control systems.
Demonstrated history of resolving numerous equipment and system problems through systematic troubleshooting and analysis and human performance evaluations.
July 2008 September 2015: Nuclear Quality and Requirements Manager, Nuclear Facility Operations,Sandia National Laboratories
For ~100 person business unit, developed and managed nuclear quality, training, and support functions including the nuclear operator training program, configuration management program, ESH, and performance assurance, based upon a management model of continuous improvement and embedded quality integration.
Based upon DOE external stakeholder compliance concerns, assumed a new organizational role and led an organizational transformation project for development of improved internal processes, roles and responsibilities, accountabilities and improved work control practices for the Sandia Labs Nuclear Operations and Nuclear Technologies group. Implementation team received DOE/NNSA Award of Excellence.
Project included complete review of all functions and processes associated with the management and mission execution for the nuclear facility complex and support staff. See SANDIA REPORT 20204717 : http://prod.sandia.gov/sand_doc/2010/104717.pdf . Received Sandia Individual Leadership Award 2009-2010.
Formally engaged in the international nuclear community for benchmarking operations relative to other research based nuclear enterprises.
Jan 2006 June 2008 Facility Operations Manager: Gamma Irradiation and Hot Cell Nuclear facilities
Managed the operational envelope for DOE Hazard Category 3 nuclear facilities to support mission requirements, safety basis enforcement, business operations, work control, and maintenance.
Improved operational performance through the utilization of performance based monthly assessments to measure operational throughput, maintenance and safety performance, and resolution of facility issues.
Led a unique, US Presidential directive-based project to reduce Special Nuclear Material (SNM) inventories located at the Sandia National Laboratory site (8000 total employees); required extensive interface across the entire DOE facility complex to ensure the safe and secure disposition of nuclear materials in order to meet executive leadership expectations.
Sandia National Laboratories was the first entity in the DOE facility complex to reach the SNM (Cat 1 and 2) reduction goals. Given the high profile nature of the project, there was a steep professional learning curve regarding communication across a complex organization, reporting to external stakeholders, developing clear and concise project management updates, and assuring appropriate safe operations for all the activities, most of which were one-of-a-kind nuclear material handling operations. Received DOE/NNSA Award of Excellence.
Mar 2003 Jan 2006 Work Management Program Manager, Facility Manager, Facilities Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Progressive responsibility for managing facilities at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Developed project scheduling approach to improve work management practices for Los Alamos National Laboratory facilities. Responsible to division leader for implementation of improved maintenance program and interfaces with site support subcontracting agencies. Mentored Los Alamos Laboratory Work Management team leaders in the development of improved processes to improve accountability and work performance.
Facility Manager for 1 million square feet of facilities, with annual operating, maintenance and re capitalization budget of $18 Million. Accountable for compliance, safety, and technical standards management for real property infrastructure and systems.
Developed strategic and tactical plan to improve group performance and continue record as leading organization within similar functional management units. Emphasis on customer satisfaction, professional employee development, and quality based process improvement.
Strong emphasis on operational performance of organization; responsible for developing zero based budget for all aspects of operations and maintenance to benchmark efforts for systematic improvements; group absorbed an effective 25% budget reduction in FY05 funding through improved work efficiencies, schedule optimization, contract outsourcing, and deferred maintenance management while ensuring that safety and security aspects of the facilities were not compromised.
Developed specifications and implemented web-based work request system within the Facility Management Unit for all facility occupants, dramatically improving customer communications and work management accountability.
1998–Mar 2003 Reliability Manager Johnson Controls, Work Management Team Leader, Los Alamos Labs
Directly supported science and research groups to develop scope and system requirements to effectively upgrade facility infrastructure in support of mission requirements and deliverables.
Implemented team concept and professional development for work planning, contractor procurement, technical training and skill development to support project and work management.
Supported the development of an operator based system maintenance program to improve equipment reliability while reducing labor and material costs by 35%. Led engineers and predictive technology analyst providing operations and maintenance based engineering services for configuration management, Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM), and related infrastructure support services.
Performed RCM based analysis of LANL site HV electrical transmission and MV electrical distribution system for improvements to system maintenance program and configuration management documentation.
Conducted operations and engineering analysis for 20MW steam cogeneration plant, resulting in 40% reduction in annual maintenance costs. Optimized maintenance program for software program implementation.
Early Career Positions
1996-1998 Nuclear Operations Supervisor/ Project Manager PSE&G, Salem, NJ
1993-1996 District Representative Nalco, Florence, SC
1988-1993 Submarine Officer 03 (USS John C Calhoun, SSBN 630) US Navy, Charleston, SC
Developed technical competencies and basic supervisory and communication skills in leading and working with engineered systems involving power transmission, electrical distribution, heat exchangers, I&C, digital systems, water chemistry, operations, maintenance, regulatory licensing, troubleshooting, technology modifications, emergency response, and technical procedure utilization. Transitioned from the military sector to the civilian workforce, learning to understand the business environment and leading and accounting of business resources
4. THE MARRIOTT'S COFFEE SHOP HAS MOVED...and the hotel entrance has moved as well:
Due to construction, the entrance for the Marriott-DTC (our weekly meeting location) is now at the far north end of the hotel.
Suggested parking is now also at the far north end of the hotel, instead of at Garcia's. For some time now, the Marriott lots have not been charging a parking fee, and it appears that will continue to be the case for at least the near future.
To find the new coffee shop, enter the Marriott at the far north end of the hotel. Proceed straight ahead along the main concourse of the hotel, beyond the new front desk. The coffee shop itself will be on your right, and its seating area (where we meet) is directly across the concourse. The seating area is more spacious than the old coffee shop, yet still provides a relatively quiet setting for our meetings.
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 hotel will be on your left. 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 www.academybiznet.org.