Friday, February 10, 2017

BizNet Member Seeking Assistance

Syd Abernethy (USNA '81) is conducting a job search in the Denver area.  Please take a look at his resume below.  Contact him directly if you can offer advice, referrals, or other assistance.

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Syd Abernethy

Metro Denver | 360.320.2783 | |


Defense Industry Marketing & Product Development / Strategic Planning, Leadership & Diversity

Signals Intelligence/ Electronic Warfare / Unmanned Systems

Top performing executive with proven experience in leadership and change management in large organizations. Experience in a variety of industries including: aviation and defense.


The Boeing Company, Chicago IL 2008-2015

Boeing is a $90 billion company (NYSE: BA) as the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space, and security systems. With corporate offices in Chicago, Boeing employs more than 165,000 people across the U.S. and in more than 65 countries. The company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in 150 countries.


Director, Business Development

Responsible for developing and driving the Electronic & Sensor Solutions growth strategy across the maritime, airborne, ground and product business

 Facilitated and developed a coherent strategically focused plan for Electronic & Sensor Solutions

 Aligned multi-million dollar investment accounts to strategic focus areas over the next five years: Revenue growth from $300 milllion to $750 million

 Leveraged intimacy with legacy customer base to demonstrate and provide affordable new capabilities to existing product lines

 Worked with the Program Management team to look for business opportunities from horizontal integration of core capabilities across the business unit

 Coordinated across Boeing to address communications and intelligence business opportunities in the Navy, Army, SOCOM, Air Force and international communities.

Phantom Works Division; St. Louis, MO 2011-2014

Capture Team and Business Development Lead

Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS)

Developed Campaign and Win Strategies for a 350 person Capture Team: revenue opportunity- $6.2 billion

Coordinated customer interaction at NAVAIR, OPNAV Staff (N-98, N-2/6), OSD, the Joint Staff, and COCOM’s

 Developed UCLASS CONOPS and conducted multiple customer immersions sessions at the Pentagon and at tradeshows across the US

Surveillance and Engagement Division; Seattle, WA 2008-2011

P-8 Multi Intelligence Capture Team Leader

Capture team lead for Boeing’s offer of a 737 derivative replacement for the EP-3E: revenue opportunity-$2.5 billion

 Led the BD/Engineering Team executing $1 million of company funds to build a customer demonstration lab

 Facilitated and led strategic framing sessions to coordinate efforts across Boeing

 Aligned win strategies to actions in conjunctions with PM team to the IPT level

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United States Navy 1981-2007


 Commanding Officer, Naval Air Station, Whidbey Island, Oak Harbor WA. Managed operations of 30,000 person organization: direct supervision of 24 department heads with operating budget of $300 million and $7 billion of infrastructure assets (2004-2007)

 Other Command leadership included:

o U.S. Navy’s first Chief Diversity Officer: developed diversity program across a 360,000 person organization (2002-2004)

o Command and Control Warfare Commander, USS John C. Stennis, CVN 74 (1998-2000)

o Commanding Officer Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron ,VQ-2 (1996-1998)

o Flew over 100 sensitive intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance missions; over 50 as Mission Commander on Naval Maritime Patrol Aircraft


United States Naval Academy, Annapolis MD

Bachelor of Science, General Engineering 1981

 U.S. Naval War College, Newport RI

National Security Strategy, Master of Arts 1999

 University of North Carolina Durham, Keanan-Flagler Business School: Executive Immersion Program

 Security Clearances: TS-SCI, 1986-Present

 Lean Six Sigma Training


Legion of Merit, Department of the Navy

 Defense Superior Service Medal, Department of Defense

 2006 U.S. Navy Excellence Award for Innovation

 U.S. Naval Academy: Alumni Assoc. Board of Trustees; U.S. Naval Academy Foundation Trustee


Developed Diversity Strategy for the U.S. Navy in conjunction with Booz Allen Hamilton; resulting 300 page business case for diversity delivered across the Navy

 Represented Boeing as a member of the Veterans Transition Initiative Panel for the Black Engineer of the Year Awards Conference, 2015

 Published in: Diversity Inc. Magazine, 2004


First Team All-American Lacrosse Honors, United States Naval Academy-1981

 Multi-National Experience

 Conversant in French




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