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The following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1961 | 1965 | 1973 | 1982 | 1985 | 1989 | 2007. Class Notes
Juan Dominguez has been appointed Vice President of Comcast Business for the Comcast Cable’s Beltway Region, which includes Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and parts of Delaware, West Virginia and North Carolina. In this role, Dominguez is responsible for providing direction and oversight for local Comcast Business operations, marketing, sales and customer experience initiatives for both existing customers and new business opportunities across the Region.
“On behalf of the Beltway Region, I am thrilled to welcome Juan to our team,” said Mary McLaughlin, Senior Vice President of Comcast’s Beltway Region. “Juan brings great knowledge from other positions within Comcast, and I look forward to working closely with him as we continue to grow the Comcast Business footprint throughout our Region.”
Juan joined Comcast in 2013 as Director of Sales Operations for Comcast Corporate in Philadelphia, PA, where he was responsible for leading the residential sales strategy and sales programs for Xfinity Home. A year later, Juan transitioned into Comcast Business as Director of Small-to-Medium (SMB) Outside Sales, where he led strategic sales initiatives and developed sales coaching programs for the company. He then took his skills to the field, where he most recently served as Vice President of Market Development and SMB Sales for Comcast Business in the company’s Central Division, based in Atlanta, GA. Prior to joining Comcast, Juan served as District General Manager for SimplexGrinnell in Philadelphia, PA. Read More
Joe Cecin has been appointed Chief Operating Officer of The Hylan Group. An industry veteran with over 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, including both the service provider and engineering and construction sectors, Joe is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of all companies under the Hylan umbrella, including Hylan Datacom & Electrical, Down Under Construction, Western Utility, Arcturus Telecom, and Hylan West. Importantly, Joe will have primary responsibility for the overall integration of acquired businesses.
Joe brings extensive operating experience to Hylan. In previous roles, he has served as EVP of Operations at Unitek Global Services, President of Pinnacle Wireless, and COO of RCN Corporation. He has extensive experience in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions, having served as Group Head of the Telecom Investment Banking Practice at BB&T Capital Markets. He has also served on the board of directors of four public companies in the telecom industry.
As Hylan's COO, Joe will focus on integrating and operating the company's acquisitions as it continues to grow its portfolio of services for communications infrastructure, electrical contracting, telecom and electrical maintenance, utility construction, emergency/disaster recovery response teams, and DAS and small cell installation, nationally. "We are thrilled to have Joe join our executive team," says Rob DiLeo, CEO of Hylan. "With his vast experience and impeccable career history, we believe Joe will be a strong asset to the Hylan team, bringing with him a passion for the Hylan brand, the services we deliver, and our dedication to customer satisfaction." Read More
LTC Corey James has been working alongside with ARL researchers. As shown in recent conflicts, the Army relies on vast amounts of fuel and energy transported across supply lines that are difficult and dangerous to defend. To address this problem, James is conducting a summer research collaboration at the laboratory, where he is analyzing how to make technology platforms and squad operations run more efficiently.
"In simple terms, you can apply rigorous optimization and control to all of our systems as we build them, which reduces cost and waste," James said. "I'm showing a way to do that with energy systems."
James is currently developing a preliminary proposal for a phased project addressing problems with energy efficiency in the Army. The research examines energy challenges at the squad and system level. An example of a vulnerability at the squad level is the frequency of convoys transporting fuel in areas like Iraq. With each energy transport, the driver and the passengers are at risk of enemy attacks.
By optimizing energy use, resupplying a base camp three times per week could be reduced to one, lessening the number of Soldiers traveling along vulnerable roads. "Convoys in Iraq are dangerous to those who drive them," James said. "They make easy targets. Any time you make something more efficient than it was yesterday, you're helping with that problem and saving lives. Because if they're not out there, they don't get blown up." Read More
Robert D. Boyd is one of five lawyers at Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle once again recognized as leading lawyers in the area of family law by the Best Lawyers in America guide for 2019. As one of the oldest and most distinguished legal directories, Best Lawyers conducts peer-review surveys to compile its annual list of top attorneys across various practice levels. First published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Globally, almost 87,000 industry leading lawyers are eligible to vote and nearly 10 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world were received. For the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, 7.8 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in almost 60,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice."
Sean McBride has been named Washington, DC Chapter Lead for Operation Code, a nonprofit that helps veterans and military spouses learn to code, land jobs in the tech industry, and continue their service through "civic hacking" and open-source contributions to mission-driven nonprofits and state and federal digital service teams.
When Sean transitioned from IT consulting and software technical sales into web development in 2016, Operation Code provided technical mentorship and coaching, which allowed him to win a full-ride scholarship to attend Fullstack Academy, a NYC-based coding bootcamp, and land a job as a web developer with an Alexandria, VA based startup. Over the past two years, Sean has contributed over 10,000 lines of code to production apps run by U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) components and commercial clients.
As chapter leader, Sean will collaborate with colleges, coding bootcamps, and industry partners to host events to help build bridges between the military community and the tech industry in the DC metro area.
Michael Eggleston’s book entitled Operation Hannibal is a history of the closing days of World War II when a crisis was emerging for German civilians trapped on the Eastern Front by the Red Army. Many lived between the Soviet advance and the Wehrmacht defense of Nazi Germany. They were fearful of Soviet retribution for the millions of Russians that had been murdered by the Nazis in the earlier years of the war. Since all land routes had been cut off, an evacuation by sea was the only way to provide escape for the civilians back to Germany. Such an escape was fraught with many dangers. Soviet submarines prowled the Baltic Sea where the ships would sail, and the Red air force bombed the ports and ships at sea. Most of the available ports were under siege by the Red Army and civilians who tried to reach the ports were often killed or died in the winter weather. To save the civilians and some of the German wounded soldiers, the German Navy developed a plan for the evacuation called Operation Hannibal in early 1945. This history tells the story of the flight from its start in January 1945 until it concluded the day after the end of the war in Europe. Michael is indebted to Ms. Frances O’Connor Rogers and others who assisted in the writing and editing of this book.
As it was for their R-Day six weeks ago, weather was front and center for the Class of 2022’s March Back from Camp Buckner, the annual 12-plus mile trek that signals the end of Cadet Basic Training. Yet, instead of the sweltering heat of R-Day, the new cadets had to deal with the threat of a torrential downpour. But luckily the skies didn’t open up until all CBT companies had passed Quarters 100 and found respite in front of Washington Hall. [Photos on Flickr]
The following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1959 | 1965 | 1972 | 1976. Class Notes
A. Rhodes Wilson has qualified for Top of the Table, a coveted milestone achievement in the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT). MDRT members demonstrate exceptional professional knowledge, strict ethical conduct and outstanding client service. MDRT membership is recognized internationally as the standard of excellence in the life insurance and financial services business.
Top of the Table is an internationally recognized mark of excellence in the financial services industry. This places Wilson among the top professionals in the global life insurance and financial services industries. "Top of the Table is comprised of the best and brightest professionals our industry has to offer," said MDRT President Jim Pittman, CLU, CFP. "MDRT hopes to continue to foster a culture of excellence and encourage members to grow both personally and professionally."
Wilson has over 30 years of experience in financial services. He is a Certified Financial Planner practitioner, an IRS Enrolled Agent and is currently working on Certified Life Underwriter credentials. In April of this year Wilson was recognized with the prestigious Christopher Ferrara Memorial New Agent of the Year Award from The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. This achievement places him in the top 1 percent of Guardian's 2,781 agents in 2017 production.