Sunday, November 1, 2015

Weekly News & Agenda for Tuesday, 3 November 2015

1. AGENDA FOR TUESDAY, 3 November 2015:

0700-0730:  Introductions & Assistance.

We begin with introductions, roundtable-style.  Tell us what's happening in your world lately, especially any networking needs.  We can help with advice, referrals, job search assistance, and other networking needs. 

0730-0800:  Speaker.

BizNet member Dave Jackson (USMA '73) will give a book review of ʺThe Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams and Reaching Your Destinyʺ, by motivational speaker and author Robin Sharma. The overview will discuss an inspiring tale that provides a step-by-step approach to living with greater courage, balance, abundance and joy. 


3 Nov (this week):  Dave Jackson - see above.

10 Nov:  TBD/Open Networking.

17 Nov:  Karen Susman will talk with us about how to improve our presenting 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 10 November or a future open 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:

BizNet member Shane Schmutz (USMA '01) writes as follows:

Do something meaningful this Veteran's Day.  Show your support to those who've made it possible for you and your family to enjoy their freedoms and our way of life.

I've asked my my friend, CPL Daniel Riley to speak at this year's Veteran's Passport To Hope Gala.  He's a true inspiration and I feel that anyone hearing him speak will not only be moved by his words, but, will leave having more appreciation for the sacrifices that young men and women have been making in the name of freedom since the dawn of our great country.

You'll hear an inspirational speech, listen to great live music by BUCKSTEIN, enjoy drinks, catered food, and a silent & live auction.

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

To learn more about CPL Daniel Riley RET:  CPL DANIEL RILEY

To buy a ticket for you or to donate one to a veteran ($95 EA):  BUY TICKETS

Thank you and we hope to see you on the 11th,

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


BizNet member Kurt Schlaefer (USAFA '70) is a vehicle broker, who writes as follows, regarding hard-to-find low mileage cargo vans that he has available.  Kurt can be reached at    

Especially Plumbers, HVAC folks, Electricians, and other Technicians.
I've even had people convert these to campers.
Most available used cargo vans have over 100k miles on them once the previous owner is done with them.
They're all the same, equipment-wise, except for miles and they'll all be inspected, reconditioned, and ready to go before sale.  I can provide excellent loans and leases on these and handle any trades as well.
They're all white with gray cloth 2012 Ford E250's with 50k to 80k miles off-lease with -
1. Side Sliding door - not the side barn doors that catch the wind and are difficult in tight alleys.
2. 5.4L gas V8 (instead of the smaller 4.6L V8's) to carry heavier loads or tow.
3. No side or rear windows - for security.
4. Metal Bins and Bulkhead for tool storage etc and cargo separation from driver and passenger.
5. Air Conditioning, but no power windows or locks to break.
See exterior photo below - other photos available on request.  Call or email me if interested.  When completely reconditioned these vans retail for between $17k and $19.5k.  For Academy Biznet Members who contact me, these are available at between $16k and $18k.
Kurt can be reached at

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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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