Sunday, October 28, 2012

Weekly News & Agenda for Tuesday, 10/30/12

1. AGENDA FOR TUESDAY, 10/30/12:

0700-0800:  OPEN FORUM.
Our networking discussion will include current business news, general topics, personal updates, and your networking needs.

During the roundtable introductions, tell us about your current professional or personal focus, especially any networking needs.  Chances are good that someone in the group will have helpful advice, contacts, referrals, or recommendations.  Even if you don't have immediate networking needs, join us on Tuesday for the long-term networking value. 


10/30/12 (this week):  Open Forum.

11/6/12:  TBD or Open Forum.  If you'd like to invite a speaker or lead a discussion on this date or any future Tuesday, just let me know at

11/13/12:  Kurt Schlaefer (USAFA '70) will provide an auto industry update, with special emphasis on how he can assist the do-it-yourself seller.


Thanks to Biznet member Lindy Blackburn (USMA '68) for passing along this item from a USNA grad:

My name is Tom Wolfe, USNA Class of 1972. I am a former naval officer and a recognized expert in career transition. During my career I placed ~3000 military officers into civilian jobs; ~2000 of them were Academy Grads.

I have written a book to assist service members and veterans make the transition to civilian employment and it was recently published by Potomac Books in both print and digital editions.

OUT OF UNIFORM: Your Guide to a Successful Military to Civilian Career Transition has been described as "an insightful, entertaining, and user-friendly guide to civilian transition, job hunting and interviewing for current and former military personnel."

On the book’s website ( you will find a synopsis, endorsements, my bio, table of contents, and a preview.  Here is what Coach Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University Basketball Coach, West Point Class of 1969, and veteran says about the book:

"We owe our military service members so much, including the right to compete for a job when they leave the service. Out of Uniform just might give them that competitive edge. Are you a veteran? Read it! Know a veteran? Make sure he or she has a copy!"

Thanks for your support.

Tom Wolfe


Caleb Sharbono (USNA '04) currently resides in San Antonio but intends to move to Colorado.  He's trying to establish networking contacts in advance of such a move, including some who might have advice or assistance with his job search.  If you can offer such assistance, please contact Caleb as listed in his resume below.

Caleb writes:  "I'm interested in networking in the Denver/Boulder area but as you can imagine living in TX has provided some limitations.  My ultimate objective, next to meeting new people, is to move my family back to Colorado.  I currently work in Product Management for USAA's Investment Company.  I'm open to staying in the same field but would also be very interested in new opportunities/industries, perhaps in small business.  

24822 Cooper Valley, San Antonio, TX 78255
H (210) 451-7100, C (757) 375-0901,

United States Naval Academy, 2004, BS Engineering, Major: English, Minor: Chinese
AIPMM Certified Product Manager           

Product Manager, Retirement and Wealth Planning, USAA, Sep 2010 Present
         Directed product marketing, utilization, and financial advisor adoption
         Developed and executed product promotion strategy for a $12.5M project which enhanced comprehensive retirement planning tools
         Partnered with finance, competitive intelligence, and customer research teams to develop cost benefit analysis and viability assessments for new financial advice tools
         Gathered and merged requirements for an $8M project for new online tools from customer research teams and financial advice subject matter experts
         Synchronized product IT development with legal, marketing compliance, and intellectual property teams to ensure successful product build and launch
         Developed requirements and managed lean agile business intelligence project for the production of a $500K performance and marketing metrics dashboard
         Executed and managed the performance of outbound calls and email campaigns in partnership with Digital Marketing and Leads Management
Military Officer Leadership Development Program, USAA, Aug 2009 Sep 2010
         Quickly stepped into a Business Manager role while freshly integrated into the corporate Leadership Development Program
         Managed the data storage and material cost reduction within Bank Operations Infrastructure department
         Developed partnerships with multiple lines of business and created a streamlined project prioritization process which enhanced focus on higher revenue generating lines of business
         Built the framework for a major host systems upgrade in order to bring various lines of business within compliance of federal regulations using cost and systems analysis
         US NAVAL OFFICER, May 2004 Jul 2009
         Emergency Operations Center Lieutenant, NAS Oceana, US Navy, Mar - Jul 2009
         Platoon Leader, U.S. Navy, Balad, Iraq, Jun 2008 Mar 2009
         Led a platoon of approximately 25 in counter rocket, artillery, and mortar operations
         Oversaw base defense as one of three Officers in Charge of the Security Forces Group that maintained base security, making critical decisions on operations and threat evaluation
Auxiliaries Division Officer, USS ELROD (FFG 55), US Navy, Sep 2006 Jun 2008
         Supervised the training and professional development of 15 sailors in two divisions as well as the maintenance and operation of the divisions equipment and systems
         Managed the ships Morale, Welfare, and Recreation program
Ordnance Division Officer, USS BULKELEY (DDG 84), US Navy, Jun 2004 Sep 2006
         Led a division of enlisted personnel, achieving high numbers of retention and advancement
         Led the ships Visit Board Search and Seizure Team in the boarding foreign vessels and all operations related to the training and coordination prior to the execution of an event
US NAVY ENLISTED, Cryptologist, Aug 1999 Jun 2000


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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