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Is the glass half full?

Editorial by Matt Bud from the January 16, 2019 Newsletter

We are probably all aware and have been known to ponder the enigma of: “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” As good accountants, we have also probably pondered whether the glass was half full or half empty. If only “they” had a good accounting procedure, I am sure we would know. We would also know which portion had been charged to expense and which was still “hung up” on the balance sheet. (I always visualize a meat locker labeled “Balance Sheet” with sides of beef hanging inside when I hear the phrase “hung up on the balance sheet”.) Actually, tonight’s editorial is about the need for all of us to recognize, in ourselves and in those around us, [ Read more… ]

Global Meetings
Chapter/SIGMeeting Date 
Tokyo, Japan Jan 17, 2019

Time

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

Location

VIRTUAL MEETING:

United States +1 605-472-5591
Other countries - See Directions below or go to www.freeconferencecall.com website

Access code: 218769

- Pacific Standard Time (California): 5:00 AM
- Central Standard Time (Chicago): 7:00 AM
- Eastern Standard Time (New York): 8:00 AM
- Greenwich Mean Time (London): 1:00 PM
- Central European Time (Paris): 2:00 PM
- Japan Standard Time (Tokyo): 10:00 PM

Agenda

1 - Discuss status of BaJC (Big Apple Job Club) that was launched by the New York Chapter at the end of 2018. It was patterned after London‘s successful MJC (Monday Job Club) which experiences a 90% landing rate by members in a 90 day period. The Stamford Connecticut Branch has been up and running for two months.

At the October 2018 Tokyo Chapter Meeting, there was interest in looking at the possibility of starting a Virtual TJC (Tokyo Job Club).

2 - 90 Second Elevator Pitches

3 - Discussion of business climate between Japan, the United States and other industrialized nations. Influence of Mr. Masayoshi Son on Japanese business climate.

4 - Suggestions on future Chapter Agenda items.

5 - Ideas for increasing Virtual Chapter Meeting participation.

Directions

Country phone numbers. If your country is not listed below, please go to www.freeconferencecall.com to see all 67 country phone numbers.

Japan +81 3-5050-5117
United Kingdom +44 330 998 1320
United States +1 605-472-5591
France +33 7 55 51 18 28

Tampa, FL Jan 17, 2019

Time

5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Location

Vaco Tampa
4030 Boy Scout Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33607

Agenda

Topic: Networking for Introverts, Extroverts and In-Between-Verts

Speaker: Abby Kohut, aka "Absolutely Abby", President of Staffing Symphony, LLC and author of "Absolutely Abby's 101 Job Search Secrets."

Presentation:
Do you attend networking or company events and walk away feeling like you could have been more successful in meeting more people? Do you wait for others to approach you? Do you feel anxious when you try to start a conversation? In today’s world networking isn't just for those NOT working. It’s a powerful personal and professional tool we can all use to leverage relationships. To advance in your career, it's imperative that you get comfortable with networking. But why just be comfortable when it can actually be fun???

Walk away from this interactive event knowing:
- How to explain what you do so people will remember you
- Why being specific when asking for help is important
- How to identify the right networking opportunities for you
- What “paying it forward” is all about
- Why networking is simply making new friends
- How to turn your networking magic into long term relationships

Speaker's bio:
Abby Kohut, who is known in the job search world as Absolutely Abby, is the President of Staffing Symphony, LLC and author of "Absolutely Abby's 101 Job Search Secrets." In the past 23 years, Abby held corporate recruiting positions in a variety of industries and is responsible for helping 10,000 people get hired. Her website AbsolutelyAbby.com, which was selected as one of the “Top 100 Websites for Your Career” by Forbes, teaches candidates secrets the Absolute truth about the job search process that other recruiters won't tell you. AbsolutelyAbby.com was also mentioned on CNBC as one of three top websites for career changers. Recently CNBC published an article naming Abby as a Top Career Coach and Recruiter. Abby is one of the “Top 100 Influential People Online” according to Fast Company Magazine and is known as "Ask Abby" on LinkedIn. She has provided job search tips on SiriusXM, Fox 5, NBC, CBS, ABC, Monster, Real Simple, The Ladders, Bloomberg Radio, and Forbes. Recently, CEOWORLD Magazine rated Abby “One of the Top 25 Women for your Job Search” and Business News Daily rated @Absolutely_Abby as "One of Top 10 Twitter Accounts Every Jobseeker Should Follow". Since 2012, Abby has been on a mission to help one million job seekers and is currently driving & flying around the USA on a nationwide tour to accomplish that goal.

