Sunday, July 29, 2012

Weekly News & Agenda for Tuesday, 7/31/12



We'll get the meeting started with roundtable introductions, focusing on any networking needs. Feel free to also bring up any topics of general interest.


Biznet member Chuck Franceschi (USAFA '79) will speak on the tax impacts for retirement income.  Chuck is a finanicial services representative with Five Rings Financial.

7/31/12 (this week):  Chuck Franceschi - see above.

8/7/12:  Jim Rowland (USNA '92) will talk about his recent experience and perspectives on Guantanamo Bay.  Jim spent much of his Navy career in intelligence and cryptology. He served for a significant period of time at Guantanamo Bay as one of the declassification officers for Guantanamo intelligence. 

8/14/12:  Bob Ahrens (USNA '69) will talk with us about a pilot program to provide mentoring for USNA alumni. The program is being proposed as part of a class gift from USNA '69.

If you'd like to invite a speaker or lead a discussion yourself on any future Tuesday morning, just let me know at

3.  2012 COLORADO WOMEN VETERANS RESOURCE FAIR - August 25 (Greenwood Village)

Thanks to Biznet member Bob Fretzs (USAFA '71) for passing along this item from 
Kathryn Wirkus, Lt Col, USAF (Ret).  She writes:

As chair of the planning committee, I would like to send you information for your use and for widest dissemination on the Colorado Women Veterans Resource Fair 2012. The event will be held on August 25, 2012 at the Hilton Double Tree Hotel, 7801 East Orchard Road, Greenwood Village, CO 80011 from 8:30 - 3:30. This is the second year of this free event and we will also be holding a reception at the hotel Friday night Aug 24, 2012 from 6-8 pm.

This year's keynote speaker will be Undersecretary of Veterans Benefits, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Brig Gen Allison Hickey, USAF (Ret). We will hold six classes offering information on career, health & wellness, and lifeskills training. The conference is to give women veterans information, education and access to their VA benefits as well as an opportunity to obtain information on education, housing, health care including mental health, employment and other items of interest to women veterans. We will have 50 resource/exhibitor tables offering information to women veterans in a wide range of areas. We will also be offering resume reviews and practice interviews.

This conference is hosted in collaboration with various federal, state, county, local businesses and nonprofit organizations. It is a grassroots effort to honor and support Colorado's women veterans and is solely supported by generous sponsors and donors. There is still an opportunity to become a donor and/or sponsor to make this event a total success.

Please feel free to distribute this information to your various contacts to ensure as many women veterans are able to attend as possible. To register online as an attendee, sponsor, or exhibitor, please go to for additional information.


Are you curious about what is going on in the business world? Are you thinking about changing positions? Have you decided to separate? If you answered yes, we have the perfect way to make your transition easier. Join us for the San Diego SACC on August 23–24. We expect in the neighborhood of 60 companies to attend the San Diego SACC–companies that are expressly interested in meeting, interviewing, and hiring service academy graduates. No matter where you are in the employment cycle, SACC is a wonderful tool at your disposal.
SACC will be held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt-San Diego, One Market Place, San Diego. The pre-registration deadline to have your resume included in the recruiters' book is August 12th. For a list of companies currently registered for San Diego and to register for the San Diego SACC, please visit and follow the links to San Diego.

If this SACC does not fit into your plans, future SACCs are scheduled for San Antonio, TX (Nov. 15-16, 2012), Savannah, GA (Feb. 28–Mar. 1, 2013), and Washington, D.C. (May 23–24, 2013).


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). Our schedule, roster and other information are posted on the web site at

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