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No steps forward, two steps back

Editorial by Matt Bud from the October 16, 2017 Newsletter

One of the most difficult challenges in a career is being faced with taking a step or two back. Because we tend to stay with companies longer than most senior managers, the gains we make in our career in terms of compensation and responsibilities are hard won and painstaking achieved. So, when a time comes in our careers that we have to choose whether to accept a title and real responsibilities that are significantly less than our last job, it can be a difficult thing. Even after we come to the decision that it is the best thing to do financially, it can be a bothersome and esteem affecting experience. I know because it happened to me. The truth is [ Read more… ]

Global Meetings
Chapter/SIGMeeting Date 
Nashville, TN Oct 17, 2017


7:15 AM to 8:45 AM


201 Franklin Road
Brentwood, TN 37027


Topic: Industrial Engineers: Increasing Bottom Line Profits

Speaker: Stephen Gibson, PE, CSCP, PMP, Continuous Improvement Project Manager, I.C. Thomasson Associates, Inc.

This presentation tells how Industrial Engineers can improve profitability using industry proven techniques backed by math and science. The presentation begins with a short history of how this engineering discipline began and briefly describes what other industries use these concepts. The presentation is then concluded with some specific examples including work balancing, quality, and inventory improvements followed by a cost-benefit analysis of each project.

Speaker's bio:
Stephen is an Industrial Engineer with a vigorous background in Continuous Improvement. His skillset includes cost-benefit analysis, ergonomic analysis, facility layout and design, inventory optimization, process optimization, project management, time studies, and work sampling studies. His areas of expertise include Lean and 6-Sigma methodologies to drive cost reductions. Through multiple projects, he has applied advanced statistical analysis to resolve complex quality issues, demonstrated continual cost reductions through Kaizen events, sustained Just-In-Time (JIT) inventory models utilizing Kan-Ban systems, and implemented visual management systems leveraging 5S. Stephen has successfully applied his knowledge across multiple industries including the automotive, consumer electronics, durable goods, food processing, and warehousing. His project work has taken him to Asia, Europe, and South America. Through his work, he has honed his communication skills having worked with all levels from the hourly worker to the CEO. In addition to application, he has also demonstrated the ability to share his knowledge teaching others in practical application of Lean and 6-Sigma.

Stephen L Gibson, PE, CSCP, PMP
Continuous Improvement Project Manager
I.C. Thomasson Associates, Inc.
2950 Kraft Drive, Suite 500
Nashville, Tennessee 37204
615.346.3400 – Office
(615) 346-3565 – Direct
(615) 417-0222 – Cell

Sponsor: Coffee and bagels are provided compliments of LBMC.


Instructions for parking and building entry:
Please come to 201 Franklin Road at the corner of Franklin Road and Maryland Way in Brentwood. Please park on the second floor (or P2 level) of the parking garage. Please DO NOT park on P1 /Office Visitor Parking. Take parking garage elevator (south side of garage down to the P1 level take pathway to the lobby. Once at the lobby take the elevator to the 3rd floor. The FENG meeting will be held in the Multipurpose conference room which is to the right coming off the elevators.

Not-for-Profit Oct 17, 2017


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Edwin Gould Foundation
55 Exchange Place, Suite 602
New York, NY


How to Reset and Re-energize Your Brand is a workshop designed to develop your personal brand awareness. Every professional has a brand. The problem is most of us are not aware of what it is or what it should be. This workshop is all about taking charge of your career and defining the message that you want to communicate.

Damon Montal has been a consultant at The Ayers Group since 1999, and has over twenty-five years of experience
in sales, recruiting, and career management.

As an Executive Career Transition Consultant, Damon is responsible for the full life-cycle training of individual clients during their career transition. Additionally, Damon
plays a principle role in developing and delivering training seminars.

Damon has been active in several professional organizations. He is a Certified Mediator with NY State
Unified Court System and conducts Alternate Dispute Resolutions at small-claims court. He has held board
positions at his ToastMasters chapter and ACPNY. He is currently a career mentor at two local universities.
Damon was formally recognized by NYS Senator Thomas P Morahan, NYS Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffe, and The
County of Rockland- for Outstanding Service to the Community.

Damon holds a BA in Psychology from SUNY at Plattsburgh and a MA in Organizational Behavior from
Fairleigh Dickinson University. He obtained a postgraduate certificate from NYU in Adult Career Planning
and Development and a certificate in Organizational Leadership from Fairleigh Dickinson.