Directions

https://www.google.com/maps/place/4030+W+Boy+Scout+Blvd,+Tampa,+FL+33607/@27.9661694,-82.5123212,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x88c2c3ae1043065b:0xc9acb3ed8ff38c54

Miami (Fort Lauderdale), FL Jan 17, 2019

Time

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Location

SunTrust Bank 515 E. Las Olas Blvd. 7th Floor (parking ticket will be validated)

Agenda

January 17, 2019: Speaker – Randy Friedlander, Senior Vice President, Wealth Advisor and a Senior Investment Management Consultant at Morgan Stanley. Randy Friedlander will be giving us valuable insight from Morgan Stanley's 2019 investment outlook. Attendees will gain knowledge from a well-versed resource and an opportunity to ask investment questions.






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. Please note:
- Attendance is limited, but all are welcome.
- Bring business cards and plan on networking.

Directions

Fort Worth, TX Jan 17, 2019

Time

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Location

BDO Fort Worth Office
Bank of America Tower
301 Commerce Street, Suite 2000
Fort Worth, TX 76102

Phone 817-738-2400


Agenda

Title: Public Speaking for Executives

Speaker: Dave Shiring, (semi) Retired CFO

This is a joint meeting with The FEI.

Presentation:
Public speaking is an underrated skill for executives, especially financial executives. Dave Shiring is going to talk about the importance of increasing your skills and how to motivate and inspire your audience. Learning objectives include learning how to construct speeches, identifying your “personal Stories’ and constructing a speech outline with the tools discussed.

Directions

www.google.com/maps/search/301%20Commerce%20St.%20%20Suite%202000%20Fort%20Worth,%20TX%2076102

Parking:
- After 5:00 PM parking is free in the parking garage to the facility
- Downtown parking is available

Jacksonville, FL Jan 18, 2019

Time

8:30 AM to 10:00 AM

Location

The offices of Aston Carter
7077 Bonneval Road, Suite 500
Jacksonville, FL 32216

Agenda

1. 90-second introductions and elevator speeches
2. Members will be asked to share at least one resource, job lead or other helpful information with the group
3. Networking and Open Discussion

Practicing your 90-second announcement in the comfort of your own home is a good thing to do, but it is hardly enough. The missing element is a live audience. The additional benefit is that the live audience you will encounter at a meeting of The FENG will also be a friendly audience so you can improve this important tool.

It is important to you in your career to stay connected to The FENG whether you are currently employed or in transition. Meetings provide a great opportunity to meet new people and catch-up with old friends. One can never have enough networking contacts. You need to continually nurture the friendships you make through The FENG. "The Power of Networking. The Power of Friendships." is what we are all about.

Coffee and bagels will be provided.

Directions

www.google.com/maps/place/7077+Bonneval+Rd,+Jacksonville,+FL+32216/@30.2470241,-81.5994073,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88e5ca04b197d063:0x3ec1f1a8a31f2891!8m2!3d30.2470195!4d-81.5972133

Princeton, NJ Jan 19, 2019

Time

8:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Location

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.

Agenda

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.

