JUNE 22-24, 2016



in SINGAPORE at Marina Bay Sands

in SINGAPORE at Marina Bay Sands




June 22-24, 2016


Marina Bay Sands, Singapore




15 Confirmed Speakers Thus Far!




Dear Graduates and Friends of the U.S. Service Academies,


It’s a pleasure to invite you to the 2016 Service Academies Global Summit (“SAGS 2016”) in Singapore on June 22-24, 2016 at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel (www.MarinaBaySands.com).  The Summit is being organized in collaboration with the American Chamber of Commerce of Singapore, Singapore Economic Development Board, Singapore Tourism Board, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the US-ASEAN Business Council.


Registration is open!  Please click on this link to register: http://www.cvent.com/d/bfqxyd.  Also, book your lodging rooms now at MBS at a special, reduced rate for Summit attendees of ~USD$250 on Apr 1, 2016 ($345 Singapore dollars) via this link: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/2016SAGS.


The Summit is a historic, seminal gathering that brings graduates of all five U.S. service academies together as a “Super-Community” for professional and leadership development, networking and engagement, learning from peers and renowned global leaders, sharing experiences and advocating service.  It is an extraordinary opportunity for learning, interaction, collaboration and exposure to new ideas and opportunities that is held in exciting locales of the world.  In short, the Summit is a gathering of proven leaders from around the world from all sectors – government, business, military and NGO/nonprofit – to strengthen shared bonds and help each other become better leaders and members of society.


SAGS 2016 builds upon the tremendous success of the West Point All-Academies Asia Summit that took place in June 2015 in Singapore, which was the first gathering in history for all graduates of the five U.S. service academies.  It exceeded everyone’s expectations and involved about 160 graduates and friends of the academies with 9 countries being represented.  The attendees rave reviews and feedback told us that we created not just a moment but the beginning of a movement – there’s now a shared vision among graduates from the five U.S. service academies to create a “super-community” via an annual worldwide gathering that’s both personally and professionally rewarding.  As the Summit grows and builds momentum, we envision moving the Summit to different cities that are attractive to attendees in terms of business/commercial opportunities, global relevance and cultural attractions. The Summit is a non-profit endeavor and spouses/partners are welcome.  The 2016 Summit is open to and welcomes the following individuals and their guests/spouses/partners: graduates of the U.S. Service Academies, Australian Defence Force Academy, Philippine Military Academy and Republic of Korea military academies; Olmsted Scholars, U.S. Defense Attaches (SDOs/DATTs) and U.S. Office of Defense Cooperation Chiefs, current/former U.S. military, members of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), the SAF Veterans League as well as U.S. embassy/consulate staff.


Below are links to a video of the inaugural 2015 Summit (titled the West Point All-Academies Asia Summit) and the 2015 Summit booklet. The 2016 agenda can be found on the Summit website.


         VIDEO FROM LAST YEAR’S SUMMIT (now retitled “Service Academies Global Summit”)...


























                  Video Summary of the 2015 Summit                                        The Summit Booklet


For 2016, we’re expecting to have 150-200 attendees with a tentative, general schedule as follows:


  • Wed June 22 – Opening Reception and Dinner


  • Thurs June 23 – All day program followed by an early evening reception and “dinner on your own”


  • Fri June 24 – All day program followed by a Closing Reception and Dinner



CONFIrMED speakers

We are honored to have the privilege of the following individuals as Speakers at the 2016 Summit:


  • Her Excellency CHAN Heng Chee, Ambassador-at-Large, Singapore (tentatively confirmed)


  • The Honorable Kirk Wagar, U.S. Ambassador to Singapore


  • The Honorable Frank Lavin (U.S. Navy), CEO, Export Now; Former Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade


  • Admiral (Ret.) Thad William Allen (USCGA ’71), 23rd Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard; Executive Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton; Distinguished Chair for Leadership Development, Institute for Leadership, U.S. Coast Guard Academy


  • Major General (Ret.) Sharon K. G. Dunbar (USAFA ’82), VP of Human Resources, General Dynamics Mission Systems


