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A 1,000 words (plus or minus)

Editorial by Matt Bud from the July 26, 2017 Newsletter

I assume that almost all of you have a LinkedIn account. I don’t know how each of you use it, but in addition to looking up your fellow members using our Member Directory Search feature, I strongly recommend that you check LinkedIn prior to connecting with just about everyone. If nothing else, LinkedIn is the world’s largest annotated phone book. As Yogi Berra might have said, you can see a lot just by looking. You’ve got nothing to lose and a lot to gain checking out what people say about themselves. I will leave it to others to lecture you on how to create a proper LinkedIn profile. We have several resident experts you can call on such as Matt [ Read more… ]

Global Meetings
Chapter/SIGMeeting Date 
Indianapolis, IN Jul 27, 2017


6:00 PM to 8:30 PM


12000 Exit Five Parkway
Fishers IN 46037-7940


Topic: Job Market Update

Speakers: Brian Geddes, Partner, Vaco Indianapolis, LLC and Michael Smith, Director, Vaco Financial

Because we won’t have food service at this location, OfficeWorks has graciously offered to order pizza and provide refreshments. To make sure we have enough food but not too much, either:

1. Register on the website:
a. Members: www.thefeng.org/membersonly/ this will take you to your personal home page. Check box for this event.  
b. Guests: www.thefeng.org/chapters/rsvp.php?tid=9756

2. Reply that you will be attending to: fengindy@gmail.com

We will have a donation jar at the meeting please help us make this work by contributing.

- 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm: General Networking
- 6:45 pm - 7:15 pm: Welcome and Introductions
- 7:15 pm - 8:00 pm: Our Program
- 8:15 pm: Adjournment

We keep hearing it is the first candidate market in over 10 years. Brian and Michael will give you their perspective from inside the market. What areas are hot and what areas are still moving slower. They can also give you some insights on salaries in this new market. As always, Brian and Michael will be happy to answer your questions.

Our Speakers:
Brian Geddes is a Partner with Vaco Indianapolis, LLC who spent the early years of his career working in public accounting and private equity. He focused on a variety of industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, education, and non-profit/governmental. Mr. Geddes has spent the last 14+ years in the recruiting/consulting industry working for a Fortune 500 firm and the last 5 years with Vaco.

Michael Smith is a Director with Vaco Financial where he networks with the top Finance and Accounting professionals and partner with the best clients in the Indiana region to mutually benefit both parties. Prior to joining VACO, Michael spent 12 years with Tyco Integrated Security where he held various financial leadership positions. Michael is a graduate of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

Please help us thank our chapter sponsors - VACO and OfficeWorks:

For a combined 50 years, we've done all the worrying for you. VACO Indianapolis has the experience, resources and connections to find even the most specialized talent. Our tenure in the market means we’re always in the loop - gauging the pulse of Indianapolis businesses, industries and trends. We live and breathe a partnership mentality and go the extra mile to add value in all that we do. We also partner with the community and are involved with the Financial Executives International (FEI), Financial Executives Networking Group (FENG) and SEC Pros.

From a small office in the Hyatt Hotel in downtown Indianapolis, to the Capital Center, the canal and currently our Fishers facility, OfficeWorks has been a leader in delivering tailored solutions to business, government, learning, and healing environments for 32 years. From entrepreneurial startups to large corporations, the OfficeWorks team of 57 employees including 17 dedicated furniture installers, is here to help customers become more successful and help them create great places to work, learn, and heal.

Please note: This meeting is not open to the general public. Only current or potential FENG members with approximately 15 years of finance experience are invited to attend.



Office Works: http://officeworks.net/uploads/about/LookBook.pdf

London, United Kingdom Jul 31, 2017


11:00 AM to 1:00 PM


Goodman Masson's offices
120 Aldersgate Street
London UK EC1A 4JQ


UK Job Hunt Club

AGENDA: please see “Notes” lower down this message for additional details

1. Introductions (15m)
- News about past members
- Scope of this and future meetings
2. Elevator pitches – 30 seconds (45m) (1)
3. Job Search Metrics (15m) (2)
4. Networking, sharing leads (10m)
5. Focus topics (20m)
6. Round up with Paul (15m)
7. AOB/Items for next agenda (5m)

Notes to agenda:
(1) Elevator pitches – (eg telecon with recruitment agent. Each member gets 5 mins which allows for c. 3 - 4 minutes feedback. (I will keep the stop-watch)

(2) Metrics - As well as your backward review, we are incorporating targets for the next two weeks. This will help give you an added incentive to press on with your search.

