The FENG Princeton, NJ Chapter

Next Meeting

When:

03/07/2017 – 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM (Reserve a spot at this event)

Where:

Mercer County Public Library,
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

Agenda:

Agenda

As the meeting nears, I will flesh out the details of the agenda. In the meantime, here’s the basic agenda:

i. Informal networking (15 minutes)
ii. Announcements, etc. (10 minutes)
iii. Present Elevator Pitch
(10-15 minutes)
iv. Speaker or “breakfast”
format session (1 hour)
v. Informal networking
(as time permits)

Please note we have to leave the library by 8:50pm.

Directions

From PRINCETON JUNCTION TRAIN STATION (5 minutes):

Cabs available from southbound side.

SOUTHBOUND SIDE:
Exit parking lots via Vaughan Drive.
Left onto Alexander Road.
Cross narrow bridge over railroad tracks.
At T intersection, turn right.
Proceed 0.5 miles. Library is on right side.

NORTHBOUND SIDE:
From parking lots, turn right onto Wallace Circle/Road
Right onto Alexander Road.
Continue about 1.0 mile. No turns.
Library is on right side.

From NEW BRUNSWICK:
Route One South to Princeton.
Past Sarnoff Corporation on left side.
Past Washington Road.
Exit at Alexander Road, not for Princeton but for West Windsor/Princeton Jct.
Head East back over highway towards Princeton Jct.
Proceed about 1 mile.
Cross narrow bridge over railroad tracks.
At T intersection, turn right.
Proceed 0.5 miles. Library is on right side.

From TRENTON, I95 or I295:
Route One North to Princeton.
Past Market Fair Mall on left side, Carnegie Center on right.
Past Hyatt Hotel on right side.
Exit at Alexander Street.
Atop ramp, turn right at light.
Proceed about 1 mile.
Cross narrow bridge over railroad tracks.
At T intersection, turn right.
Proceed 0.5 miles. Library is on right side.

From FREEHOLD/HIGHTSTOWN:
Rt. 33 to Rt. 571/Princeton-Hightstown Road.
Rt. 571/Princeton-Hightstown Road to Princeton Jct.
Past West Windsor High School on left side.
Left at light onto Clarksville Road.
Right at light onto North Post Road.
Proceed 0.1 miles. Library is on left side.

From PRINCETON/SOMERSET:
Route 206 South to Princeton.
On 206, straight thru light across Cherry Valley Road.
Still on 206, straight thru light past Mountain Avenue
Still on 206, straight thru light across Robeson Place/Hodge Road (YMCA on left side)
Left at light at Nassau Street/Stockton Street
IMMEDIATE right onto Mercer Street.
First left onto Alexander Street.
Proceed to Route One: thru 2 lights, across canal, thru 1 light, over the overpass.
Proceed about 1 mile.
Cross narrow bridge over railroad tracks.
At T intersection, turn right.
Proceed 0.5 miles. Library is on right side.


About the Princeton, NJ Chapter

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

The Financial Executive Network Group began in 1991 with a circle of friends around a table in Connecticut. As membership expanded outside of the tri-state area, there was a need to create the same personal and direct contact for FENG members in other parts of the country. That is how the local chapters developed. The Princeton Chapter is no different it is now 1 of almost 80 local and worldwide FENG chapters. Its primary mission is to be an extension of the national organization. The Princeton Chapter follows the governing tenets established by the National office and has the same expectation and rules of conduct from its members.

It is therefore a subset of the national chapter and a circle of friends within a circle of friends. First and foremost, it is a networking group decentralized and driven by the needs and interests of the Chapter members themselves. By its very nature, the Chapter is focused locally and connected geographically. It serves as a link to the Route 1 and Einstein Alley business community and provides a source of information and advice for all FENG members who want or need contacts and help within Central New Jersey.

The Chapter provides a forum for members to meet. Chapter meetings are held monthly on the first Monday of the month. Saturday breakfasts, which are more informal and targeted to individual needs, will meet once or twice a month. Both meetings are designed to be a Forum for Sharing Experiences and Feedback.

The monthly chapter meetings will focus on/serve as a:

Networking: both within our membership and to the outside Route 1 and Central NJ business community. Our success in this endeavor will be a collective affair.

Informal Gathering Place to facilitate Member interaction: In the structured networking portion of the meeting, we will employ a more open and interactive approach to help members develop their brand, improve on their commercial, and tighten their interviewing skills. Discussions will address what is working, where do members need help, and who do you know and how you can help other members.

