Event Details

Special Guest and Keynote Speaker

Jake Murphy, USMA ’09

Jake Murphy grew up in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Following high school Jake was recruited to play lacrosse for Army at the United States Military Academy at West Point.  While there he received a general engineering degree with a secondary major in Spanish. Following graduation in May of 2009, Jake was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant into the infantry branch of the Army, sending him to Fort Benning, GA where he completed the Infantry Officers Basic Course, Airborne School, and Ranger School. Following his stint in Georgia, Jake was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division in Fort Drum, NY where he met his wife Lisa Morgan. While at Fort Drum, Jake was assigned a platoon of 40 soldiers who he oversaw and deployed to Afghanistan with. Four months into the deployment Jake was injured from a blast from an Improvised Explosive Device.

As a result of the blast, Jake lost both of his legs and went into a coma for a month. He had to learn how to use his prosthetics as the explosion caused him to become a bilateral amputee dealing with amputations with one being above and the other below his knee.  Additionally, Jake has dealt with the aftermath of his coma which caused him to be diagnosed with a traumatic, severe brain injury.

Jake, Lisa and their two children Nolan and Lilah currently moved from their home in Flower Mound, Texas but to a custom-built “smart” home in Copper Canyon, TX.  The house is handicap accessible and was received through the Gary Sinise Foundation.      Previously, Jake worked for Verizon Communications doing supply chain work while concurrently receiving his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas.  Following his time with the Telecommunications company, he transitioned to Lockheed Martin within the PAC-3 Program where he has been working with the Evolutionary Development team with the Quality Organization since August of 2017.  In the Fall of 2019, Jake moved out of the development realm and started supporting the contract between Lockheed Martin and the country of Japan, being named the Quality Lead on the team in January.  In addition to performing his duties of a Quality Engineer, Jake is an active member of the Employee Resource Group (ERG) community, acting as a board member on the Military Veterans group and an Able with Allies and Able ERG.   

Photography and Entertainment

Event Timeline/Activities

  • 5:00 pm – Registration Open – Cadets and Midshipmen must sign in at their Academy Table and pick up dinner and casino tickets for their entire party.
  • 5:00 pm – Reception Outside Ballroom 
    • Purchase Drink Tickets in Advance or Cash Bar
    • Professional  Photography
  • 5:30 pm – Academy Group Photos  (Cadets and Midshipmen gather in designated areas, then proceed as a group for photos, then move to the designated area for Grand March Line Up – Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, Merchant Marine.)
  • 5:45 pm – Parents and Guest enter the ballroom and take seats
  • 6:00 pm – Grand March and Recognition of Cadets followed by 
    • Dinner
    • Formal Program
    • Class of 2021 Recognition
  • Adjourn for Entertainment and Silent Auction – Casino Games (voucher for tickets distributed with tickets), DJ Music for Dancing; Photo Booth, Sketch Artists, Silent Auction; Professional Photography remains available; Cadet and Midshipmen gift drawing
  • 10:30 PM – Silent Auction Ends and Close Out/Pick Up Begins
  • 11:15 PM – Last Dance and Adjourn
  • There will be a changing and storage location available for female cadets and midshipmen who would like to change into civilian formal attire following the formal program. 

Hurst Convention Center Coronavirus Statement

The Hurst Conference Center wants to thank you, our guests, for your patience as the situation around the Coronavirus continues to evolve. We want to ensure that our guests are as informed as possible. Our highest priority at the Hurst Conference Center is the health and safety of our staff, our clients, and their guests. We continue to monitor and implement the recommended guidelines set by the State regarding meetings and large gatherings at event facilities. Therefore, in an effort to provide a hygienic environment, here are some examples of the practices the Hurst Conference Center has put into effect:

● Effective cleaning protocols in all public areas, meeting rooms, and restrooms

● The availability of hand sanitizer throughout the building

● We have upgraded to higher quality MERV 13 air filters in the common areas and restrooms, thereby enhancing the quality of the indoor air environment. These will filter out most bacteria and virus carrying particles and keep the indoor air environment clean from a wide variety of pollutants and allergens. They will not provide a sterile environment—no air filter can—but they will provide the cleanest possible air quality for a business or residence

● All staff responsible for handling Food & Beverage service will be outfitted with gloves and protective masks

● The Hurst Conference Center will follow all food service guidelines which will require meal services to be plated and limiting what will be preset on the tables

● In observance of “Social Distancing”, we will provide event floor plans and room layouts that will maximize the space capacity and best meet the needs of the program objectives while staying within the state recommended guidelines

● Employees are asked not to work if they are experiencing fever or other flu like symptoms.

● We are allowing only four people to sit at a standard round table. The mandate says that if someone is family or if they arrive together to the event then they can sit together at the event. I do encourage assigned seating.

● We are sanitizing all chairs and tables after each event and have sanitizer stations at entrances and outside of the restrooms.

● There will be no “un” covered preset items. We will still preset salads and beverages but they will come with covers. We will also have rolled up silverware in napkins instead of out and preset. Dessert will be served.

Our team wants our guests to know that we are very aware of, and understand the impact the Coronavirus is having not only on scheduled events, but for the planning of future events as well. We support our clients and value their business, and will work together on a case by case basis in an effort to find the best possible solution to meet the specific needs of their situation.

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