Sunday, December 23, 2018

News for Week of 25 December 2018


...nor next week, but please note our speaker for 8 January - see below.


25 December (this week):  No Meeting.  Merry Christmas!

1 January:  No Meeting.  Happy New Year!

8 January:  Terence Andre (USAFA '87) will give a talk on his journey through serious medical conditions, his recent book, and the company he works for (TiER1 Performance Solutions).

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


Steve Burns (USMA '05) is conducting a job search, targeting a position in project management or related role.  Please have a look at his resume below (formatting issues are due to the limitations of our Biznet blog platform).  Contact Steve directly if you're aware of a job opening that would be a good fit, or can offer other advice or a referral. 

Robert “Stephen” Burns
Highlands Ranch, CO 80126 • (860) 836-6157 •

A dedicated leader with ten years of experience leading cross-functional teams, managing complex projects and collaborating with colleagues and partners to accomplish mission-critical objectives of the organization.  Known for possessing a deep passion for mentoring and developing leaders, working tirelessly to obtain the resources needed and collaborating with other groups to successfully deliver positive results. 

Expertise in the following areas:

·        Managing complex projects / processes
·        Leadership and Coaching
·        Operational Reporting and Analytics
·        Business Process Improvement
·        Financial Planning and Analysis
·        Presenting to peers and leaders

Professional EXPERIENCE
Charles Schwab Investment Management (Contract through Pro Unlimited)                                                              Lone Tree, CO
Strategy and Product Manager, Business Communications                                                          2018
·        Member of the Agile project team handling the migration of product collateral to a new online repository and implementation of a new document production process.
·        Responsible for producing high quality quarterly Fact Sheets and monthly Performance Summaries for 128 mutual funds and ETFs for use by the sales team and to be displayed on company website.
·        Partnered with the performance reporting team and compliance team to ensure all content was properly updated in the “Communications With The Public” documents.

Dish Network                                                                                                                                                                                          Denver, CO
Senior Financial Analyst, FP&A                                                                                              2015 – 2017
·        Led a project that analyzed the retention incentives handed out to customers and recommended improvements that saved the company over $30M in the first quarter after implementation.
·        Provided budget to actual variance analysis for Direct Sales, Customer Service Center and Retention/Loyalty and created reports for the CFO, Treasurer and the respective Vice Presidents.
·        Partnered with the business units to create budget targets units and help them conduct financial forecasting for the year.
·        Conducted ad-hoc financial analysis projects for various business units.
·        Established the first Veterans Group nationwide for DISH Network employees.
MBA Summer Intern                                                                                                                Summer 2013
·        Led a project to analyze signal data which informed the team to preemptively send a truck and a technician to troubleshoot customer issues.
·        Provided financial planning and analysis for the Customer Service Operations team.

Boston Scientific                                                                                                                                                                            Arden Hills, MN
Senior Production Supervisor                                                                                                   2011 – 2012
·        Supervised a 20-person team to safely and efficiently manufacture batteries for pacemakers and defibrillators.
·        Led a cross functional project that streamlined production from battery automation lines and increased output by 30% using Lean principles.
·        Increased shift productivity by 20% by improving operator versatility and reducing inefficiencies on production line.

Military Experience
United States Army, Air Defense Artillery
Captain, Headquarters Battery Commander, Fort Hood, TX and Camp Arifjan, Kuwait   2009 – 2011
·        Led 223-person team in Texas and Kuwait executing staff operations, managing four Patriot firing batteries, and providing critical communications for 788-person battalion.  Planned and resourced missions.  Maintained $40M of equipment.
·        Planned and resourced deployment of 175-person team on short notice to five locations in Kuwait; fulfilled Secretary of Defense’s request for forces and provided air defense coverage for multiple US interests.
·        Developed relationships with Kuwaiti Army and Air Force units; planned, coordinated and resourced joint training exercises for air defense crews, increasing protection for major population centers in Kuwait City and Al Jahra.
·        Emplaced and employed communications platoon that provided critical communications link integrating northern fire units with battalion headquarters; successfully planned/executed link from multiple locations.
·        Earned the ‘Retention Excellence’ award for having the highest reenlistment rate in the Battalion as motivation and morale were high for the Soldiers and their Family members.

Captain, Patriot Missile Battery Commander, Fort Bliss, TX                                           2008 – 2009
·        Led 102-person team providing air defense against enemy aircraft and ballistic missiles. Planned/resourced missions.
·        Rapidly trained three new air defense crews on critical skill set; enabled battery to be first of four in battalion to achieve gunnery certification; became first battery commander to pass tactics exam with 95% score.
·        Facilitated deployment of 10-person team and $10 million of equipment to Israel in support of joint exercise linking multiple new air defense platforms together for first time; greatly increased readiness in region.

First Lieutenant, Battalion Adjutant, Fort Bliss, TX and Camp Carroll, Republic of Korea 2007 – 2008
·        Led 10-person team in Texas and South Korea providing personnel support to 800-person battalion operating in Iraq, Afghanistan, South Korea, and Texas. 
·        Developed staffing model and analysis that enabled movement of 700+ personnel to Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan.
·        Developed tracking that enabled efficient production of 1,500+ awards/500 evaluations upon redeployment.

Lieutenant, Executive Officer, Platoon leader, Tactical Control Officer                      2005 – 2007
·        Led 25-person team executing air defense tactical control and launching operations.  Planned and resourced missions.  Maintained $30M of equipment.
·        Led 20-person crew conducting live fire testing of new Patriot software system at White Sands Missile Range.

LeaderQuest                                                                                                                                                                                      Centennial, CO
Senior Technology Project Manager & ITIL Foundations v3     Completion Date: November 2018

University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management                                                                                               Minneapolis, MN
Master of Business Administration, Emphasis: Finance                        Graduation Date: May 2014

United States Military Academy                                                                                                                                               West Point, NY
Bachelor of Science, Economics                                                                   Graduation Date: May 2005

PMI – Project Management Institute                                                                                                                          Newtown Square, PA
PMP Certification                                                                                               Received: November 2018

Axelos Global Best Practices                                                                                                                                                             London, UK
ITIL Foundations v3 Certification                                                                                                                        Received: October 2018

Team Red, White And Blue
Captain, Twin Cities Chapter                                                                                                   2012 – 2014
·        Team RWB is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission of enriching the lives of Veterans through fitness and community relationships.

Veterans Expeditions
Treasurer, Board of Directors                                                                                              2016 – Present
·        Veterans Expeditions is a veteran led, chartered non-profit in the state of Colorado that aims to get Veterans outside to reconnect to the land they defended and overcome missions using teamwork and leadership.


Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Joe Paniccia (USMA '84)

Service Academy BizNet of Denver meets weekly on Tuesdays at 0700, in the Embassy Suites hotel 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 at the conference table just outside 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.

No comments:

Post a Comment