A spreadsheet will be sent to those members who register to be filled out with instructions to return prior to Monday’s meeting. David Levenson will collate the results for circulation at the meeting.

Please RSVP: by WEDNESDAY, June14th so that Goodman Masson receives sufficient notice to provide the adequate space.

SEATING IS LIMITED TO 10 MEMBERS. If you register and can NOT attend, please remove your name from the list.

This meeting is open to FENG members ONLY.

Also, if you find a job, please let us know in order to share the goods news with the rest of the team as well as to update your directory. In addition, please make sure that you update your membership directory listing by going to: http://www.thefeng.org, and filling out the form you will find there.


Tube station Barbican

Phoenix, AZ Aug 1, 2017


3:30 PM to 5:00 PM


First Western Trust Scottsdale
7025 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 100
Scottsdale, AZ 85253


Topic: Recovering Hidden Cash Flow from your Supplier Base

Speaker: Toni Quagliata, Director, Expense Reduction Analysts

1. Define the opportunity for savings baseline
2. Share some common misconceptions about procurement best practices
3. Share some of ERA’s methods used to find cash flow
4. Q&A

Speaker's bio:
Toni is a client acquisition Director covering the Arizona marketplace.

She has 20 years of experience in the electronics distribution industry with Avnet, Inc. and Marshall Industries. She held a variety of positions including technical sales, supplier program development, supply chain and project management for OEM/ISV markets from individual contributor to senior-level team building.

Some of her most rewarding roles included driving Intel, Dell, HP and IBM embedded Americas relationships to $600M annual revenue and being chosen to lead the CRM team for a $6.2B ERP transformation project.

Toni has a B.S. in Business Administration from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. One of her passions is volunteering for various non-profit organizations in the Phoenix area.

Toni Quagliata
Expense Reduction Analysts
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

T 480.664.9605
C 440.668.1295




Montgomery/Bucks County, PA Aug 1, 2017


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Giant Food Store
315 York Road
Community Room, 2nd Floor
Willow Grove, PA 19090


The meeting will start at 6:00 P.M. The objective is to give each member an opportunity to continually hone their networking skills, meet their peers from various disciplines, share job leads, ideas, and develop networking opportunities.

BE SURE TO BRING YOUR RESUME OR ONE PAGE MARKETING PIECE! As well as a name badge and name tent for the table.

This is a great opportunity to meet new people, catch-up with old friends and discuss any issues you have on your mind.

Your chapter leadership will be delighted to see you there.

Dress: business casual



Energy & Natural Resources Aug 2, 2017


7:00 AM to 8:45 AM


Cafe Express
1101 Uptown Park Boulevard
Houston, TX 77056


Energy SIG meeting

7:00-7:30 AM Networking
7:30-8.30 AM Frank Dupuy

Topic: Detecting and Preventing Fraud and Corruption in Mergers and Acquisitions

Frank Dupuy is a former federal agent who has over 30 years of experience in international corporate security management in a variety of industries.

Frank now has his own consultancy business, Agincourt International Security Management.

Coffee provided by our sponsors, Manhattan Resources.


West Loop and Post Oak in Uptown Park

Raleigh, NC Aug 2, 2017


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Date: Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Pay special attention to the date of our August meeting. It is NOT the 2nd Wednesday of the month. It IS the FIRST WEDNESDAY of August.

Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Place: Carmen’s Café
108 Factory Shops Rd
Morrisville, NC 27560
(919) 467-8080

Host: Dave Rhode
VACO Raleigh, LLC
2501 Blue Ridge Road, Suite 400
Raleigh, NC 27607
Office: 919.719.6500


Topic: LinkedIn for Business & Building Brand Equity

Speaker: Chuck Hester

Chuck Hester, LinkedIn master connector, speaker and executive trainer, will cover LinkedIn for business and how to use it to build your business and build brand equity. Participants will learn hands-on tips on how to use LinkedIn for business development, personal and professional branding.
Chuck Hester is a LinkedIn power connector with more than 16,000 direct connections. He is a sought-after expert on the subject of using social media for personal and professional branding, and how to use social media to build business contacts. He’s addressed conferences in Canada, Australia and throughout the United States.

