Nate Lamar (A3) in Custom Retailer Magazine

Nate Lamar (A3) '89 made the cover of January's issue of "Custom Retailer"!  Nate is the International Regional Manager and Government Relations Manager for Draper, Inc

A former Army officer and automobile industry manager, fluent in four languages, Nate was hired to develop new business and manage sales and marketing in the Developing World (specifically Central & South Asia; Latin America; Middle East/Africa). Nate grew these often difficult emerging markets by 12 percent in 2001, 36 percent in 2004 and 25 percent in 2006, and has received numerous Draper Sales Excellence Awards. Nate uses his knowledge of government procedures to assist Draper in promoting the AV industry to federal, state and county governments. In 2006, he was elected to his part-time county legislature and serves as its president. 

Congratulations, Nate!

Kelly Perdew (D4) and RotoHog in Entrepeneur Magazine

Kelly Perdew (D4) '89, CEO of RotoHog.com, is featured in the September issue of Entrepeneur Magazine in "The Reality of Fantasy Sports".  Chris Russo, formerly the NFL’s senior vice president of new media and publishing, and Kelly talk about how they've taken advantage of the fantasy sports explosion in an accompanying video, The Business of Fantasy Sports

Excellent work, Kelly!

Kevin Hub (A1) Co-Authors New Book

{mosimage}Dr. Kevin F. Hub (A1) '89 joins best-selling authors Dr. Warren Bennis, Jack Canfield and James Kouzes in a new book on success!  Here is the press release:

RICHMOND, KENTUCKY – Madison County Schools Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kevin F. Hub has written a chapter in the recently released Leading the Way to Success.  In the book, Leading the Way to Success, Dr. Hub gives a logical and easy to understand explanation about the advantages of focusing on the talents and strengths of individuals.  He suggests that as leaders, we should pay more attention to what we do well.  By focusing on the areas in which we have natural talent, we can become better leaders and have a more positive influence on others.

For more information and to order your copy today, please visit www.kevinhub.com or www.leadingthewaytosuccess.com .

Excellent work, Kevin!

Class Giving by Company

The campaign for our $2.5 million gift to USMA at our 25th Reunion in 2014 is underway.  We are targeting a pledge of $89 per month for the next 5 years, but a donation of any amount is appreciated. 

If you missed out on your pledge card before, another will be mailed out in conjunction with a reunion information letter.  You may also download it here:  icon Class Gift Pledge Card (123.29 kB)

We'll also be holding a friendly competition by company.  As of December 2008, we have 6% of the class participating.  B1 leads the corps with $21,750 donated.  Other regimental leaders are:  F2 – $1,171.59, B3 – $3,767.00, and A4 – $11,275.00.  icon Gift Giving by Company – As of Dec 2008 (14.46 kB)

Class Gift Selected for 25th Reunion

[Email from John Tonra (B1) '89, Chair of the 25th Reunion Class Gift Committee]  I want to thank those of you that participated in the 25th Reunion Class Gift survey. Your participation is critical to the process, and will become even more critical as we begin actively raising money for the gift.  We had a total of 249 classmates take the survey — representing approximately 25% of our graduating class.
 
Based on the results of the survey, the Class of ’89 will be raising money for the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC).  It received 49% of the class vote allocation — recall that on the survey people allocated points across the gifts, rather than just selecting the one that they wanted.  The CTC received broad support as well in that 78% of the survey participants gave at least some points towards its selection.  Both of these measures were significantly higher than either of the other two gift options.  It is a gift we will all be proud to present to the Academy for our 25th Reunion. 

You also provided feedback whether or not you want to redirect our current class funds towards the 25th reunion gift.  This was an extremely close vote.  The vote in favor of reallocating the funds was 50.8% and the vote to retain the funds with DCA was 49.2%.  As the money would stay in the current account until our 25th Reunion, regardless of if we planned to reallocate at that time or not, the committee has decided keep the money in that fund and re-visit the issue only if we need to prior to our 25th reunion should we be short on our fundraising efforts for the CTC.

Our goal for the 25th reunion will be to raise $2.5 million.  This will provide us the opportunity to fully sponsor one of the three core instructor positions with-in the CTC and also will give us naming rights for the gift; and the gift will be recognized with an 18" x18" plague in Lincoln Hall.  The naming rights will allow us to highlight the class and/or honor classmates of ours.  We will tentatively plan to select the name for the gift at our 20th Reunion in 2009.
 