Directions

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

London, United Kingdom Jan 21, 2019

Time

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Location

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

Agenda

Monday Job Club

1. Networking, upcoming events, courses, sharing leads (10m)
2. Elevator pitches (all attendees to pitch) (40m)
3. Job Search Metrics, including LinkedIn views and active search dates (10m)
4. Focus topics (25m)
- Two weeks in the life of (one of the Job Club members) (10m)
- (Professional Development/Competitive Advantage topic agreed at last meeting) (15m)
5. AOB/Items for next agenda (5m)
6. General round up and job market assessment (5m)

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

A detailed agenda & spreadsheet to report job search metrics will be sent by Kelly Lamb with Goodman Masson, to those members who have registered.

This meeting is open to FENG members ONLY.

If you do find a job, please let us know in order to share the goods news with the rest of the team. 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.

Directions

Tube station Barbican

Louisville, KY Jan 21, 2019

Time

11:45 AM to 1:15 PM

Location

The Bristol Restaurant
300 North Hurstbourne Parkway
Louisville, KY 40222

Agenda

Join us for lunch.

Agenda:
- Networking
- Sharing leads

It is important to you in your career to stay connected to The FENG. Whether you are currently employed or in transition, you need to continually nurture the friendships you make through The FENG. "The Power of Networking. The Power of Friendships." is what we are all about.

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

Attire: business casual



Directions

www.google.com/maps/place/300+N+Hurstbourne+Pkwy,+Lyndon,+KY+40222/@38.2508587,-85.582396,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88699f94ec45acc1:0x755d34d26036fbf!8m2!3d38.2508545!4d-85.580202

São Paulo, Brazil Jan 21, 2019

Time

2:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Location

Country phone numbers: if your country is not listed below, please go to www.freeconferencecall.com to see all 67 country phone numbers.

- 14:00 ET, US, +1 605 472-5471
- 17:00 São Paulo, Brazil +55 35 3042-1800
- 20:00 Paris, France +33 7 55 51 18 81

Access code: 884 495#

Host:
Isabelle Caillat-Gillette
icaillat1@yahoo.com
+ 33 7 68 09 84 16

Agenda

This meeting will be held in English.

Agenda:
- Traditional Networking - 30-second elevator speech by members
- Assistance request for Brazil-related business situations
- Gaining a better understanding of social and business norms between Brazil and other countries
- Specific Finance, Accounting, Treasury, Internal Audit, Risk Management, M&A, and Information Technology topics related to Brazil.

Directions

We are looking for hosts for future meetings either via teleconference or someone who lives in Brazil. If you are interested, please contact:

Isabelle Caillat-Gillette
São Paulo Chapter Chair
icaillat1@yahoo.com
+33 7 68 09 84 16 (France)

Cincinnati, OH Jan 21, 2019

Time

5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Location


Agenda












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.



Directions

Dallas, TX Jan 22, 2019

Time

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Location

Bravo Technical Resources, Inc.
Heritage Square I
4835 LBJ Freeway, Suite 1000
Dallas, TX 75244
972-419-1655

Agenda

Title: Public Speaking for Executives

Speaker: Dave Shiring, (semi) Retired CFO

This is a joint meeting with The FEI.

Presentation:
Public speaking is an underrated skill for executives, especially financial executives. Dave Shiring is going to talk about the importance of increasing your skills and how to motivate and inspire your audience. Learning objectives include learning how to construct speeches, identifying your “personal Stories’ and constructing a speech outline with the tools discussed.

Speaker's bio:

Directions

http://www.mapquest.com/maps?address=4835+Lyndon+B+Johnson+Fwy&city=Dallas&state=TX&zipcode=75244&latitude=32.926569&longitude=-96.823458&geocode=ADDRESS&redirect=true

The Building is behind the Wyndham Hotel on the northwest side of LBJ and the Tollway.

If you are headed east on 635:
- Take the 22A exit, for Dallas North Tollway (do not get onto the Tollway).
- Turn left at the light after the exit (follow the signs to the Galleria)
- Turn left on westbound access road to 635.
- Turn right at the first road past the Tollway entrance. (If you miss the road you can turn into the Wyndham Parking lot)
- The building says "Imprimis" on the east & west sides and C-Beyond on North and South. We are behind the Wyndham Hotel, just west of the Oxy building.
- You can park in visitors parking to the right side of the building (when you are driving up).
- You may enter from either side of the building from the parking lot. We are on the 10th floor.