He also offers LinkedIn Corporate Boot Camps that help businesses maximize their use of LinkedIn, find and retain customers and enhance their social media footprints. You can find Chuck on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/chuckhester.



From I-40 (Wade Ave)
•Take the Edwards Mill Exit and head northeast. (2.8 mi.)
•Turn right onto Park Lake Road. (.2 mi.)
•Go to the building on the right.
•Best parking is behind the building.

From US-50 (Glenwood Ave)
•Turn southwest onto Creedmoor Road (US-50) (.7 mi.)
•Turn Left onto Park Lake Road. (.2 mi.)
•Go to the building on the right.
•Best parking is behind the building.

Miami (Palm Beach/Treasure Coast), FL Aug 2, 2017


6:30 PM to 8:00 PM


Palm Beach County Library 
3650 Summit Boulevard 
West Palm Beach, FL 33406


Topic: "Seven Strategies for Peak Performance"

Speaker: Eric Stoller, President of the Les Brown Institute

Eric Stoller Bio:
Prior to becoming President of the Les Brown Institute, Eric was president of Strategic Seminars and Training.

Eric has specialized in creating memorable events and training programs designed to increase personal performance, make new contacts and help companies and individuals reach their goals and dreams.

Eric has over 25 years of expertise in producing seminars and training programs. He has created events such as the Champion Mindset events and the Personal Power Expo. He has delivered over 5000 presentations and seminars in his career.

In addition Eric has worked with the top experts in the field of personal development. Including Brian Tracy, Denis Waitley, Herb Cohen, Jim Rohn, Og Mandino, and Omar Periu and Les Brown.

As president Eric’s goal is to assist new members in building their business and realizing their dreams and to use the experience of the faculty to help members leverage their success.

Les Brown and the Les Brown Institute:
As one of the world’s most renowned motivational speakers, Les Brown is a dynamic personality and highly-sought-after resource in business and professional circles for Fortune 500 CEOs, small business owners, non-profit and community leaders from all sectors of society looking to expand opportunity. For three decades he has not only studied the science of achievement, he’s mastered it by interviewing hundreds of successful business leaders and collaborating with them in the boardroom translating theory into bottom-line results for his clients.

Les Brown and his Team at The Les Brown Institute are committed to motivating and training today’s generation to be achievers and leaders. Bringing together the most powerful group of Professional Speakers, Trainers, and Coaches WORLDWIDE to make a difference across the globe today.

Please bring:
- Name Badge
- Personal Contact cards
- Resumes
- Your 90-second elevator speech

Attire: business casual

Your chapter leadership will be delighted to see you there.


From I-95: Take I-95 to Southern Blvd. (Exit 68), go west to Congress Ave., then south to Summit Blvd. Turn right on Summit Blvd., Library is midway between Congress Ave. and Military Trail on the left.

From Florida’s Turnpike: Take the Turnpike to Southern Blvd., go east to Jog Road, then south to Summit Blvd. Turn left on Summit Blvd. to Library on right.

Asset Management Aug 3, 2017


6:00 PM to 7:30 PM


HBI/Hinduja Group Offices
520 Madison Ave, 34th FLOOR
New York, NY
Entrance on 53rd between 5th and Madison


Networking starts at 5:30PM

Speaker Presentation at 6:00pm -7:00pm
There will be time for networking after the presentation.

Speaker TBD


Philadelphia-Downtown, PA Aug 3, 2017


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


KPMG Offices
1601 Market Street, 36th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103


OPEN Networking

The objective is to give each member an opportunity to continually hone their networking skills, meet their peers from various disciplines, practice their elevator speeches, share job leads, ideas, and develop networking opportunities.

Please bring about 15 copies of your one-pager to hand out to all attendees as we work together to find new job opportunities, helpful information, and new networking partners to assist you in your career transition.

This is a great opportunity to meet new people, catch-up with old friends and discuss any issues you have on your mind.

About the chapter:

Our goal is to give each member an opportunity to meet with peers, share job leads and create a sharp focus of your career search target in the minds of our members so they can provide you with job leads and networking contacts.