The fundraising total of $2.5 million will not be a simple goal to reach — but is certainly attainable. This is on par with money raised for the recent 2007 class reunion gifts:  the Class of 1967 raised $4 million and the Class of 1977 raised $1.2 million.  Based on the much larger size of our class, we can reach our goal.  There are two critical milestones we will need to achieve:
 
1.  Significantly increase the participation rate of our class related to donations (67% of our class has never donated to a class fund).
2.  Increase the average donation per donor (current donation per donor over their lifetime is $780).
 
We are going to use the 20th reunion in October 2009 as a significant checkpoint for the fundraising towards this gift.  Our goal will be to have gained pledges for 75% of the funding, and to have actually raised 33% of the funding. It is extremely important that we raise as much money as possible, as early as possible.  Just like with your retirement savings — we want to take advantage of the magic of compound interest.  The sooner we raise funds, the less in total we need to ask for in donations.
 
You should donate at your earliest convenience so we can reach our goal as early as possible.  The donation process is simple and allows for automatic donations to be taken from your credit or charge card on a monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, or annual basis.  As mentioned before, we want to get funds in the account as soon as possible — so we are asking that when you donate you make one immediate pledge, and then set-up your installment plan based on the frequency that works best for you.  This allows you to commit the funds towards our long term goal, and do so in a more "pain free" manner rather than donate it all at once.

To match with our overall class goal and milestones — we request that you commit at least 33% of your intended total donation immediately, and set up an installment plan for the balance that will begin right away.
 
You can donate on line at http://www.westpointaog.org/givetowpJust make sure to designate the Class of 1989 as the gift target.
 
I am also attaching a pledge sheet [link] with instructions and address information if you prefer to donate by mail. 
 
We entered West Point and remained together as a class in the same cadet companies.  Hence, we will be reporting a lot of the fundraising information as a company, and provide an incentive program for participation rates and total money raised by company.  The numbers as they exist so far are attached to this e-mail [link] (donations are for class funds since the time we graduated and include 10 year gift donations and already provided 25th reunion gift funds).  Congratulations to the members of Company C1 with the highest participation rate at 57% and to Company F1 with the highest dollars raised at $17,912.
 
One extremely important step to remember is regarding matching donations.  In some cases you can double or triple your donation based on the matching gift policy for your employer.  Attached is the latest list of companies [link] that have provided matching gift funds to West Point.  If you work for one of these companies, make sure to send in the appropriate matching gift form when you donate. If you do not see your company on this list, you should still inquire about their matching gift policy.
 
The Class Gift Committee looks forward to communicating with you regarding our progress on the class gift. We plan on sending quarterly communications and will have information available through the communication committee at the class web site:  http://www.west-point.org/class/usma1989/

LTC Troy Faber (I2) Passes

With sadness we report the death of another classmate, LTC Troy Anthony Faber (I2) '89.  We have very few details to pass along, other than he died suddenly in the DC area either on 28 June (according to the funeral home's web site) or 1 July (according to the Washington Post obituary). 

Troy's ashes will be interned at Arlington National Cemetery with full honors later this year.  In lieu of flowers donations be made to the Wounded Warriors.

Just as we do for any fallen classmate, WP-ORG has established a eulogy page for Troy at

http://www.west-point.org/users/usma1989/46158/

Please leave some thoughts and memories for his family on that site.  It will bring some measure of comfort in their time of grief.

George Will’s Homage to LTC Jim Walton

George Will wrote a column in the Washington Post on July 6th called "The Knock on the Door" in homage to LTC Jim Walton (G4).  Jim will be laid to rest at Arlington later this week.

Class Constitution Available Online

Jay Folk (G3) '89 retrieved a copy of our Class Constitution from the WPAOG.  We've added this to a new section on the web site called "Class Documents", and the latest of any documents added will be listed on the web site in a section at the right.

LTC Jim Walton (G4) KIA

LTC Jim WaltonWith great sadness we report the death of LTC James J. Walton (G4) '89.  Jim was one of four soldiers killed by an IED and small arms fire on June 21, 2008, in Kandahar City, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  Please keep his wife, Sarah, in your thoughts and prayers.

ABC affiliate WJLA TV has an article and related news coverage on Jim's passing.  It tells a story of Jim's passion for his soldiers and how he was featured last month on an Albany, NY, radio station's American Heroes segment

You may post memories or a eulogy to Jim on his eulogy page.

Well done.  Be thou at peace.

Goodbye “USMA”, Hello “West Point”

This is interesting…USMA is rebranding itself as West Point. 

According to recent surveys, it seems people know the Air Force Academy, the Naval Academy and that other place, near Highland Falls, where the Army trains its elite officers. 

The institution is promoting "West Point," which rolls a little easier off the tongue, over the U.S. Military Academy, or USMA (pronounced yoose-ma), for short.

Read the entire article online.