The FENG Raleigh, NC Chapter

Next Meeting


08/15/2018 – 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (Reserve a spot at this event)


Date: Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Pay special attention to the date of our August meeting. It is NOT the 2nd Wednesday of the month. It is the THIRD Wednesday of August.

Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Place: Carmen’s Café
108 Factory Shops Rd
Morrisville, NC 27560
(919) 467-8080

Host: Dave Rhode
Vaco Raleigh, LLC
2501 Blue Ridge Road, Suite 400
Raleigh, NC 27607
Office: 919.719.6500


Topic: "Where is North Carolina headed? The Tar Heel State in 2050"

Speaker: Dr. Michael L. Walden

Dr. Michael L. Walden is a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor and Extension Economist at North Carolina State University and a member of the Graduate Economics faculty with The Poole College of Management. His Ph.D. degree is from Cornell University and he has been at N.C. State since 1978. He has also been a Visiting Professor at Duke University.

Dr. Walden has teaching, research, and extension responsibilities at NCSU in the areas of consumer economics, economic outlook, and public policy. He has published ten books and over 300 articles and reports, including the book North Carolina in the Connected Age, published by the UNC Press. He has served on several local and state level commissions. With his wife, he is the co-author of three “economic thrillers”, Macro Mayhem, Micro Mischief, and Fiscal Fiasco, designed to teach economics in an entertaining way.

Dr. Walden can be frequently seen, heard, and read in the media. He has daily radio programs aired on stations around North Carolina for which he has won two national awards. He is often interviewed on local TV and radio news broadcasts, has appeared on NBC, CBS, The Fox Report, and the Newshour With Jim Lehrer, and is frequently quoted in such newspapers as USA Today, The News and Observer, The Charlotte Observer, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. His biweekly column, You Decide, is carried by over forty newspapers in the state. He has made over 2500 personal presentations.

Dr. Walden directs the semiannual economic forecast, The North Carolina Economic Outlook. He has won numerous academic and public awards, including two Champion-Tuck Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting, the UNC Board of Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service in 2010, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine in 2013, and the Holladay Medal for Excellence from North Carolina State University in 2014.

His newest book, "North Carolina Beyond the Connected Age: The Tar Heel State in 2050", was published in late 2017.



Take I-40 to Exit 284 – Airport Blvd.

From the West:
Take I-40 to Exit 284 A
Turn right at the top of the hill onto Airport Blvd.
Take the first (immediate) right onto Factory Shops Rd
108 Factory Shops Rd will be on your right in just .2 miles

From the East:
Take I-40 to Exit 284 B
Turn left at the light at the top of the hill onto Airport Blvd.
Take the first right after the I-40 exit ramp onto Factory Shops Rd
108 Factory Shops Rd will be on your right in just .2 miles

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.

Guests and prospective FENG members are always welcome. First-timers 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

For Meeting Information, Please Contact:
Ted Bachman