In 2007, Kelly Services recognized his ability by presenting him with the company’s most prestigious
honor, The William Russell Kelly Award, recognized for global excellence.


55 Exchange Place is located between Broad and William Streets
Nearby subways
J to Broad Street (last stop)
2,3 to Wall Street
4,5 to Wall Street

You must present a photo ID to the security guard in the lobby. Then take the elevator to the 6th floor and follow the signs to the Edwin Gould Foundation conference room.

Lehigh Valley, PA Oct 17, 2017


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Ben Franklin TechVentures
Mountaintop campus of Lehigh University
116 Research Drive, Room 102
Bethlehem, PA 18015


This is a joint meeting with the Lehigh Valley Business Executive Networking Meeting.

1. Attendees will get a chance to deliver their two-minute elevator speech
2. Share recent successes and failures
3. Present networking requests
4. Discuss job search questions and concerns
5. Apprise the group of any new searches, requests, etc. that they have become aware of

1. Bring a name tag to wear and a "name" tent card to place on the table in front of you
2. If you represent a business, please bring business cards

Attire: Business casual



Kansas City, KS Oct 17, 2017


6:30 PM to 8:30 PM


Hereford House
5001 Town Center Drive
Leawood, KS 66211
(913) 327-0800

Private Room Upstairs


Social Meeting

Eric Clemenson
Commercial Relationship Manager

- 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM: Networking
- 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM: Introductions and Announcements
- 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM: More Networking

- Cash Bar
- Arvest Bank will be providing appetizers

Dress: Business Casual

Please bring:
- Personal Contact cards
- A Friend who might be interested in joining The FENG!


Abu Dhabi/Dubai, UAE Oct 17, 2017


7:30 PM to 8:30 PM


COSTA Coffee
China Court at Ibn Battuta Mall
Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Please join us for an evening of networking with your peers from various disciplines.

Our objective is to support each other, give each member an opportunity to continually hone their networking skills, share leads and discuss general intelligence about the market.

Please bring:
- Personal Contact cards
- Resumes (optional for the first meeting)
- Your 90-second elevator speech/personal introduction

Attire: Standard business attire or business casual.

Chapter meetings represent a golden opportunity. Your chapter leadership will be delighted to see you there.


Denver, CO Oct 18, 2017


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM


6300 S. Syracuse Way, Suite #120,
Englewood, CO 80111

This Legacy Cascade building on South Syracuse between East Caley Avenue and Peakview Avenue.


Customer Relationship Management: Why it is important for the Financial Executive

Field of Study: Social Environment of Business

Guest Speaker: Shannon Cosart

Learning Objective

1. Why CRM matters…
2. Case study:
a. Footprints matter
b. Continuity matters
c. Design the customer experience
d. Examples: Marketing Optimization and Telematics
3. Keys to CRM financial success
a. Turnover
b. Attention to detail
c. Continuous Improvement
4. CRM provider market place
5. Future of CRM providers

Shannon Cosart is the Financial Controller for the North American division of Concentrix, a subsidiary of SYNNEX. Shannon graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. He received his MBA in Finance and Operations from Wake Forest University and obtained the Sara Lee Leadership Scholarship.

After receiving his MBA, Shannon began working for IBM. While at IBM, he developed a unique version of Activity Based Costing that IBM used within its hardware development process. IBM patented this process that Shannon developed. Later he joined IBM’s CRM division. Three and a half years ago, IBM sold this division to Concentrix. Since that sale, Shannon has been the Financial Controller for Concentrix’s North American division.

This is an intermediate level group live lecture presentation and do not require any advance preparation or pre-required education. The free registration can be made in advance online or the day of the presentation. Attendance is free so no refund is offered.

Complaint Resolution Policy: Please contact FENG Colorado Chairman George Thomas or Co-Chairman Jaime Velasco

Note: FENG Colorado has made every effort to comply with NASBA/AICPA Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education Programs. Final authority of acceptance of CPE credits rests with the Colorado Board of Accountancy.

Future Denver Meetings:

1. November 2017 – Managing Up, Out, and Down: Keys to Advancing Your Business and Your Career (Kathleen Winsor-Games)
2. December 2017 – Christmas Social
3. January 2018 - The Role of Power in Leadership (Vanita Bellen)

This is an intermediate level group live lecture presentation and do not require any advance preparation or pre-required education. The free registration can be made in advance online or the day of the presentation. Attendance is free so no refund is offered.