  • Vice Admiral (Ret.) SEAL Robert “Bob” Harward (USNA ’79), Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin in UAE (United Arab Emirates); Former Deputy Commander, USCENTCOM


  • Senior Colonel Saranyu Viriyavejakul, D.Sc. (USMA ’93), Director of Military Attache Affairs Division, Office of External Relations, Directorate of Joint Intelligence, Royal Thai Armed Forces; Former Dean and Co-Founder, Washington ASEAN Defense Attache Association


  • Mr. Anshul Arora, Founder and Chief Executive, Edvance Group (India)


  • Dan Berenbaum (USNA ’91), Senior Director, Finance, Global Foundries


  • Mr. James Clarke (USMA ’85), former CEO, QVC China


  • Mr. Carlos Del Toro (USNA ’83), President, SBG Technology Solutions


  • Mr. Doug Doan (USMA ’79), Founder, Hivers and Strivers


  • Mr. Alex Feldman, President  & CEO, US-ASEAN Business Council


  • Mr. Robert L. Gordon III (USMA ’79), President, Be The Change


  • Ms. Dawn Halfaker (USMA ’01), Founder and CEO, Halfaker and Associates; Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient


  • CAPT Wes Huey (USNA ’87), Permanent Military Professor & Former Director, Division of Leadership Education and Development, U.S. Naval Academy


  • Ms. Kara Keenan, Director of Admissions Marketing and Communications, The Lauder Institute; Member of the Admissions Committee, Wharton Business School


  • CAPT H. B. Le (USNA ’92), Commodore, COMDESRON SEVEN


  • Dr. Joseph Chinyong Liow, Dean and Professor of Comparative and International Politics, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University; Lee Kuan Yew Chair, Southeast Asia Studies, Brookings Institution


  • Ms. Alexandra Martinez, Assistant Dean for Student Diversity and Inclusion, former Dean of Admissions, Harvard Kennedy School


  • Mr. John Mims (U.S. Air Force), Managing Director and Chief Connector, The Hunting Ridge Group


  • Mr. Aaron Mitchell, Head of Strategy and Planning for Asia Pacific Recruitment, Citi


  • Ms. Grace Park (USMA ’94), Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, DocDoc


  • Mr. Alfredo Sandoval (USAFA ’82), Chairperson, U.S. Air Force Academy Board of Visitors


  • Mr. William “T” Thompson (USAFA ’73), President and CEO, Association of Graduates, U.S. Air Force Academy


  • Mr. David Veney (USMA ’79), President, Renaissance Associates


  • Dr. Casey Wardynski (USMA ’80), Superintendent of Schools, Huntsville, Alabama


The tentative panel topics and program sessions for 2016 are as follows:


  • Career Workshop (to include: Developing Meaningful and Successful Careers; the Rewards of a Long-Term Military Career; Applying to Grad School; Working in the Public, Non-Profit and Corporate Sectors; Entrepreneurship, Transitioning)


  • Deal Huddles (business networking)


  • Principled Leadership and Lifelong Service – Making a Difference!


  • Geopolitics in Asia


  • Entrepreneurship, Technology and Innovation


  • What are Today’s Business Opportunities & Challenges in Asia?


  • Honoring Trailblazers, Overcoming Challenges/Setbacks and Celebrating Diversity – Our Community, Our Stories




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 We are honored to have the privilege of the following individuals as Advisors to the 2016 Summit:



  • Mr. Fidel Ramos (USMA ’50), the 12th President of the Philippines


  • The Honorable Kurt M. Campbell (U.S. Navy), Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Asia Group


  • The Honorable W. Scott Gould (U.S. Navy), Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Senior Advisor at Boston Consulting Group and MITRE Corporation


  • The Honorable David H. McCormick (USMA '87), President, Bridgewater Associates


  • General (Ret.) David Bramlett (USMA ’64), former Commander, U.S. Army Forces Command


