The FENG Raleigh, NC Chapter

Next Meeting


12/11/2019 – 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (Reserve a spot at this event)


Place: Hotel Indigo RDU/RTP
151 Tatum Drive
Durham, NC 27703


This month’s meeting is hosted by Summit Retirement Partners at the Hotel Indigo RDU/RTP.

Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

HOST: Summit Retirement Partners
Summit Retirement Partners is a veteran owned and operated company with specialized consulting experience with 401(k), 403(b), 457, defined benefit, and executive deferred compensation plans serving clients in several states as either a 3(21) co-fiduciary Investment Advisor, or as a 3(38) fiduciary Investment Manager under ERISA.

TOPIC: The Politics and Opportunities of Defense Spending in North Carolina

The Department of Defense (DoD) has an annual impact of $66 billion, and is the second largest sector of the North Carolina economy accounting for about 12% of the state GDP. DoD spending in North Carolina impacts 578,000 direct and indirect jobs providing $34 billion in personal income annually and approximately 10% of the state’s jobs. For perspective the 2018 State of North Carolina budget was $24 billon. In 2019 alone, military installations in North Carolina will see more than $315 million in new construction under the 2019 defense budget. Presentation will provide an overview in understanding how prime and subcontracting opportunities with the DoD, federal agencies, and/or state and local governments work. The December FENG presentation will also cover how corporate supplier diversity programs are also impacted by government contracting, and how they impact both large and small businesses here in North Carolina. A short question and answer session will be held at the end of the presentation with the speakers.

Speakers: Brendan Rodden & David Hayden

Brendan Rodden is a retired Marine Corps officer who previously served as a Project Officer and Deputy Project Officer at Marine Corps Systems Command handling defense acquisition programs from $120 million to $450 million dollars for Marine Corps ground combat forces. He also served as a requirements officer for Headquarters Marine Corps where he served as the operations officer for the Ground Combat Element Total Force Structure Management System (TFSMS) managing a database of all equipment in the Marine Corps ground combat element valued at $14 billion. While at Headquarters Marine Corps he was also a representative on the Joint Clothing and Textiles Governance Board at the Defense Logistics Agency, and was the requirements officer for all combat clothing and equipment in the Marine Corps. He received his training at the Defense Acquisition University, and during his military service handled acquisition programs on the government side with some of the largest defense contractors in the country like General Dynamics, BAE and Raytheon during his defense acquisition career.

David Hayden joined Smith Anderson in 2011, after serving as the general counsel and board secretary for USfalcon, Inc. David has extensive experience in government contracting, corporate investigations (internal and government) and employment law. He regularly advises companies and their directors and officers on corporate governance matters and other general corporate and business matters. He also represents a variety of defense contractors, advising on a broad range of federal contracting issues such as bid protests, teaming agreements, subcontract agreements, joint ventures, the Small Business Administration 8(a) Business Development program, International Trafficking in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Corporate Ethics, and organizational conflicts of interest (OCI) compliance issues. He has a high-level government security clearance. David Hayden is also a retired Army Colonel who served his country for over 29 years as both an Engineer and Judge Advocate Generals Corps Officer. Highlights include serving as an engineer company commander, senior attorney for the 82nd Airborne Division as well as the XVIII Airborne Corps. Following the terrorist attack of 9/11, Colonel Hayden deployed to Afghanistan in 2002-2003 as the senior legal advisor to the theater commander. He also served as the senior legal advisor to NORAD and the United States Northern Command before retiring in 2005. After retirement, he served as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s office. He was appointed by Governor Roy Cooper to serve on the North Carolina Military Affairs Commission in 2017.



The best parking is in the garage entrance on Wilmington Street between Hargett Street & Morgan St.
Exit the garage on the Fayetteville Street side and cross the street to enter the building.

Smith Anderson Law Offices
Wells Fargo Capitol Center– 23rd floor in downtown Raleigh, NC

From RTP/RDU (Airport)/Durham/Chapel Hill: (view maps)
Take I-40 East to the Wade Ave. exit, number 289
Take Wade Ave. approximately 4.5 miles, through several traffic lights, and bear right onto Capital Blvd. (toward downtown).
Upon reaching the downtown Raleigh area, Capital Blvd. will turn into Dawson St.
Continue on Dawson Street to the intersection with W. Hargett Street
Turn left onto W. Hargett Street and continue to the intersection with Wilmington Street
Turn left onto Wilmington Street.
Alexander Square parking deck is to the left.
Our building is directly across Fayetteville Street from the parking deck.

From the Beltline (440): (view maps)
Take Person Street/Hammond Road exit, number 299
Take a left at the light if you are coming from the west, a right if coming from the east, and go straight on Person Street until the intersection with West Hargett Street
Take a left onto West Hargett Street, then a right onto Wilmington Street (the second light)
Alexander Square parking deck is to the left.
Our building is directly across Fayetteville Street from the parking deck.

From North Raleigh via Glenwood Avenue: (view maps)
Take US 70 (Glenwood Avenue) toward downtown
Follow Glenwood until the intersection with Wade Avenue
Take the Wade Avenue exit, after you cross the overpass, toward downtown
Please see the instructions above regarding directions from I-40 to Wade Avenue
Our building is directly across Fayetteville Street from the parking deck.

Our offices are located on the 23rd floor. Take the "13-28" series elevators to the 23rd floor. The receptionist will notify your party. You can park at Alexander Square (parking deck) on Wilmington St. or on Fayetteville St.

About the Raleigh, NC Chapter

The Raleigh chapter has over 1,000 members and meets monthly, usually on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Meeting locations vary so be sure to double check each month. Our hosts provide drinks and snacks to a fully catered buffet meal.

Guests and prospective FENG members are always welcome. First-timers and members who are recently in transition are given the opportunity to introduce themselves to the other chapter members. Most meetings include a speaker and a current topic of interest to our members.

We look forward to meeting you and getting to know each other.

Chapter Leadership

Ted Bachman
(919) 606-3477
A combat veteran who works diligently to provide valuable professional services in all aspects of C-suite needs for small to mid-sized businesses through Bachman & Associates. Turning Challenges into Success
Jack Finley
(919) 832-5130

Future Meetings

06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Place: Hughes Pittman & Gupton
1500 Sunday Drive, Suite 300
Raleigh, NC 2760

06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Place: Grant Thornton Offices
Grant Thornton, LLP
4140 ParkLake Ave., Suite 130
Raleigh, NC 27612
P: 919.881.2700

Host: Robert Half Management Resources, Don Plato, VP

For Meeting Information, Please Contact:
Ted Bachman