When arriving, please check in with security in the lobby and indicate that you will be attending the FENG meeting on the 36th floor with KPMG. Take the elevator bank furthest to your left to the 36th floor.

Dress is business casual.


Directions from Route 95 South or North:
Take Central Philadelphia exit. You will be on the Vine Street Expressway. Take the Museum Area Exit off to right. You will be on 22nd Street. Make your 1st right (Ben Franklin Parkway). Make right onto 21st Street. Stay on 21st until you reach Market Street. There are several parking lots along Market Street as well as parking lots on Arch Street. KPMG is located at 1601 Market Street on the 36th Floor.

Directions from Ben Franklin Bridge:
Stay in left lane coming off of bridge. Take Vine Street expressway. Take the Museum Area Exit off to right. You will be on 22nd Street. Make your 1st right (Ben Franklin Parkway). Make right onto 21st Street. Stay on 21st until you reach Market Street. There are several parking lots along Market Street as well as parking lots on Arch Street. KPMG is located at 1601 Market Street on the 36th floor.

Directions from Walt Whitman Bridge:
Stay in middle lane line coming off of bridge. Follow signs for Route 76 West. Take 30th Street Station Exit (Exit #39). Go to second light and make a right onto Market Street. There are several parking lots along Market Street as well as parking lots on Arch Street. KPMG is located at 1601 Market Street on the 36th floor.

Directions from Route 76 West:
Follow 76 West to Vine Street Expressway Exit. Take the Broad Street Exit (stay on the right side). Make right turn onto JFK Boulevard. Stay on JFK Blvd then make a left onto 21st Street. Stay on 21st until you reach Market Street. There are several parking lots along Market Street as well as parking lots on Arch Street. KPMG is located at 1601 Market Street on the 36th floor.


From New Jersey:
Take Patco High Speed Line to last stop(16th & Locust). When above ground, take 16th Street north (next street is Walnut) until you get to Market Street. Smart Devine is located at 1601 Market Street on the 36th floor.

From PA Suburbs & Center City:
The closest train stop to the Smart Devine office is 15th Street. Call Septa at (215)568-7800 to find out best way to get to this stop.

Bergen County, NJ Aug 3, 2017


6:30 PM to 8:30 PM


Bethlehem Lutheran Church
155 Linwood Avenue
1st Floor Parlor Room
Ridgewood, NJ


August 3, 2017 – John Hadley – “Use of Storytelling to Get Hired” - Bethlehem Lutheran Church – Ridgewood, NJ

I hire for one reason and one reason only – because I believe you are going to produce the results relevant to me. You can tell me you will, and you can draw up a proposed work plan with facts and figures, but what is going to sell me the most effectively is the concise, compelling demonstration of relevant results you have produced in the past. And the more such case studies you can draw upon, the more believable you become.
• Can you give a “2 Minute Pitch” that’s compelling and leaves your interviewer anxious to hear more?
• Do you have concise, engaging results-oriented stories to back up every point you want to make during the interview?

Join us as Career Search Counselor John Hadley shows how to tell stories that are interesting, that flow and show the progression in your career, and that steer the interviewer to ask follow up questions that advance your candidacy. John will share key templates and demonstrations, and will give a change to practice, while providing the expert critique to sharpen the storytelling skills that can get you hired!

John Hadley is the principal at John Hadley Associates (www.JHACareers.com). He teaches job seekers strategies and skills that enable them to tap into the 'hidden' job market and find the best jobs now. He also works with professionals struggling to achieve the visibility that leads to great new opportunities at work. His Career Tips newsletter brings expert advice on marketing yourself to over 9,500 subscribers; find out more at www.JHACareers.com/Newsletter.htm.
Please reserve your seat for the meetings by signing up at the www.TheFENG.org website under Bergen County Chapter Meetings. I can be reached at the following:

201-919-2607 - Cell
201 337-7554 – Home
646-710-4677 - Office

Marty Latman


Please contact Marty Latman for directions:
646-710-4677 - Office
201-919-2607 - Cell
201 337-7554 – Home

Monmouth/Ocean, NJ Aug 5, 2017


8:30 AM to 10:30 AM


531 Soloman Way
Freehold, NJ 07728




- For the first 15 minutes, get your coffee and talk freely among yourselves.

