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Editorial by Matt Bud from the October 7, 2015 Newsletter

I would be the first one to agree that finding ways to keep in touch with your business contacts during a job search is more art than science. That said the old saw “out of sight, out of mind” applies here. At the end of my two year job search which began in 1991, I had about 1,400 index cards with the names of those I had contacted for one reason or another. I also had these names in a database of some kind as I recall, but nothing as sophisticated as is possible today with contact software management software. The reason I had all of those names on index cards was so I could carry them with me. (Hard [ Read more… ]

Global Meetings
Chapter/SIGMeeting Date 
Portland, OR Oct 8, 2015


5:30 PM to 7:45 PM


The offices of:
Bullivant Houser Bailey PC
888 SW 5th Avenue
Portland, OR 97204


Come meet with your fellow finance and accounting executive and senior professional chapter members face-to-face.

For those in career transition and for those looking to expand their professional network, the monthly meeting is a great place to start.

Hear the latest news and trends on the Portland market as well as interesting opportunities and business developments.

- 5:30 - Networking with Food & Beverages Sponsored by Bullivant Houser Bailey PC

- 6:15 - Host Introduction

- 7:00 - Attendee Introductions & Additional Networking

DRESS: Business Casual

BRING: Business Cards & Job Leads


Link to map:

New York, NY Oct 8, 2015


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Lee Hecht Harrison Offices
The Helmsley Building
230 Park Avenue, Sixth Floor, Suite #600
New York, NY


Presentation: So, you got the interview. Congratulations. Now what?

Coach Hof will show you how to prepare for and score at the interview, and get the job; how to ask the right questions, and listen for the right answers. He’ll coach you on “putting your best (face) forward”, and how to make the most of your physical presence to communicate with integrity, and passion. And have fun in the process.

Guest Speaker, Mark Hofmaier is a Leadership, Sales Performance, and Communications skills coach, and Executive level presentation skills trainer. Clients hire him to increase productivity, lead confidently, and improve their performance to peak levels. Mark received his certification as a coach and Energy Leadership professional from iPEC - the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching. http://www.markhofmaier.com

5:30-6:00PM Registration
6:00-6:15PM Introductions
6:15-7:00PM Mark Hofmaier Presentation Part I
7:00-7:30PM :30 Elevator pitches and open networking
7:30-8:00PM Mark Hofmaier Presentation Part II

Meeting Notes:
Coffee, tea, and snacks will be served at the meeting.

Please turn off cell phones at the beginning of the meeting.

The dress code is business casual.


Located at 230 Park Avenue and East 45th Street in front of Grand Central Terminal. The Helmsley Building, 6th floor, Suite 600

Baltimore, MD Oct 8, 2015


6:30 PM to 8:00 PM


Towson Public Library
320 York Rd.
Towson, MD 21204-5179


Joint FENG/BENG Meeting

This is the perfect outlet to provide you with:

employment information,
opportunities for networking,
emotional support, and
tools to accelerate your job search.

For those who have not been to this library, there is paid parking attached to the library and a Cafe on the main floor serving coffee sandwiches etc.
Networking meetings provide members with an opportunity to sharpen their networking skills, meet peers from various disciplines and share business opportunities and job leads.
How it works:
Each participant delivers an "elevator speech" letting the group know what type of job or specific business connection you are seeking
The other participants share leads, connections and suggestions. Each participant delivers an "elevator speech" letting the group know what type of job or specific business connection you are seeking
What to bring to each meeting:
Bring 15 copies of a ONE-PAGER -- a single piece of paper -- featuring job history, skills, objectives and contact info. If you distribute this page at the start of your presentation, fellow attendees are much better able to deliver feedback and ideas.
Bring a "tent card" with your name to place in front of your seat (a folded 8 ½ x 11 sheet of paper works great)
You can also bring your resume for review


Princeton, NJ Oct 8, 2015


7:00 PM to 8:50 PM


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


TOPIC / GUEST SPEAKER: Informal meeting

• Until our attendance increases a bit, our evening meetings will follow our popular breakfast meeting format. 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).


Part 1: 5 - 10 minutes: Informal networking / Announcements. I will dedicate the first few minutes of the meeting to informal networking. I would like to take this time to get your thoughts concerning attendance and the speaker format.

Part 2: “Present your “30 Second” Commercial (15 minutes). Please get to the point. It’s NOT about you. This is a marketing presentation. Be specific – what makes you special? What are you offering? How do you add value? No one wants to know why you left your previous job or how many years you have been working. Please note that because of time, I will ask everyone to keep his / her commercial to 30 seconds. I will cut people off after 40 seconds.