If you are headed west on 635:
- Take the exit for Dallas North Parkway.
-Stay on the access road to 635 west (do not get onto the Tollway).
- Turn right at the first road past the Tollway entrance (just at the bottom of the hill, past the Oxy Building) (If you miss the road you can turn into the Wyndham Parking lot)
- The building says "Imprimis" on the east & west sides and C-Beyond on North and South. We are behind the Wyndham Hotel, just west of the Oxy building.
- You can park in visitors parking to the right side of the building (when you are driving up).
- You may enter from either side of the building from the parking lot. We are on the 10th floor.

If you are headed south on the Tollway:
- Take the Alpha Road/Galleria Mall exit.
- Go through the light at Alpha (you will curve to the left just after Great Indoors)
- Turn right at the 2nd light. onto Galleria Road
- We are the third building on the left.
- The building says "Imprimis" on the east & west sides and C-Beyond on North and South. We are behind the Wyndham Hotel, just west of the Oxy building.
- You can park in visitors parking to the left side of the building (when you are driving up).
- You may enter from either side of the building from the parking lot. We are on the 10th floor.

If you are headed North on the Tollway:
- Take the Alpha Road/Galleria Mall exit.
- Turn left to get to 635 west (you will not get onto the highway), and stay in the right-hand lane on the access road.
- Take the first right, at the Heritage Square sign. (If you miss the road you can turn into the Wyndham Parking lot).
- The building says "Imprimis" on the east & west sides and C-Beyond on North and South. We are behind the Wyndham Hotel, just west of the Oxy building.
- You can park in visitors parking to the right side of the building (when you are driving up).
- You may enter from either side of the building from the parking lot. We are on the 10th floor.

Chicago (Suburban), IL Jan 22, 2019

Time

6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location

Rosemont Park District Building
6140 Scott, 2nd Floor
Rosemont, Illinois 60018
(847) 823-6685

Agenda

Doors will open at 6:00pm and we will have pizza delivered shortly after 6:00pm.

There will be a $10 charge to cover cost of the room and the pizza. Dress is business casual.

- 6:00pm to 6:30pm: We will have informal networking, if you can, be there for this part of the meeting, some people have said they enjoy this the most – it is a great opportunity to meet new people, catch-up with old friends and discuss any issues you have on your mind.

As always, be sure to bring 15-20 copies of your resume or handbill; a supply of business cards may come in handy for networking as well. Please polish your 90-second presentation! Your networking time is a value added activity for you and your peers; practice your 'elevator speech' and try it out with your friends at FENG, compare contrast and revise it until you hear it in your sleep. This platform skill will serve you long after you land your next assignment.

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.



Directions

From 90 or 294 take the O'Hare exit, and then exit again on Mannheim Rd. North.

Take Mannheim north to Higgins Rd.

Turn right on Higgins and go to the first light.

On the right you should see entry to Village of Rosemont. Take this entry to the guard gate.

Tell the guard you are going to the park district building. Proceed south from the guard shack and the road will curve to the left and then intersect with Kirschoff. Go south (right) on Kirschoff several blocks and it will go straight into the parking lot at the back of the Rosemont Park District Building (you will need to enter at the front of the building).

Free parking is available both in the back and the front (Scott Street) of the building.

Our meeting will be in the upstairs meeting room.