- At 8:45, General announcements. If anyone has something they want to share with the group. Then, everyone will have a chance to say their elevator pitch (no more than 30 seconds, please).
Then we’ll split the group into sub-groups of no more than 10 people with a facilitator for each group. Depending on the number of attendees, we may ask someone to run a group. The group splits will be based on mutual interest: financial services, consulting, manufacturing, accounting, etc..

- Within each sub-group, everyone will have a chance to talk about his/her issues and how the group can help, job search problems/opportunities, etc. Come prepared – if you want us to critique your resume or networking document, bring enough copies to distribute. Know what you want to achieve in the time we give you. I expect everyone will have the floor for about 5-7 minutes depending on attendance.

- Everyone can stay as long as they want, but the leader will make sure everyone has an equal chance to talk based on the 10:30 break.

I will update the attendance list for everyone who shows up. It will be available on the website for about a month.

PLEASE BRING: a name-tag, business cards, and copies of your marketing material.

DRESS: informal (jeans are fine)

Please note this is just a few blocks down the street from CentraState Hospital.

COST: This is an informal meeting. We will ask everyone to buy their own coffee and snack and join us at the biggest table we can find.

We look forward to seeing you.

Tom Bocchino
Marty Mussman
Don Sondak


Use the following link for directions to the Freehold Panera Bread: http://goo.gl/maps/YUPB8

Minneapolis, MN Aug 7, 2017


7:15 AM to 9:00 AM


Near Pickerman's Deli, Room 140, 701 Xenia Ave, Golden Valley, MN. The meetings are held in a meeting room that is adjacent to Pickerman's Deli


First Monday FENG / FEI Minneapolis Career Transitions Group Networking Meeting

Objective: To connect financial executives who are in transition from different industries, for the purpose of networking toward gainful employment for all attendees. Attendees are all working to find the next opportunity (all jobs are temporary) and we like to encourage everyone who attends to offer up to the group any opportunities that you know about which do not fit your background, or that you have no interest in pursuing.

To-Do's: Please prepare a brief summary of your background to present to the group. Please be prepared to discuss your target industry, size, whether private or public, location preferences; and describe your goal for your next opportunity.

Who Should Attend? This meeting is open to all financial executives including the directors, managers and above that report to the office of the CFO.

This Month: For the August 7th meeting, we will have two representatives from Robert Half Management Resources; Samantha Wheeler, from the RHMR permanent placement service, and Ryan Battis, from the RHMR contracting service. They will talk about the current market, their services, and will be available for networking.


The Deli is located in the Golden Hills Office Center Building - Two blocks North of 394 and Xenia.

Susquehanna Valley, PA Aug 7, 2017


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Alvernia University
Alvernia Upland Center Building,Room 227
540 Upland Avenue
Reading, PA 19611



The objective of our meetings is to give each member an opportunity to continually hone their networking skills, meet their peers, share job leads and develop networking opportunities.

Each attendee will get a chance to deliver their two-minute elevator speech, share recent successes and failures, present their networking requests, discuss their job search questions and any concerns they may be struggling with, and apprise the group of any new searches, requests, etc. that they have become aware of.

Please bring at least twenty-five copies of your “one pager”. This should provide your contact information at the top, followed by a brief overview of your background, and finally your target company list and a list of people you would like to meet. They should be handed out to the attendees just before you make your presentation, thus helping them to provide you with targeted assistance and advice.

Please have copies of your resume available to handout to those interested parties who may want to learn more about you or pass it on to individuals they think may be interested in talking to you. Also, bring a nametag to wear and a “name” tent card to place on the table in front of you.

Attire is business casual.

Members of BENG and FEI are also invited to attend.


As you enter the building go up the stairs or the elevator and turn right
through the door to room 227.

Free parking at the facility.

Chicago (Downtown), IL Aug 8, 2017


7:30 AM to 10:30 AM


The Addison Group
125 South Wacker Drive, 27th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606



Topic/Speaker - Understanding Employment Contracts/Rachel Tidwell-Neal, Bellows Law Group, P.C.

