Sunday, November 12, 2017

Weekly News & Agenda for Tuesday, 14 November 2017


0700-0730:  Introductions & Networking Assistance

Tell us what's new for you, especially any networking needs.  We can help with referrals, advice, job search assistance, and other networking.

0730-0800:  Speaker - Dave Jackson (USMA '73)  ***RESCHEDULED FROM LAST WEEK***

Dave was present and ready to give his talk last week as scheduled, but attendance was very low, likely due to the sketchy weather and roads that morning.  So he kindly agreed to give his talk this week instead. 

Dave will provide an overview of the top Direct Marketing company. He'll discuss income potential, risks associated with this business, monetary outlays required, along with a full explanation of what one will need to do to succeed in this business model. For anyone that has a defined need for extra income without affecting your current job, this could open up options.


14 Nov (this week):  Dave Jackson - see above.

21 Nov:  TBD/Open Forum Networking.

If you have a speaker in mind for any upcoming Tuesday, or would like to lead a discussion yourself, just let me know, at

3.  REMINDER - Our Meeting Location:

Beginning this past June, we changed our regular Tuesday morning meeting location.  We now meet at the Embassy Suites at 7525 East Hampden Ave, Denver, 80231.  From I-25, exit at Hampden, then proceed east for about 1 mile.  The hotel will be on your left.  Parking is free.  Look for us in the 14'ers Room, which is to your left as you enter the hotel's central atrium.

4.  GRAD SEEKING ASSISTANCE -- James Rapuzzi (USNA '07):

James Rapuzzi (USNA '07) is new to the Denver area and requests our assistance with his job search.  Please see his resume below, but note that any formatting issues are due to the limitations of our BizNet blog tool.

Please contact James directly if you can offer advice, referrals, or other job search assistance.

James writes:  I've spent the last several years as an investment banker and corporate finance professional for Anheuser Busch InBev and I'm open to roles in many different capacities.

James Richard Rapuzzi

1 Harborside Pl. Apt 458                                                                                                            410-271-4027

Jersey City, NJ 07311                                                                                  

Anheuser-Busch InBev                                                                                                                                    New York, NY

Global Director, Cash Flow and Capex - Business Performance and Budgeting                                         2016 – Present

        Promoted to Global Cash Flow and Capex Director after 5 months in the company, a partner level position, managing yearly budgeting and monthly performance evaluation for consolidated global business

        Advises the CFO/CEO directly and frequently on global capital allocation matters and other strategic initiatives related to working capital efficiency, cash conversion, and resourceful capex employment

        Planned, organized, and ran a 100-person cash flow workshop for finance leaders across the company resulting in ~$500 million in working capital initiatives

        Manages cash flow reporting in 9 geographic zones and related integration of assets post SABM acquisition

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC                                                                                                              New York, NY

Investment Banking Associate – Financial Sponsors Group                                                                             2015 – 2016

        Managed over 30 separate deal processes within private equity coverage, working across a range of industries and deal types, with a focus on leveraged finance, strategic mergers and acquisitions, and public/private monetization opportunities

        Conducted rigorous business, financial, industry, environmental, and legal due diligence to evaluate credit risk

        Constructed operating and financial models for LBO, bank, high yield, and equity financings

        Partnered with sales team and corporate lending colleagues to facilitate syndication process and structure credit agreements

        Drafted internal credit memoranda for revolvers, leveraged loans, high yield debt, and equity private placements

        Prepared various external client facing materials including rating agency presentations, lender presentations, and bank books

United States Navy                                                                                                                                                  2007-2013

Submarine Learning Center Detachment San Diego                                                                            San Diego, CA

Department Director                                                                                                                                      2011 – 2013

        Lead officer for a 35-man team responsible for training 800 Navy Nuclear Operators onboard two Nimitz class aircraft carriers and 300 Sailors from six Los Angeles class submarines

        Managed and directed the training and utilization of two $5M military nuclear reactor simulators that model “at sea” operations, and two high risk trainers for practice in damage control procedures

        Mentored and instructed 45 junior officers in the areas of thermodynamics, nuclear chemistry, reactor theory and electrical engineering in preparation for Engineer’s Exam, resulting in a 94% pass rate (above the submarine force average)

        Planned and executed training for 2,500+ college midshipmen that aided in the positive perception of the submarine force and ensured “Future Undersea Force Capabilities,” through the development of tomorrow’s military leaders

        Led more than 30 distinguished visitor, senior government and military leader tours featuring Naval training facilities and operations; educating more than 500 global influencers

USS La Jolla                                                                                                                                                   Pearl Harbor, HI

Assistant Department Head                                                                                                                              2008-2011

        Managed all combat systems and 22 operations personnel across three separate divisions aboard a Navy fast-attack submarine

        Hand-selected as Officer of the Deck, a position reserved for individuals five years more senior, for a major tactical inspection, resulting in a grade reserved for the top 25% of performers

        Directed a watch team responsible for collecting vital national security intelligence through surveillance and reconnaissance during three deployed missions

        Ensured the operability and readiness of a tactical weapon systems to include 10 cruise missiles and four latest-generation torpedoes during deployments to the Middle East and Western Pacific operational areas

        Planned 20+ international missile strike exercises from start-to-finish; produced real-time updates and the final debrief for task force commanders; ensured mission readiness

        Instituted, developed and implemented a unit wide audit and surveillance program improving risk assessment and mitigation for 15 diverse programs relating to the unit’s 150 personnel


University of Notre Dame                                                                                                                             Notre Dame, IN

Master of Business Administration, Corporate Finance                                                                                    May 2015

        Fellowship for Military Veterans

        President - MBA Veterans Association
United States Naval Academy                                                                                                                       Annapolis, MD

        Bachelor of Science, Information Technology (graduated with merit)                                                      May 2007

Achievements / Certifications

            Top Secret (SCI) Clearance (six years)
            Business Development Consultant - HERO
           Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two)
           Fly fishing, duck hunting, and Alaska
           Navy Dive School Graduate - 2010
           Swiss National League (brother plays for EHC Visp)
           Dept. of Energy Nuclear Engineer Cert. - 2011
           Notre Dame and Navy Football


Have a great week.

Joe Paniccia (USMA '84)
Service Academy BizNet of Denver meets weekly on Tuesdays at 0700, in the Embassy Suites at 7525 East Hampden Avenue, Denver, CO 80231.  From I-25, exit at Hampden, then proceed east for 1 mile, where the hotel will be on your left.  Parking at the hotel is free. Look for us in the 14'ers Room, which is to your left as you enter the hotel's central atrium.  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  Sign up (free) by following the instructions on the home page, to receive communications via our blog and email.

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