Grad Spotlight for October 2018

Grad Spotlight – October 2018

Garrett Cathcart ’04

Notable Accomplishments and Achievements:

– Highly sought after executive non-profit leader and board member serving America’s veterans.

– Regional Director of Team Red, White and Blue
Team Red, White, and Blue (Team RWB) enriches the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their communities through physical and social activities. Authentic community is built through genuine and empathetic relationships–while deliberately infusing leadership development.

Veterans are indispensable leaders and when they continue to lead after transition they make their communities better–and as a result our Nation better.

Garrett Cathcart ’04, as regional director is responsible for strategy, leadership development, growth, and management of programming in 41 U.S. cities.

– Board member at VetLanta and Bunker Labs – Atlanta

– Emory MBA, 2018

How to get in touch: garrett.cathcart@bunkerlabs.org

Each month, WPSA will highlight an Atlanta area graduate and WPSA​ member doing something professionally noteworthy in a business context. Please nominate a Grad you feel has accomplished or is accomplishing something worth sharing.

Nominations are voted upon by the WPSA Board monthly. Nominations can be sent to President Samir Patel ’08 at samir.t.patel@outlook.com

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Grad Spotlight for September 2018

Ulrich Brechbuhl ’86
About Ulrich:
Ulrich Brechbuhl currently serves as the State Department Counselor. In this capacity, he provides strategic guidance to the Secretary on foreign policy, undertakes efforts to enhance U.S. diplomacy and public outreach, and conducts special diplomatic assignments as directed by the Secretary.
Prior to joining the Department, Mr. Brechbuhl was president of Appenzeller Point, LLC, a family investing and consulting business. He also served as the executive chairman of Avadyne Health and on the board of five other healthcare and financial services businesses.
Mr. Brechbuhl graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1986 and served as a cavalry officer with the Second Armored Cavalry Regiment patrolling the Iron Curtain before its fall. He also served with the 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry in the U.S. Army’s First Calvary Division during the Persian Gulf War.
After leaving active duty, Mr. Brechbuhl graduated from Harvard Business School, receiving his Master of Business Administration in 1994. Since then he worked with Bain and Company, Inc., and has served as the CFO and CEO of multiple companies, both private equity owned and publicly traded.
Born in Switzerland, Mr. Brechbuhl grew up in Garden City, New York, and speaks French, German, and Swiss-German.
Ulrich is a past President of WPSA and is an ardent supporter of Atlanta area West Point grads.
Ulrich’s business experience is extensive. Please see this attachment on his accomplishments here.
(Please keep in mind that Ulrich’s time is quite scarce these days with his new position).
Each month, WPSA will highlight an Atlanta area graduate and WPSA​ member doing something professionally noteworthy in a business context. Please nominate a Grad you feel has accomplished or is accomplishing something worth sharing.
Nominations are voted upon by the WPSA Board monthly. Nominations can be sent to President Samir Patel ’08 at 
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Long Gray Vine – proceeds to the JRPF

WPSA Members,

Let’s support veterans and enjoy some great tasting wine!

Introducing our own wine label – The Long Gray Vine!

The John R. Petty Foundation is a charitable enterprise the West Point Society of Atlanta created to support veteran and military related charities.

We have recently given money to:
Alchemy Sky Foundation
Children of Fallen Patriots
Folded Flag Foundation
Project Share
ScreamFree Institute
Veteran’s Heart Georgia
Veteran’s Empowerment Organization
Vets Help Vets
Warrior2Citizen

This is what we have available:

23 bottles of Merlot
13 bottles of Pinot Noir (Oregon)
10 bottles of Petit Verdot
16 bottles of Pinot Grigio

Each bottle is $40.

Shipping is not available. If shipping is absolutely necessary, then shipping charges will be added to the bill.

Wine can be ordered by e-mailing dhajost@big-inc.com and can be paid for by check payable to John R. Petty Foundation or using this credit card link:
https://secure.west-point.org/wpcea/donate/

For additional info contact:
Dale Hajost
dhajost@big-inc.com

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Message from WPSA Leadership

Dear Members of the West Point Society of Atlanta,

I’m honored to be your President for 2018-19 fiscal year. I want to thank the most recent past Presidents, Bill Basnett and Steve Russell, for their guidance and efforts to keep Atlanta’s Long Gray Line strong.

As you know, your WPSA Board of Governors (BOG) and Officer slate are volunteers. Why do we do it? We do it because we believe in West Point — because we care about our school, what we learned, and what it has done for us. We do it because we believe in Duty, Honor, Country.

The theme I selected for this 2018/2019 fiscal year is: Honoring our Heritage, Preparing for the Future.

We, as an AOG Distinguished Society, have done a lot of things really well. We throw a grand Founders’ Day Dinner; donate generously to our Alma Mater; organize one of the best Governor’s send-offs in the Country; and take every opportunity to Beat Navy!

Did you also know we set up our own Foundation (John R Petty Foundation) to:

– help other charities which help veterans and their families?

– fund sending high school students to West Point for the two-week Summer

Leaders’ Experience Seminar?

– support Atlanta area JROTC programs with our time and resources?

However, the future is only ONE day away and we as a Board believe we must do certain things to keep our Society strong. Helping our younger grads achieve the same or better level of success our older grads have is key to WPSA’s future.

Our surveys indicate two areas where we are falling short: apathy and engaging younger grads. In my view, apathy is a serious problem.

If you find yourself not wanting to get involved, please tell me why and the WPSA BOG and I will do what we can to fix it. We want you to gain something from YOUR Society — whether it’s fellowship, remembering the good ‘ole times, grow your business or finding a job.

To that end, we have already taken action — we have reinvigorated the northside Happy Hour (the southside Happy Hour is already well established), created a Career/Networking Chair, and added younger Board members from the classes of the 2000s.

We’d love to hear your feedback and, even more, would appreciate your time in keeping the Atlanta Long Grey Line strong!

Respectfully,

Samir Patel, ’08

Your WPSA Leadership for this fiscal year:

Samir Patel, ’08

President

Communications Chair

Eddie Williams, ’81

President-Elect

Alex Mikstas, ’09

Vice President

Bill Basnett, ’86

Secretary/Treasurer

Past President

Jan Heath

Executive Director

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