About our Session:

About our Speaker:

Rachel Tidwell-Neal practices in the areas of employment law and employment litigation. Ms. Tidwell-Neal counsels clients on employment matters including contracts and severance agreements. Ms. Tidwell-Neal represents clients in state and federal courts and administrative agencies for claims including Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA and FMLA. She has successfully tried cases in state and federal court and successfully resolved disputes on motions as well as settlement conferences.

Prior to joining the Bellows Law Group, P.C., Ms. Tidwell-Neal was an Assistant Attorney General at the Illinois Attorney General. Additionally, she worked at an employment law firm in Rockford, Illinois.

Ms. Tidwell-Neal is admitted to practice in Illinois, Wisconsin and the Northern District of Illinois. Ms. Tidwell-Neal received her J.D. from Marquette University Law School. Ms. Tidwell-Neal graduated cum laude from Saint Louis University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
We will also do networking amongst members and then a general discussion on job search topics and other topics that members might want to discuss.


Co-chairs Steve Eschbach (yeah, he hasn't officially stepped down just yet) and Matt Oey have conflicts on August 8th but one or two of The FENG Chicago (Downtown) Chapter members have agreed to step up to moderate the morning's event. They will be identified in a subsequent announcement but be sure to nice to him/them.


We share new ideas on networking/career search topics as well as references/introductions into target company opportunities. We look forward to more interactive discussions for advice to conquer our career search challenges and provide additional introductions/references on opportunities we are pursuing.

Other details:

(1) Business Casual attire is appropriate.
(2) BYOBS - bring your own beverages/snacks.
(3) Parking –The train is the best option as the meeting location within blocks of Ogilvie and Union Stations. There are several parking lots in the area: Jackson & Canal, Adams & Franklin, Monroe & Canal.
(4) Suggested donation: $0.00.
(5) Bring your own name badge.
(6) Bring 35-40 copies of your resume/handbill.

Please Register:

Members login:

http://www.thefeng.org/membersonly/ this will take you to your personal home page. Check box for this event.

Guests of members are welcome. Register on this link: http://www.thefeng.org/chapters/rsvp.php?tid=9474

Also, please email Steve.

Alumni members are encouraged to attend this meeting and participate in the discussion - it is a great way to give back to the group, and to maintain and build your network.

We hope to see you at the FENG meeting. If you have any questions please contact:

FENG Chicago (Downtown) Chapter Chairs:

Steve Eschbach
(312) 550-9965

Matt Oey
(312) 255-1887

If you have problems RSVPing on the website please email speschbach@gmail.com.

It could be that you have not registered for the Chicago (Downtown) chapter...here's how to update your directory - to add this chapter - then it will always appear in your personal home page for you to just click on the meeting.

a. Just go to http://www.thefeng.org/membersonly/settings.php and log in with your e-mail address (where you receive the newsletter) and use your password... Look for the "directory listing" link under the words "Welcome Steve! Click on it to take you to your record.

b. Scroll down until you see "Chapters." Click on Chicago (Downtown). And hit the submit button. You will then be confirmed into the Chicago (Downtown) chapter. If the meeting is coming up shortly, you may what to email Steve to make sure you are on the list.

Using the FENG Forum for Member Assistance

Monthly meetings are one way of networking with fellow FENG members. Another way is to connect with one other in between meetings. The FENG Forum allows you to ask or answer questions of our 46,000+ members.

Log on to the FENG web site, www.thefeng.org using your logon ID and password and go to your home page. Whether it is asking a question or replying to one - if you want an email sent to you when someone responds to you - be sure to check "Notify me” when you are finished.

Asking a Question to Members
1. Scroll to the bottom of your home page and look for “post a message.”
2. Click on this link and post your message.
3. You can choose to post your message to some or all Chapters or SIGs.

Responding to Questions
1. Go to the tab at the top of your home page “Members only” and select “The FENG Forum.”
2. Scroll through all messages or type in a word or search phrase.
3. Click on search.

Tax Deductible Contribution
Please consider making a tax deductible contribution to the FENG. Your support helps defray some of the administration and program expenses our organization provides.

If you would like to donate by credit card, please visit: http://www.thefeng.org/donate-now/

Any amount is very much appreciated. Thank you.



Los Angeles (Orange County), CA Aug 8, 2017


8:15 AM to 9:15 AM


Webster University
32 Discovery, Suite 250
Irvine, CA
Please park behind the building in deference to the tenants.