  • Mr. Joseph B. Anderson (USMA ’65), Chairman, TAG Holdings LLC; 2016 recipient of USMA Distinguished Graduate Award


  • Lieutenant General (Ret.) Tad Oelstrom (USAFA ’65), former Superintendent, U.S. Air Force Academy


  • Mr. Fletcher "Flash" Wiley, Esq. (USAFA ’65), Chairman, PRWT Advisory Board; Counsel, Morgan Lewis; Member, U.S. Air Force Academy Board of Visitors


  • LTG (ret.) Larry R. Jordan (USMA ’68), Chairman, West Point Association of Graduates


  • Admiral (Ret.) Tom Fargo (USNA ’70), former Commander, United States Pacific Command


  • Mr. Do Sun Chae (USMA ’72), Founder, West Point Society of Korea


  • General (Ret.) Norton A. Schwartz (USAFA ’73), President & CEO, Business Executives for National Security; former Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force


  • Mr. William “T” Thompson (USAFA ’73), President and CEO, Association of Graduates, U.S. Air Force Academy


  • Admiral (Ret.) Robert J. Papp (USCGA ’75), 24th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard; U.S. Special Representative for the Arctic


  • Lieutenant General (Ret.) Guy C. Swan III (USMA ’76), Vice President – Education, AUSA (Association of the United States Army)


  • Mr. Herman E. Bulls (USMA ’78), International Director & Vice-Chairman, Americas, Jones Lang LaSalle; Director, West Point Association of Graduates


  • Mr. Doug Doan (USMA ’79), Founder, Hivers and Strivers


  • Mr. Robert L. Gordon III (USMA ’79), President, Be The Change


  • Major General (Ret.) Sharon K. G. Dunbar (USAFA ’82), VP of Human Resources, General Dynamics Mission Systems


  • Mr. Alfredo Sandoval (USAFA ’82), Chairperson, U.S. Air Force Academy Board of Visitors


  • Mr. Carlos Del Toro (USNA ’83), President, SBG Technology Solutions


  • COL (Ret.) Crissy Gayagas (USMA ’84), Chief Relationship Officer, Dawson


  • Dr. Chris Howard (USAFA ’91), President, Robert Morris University


  • Ms. Dawn Halfaker (USMA ’01), Founder and CEO, Halfaker and Associates



Respectfully and with warm regards,



The Core Organizing Team


  • Ray Jefferson (USMA ’88), Chair of the Organizing Team, 2016 Service Academies Global Summit


      Mobile (Singapore): (+65) 9784-2400, (U.S.A.): (808) 561-4845, Email: RJefferson@mba2000.hbs.edu


  • Phil Krichilsky (USMA ’88), West Point Society of China, Co-Lead for Sponsorship (Outside Singapore)


  • Scott Surek (USMA ’88), CFO for the 2016 Summit


  • Dan Berenbaum (USNA ’91), Lead for Career Workshop


  • Sean Holt (USMMA ‘03), USMMA Chapter of Singapore


  • Say Yong TAN (USNA ‘04), President, USNA Alumni Association of Singapore



*** Participation by U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) personnel does not imply endorsement by the U.S. DoD or any of its agencies.

*** A complete list of graduates from the U.S. Service Academies who are helping to organize the Summit will be on the website.


Our Corporate Sponsors and Partners...






  • Platinum: Citi, Global Foundries
  • Gold:  Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Bronze: Craig Floro and Vaughn Vasconcellos (USMA ’78), Doug Moody, Palo Alto Networks, James E. Thompson, Chairman and CEO of Crown Worldwide Group.
  • In-Kind: Maritime Executive magazine
  • Special thanks for JMOs sponsorship:  Allan Banks, Ryan Baum, Carlos Del Toro (x2) Matthew Dossey, Craig Floro , Robert Gordon, Ray Jefferson (x2), Philip Krichilsky (x2), Nicholas Padgalskas, Scott Surek, Vaughn Vasconcellos (x2), , David Veney (x2),
  • Summit website and booklet by The Hunting Ridge Group
  • Event management by Destination Asia