Complaint Resolution Policy: Please contact FENG Colorado Chairman George Thomas or Co-Chairman Jaime Velasco

Note: FENG Colorado has made every effort to comply with NASBA/AICPA Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education Programs. Final authority of acceptance of CPE credits rests with the Colorado Board of Accountancy.


You can now earn 1 FREE CPE Finance Credit for those attending our FENG Denver meetings.

This is an intermediate level group live lecture presentation and do not require any advance preparation or pre-required education. The free registration can be made in advance online or the day of the presentation. Attendance is free so no refund is offered.

Complaint Resolution Policy: Please contact FENG Colorado Chairman George Thomas or Co-Chairman Jaime Velasco

FENG Colorado has made every effort to comply with NASBA/AICPA Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education Programs. Final authority of acceptance of CPE credits rests with the Colorado Board of Accountancy.

Bring your business cards and practice your 60 second announcement

We look forward to see all of you.

Do not miss the opportunity and join your fellow FENG members for a night of social networking.!!

Chapter meetings will be every third Wednesday of the month, from 5 to 7pm in the DTC area and often have speakers covering interesting and current topics. While we currently do not offer CPE credits, we are working towards being able to provide this in the future. Monthly meeting invitations are sent to local members and it helps us plan for room sizing, snacks, etc., if you would RSVP.

Your ideas and suggestions will help shape activities to the groups best interests, so please share your thoughts and ideas on topics or speakers of interest.

The Members Only LinkedIn Group (COLORADO FINANCIAL EXECUTIVE NETWORKING GROUP) is a key means of local communication on topics ranging from meetings to events and to job postings. Remember to register and to be announce yourself in this forum.

Please join us to keep and build the value of membership in our circle of friends. We are the local arm of a great networking group for financial executives. The group allows you to build and practice the networking skills that Matt Bud mentions in the daily newsletter and practice makes perfect.


Cincinnati, OH Oct 18, 2017


5:30 PM to 8:00 PM


Kenwood Towers
8044 Montgomery Road
1st Floor Conference Center
Cincinnati, OH 45236


Festivities begin at 5:30 pm.

Pizza and refreshments will be provided by our friends and colleagues at Vernovis.

An evening not to be missed. I look forward to seeing as many of you as can make it.

Basic Framework of Meeting:
5:30-6:00 PM - General Networking
6:00-6:30 PM - Introductions/9-second announcements
6:30-7:30 PM - Speaker Presentation
7:30-8:00 PM - General Networking


Intersection of I-71 & Montgomery Road

There is plenty of FREE parking available both inside and outside the building.

Raleigh, NC Oct 18, 2017


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Stancil & Company (CPAs)
4909 Windy Hill Drive
Raleigh, NC 27609

Host: Henry White & Ken Martin


Our October meeting has been moved back a week from our normal meeting time to the 18th so it is after the tax filing extension due date.

Our annual Friends of FENG meeting will be held in October again this year to give people in transition time to take advantage of the year-end hiring activity.

Event: This is Raleigh’s Annual Friends of FENG meeting.

We have many recruiters lined up to join us. This is a great opportunity to meet and network with a number of recruiters in one evening and set up a day and time to get together to discuss your expertise and their opportunities that just might be a match for you.



Stancil & Company (4909 Windy Hill Drive) is in north Raleigh just north of Millbrook Road between Atlantic Ave. and Falls of the Neuse Road. From the Falls of Neuse Road, head east on Millbrook. In about 1/4 mile, turn left onto Windy Hill Drive. Stancil & Co. is in the first block on the left.

San Jose/Silicon Valley, CA Oct 18, 2017


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


The San Jose/Silicon Valley Chapter

Robert Half Management Resources, OfficeTeam
2350 Mission College Blvd Ste 800, Santa Clara, CA 95054

If you are planning to attend, please register to help our hosts plan for their hospitality needs.
Walk-ins are certainly welcome too! Feel free to pop in.

Food and refreshments will be provided.

Silicon Valley Chapter Co Chairs -

David Paul
Ronald Koling
Taj Gulamani



6:00-8:00 PM
- Networking with Financial Executives - Greet, meet and eat

- Elevator pitch practice and feedback

- Target Company Round Up - Seek connection vectors for introductions

- Seminar Round Up - other local networking opportunities


Directions to Robert Half OfficeTeam Santa Clara:

Robert Half Management Resources is located at 2350 Mission College Blvd, Suite 800, Santa Clara, CA 95054. Our meeting is on the second floor and you will need an escort for the elevator because the building has badge access security control.