Speaker TBA

NOTE: Doors open at 8AM


San Francisco, CA Aug 8, 2017


5:30 PM to 7:30 PM


Robert Half Management Resources
50 California Street, 10th Floor
San Francisco, CA


Food and refreshments will be provided by Robert Half Management Resources.

One (1) hour of Accounting and Auditing (A&A) CPE Credit will be granted to all attendees of the presentation.


5:30-6:00 PM – Networking
6:00-7:00 PM – Presentation
7:00-7:30 PM – Networking


Houston, TX Aug 8, 2017


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


The Marriott Hotel
1750 West Loop South,
Diamond Room
Houston, TX 77027


Topic: 11 most common fraud schemes and associated technology tracking schemes.

Speaker: Mandy Harris, Harris Monroe Consulting.

Food and parking courtesy of our sponsors, Donovan & Watkins.

6:00-6:40 Informal networking
6:40-6:45 Chapter announcements
6:45-7:00 New member introductions
7:00-8:00 Mandy Harris

All members and prospective members are welcome! Dress is business casual.


Call 713-547-4400 (For Directions Only)

From the 610 loop & Post Oak Boulevard exit, stay on southbound feeder road. The Marriott Hotel is on the right hand side, just past the intersection with Hallmark Drive but before the intersection with San Felipe. Park in the hotel car park on the south side of the property.

London, United Kingdom Aug 8, 2017


6:30 PM to 9:30 PM


Shampers Restaurant
4 Kingly Street
London W1B 5PE UK

tel #: 0207 437 1692


Delighted to announce that Cedar Recruitment are sponsoring this evening and will be represented by Mike Trollope.

The format will be the same as in the past, namely:
1. There will be a fixed price to the meal of £40 including wine.
2. The meal will include starter, main course & coffee
3. We will sit down sharp at 7:00pm and hope to be finished by 9:30pm.

This will allow networking before & after the meal and those with early trains will be able to catch them.

As usual we have reserved a table for dinner at Shampers restaurant. We will be in the downstairs part of the restaurant.

So please:
- bring some cash as it is BYOD (Buy Your Own Dinner)


Restaurant is just off Regent Street round the back of Hamleys.

Charleston, SC Aug 8, 2017


6:30 PM to 8:00 PM


Crowne Plaza
4831 Tanger Outlet Boulevard, Plantation Board Room
North Charleston, SC 29418


Topic: Franchise Ownership – Investment or Career

Speaker: Cathey Petkash, FranNet, Franchise Specialist

- Overview of a Franchise
- Investment $$
- Models & Industries

Speaker's bio:
Cathey Petkash joined FranNet after 18 years in the “corporate world” of Hewlett-Packard. Her professional consulting career at HP involved building strategic relationships with HP customers by implementing IT solutions to meet their business goals and objectives.

Today, Cathey enjoys consulting with corporate professionals assisting them to achieve their business ownership dreams. Coming from the corporate world, she understands the challenges and concerns individuals experience when moving “beyond the corporate walls.” Cathey looks forward to meeting with aspiring entrepreneurs to develop their business model - identifying their financial, business, and personal goals for business ownership. With her guidance, they will achieve their entrepreneurial dreams.

Cathey also is a seasoned business owner. She achieved her “business ownership” dream with the purchase a floral business. Cathey applied the business principle of “absentee ownership,” executing the business end of the business, while her Floral Designer ran the everyday floral shop activity. She successfully grew the business for over 4 years, and then profitably sold the business.

Her relaxing time is reserved for “beaching,” reading & gardening. She has been active in Rotary, involved in professional business organizations in Charleston, and a Mentor at the Citadel.

Educational Background: Cathey obtained her MBA from the University of North Carolina; and her BS in Accounting from Central Missouri State University.

Cathey Petkash, Franchise Specialist
Phone: 678-644-3868
Email: cpetkash@frannet.com

Attire: Our meetings will be "relaxed" Business Professional



New Orleans, LA Aug 8, 2017


6:30 PM to 7:30 PM


Puccino’s Coffee
Lakeside Shopping Center
3301 Veterans Memorial Boulevard
Metairie, LA 70002


This meeting will be an open networking style with members sharing about themselves, current status, career plans/goals, etc.



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