Sunday, November 8, 2015

Weekly News & Agenda for Tuesday, 10 Nov 2015

1. AGENDA FOR TUESDAY, 10 November 2015:

0700-0800:  Networking & Open Forum Discussion

We'll do introductions as usual, but with more time to go into more depth (if you choose) on what's new for you, especially any networking needs.  We can help with advice, referrals, job search assistance, and other networking needs.  Or just come for the great discussion and the opportunity to renew some ties in your grad network.   


10 Nov (this week):  Networking & Open Forum Discussion - see above.

17 Nov:  Karen Susman will talk with us about how to improve presentation and networking skills.  She is a professional communications coach with 30 years of expereince in speaking, consulting, and coaching.  Her client list includes Marriott Hotels, NBC, American Express, CH2M Hill, American Council of Engineering Companies, University of Denver, Inc. Magazine, and many others.  

If there's a speaker you'd like to invite for a future date, let me know at  Remember that you can be the speaker yourself -- just pick a topic and let me know which date you'd like to lead the discussion.

3.  VETERANS PASSPORT TO HOPE - Wed, 11 Nov 2015:

Who:  Everyone in Colorado is invited
What:  Veteran's Passport To Hope 4th Annual Gala (Theme:  Stay the Course)
Where:  Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver
When:  Wednesday, 11 November (5:30 PM - 9:30 PM)
Why:  To support Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines

Veteran Tickets and Certain Table Prices Reduced!
Can't attend the Gala?  *Donate a ticket to a veteran so that he or she can attend* - $75.  We'll be sure that a veteran, active duty service member, or someone from the National Guard or Reserves fills the seat on your behalf.  We're offering a reduced ticket price to veterans ($75 as opposed to the normal price of $95).

Why you should attend or donate a ticket:
  • To learn about the issues that today's veteran's and their families are facing:  PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, high divorce rates, high homelessness rates, multiple deployments, high suicide rates (22 per day), etc. 
  • To give back to your Colorado community (we donate all proceeds to carefully screened veteran friendly non-profits in the state of Colorado). 
  • To listen to an amazing story of survival by triple amputee and Marine CPL Daniel Riley (RET) - veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan. 
  • To have fun and to enjoy a great local band (Buckstein), drink excellent drinks, and network with others from within the Denver business community.
  • To add value to a veteran:  Just by attending and visiting with LinkedIn, veterans and their spouses receive $800 in value with their Job seeker premium upgrade and a full year on  That's not including the consulting services!  It's a great way to help a veteran "Stay the Course"!
Buy your ticket or donate a ticket for a veteran here:  CLICK HERE!
-  Normal Registration (Civilian Attendee):  $95
-  Veteran's Registration:  $75
-  Donate a ticket or tickets for veterans:  $75 each

Buy a reserved table (10 seats for your family and friends) at $950 Each:  => EMAIL ME DIRECTLY:
* Does not include mention on our website or within our evening's printed program.

More info on VP2H:  CLICK HERE! 

 Shane Schmutz
Founder (3X Iraq Veteran)
Veteran's Passport To Hope
C:  303-549-9691

VP2H is a 100% volunteer 501(c)3
** All donations go toward helping veteran friendly non-profits in the state of Colorado


Have a great week.  Happy Veteran's Day to all!

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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