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Miami (Fort Lauderdale), FL Oct 18, 2017


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


2050 Spectrum Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309


Speaker: Debbie Wemyss, Independent LinkedIn Specialist, Corporate Coach, Marketing Pro. Our guest is a highly sought after speaker focused on leveraging LinkedIn for job seekers, professionals and business owners. Debbie has been featured in The Palm Beacher magazine and coaches individuals and corporate teams. Whether you are interested as a job seeker, looking to improve the effectiveness of your corporate team, or are a business owner or consultant trying to drive business you will not want to miss this presentation. Space is limited so please sign up early for this presentation.
Topic: Maximizes Your Presence on LinkedIn

Our meeting will run from 6 pm till 8 pm as usual on the third Wednesday of the month.

Bring business cards and plan on networking. The building closes at 5:30 pm, however a representative from Randstad will be there to let us in.Please note:
- Attendance is limited, but all are welcome.
- Bring business cards and plan on networking.


Quick directions from I-95: Take Commercial Blvd exit west, turn left on NW 21st Ave and the building is on the left (see Randstad sign).,+Fort+Lauderdale,+FL+33309&hl=en&sll=26.19238,-80.204527&sspn=0.168514,0.22934&oq=2050+Spectrum+Blvd.+Fort+Lauderdale,+FL++33309&hnear=2050+Spectrum+Blvd,+Fort+Lauderdale,+Broward,+Florida+33309&t=m&z=16

There is plenty of parking.

Los Angeles (South Bay), CA Oct 18, 2017


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


South Bay Ford
5100 W. Rosecrans Avenue
Hawthorne, CA 90250

You must register on Eventbrite for this event.


Presentation- Seven Issues Every Business Faces

Jay Marks gets executive teams “on the same page” and helps leaders improve communication, alignment and accountability for results in their organizations. Fixing the “growing pains” of successful large and mid-size firms by providing organizational and people management expertise is the focus of his practice.

You will learn:
1. What is employee engagement and why does it matter
2. What do good managers do in today’s work environment
3. Basics of succession planning
4. Keys to managing change and complexity

Jay Marks has over 25 years of experience as a senior advisor in organizational development and human relations. His expertise includes advising executives and their teams, change management, executive coaching, strategy retreats, talent & succession management, meeting facilitation, global teams, organization design, survey design & implementation, and management training. Jay has worked closely with executive teams to plan and implement organizational initiatives and management programs across all functional areas in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
Tickets ($10) are mandatory due to the secure location. RSVP and purchase your tickets on EventBrite if you plan to attend:

Guests and potential new members are welcome when accompanied by a member
About the venue:
• South Bay Ford - 5100 Rosecrans Avenue (at the 405 Freeway)
• Secure floor; Tickets required
• $10 Fee - Please register here
• Parking lot is behind the dealership (see map below)
• Enter through the side (service) door – follow signs
• No smoking on the dealership property
• Be on time.


Exit 405 Freeway at Rosecrans. One block east turn right on Ocean Gate, then right on Court Way

Free parking is available in back of the dealership to the right of the former Sports Authority store.

Susquehanna Valley, PA Oct 18, 2017


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Lee R. Glatfelter Library
Penn State York
1031 Edgecomb Avenue
York, PA 17403-3326



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.

Members of BENG and FEI are also invited to attend.


Bergen County, NJ Oct 18, 2017


6:30 PM to 8:30 PM


Robert Half Office
Park 80 West Plaza II
250 Pehle Avenue Suite 502
Saddle Brook, NJ 07663


Paul Hatrak, CPA, CGMA, Certified Business Coach, Explains How to Better Communicate for Success
Communicating For Success: Watch Your Language!
Have you ever lost an important sale or networking connection and wondered why?
It could be because you are selling and networking the same way with everyone and not tailoring your activities to each person’s behavioral style.
You could be missing as much as 75 percent of your opportunities by doing this.
Paul will lead an interactive discussion that will help you understand the universal language of DISC (dominance-influence-steadiness-compliance).
DISC is concerned with how we act and our way of doing things.
You will gain an understanding of your own behavioral style, recognize the behavioral style of others, and be able to adapt and blend your style for greater, more effective communication and relationships (personal and professional).
Course Outline

1. Results Based Networking Skills
2, Create Your Memorable Marketing Message
3. Millennials In The Workforce
4. Skills for Success
5. Personal & Professional Branding
6. DISC Behavior Styles & Exercise
7. Learning Styles
8. Simon Sinek - What’s Your Why - Golden Circles
9. Purpose, Mission & Vision Statements
10. Carnegie Triangle
11. Networking Questions
12. Identify Your Ideal Client, Strategic Partners & Advisory Committee
13. Create Your Avatar
14. Dealing With Customers, Connectors & Competitors
About Paul Hatrak, CPA, CGMA, Certified Business Coach

As President of Hatrak Associates, LLC and a FocalPoint Certified Business Coach, Paul's mission is to work with entrepreneurially minded professionals who are seeking to grow themselves professionally and personally.