Part 3: Informal “breakfast format” session. Bring your questions and problems. Everyone will get a chance to address his issues.

Part 4: Informal Networking, Part 2 (if time allows)



Cabs available from 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

St. Louis, MO Oct 10, 2015


8:00 AM to 10:00 AM


UHY Advisors
15 Sunnen Drive, Suite 100
St. Louis, MO 63143


- 8:00 - 8:30: Coffee & Conversation
- 8:30 - 8:50: Welcome; Agenda; New/1st Time Attendee Introductions; Business Items
- 8:50 - 9:00: Success Stories
- 9:00 - 10:00: Topical Discussion & Tabletop Networking
- 10:00: Formal Meeting Adjourns (Continued Ad Hoc Networking Encouraged)

The primary purpose of Chapter meetings is to provide an opportunity for you to meet, network, and learn from your FENG friends. We normally break into small groups for two or three 20-to-30 minute Tabletop Networking sessions. Session begins with each person taking 60-90 seconds to introduce themselves (strict limit; great "elevator speech" practice for an initial contact with a potential networking source) covering:
- Who I am
- Where I work or worked last
- What I'm looking for
- What I need help with

The rest of Tabletop session is informal conversation focusing on your distinctive competencies, future plans, and target companies, and how FENG members can help in your search. It is especially useful for those in active search to bring resumes and business cards to hand out so your new friends can read about your background and have a record for future network contacts/opportunities.

Dress is business casual. Bring some resumes and business cards to exchange.


2-step driving instructions to UHY Advisors

#1: Print a Google map: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&q=&msa=0&om=1&z=16&ll=38.610734,-90.32856&spn=0.007646,0.014462&msid=100518440492906639277.00000111c6999a49b4193

#2: Turn west off South Big Bend Blvd on to Sunnen Drive (into Sunnen Business Park): Go 3/10ths mile west from S. Big Bend (through 2 roundabouts traffic circles). Turn right (north) into the last parking lot on your right just before the metro train tracks (this is past the first parking lot with the UHY sign, which is UHY's front entrance--we enter at UHY's west side door nearest their training room). The Suite 108 entrance is not visible from the parking lot, but it is just left of Suite of 109 which is easy to see from the parking lot. Follow the FENG signs from the Suite 108 door to the UHY training room.

Los Angeles (Orange County), CA Oct 13, 2015


8:00 AM to 9:00 AM


Webster University
32 Discovery, Suite 250
Irvine, CA



Parking is available behind the building.

Houston, TX Oct 13, 2015


11:30 AM to 1:00 PM


The Marriott Hotel
1750 West Loop South,
Ballroom Salons D and E
Houston, TX 77027


Speaker - Rick Kaplan,
Topic: Update on the Oil & Gas industry and potential future outlook

11.30 - 12.00 Informal networking
12.00 - 12.05 Chapter announcements
12.05 - 12.10 New member introductions
12.10 - 13.00 Rick Kaplan

Rick is the Chief Investment Officer of Legacy Asset Management. He is responsible for Investment Advisor and Portfolio Management services. Rick manages separate equity portfolio accounts on behalf of individuals and foundations. Prior to founding Legacy Asset Management, Rick was a portfolio manager for a private investment group, where he specialized in value stock investing.

Rick is a graduate of the University of Alabama, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Business. He holds an MBA in Finance from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Rick is involved in the Houston community, as he serves on the Board and Finance Committee for the Houston Area Women's Center. He also serves as Treasurer and sits on the Executive Committee and the Board of The Shlenker School.

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

Lunch will be provided, cost is $25


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.

San Francisco, CA Oct 13, 2015


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM


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


Informal networking begins at 5pm.
Guest speaker, followed by Q&A, to be announced.


Robert Half Management Resources is located at 50 California St., 1-block from the Embarcadero BART/Muni station. Affordable parking is best found in San Francisco city-owned parking garages nearby, since metered parking is difficult to find in the financial district during the 5-7pm commute hours when restricted parking is enforced.


New Orleans, LA Oct 13, 2015


6:30 PM to 7:30 PM


New Orleans Coffee & Beignet Company
3005 Veterans Boulevard
Metairie, LA 70002


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



London, United Kingdom Oct 13, 2015


6:30 PM to 9:30 PM


Shampers Restaurant
4 Kingley Street
London W1

tel #: 0207 437 1692


This evening will be kindly supported by Onyx Recruitment and you will get an opportunity to meet Ian Hardy, the firm's MD and Michelle Theuma, Director.

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.

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