Career Source: both for career development (e.g., Sarbanes Oxley, industry knowledge, business trends, etc.) and search activities including new trends and job search information related to a search including research techniques, information sources, interviews, 30 second commercials, etc.

The Saturday breakfasts are:
Conceived as a more informal forum for sharing, from experience, what is working or not in a job search. They will focus specifically on individual problem solving in specific aspects of job searching: resume and cover letters, interviewing challenges, making cold calls, developing a target list, winning techniques and success stories, etc. Sharing and discussing what is working and not working will be a major discussion point at each gathering.

They are designed for an exchange of ideas by all attendees and will serve as a skills clinic. Since everyone can improve and learn, we hope that everyone including experienced members will attend. The breakfasts provide an excellent forum to meet other members in a relaxed and mutually supportive setting. In general, the organizer of the breakfasts may suggest one theme for the meeting (resumes, cover letters, etc), mostly the content of the breakfast meetings will depend on the needs and problems of the attendees. Bring your paperwork and be critiqued.

In addition, the chapter heads serve as a conduit of information to the members of the chapter. Please remember that we are all volunteers with family and work commitments of greater importance. Just like everything else, the strength of the group is the sum of the energy and efforts of all its members. It is true that what goes around comes around. Everyone in the Chapter will try to make membership a rewarding and meaningful experience.

REMEMBER:
-Each job is just the gap we have between looking for new work
-The key to finding new employment is NETWORKING.

Chapter Leadership

Jim Hockenberry
jlhockenberry@verizon.net
(609) 683-0382
Jim Hockenberry has been a member of FENG since 1997. He graduated with a BA from Lafayette College and has an MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. A CPA, he started his career with Ernst & Young, and moved to W.R. Grace where he held a number of financial positions including 16 years in its Lausanne, Switzerland European HQ. His last position was the Director of Financial Planning and Analysis for Grace Europe’s $900 million Specialty Chemical operations. He led a multi-functional team to reengineer Grace Europe’s financial operations, and the team was nominated for the Chairman’s Award for Excellence.

Returning to the United States, he worked as the Division Controller of Ivex Corporation’s Packaging Division. Working through Resources Global Management, he was the Director of Finance for PSE&G’s Energy Technologies deregulated division, and Elizabethtown Water’s Director of Revenue. He left Resources to become the Director of Finance for Mistras Holdings, a privately held high-tech company, and later the Director of Finance for Integra LifeSciences, a medical device company in the Princeton area. He is now an independent consultant and Financial Executive, committed to improving a company’s execution and financial performance through of range of financial, operational and analytical processes.

Having left corporate America, he has headed in new directions and has started to write fiction. His first book, "Over Here", a fictionalized account of German sabotage in America during World War One, should be available in the Fall 2014. He is working on a sequel, "So Beware" centering on the Paris Peace conference of 1919 and the German revolution at the same time.

Future Meetings

03/18/2017
08:30 AM to 10:45 AM
PANERA Bread
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.

04/04/2017
07:00 PM to 08:45 PM
Mercer County Public Library,
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

04/15/2017
08:30 AM to 10:45 AM
PANERA Bread
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.

05/02/2017
07:00 PM to 08:45 PM
Mercer County Public Library,
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

05/04/2017
06:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Offices of CohnReznick, LLP
23 Christopher Way
Eatontown, NJ 07724

> note - this is close to Exit 108 off the Garden State Parkway

05/20/2017
08:30 AM to 10:45 AM
PANERA Bread
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.

06/06/2017
07:00 PM to 08:45 PM
Mercer County Public Library,
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

06/17/2017
08:30 AM to 10:45 AM
PANERA Bread
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.

07/15/2017
08:30 AM to 10:45 AM
PANERA Bread
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.

08/19/2017
08:30 AM to 10:45 AM
PANERA Bread
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.

09/05/2017
07:00 PM to 08:45 PM
Mercer County Public Library,
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

09/16/2017
08:30 AM to 10:45 AM
PANERA Bread
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.

10/03/2017
07:00 PM to 08:45 PM
Mercer County Public Library,
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

10/21/2017
08:30 AM to 10:45 AM
PANERA Bread
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.

11/18/2017
08:30 AM to 10:45 AM
PANERA Bread
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.

12/05/2017
07:00 PM to 08:45 PM
Mercer County Public Library,
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

12/09/2017
08:30 AM to 10:45 AM
PANERA Bread
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.


For Meeting Information, Please Contact:
Jim Hockenberry
jlhockenberry@verizon.net
(609) 683-0382

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