Sunday, March 16, 2014

Weekly News & Agenda for Tuesday, 3/18/14


0700-0730:  Introductions & Assistance

During introductions, please give your name, academy/class, and current occupation (or type of position you're seeking).  Let us know of any networking needs we might be able to help with, including referrals, advice, job search assistance, or other needs.

0730-0800:  Speaker

Kurt Schlaefer (USAFA '70) will provide an auto industry update, with particular focus on the buy-versus-lease decision and why current market conditions could make it more advantageous to lease a new vehicle than to buy a used one.


3/18/14 (this week):  Kurt Schlaefer - see above. 
3/25/14: Dr. Kendra Kennard will speak with us about the power of alternative approaches to health and fitness, to build a more resilient, aware, and energetically healthy person. Dr. Kennard is a Bioenergetic Doctor and a Doctor of Natural Medicine.

If you'd like to schedule a speaker for any upcoming Tuesday, or if you'd like to lead a discussion yourself, please send a note to George Jenkins (USNA '74) at


Evan Wahl is a Marine pilot who will be retiring from the service next month (April).  He's currently stationed in San Diego, but seeking a civilian opportunity in the Denver area.  He's focusing his search on operations/facility management, project management, and/or aviation-related positions.  Evan is also interesting in such positions in the energy industry.  Please take a look at his resume below.  If you can offer advice or referrals, please contact Evan directly at .

10162 Prairie Fawn Drive
San Diego, CA  92127
(252) 626-5881
Marine Corps officer, executive leader, and project manager with 18 year leadership history. Customer service, operations, and facility experience ideally suited for roles requiring strategic vision, timely execution, and an ability to work within diverse organizations. Business education. Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. Project Management Professional (expected early 2014). Airport Management. Airline Transport Pilot. OSHA trained.
Managing Director of Operations                                                                                                                                      2011 - Present
Miramar Air Station, San Diego, CA
$15M of equipment, $1.35M operating budget. Orchestrated complex operations, training, and development throughout entire airport property. Management and entrepreneurial team-builder. Miramar is a $12B strategic, global reach, airport-city facility servicing 15,000 customers daily. Promoted to Managing Director of Operations to create vision, strategy, and efficiencies.
        Enthusiastic leader of 7 direct reports and 340 extraordinary employees.
        $1.63M earned profit (34% ROI).  Project manager and team builder for three 14-month air show planning cycles (largest annual military air show in the United States; hospitality attracts 500,000 customers over three days). Increased profitability 8% per year.
        $200K savings from operations budget. Improved multiple airport processes/procedures.
        Oversaw $201.8M multiple airport Design Build projects, enabling expanded aircraft operations.
Chief of Staff / Deputy Director of Human Resources                                                                                                    2010 - 2011
Miramar Air Station, San Diego, CA
$3M in cost savings. Top performer in leading, training, directing, synchronizing, coordinating personnel manning, and discipline of each department. High-level decision making/outcome responsibility, policy formation and direction, risk identification and mitigation, budgeting, personnel management, and technology integration. People development.
        Saved $3M+ throughout labor and fuel budget. Championed process improvement customer satisfaction, guest, and employee projects (training, on-boarding, and out-processing).
        Coordinated subordinate employee recruitment, selection and training, performance assessment, work assignments, salary, and recognition/disciplinary actions.
        $100K savings. Team-building skills enabled corporate flight department project to improve customer service, hospitality, and procedures. Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.
Chief of Air Operations / Program Manager                                                                                                                       2007 - 2010
U.S. Pacific Command, Honolulu, HI
$800M in assets managed. Program manager for 1700+ military aircraft.  Championed the United States President logistics support, $300M. Accolades from the White House to include “best communication, fulfillment, and service ever”. Directed transportation and logistical support to the National Science Foundation’s research in Antarctica ($500M in aircraft, shipping).
    $2M+ of cost savings’ leadership over three years. Spearheaded the evolution of multiple programs including new value-stream initiatives.
   2000 labor-hours ($110K) saved. Created time-saving SharePoint information system.
Director of Logistics and Operations                                                                                                                                       2006 - 2007
2nd Marine Air Wing, Havelock, NC
$1B in equipment. Spearheaded the air transportation and aerial refueling operations for 44 organizations, 6600 employees. Promoted to Director of Logistics and Operations.
        Led a flawless plan to move $1B in equipment prior to the landfall of a hurricane (overcame incredible obstacles, including distance/limited communications).
        10% increase in efficiency ($1M savings). Created aviation logistics system, resulting in more efficient aircraft assignment and support.
Department Head – Aircraft Maintenance Lead / Quality Management                                                                2003 - 2006
2nd Marine Air Wing, Havelock, NC
$600M in equipment and 220 employee maintenance department; management leading the strategic direction to maintain 12 x KC-130J global logistic aircraft. Six direct reports.
        $500K cost savings. Re-engineered the process for how aircraft parts are ordered, assigned, and prioritized. Reduced “iron mountain” mentality. Formulated daily planning board meetings, identifying and prioritizing maintenance, resulting in a 12% reduction of labor and excess spare components. Created innovative ideas preferred and adopted by neighboring business units.
        Implemented “just-in-time” supply chain support. Actively improved budget efficiency 5%.
Director of Safety and Standardization                                                                                                                                  2001 - 2003
3rd Marine Air Wing, San Diego, CA
Managed four direct reports. Operational focused safety. Created a positive safety culture for a CH-46E helicopter organization. Enabled standards that enhanced a productive experience for guests and employees.
        Architect of policies and procedures that enhanced a 100% mishap-free work environment. Noted as the number one safety department (out of 44) throughout the airport.
        Responsible to the leadership and Executive Director for strategic safety planning and execution.
        Experience and leadership created ongoing and lasting safety and standards’ policies.
Master Certificate, Advanced Project Management, Syracuse University
Master Certificate, Applied Project Management, Villanova University
Master of Business Administration (MBA), Supply Chain/Six Sigma Black Belt, Trident University
Bachelor of Science (BS), Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University
Project Management Institute
American Society for Quality
FewProudFuture (Co-founder)
Hire America’s Heroes (Military Board Member)
Carnegie Mellon Admissions Council


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). There are no dues or fees. Our schedule, roster and other information are posted at

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