He combines a lifetime of business ownership and leadership experience with content from one of the world’s best-known business coaches, Brian Tracy, to deliver desired outcomes for his clients by identifying gaps in their business and providing the tools to fill those gaps.

Paul held senior financial management positions in large and small companies, holding such titles as Regional Finance Officer and Controller.

As Regional Finance Officer of Willis Group Holdings, he directed finance activities impacting the $100M New York Metro region.

Paul joined Willis from Marquis & Associates Inc. where he was a Partner and controller.

He also has previous audit and tax experience with Deloitte & Touche.

Paul holds a BS in Accounting from King's College and is a CPA, licensed in Pennsylvania.

He is also a licensed Property & Casualty, Health and Personal Lines Producer in New Jersey.

Paul is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJSCPA), Financial Executives International (FEI), and serves on the board of the National Speakers Association – New Jersey (NSA-NJ).

He is also avid networker, connector and golfer.
Please reserve your seat for the meetings by signing up at the 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:

201-919-2607 - Cell
201 337-7554 – Home

Memphis, TN Oct 18, 2017


7:00 PM to 8:45 PM


Germantown Community Library
1925 Exeter Road
Germantown, TN 38138
Library telephone (901) 757-7323


Come prepared to present your 90-second introduction. The meeting will end early enough to allow for networking afterwards.

Please be sure to bring your:
- Name badge and tent
- Business cards to exchange
- Resume copies (optional) for distribution
- List of target companies or job leads (for active members)

DRESS: Business Casual


Germantown Community Library:
In the Conference Room, turn right at front entrance.

Baltimore, MD Oct 19, 2017


8:30 AM to 11:30 AM


Ledgent Staffing
36 South Charles Street, 2nd floor conference room
Baltimore, MD 21201


3 hours of FREE CPE Credit





There are only 25 certifications available for each CPE session, so please be sure to secure your space immediately.

Breakfast is provided and the event is a great opportunity to network with local accounting & finance colleagues.

- Available in Building Garage
- Meeting Held on 2nd Floor

Austin, TX Oct 19, 2017


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Celis Brewery
10001 Metric Blvd.
Austin, TX 78758


Fun Networking Happy Hour

This event will be casual happy hour for networking and catching up with
each other. Come and go as needed; cover your own tab, and bring a potential
FENG member with you.

Bring business cards and name tags, and resumes.


Fort Worth, TX Oct 19, 2017


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Fort Worth CPA Society
550 Bailey Avenue, Suite 225, Conference Room
Fort Worth, TX 76107


Topic: Career Transition Workshop

Speaker: Steve Sfamenos, Director of Talent Management at Career Partners International (CPI)

Steve is an outplacement and HR expert who will be talking about various career transition topics including:
1. Managing Change
2. Resume Writing
3. Research & Using Technology
- Internet Research
- LinkedIn
- Social Media
4. References
5. Interviewing
6. Job Offers and Negotiations

He will provide a good overview of ways to make your job search more effective. Learning objectives include giving attendees tips and ideas that will help them land their next job.

Speaker's bio:
As a Human Resources Consultant, Steve provides subject matter expertise, leadership guidance and professional services to business owners, executive leadership, and managers in various industries including financial services, energy, information systems, and engineering. He possesses expertise in Strategy Development and Alignment, Talent Acquisition, Coaching, Performance Management and Leadership Development. In these capacities, Steve has become a trusted advisor to company leaders and developed results driven training programs and cultural enhancement initiatives for clients.

Steve has gained more than 25 years of relevant business experience with a focus on HR Management. His background spans all HR disciplines and includes strategies to groom the next generation of leaders, policy development, legal compliance, and risk management. Steve’s experience encompasses organizational development, start-ups, and acquisitions & divestiture projects in multiple business sectors. Steve holds a Master’s Degree in Labor Relations and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from West Virginia University. He earned an Executive Coaching certification from the University of Houston and is a licensed benefits broker.

