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Just a reminder that we are putting together a video for Dr. Beyster’s 90th birthday party in July, and we need your short video contributions. Please take a few minutes to record a video of up to 30 seconds, expressing your 90th birthday wishes to Dr. Beyster. He will enjoy seeing all of you again on this happy occasion. You can use your desktop or laptop computer, video camera, smart phone, or other platform to record the video.

After you record your video, simply click this link to upload it into the Dropbox folder that we have set up for this purpose. Follow the brief instructions and we will take care of the rest.

Thank you for your participation!

As a part of Dr. Beyster’s upcoming 90th birthday celebration in July, we would like to invite you to record your video birthday wishes to Dr. Beyster and upload them to our special Dropbox folder. Simply create a short (no more than 30 seconds) video using your desktop or laptop computer, video camera, smart phone, or other platform, click this link, then follow the instructions to upload your video file.

We will collect all the submitted videos and assemble them into a montage that will be played for Dr. Beyster on his birthday. We hope you will join us in wishing Dr. Beyster a happy 90th birthday!

I was pleased to learn of my daughter Mary Ann Beyster’s selection for the Judge’s Award by the Global Equity Organization at their recent annual conference in Miami. This is quite an accomplishment, and I am proud that Mary Ann was recognized by the group for her work promoting broad-based employee ownership globally.

Mary Ann and her team at the FED, along with the staff of the Beyster Institute, are accomplishing great things in the area of employee ownership. I have included a photo of the award below.

Global Equity Organization Judge's Award

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On May 12th construction began on the Betty & Bob Beyster Institute for Nursing Research, Advance Practice, and Simulation at the University of San Diego. DPR (an employee-owned company, featured in the film We the Owners) is the contractor of record, and construction should be complete by August 2015.

The facility will specialize in health research for women, children, elders, veterans, and palliative care patients. To get an advance look at what the finished building will look like, please see the photo below.

Betty & Bob Beyster Institute for Nursing Research, Advance Practice, and Simulation at the University of San Diego

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My friend and colleague Dr. Joseph Blasi recently appeared on MSNBC, where he talked about shared capitalism and employee ownership. It is an interesting interview and worth having a look.

I hope everyone had a good Memorial Day. Betty and I enjoyed a relaxing day at home.


I was happy to receive a published copy of The SAIC Solution, 2nd Edition today. The book is now available to purchase on Amazon.com. This update has been in the works for some time and I am pleased to see it in print.

As you may be aware, I completely revised the last couple of chapters, taking a closer look at SAIC’s governance and how the board failed to advocate for the company’s employee ownership culture after I left the company. This in my opinion fundamentally changed SAIC forever — and not for the better.

You can read more about the behind-the-scenes events that led to this unfortunate outcome, along with my advice to other founders and CEOs who want to avoid the dilution or entire loss of the company culture that they worked so hard to create and build.

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Earlier this month, my wife Betty, daughter Mary Ann, and son Jim attended the 73rd Anniversary Stars and Stripes Ball sponsored by the San Diego chapter of the USO (photos below). The event was a fundraiser for the organization, which does important work for active-duty military and their families. We are proud to support the USO, and look forward to their 75th anniversary in San Diego in a couple of years.

— Bob

Photos by Melissa Jacobs/sandiegophoto.com.

I would like to take a moment to notify readers of this blog that Mike Daniels will speak on the topic of “The Core Values That Turned $4.7 Million into $19 Billion in Value Creation” in Washington DC on Monday, May 12th. The event is a part of the 2014 Lumen Leadership Speaker Series, and it will take place from 12 noon to 1:30pm at the Metropolitan Club at 1700 H Street NW in Washington. As you can probably guess, Mike’s presentation will center on SAIC’s acquisition of Network Solutions, and how we successfully grew it. Mike will also discuss how to identify investment targets during economic opportunity wave cycles. If you are interested in attending, please call the Lumen Institute at 862-432-1368.

I would like to take time to thank Bob Harris and Keith Nightingale for the letters you recently sent me.

Bob’s Easter letter was a very interesting recounting of his career starting at General Atomic in January 1968 after he graduated with a Ph.D. in particle physics. Soon after he joined GA to work for me, Gulf Oil bought the company, and I left to start SAI in February 1969. When Bob’s contract ended at GA, he joined me at SAI, becoming one of the company’s earliest employees in June 1970.

Thank you, Bob, for the letter and for your summary of the lessons that you learned at SAI. I hope you had an enjoyable Easter, and that you will send me copies of your big-picture books when they are published.

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Keith sent me a paper he wrote on the meaning of Normandy in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Invasion in 1944. Keith’s story centered on a small village in France by the name of Hemevez. Each year the townspeople honor 7 American parachutists of the 82nd Airborne Division who were captured by the Germans and executed on June 6, 1944.

Some years ago I visited the Normandy beaches and battlefields where so many Americans lost their lives in the name of freedom. It was a very sobering experience. We owe our World War II veterans, both living and dead, a great and eternal debt. Thank you Keith for sending me your paper.

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As I mentioned last week, Ron Arnold chartered the America’s Cup replica yacht America for Betty and me and a small group of friends to tour San Diego Bay. I have included a few photos from that very enjoyable day.

— Bob

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