Houston (The Woodlands), TX Jan 23, 2019

Time

7:15 AM to 9:00 AM

Location

One Hughes Landing Conference Center
1800 Hughes Landing Boulevard, 1st Floor
The Woodlands, TX 77380

Agenda

Topic: Commercial Real Estate NNN and Owner-Occupied Investments

Speakers: Libby Cadillo, Managing Director & Commercial Real Estate Broker, and Vincent Calicchia, Vice President of Business Banking at Amegy Bank

Agenda:
- 7:15 am – 7:35 am: Networking
- 7:35 am – 7:50 am: Chapter Announcements and Self-Introductions
- 7:50 am – 8:40 am: Speakers' Presentation
- 8:40 am – 9:00 am: Networking

Presentation:
- Come and Learn the difference between popular NNN vs Owner Occupied Investment Properties
- Considerations when looking at Owner-occupied assets vs. NNN Investment Properties
- Review cap rates across categories, sectors in demand and investors’ appetite
- Financing Owner-Occupied commercial assets vs. NNN commercial assets, and how banks and its regulators view these two investment types

Speakers' bio:
Libby Cadillo:
Libby is a commercial real estate investments professional and managing director who advises and negotiates on behalf of investors and owners of commercial real estate in the Houston region. Originally from Orange County California, she relocated to Houston to participate in the massive growth throughout the region in commercial real estate development, acquisitions, and dispositions. She runs a commercial real estate practice formerly under the name of svn | hint advisors taking assignments from Magnolia to North Galveston County and from Katy to Baytown Texas. She earned her MBA from University of California – Irvine with concentration on commercial real estate (CRE) investments. Prior to earning her MBA, she worked in the financial markets investing in publicly traded investment vehicles starting in 2002 and concentrated on CRE investments since 2009. She has earned securities license, and real estate licenses in California & Texas. She has been active with ICSC and The FENG since 2004.

Vince Calicchia:
Vince is a community banker, commercial lender, and champion of small business. He has been in the banking industry since 1990 serving in management, business development, and credit capacities over that time. He has experience working for a smaller institution with assets of $150 million, a larger money-center institution with assets of $350 million, and a few other banks in-between. From 2003 to 2011, Vince managed the small business lending unit for a local $3 billion dollar institution servicing an SBA portfolio of over $200 million. Currently Vince is a senior business banking relationship manager primarily covering the north Houston region at Amegy Bank, a Texas community bank, part of Zions Bancorporation with assets of over $65 billion. Amegy Bank is headquartered in Houston with over 74 banking centers in Texas in business since 1990. If it were a separately chartered bank, Amegy would be the 8th largest full-service commercial bank in Texas as measured by domestic deposits in the state. Vince is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Finance and a graduate of the University of Houston with an MBA. He continues to serve on various boards of industry associations and non-profits. Vince is married to his wife of 24 years, has two children, and lives in The Woodlands. Vince is a huge sports fan, avid snow skier, and committed to his Christian faith.

CPE Credit: will be available

Sponsor: The Talance Group
The Talance Group
713-357-9598 office
www.talancegroup.com

The Talance Group is a boutique search and consulting firm that offers both Direct Hire and Contract placement of Finance/Accounting and Information Technology professionals. Our focus is solely in the Houston area, with extensive knowledge of our city’s talent pool, job market, companies and industries. The Talance Group has been named one of Houston’s Fast 100 3 years in a row and is recognized as one of Houston's best places to work by the HBJ.

Directions

Please park in the Parking garage designated for One and Two Hughes Landing/Tower. We can validate parking for this garage only.

When you enter the building, you will walk past the elevators on the left. Down the hall, to the end.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/One+Hughes+Landing/@30.1720425,-95.4723102,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x864736ce2e6a1433:0x97dcfd50d599cb51!8m2!3d30.1720379!4d-95.4701162

Norfolk, VA Jan 23, 2019

Time

7:30 AM to 9:00 AM

Location

Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
440 Monticello Avenue, Suite 1400
Norfolk, VA 23510

Agenda

Topic: Valuation and Exit Planning: Strategies to Enhance and Protect Business Value

Speaker: Brian Burns, CPA | Director, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP

Agenda:
- 7:00 AM to 7:30 AM: Networking in the reception area of 14th floor
- 7:30 AM to 7:45 AM: Introductions, 90-second announcements
- 7:45 AM to 8:30 AM: Guest Speaker
- 8:30 AM to 9:00 AM: Wrap- Up Comments Next Meeting

Presentation:
Brian will cover valuation and exit planning as he reviews potential exit options and strategies and how they fit with valuation needs. He will also discuss shareholder disputes and the differences between fair market value and fair value. Lastly, Brian will cover the various types of buy-sell agreements and the red flags and pitfalls with which owners should be aware.