Director of Talent Management
- Performance Management and Leadership Development
- Strategy Development and Alignment
-Talent Acquisition
- Coaching
- Masters Degree in Labor Relations from West Virginia University
- Certified Executive Coach

Career Partners International
2000 Bering, Suite 150 Houston, Texas 77057


Spokane, WA Oct 20, 2017


7:00 AM to 8:00 AM


1217 North Hamilton Street
Spokane, WA 99202

near Gonzaga University


Networking Meeting

Please join us for coffee and networking with your peers from various disciplines. Our objective is to support each other, give each member an opportunity to continually hone their networking skills, share leads and discuss general intelligence about the market.

Please bring:
- Name Badge
- Personal Contact cards


Chicago (Downtown), IL Oct 20, 2017


7:30 AM to 10:30 AM


Salo LLC
560 West Washington Blvd., Suite 230
Chicago, IL 60661


Agenda -

Topic: Connecting Effortlessly

Many of us don’t look forward to networking – it’s something we discipline ourselves to do as a best business practice hoping that our efforts will pay off for us down the line, especially when it comes to times of transition. But what if we took some of the pressure off and started looking at networking as connecting? Amy Langer, the “super connector” who co-founded Salo in 2002, has mastered connecting effortlessly by turning small talk into meaningful connections. Learn how Amy made a shift in her approach that transformed her relationships. When you walk away from this discussion, you will know how to:

- Turn small talk into meaningful connections
- Make a lasting impact with your elevator pitch
- Shift your mindset to ensure you are connecting with people in a memorable way & deepen current relationships


Amy Langer is the Co-founder of Salo, an independent board member, successful entrepreneur and industry thought leader. Salo is a staffing and consulting firm that drives business outcomes in finance, accounting and human resources by strategically placing senior-level professionals. At Salo Amy has driven company growth and brand affinity through keen analysis of market gaps, architecting and leading innovative strategy and establishing sustainable and scalable infrastructure. Her unwavering commitment to creating an exceptional corporate culture and service environment has led Salo to be widely recognized for setting industry standards relative to innovative culture, superior client service and workforce flexibility.

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.

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.

Details are as follows:
(1) Business Casual attire is appropriate.
(2) Host is providing beverages and snacks as well as name tags (be sure to thank our gracious hosts!).
(3) Parking –The train is the best option as the meeting location within blocks of Ogilvie and Union Stations. There are two parking lots near the offices: Presidential Towers garage – located on Madison and Jefferson or an open lot at Washington and Des Plaines.
(4) Suggested donation: $0.00 (again, be sure to thank our gracious hosts!).
(5) Bring 35-40 copies of your resume/handbill.
(6) RSVP deadline is Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Noon CT.

Please Register:

Members login: this will take you to your personal home page. Check box for this event.

Guests of members are welcome. Register on this link:

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:

Downtown Chicago Sub-Chapter Chairs:

Steve Eschbach
(312) 550-9965

Matt Oey
(312) 255-1887


Princeton, NJ Oct 21, 2017


8:30 AM to 10:45 AM


510 Nassau Park Boulevard, Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 514-1456 / phone

Please note that this is NOT the Panera Bread in downtown Princeton. It is the Panera bread near Wegmans.


The FENG Princeton breakfasts are designed for members to get to know each other in a relaxed and informal setting. There is no agenda – this will give you time in a different forum to interact, receive individualized attention, and help each other.

Although the meeting is informal, here’s how we structure it:
• For the first 15 minutes, get your coffee and talk freely amongst yourselves.
• At 8:45, I will make a few announcements. I’ll ask 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).
o One of our attendees made the suggestion that everyone who attends should be a job lead or something else to share with the group. I encourage this but will not make a requirement. Anyone who wants to contribute something to the group can do so here.
• Then we’ll split the group into sub-groups of no more than 8-10 people facilitated by a leader. Depending on the number of attendees, we may ask someone to run a group. The group splits will be done on a random basis which facilitates a good mix.
• 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. In order to facilitate the conversation, I often ask people:
> What is your competitive advantage?
> What do you do differently that marks you out from others?
> How do you provide value?
> What are you known for? What do you want to be known for in a couple of years’ time?

These are a bit like interview questions, but often I am trying to find the gold in your value proposition that might not be as clear to others as it is to you. (Questions taken from a newsletter article – Jan 21, 2014 – provided by Ken Witt, Raleigh FENG Chapter).
• Everyone can stay as long as they want, but the leader will make sure everyone has an equal chance to talk based on the 10:45 break.


I suggest it is best to go to the Panera Bread website for specific directions and maps.

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