Speaker's bio:
Brian leads the DHG Forensics and Valuation practices in Virginia and serves clients across the Mid-Atlantic region. He practices in the areas of valuation and forensic accounting, including financial investigations and litigation support and consulting services. He has been designated as an expert witness and qualified to testify by report, deposition and/or trial testimony in various venues in commercial and domestic matters.
He currently serves on the Business Valuation Committee of the AICPA and previously served as President of the Richmond Chapter of the American Society of Appraisers. Brian has also authored articles on forensics and valuation presented in various professional publications.

Sponsor: Dixon Hughes Goodman: Certified Public Accountants and Advisors

With more than 2,000 people in 13 states, Dixon Hughes Goodman ranks among the nation’s top 20 public accounting firms. Offering comprehensive assurance, tax and advisory services, the firm focuses on major industry lines and serves clients in all 50 states as well as internationally.

Visit www.dhg.com for additional information.

Directions

- Located on the 14th floor of the Wells Fargo building downtown.
- There is a parking garage under the building.
- A request for them to unlock for access starting at 6:30 am.
- Plan to use the reception area for the networking portion at the beginning, and then the group will move into the MacArthur conference room next to the reception area room for the meeting.
- www.google.com/maps/place/Dixon+Hughes+Goodman+LLP/@36.8517068,-76.2900189,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x89ba9811f74bf37d:0xdd07ab93547214e5!8m2!3d36.8517068!4d-76.2878248

Austin, TX Jan 23, 2019

Time

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Location

8108 Mesa Dr.
Suite A-100,
Austin, Texas 78759


Agenda




Bring business cards and name tags, and resumes.

Directions

Susquehanna Valley, PA Jan 23, 2019

Time

6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location

Murray Securus
39 North Duke Street
Lancaster, PA 17608

Agenda

LANCASTER

1. Each attendee 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.

Preparation:
1. Please bring your "one pager" (twenty-five copies).
a. This should provide your contact information at the top.
b. Followed by a brief overview of you and your background.
c. Finally your target company list and a list of people you would like to meet.
2. One Pager should be handed out to the attendees just before you make your presentation, thus helping them to provide you with targeted assistance and advice.
3. Please have copies of your resume available to hand out 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.
4. Bring a name tag to wear and a "name" tent card to place on the table in front of you.
5. If you represent a business, please bring business cards and/or flyers.

Attire: Business casual


Thanks to Pete Wengrenovich for providing the location.

Directions

Parking: There is parking in the rear of the building if you take the Grant Alley back behind the Murray Insurance building. The entrance is in the back also.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/39+N+Duke+St,+Lancaster,+PA+17602/@40.0391756,-76.3034399,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x89c624ed07e01471:0xc5337a9fe4fec9de

Long Island, NY Jan 23, 2019

Time

6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Location

Grant Thornton –
445 Broadhollow Road,
Suite #300
Melville, NY 11747

Agenda

Bring your laptop if available.

We will be providing an interactive session, "LinkedIn 101" Part II after the normal routine meeting.


As always, be sure to bring about 15 copies of your resume; a supply of business cards may come in handy for networking as well. Please polish your 2 minute presentation! Your networking time is a value added activity for you and your peers; practice your 'elevator speech' and try it out with your friends at FENG, compare contrast and revise it until you hear it in your sleep. This platform skill will serve you long after you land your next assignment.

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 plan on starting the meeting promptly at 6:30 PM, but attendees may begin to arrive anywhere from 6:00 PM for informal networking.


Directions

Richmond, VA Jan 23, 2019

Time

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location

MEETING CANCELLED

Agenda

MEETING CANCELLED

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this month's meeting has been CANCELLED.

We look forward to seeing you on February 19th.

If you can attend the February meeting, PLEASE REGISTER as we will be serving food and need a headcount.

Directions

Houston (Katy/Sugar Land), TX Jan 24, 2019

Time

7:30 AM to 9:15 AM

Location

Fellowship Church
22765 Westheimer Parkway
Community Room
Katy, TX 77450
www.thefellowship.org

Agenda

Topic: Using LinkedIn Smarter: Tips and Tricks

Speaker: Debbie Langford, Principle, Langford Career Strategies

Agenda:
The meeting will begin and end with networking, business card exchanges, 90 second elevator speech practice opportunities as well as Resume review drop-offs. The middle of the meeting will be our guest speaker.

Presentation:
Debbie's approach is to look at strategic ways to use LinkedIn to better present yourself, business networking and job searches.

During this session, she will offer a real time LinkedIn demonstration while addressing:
- A brief overview of LinkedIn for beginners
- Discuss the most viewed areas on a LinkedIn profile with ways to improve your own profile strategically
- How to obtain All Star Status and understand SEO on LinkedIn as a user
- How to build, leverage, and proactively network with your LinkedIn network

She will offer her advice on what has worked for her personally in many years of experience of LinkedIn as a career coach and a professional recruiter.

Speaker's bio:
With over 12 years of experience in the staffing and outplacement industries, Debbie is an expert on LinkedIn strategies in the job search arena and for managing careers. She has conducted live demos and workshops via webinar training, live group meetings, and one-one-one sessions with executives while working at Right Management, Murray Resources, and Wayne Russell Search Consultants. Additionally, her audiences have a wide range of backgrounds through professional groups such as IIBC (International Institute for Business Communicators), WITI (Women In Technology International), with MBA's at Texas A&M Mays Business School and law students at South Texas College of Law, as well as through local job search networking groups such as Job Search 101, Epiphany Job Networking and Kingsland Career Transition Workshop. She is currently enjoying a portfolio career as a private career coach and speaker, outplacement consultant and internal projects coordinator.

Staying active outside of work over the years, Debbie has two children involved in orchestra and band programs at Baylor University and Southwest Baptist University in Missouri. She is involved as a member of the Kingsland Baptist Church choir and enjoys attending concerts, plays and musicals as a lover of the arts.

Debbie Langford
Langford Career Strategies
713-419-1963 Cell
debbie@langfordcareerstrategies.com

Directions

Corner of Westheimer & Peek

Parking: There is lots of free parking as well as a great Coffee Shop called Kosmos in the corner of the main Church building where the Community room is located.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/22765+Westheimer+Pkwy,+Katy,+TX+77450/@29.7336737,-95.7629392,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x864120dd5c0aecd5:0xd2d51cd9ec9ed006

Houston, TX Jan 24, 2019

Time

7:30 AM to 9:30 AM

Location

Amegy Bank Tower
1717 West Loop South
10th floor, Suite# CC10G
Houston TX 77027

Agenda

Topic: “Commercial Real Estate RETAIL Product - HOUSTON”
- Join us to discuss & review RETAIL in Houston submarkets in 2019
- Learn about going rates for Lease and for Purchase
- Learn about Retail Categories in demand and Retail Trends
- Current Financing Opportunities & Hiring Trends in 2019

Agenda:
7:30 – 8:00 AM Check-in and Informal Networking
8:00 – 9:00 AM Presentation/Group Discussion
9:00 – 9:30 AM Informal group discussion and
Optional Tour of the Amegy Tower

Hosted by:
Libby Cadillo MBA CRE, Managing Director & Commercial Broker
Vince Calicchia, Vice President Business Banking, Amegy Bank of Texas
Leslie Hector, Senior Partner Texas, Vaco – A Talent & Solutions Firm

Food and parking courtesy of our sponsors, Amegy Bank & Vaco.

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




******* Reminder: RSVP IS REQUIRED ************


Directions

Exit 610 loop at San Felipe. Tower is on the northbound feeder road, just north of San Felipe

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