The FENG Nashville, TN Chapter

Next Meeting


11/19/2019 – 7:15 AM to 8:45 AM (Reserve a spot at this event)


201 Franklin Road, 3rd Floor
Brentwood, TN 37027


Topic: Business Real Estate-Lease vs. Owning: Which is best?

Speaker: Hilton B. “Buck” Forcum, Owner|Principal, Nashville Office Consulting

This is a hot topic since the FASB ruling that all leases now have to be on the Balance Sheet for the first time. It is one of the biggest changes to hit business owners and executives in decades!

As part of the presentation, Buck will go over a Lease Vs Buy Analysis of an actual Office Building in Brentwood.

FENG Members will see firsthand the best way to financially compare Lease Vs Buy.

Speaker's bio:
Buck Forcum has been an Office Broker in the Nashville area for 33 years. He has been the Managing Partner for the Nashville office of two National Commercial Real Estate Brokerage Firms (Newmark Knight Frank and Cresa) and is presently the Owner and Principal of Nashville Office Consulting. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Business School with degrees in Finance and Real Estate and an MBA from the University of Memphis.

Hilton B. “Buck” Forcum
Owner | Principal
Mobile: 615-500-9538
Office: 615-386-7000
Direct: 615-386-7017


Instructions for parking and building entry:
Please come to 201 Franklin Road at the corner of Franklin Road and Maryland Way in Brentwood. Please park on the second floor (or P2 level) of the parking garage. Please DO NOT park on P1 /Office Visitor Parking. Take parking garage elevator (south side of garage down to the P1 level take pathway to the lobby. Once at the lobby take the elevator to the 3rd floor. The FENG meeting will be held in the Multipurpose conference room which is to the right coming off the elevators.

About the Nashville, TN Chapter

Welcome to the Nashville Chapter of FENG, the Financial Executives Networking Group. We currently have approximately 500 members, including Nashville residents as well as many remote members interested in following the goings-on of our chapter here in Middle Tennessee. Our goal is to be the premier networking resource for finance executives in the Greater Nashville Area. We provide ongoing career management services and a forum for financial executive networking, as well as helping our members with job search and transition support through the distribution of a large number of Middle Tennessee area job postings.

Nashville FENG members benefit directly from the support available from the National FENG organization. The national group provides a daily newsletter, including a featured editorial article of topical interest to financial execs, announcements and Q&A from members, and senior level financial job postings around the world. Social networking and internet connectivity have made professional networking an even more powerful career management tool. It is a time-tested method, providing the single best source of business and job opportunities. The ties among our members, and between our members and those of the other chapters around the country, are many and frequent.

Here are some details about our local chapter:

Membership Mix:
The Nashville FENG Chapter draws from a deep and geographically diverse pool of management talent and financial disciplines, including corporate finance, private and public accounting, FP&A, financial services, M&A, auditing, SOX compliance, IFRS convergence planning, tax and treasury. Out-of-town residents with an active interest in Nashville are welcome to join and attend any group events.

The Nashville Chapter of FENG exists under the purview of the national FENG, a 501c(3) not-for-profit organization. The Nashville Chapter is run by its Chairman, Mark Myers. Input from Chapter Members is always welcome by Mark.

Meeting Dates, Time and Location:
With rare exceptions, we meet the third Tuesday of each month, at 7:15-8:45 a.m. at the offices of LBMC (201 Franklin Road Brentwood, TN 37027). Meetings begin with 15 minutes of networking, followed by personal introductions and a guest speaker(s) on a timely topic of interest.

Meeting Topics
January 15, 2019: "10 Keys to Becoming a Career Conqueror", Mark Myers, Career Management Coach, Career Connection Partners
February 19, 2019: Branding yourself in 2019 – the right social media is worth millions, Mila Grigg, CEO, Moda Image and Brand Consulting
March 12, 2019: It’s Not the Money: The Reasons Employees Quit, Danny Nelms, President of the Work Institute
April 16, 2019: "Getting People to Help You", Rick Kloete, Principal & Founding President of Kloete Group, Inc.
May 14, 2019 (SECOND Tuesday): How to Value your Total Comp and Benefits Package, Jeanne Fisher, PJ Gibbs, and Jason Simpson. They are all Certified Financial Planners with ARGI
June 11, 2019 (SECOND Tuesday), Generate More Referrals! Strategies & Tactics On How To Take Your Production To A New Level, Steve Black, Author and Speaker
July 16, 2019: Linked In Secrets to Take Your Career/Business To The Next Level, Seth Greene, Author
August 20, 2019: Putting your best foot forward, Dan Ryan, President & CEO, Ryan Search-Vistage
September 17, 2019: 25 Ways to Get the Media's Attention, Jeff Bradford, President and CEO of the Bradford Group
October 15, 2019: Productivity From the Inside Out, Doug Grady, keynote speaker and author
November 19, 2019: Business Real Estate-Lease vs. Owning: Which is best?, Hilton B. “Buck” Forcum, Owner|Principal, Nashville Office Consulting
December 17, 2019: TBA, Andrew Brittingham, LBMC Employment Partners, LLC

Past Programs:

January 23, 2018: "Girls, Math and Finance," Maura Cunningham, Founder & Executive Director, Rock the Street, Wall Street
February 20, 2018: Perception vs. Reality: What is the truth and why it matters, Marc A. Wolfe, a certified International Coach Federation (ICF) executive coach, Marc A. Wolfe Enterprises, LLC
February 27, 2018: Tennessee Titans – Between the Lines, Jenneen Kaufman, Senior Vice President/CFO for the Tennessee Titans
March 20, 2018: New Tax Law Changes, Cindy Anderson, Senior Manager in the LBMC Tax practice
April 17, 2018: How Healthcare Stole the American Dream, Alex Dampf, Health Rosetta Charter Certified Advisor/Healthcare Consultant, Pancoast Benefits
May 15, 2018: "Confessions of a Former Risk Manager," Panel Discussion: Jim Dickson, VP and Partner, Lockton; Robert Smith, Sr. Account Executive, Lockton Health Care Practice; Dante DiGiamberardino, Account Executive, Lockton; moderated by John Byers, VP and Partner, Lockton
June 19, 2018: Managing Stress, Latoya Lackey, Nashville Account Manager, Dale Carnegie Training of Tennessee
July 17, 2018: Encoding Success - The American Dream is Still Possible. How this Millennial Broke Into the Investment World: 3 Keys to Success, Joséphine Saffert, Founder of Olympus Development Group, Financial Coach and Speaker
August 21, 2018: Six Flags Every Accountant Should Know: Behind the Curtain of Credit-Card Processing, Brace Barber, Business Development, Heartland Payment Systems
September 18, 2018: When You Manage Your Time, Think Like an Investor, Kris Kelso, Founder, The Kelso Group and Healthcare Blocks
October 16, 2018: Making Better Decisions as a Leader, Dan Ryan, Principal, Ryan Search & Consulting
November 20, 2018: Trends in CFO recruiting by PE Firms, Daniel Casteel, Regional Vice President, North America, Stanton Chase
December 18, 2018: Pearls of doing business with China, Dr. Ming Wang, CEO of Aier-USA, Director of Wang Vision 3D Cataract & LASIK Center

January 17, 2017: Selling Your Finance Expertise: How to Assess a Company’s Financial Needs and Close the Deal, Frank Williamson, Founder, Oaklyn Consulting
February 21, 2017: Best Practices for Job Search, A Brainstorming Discussion
March 21, 2017: Capital Project and Risk Management Fundamentals, Hardeman (Hardy) Seaborn, PE, PMP, I.C. Thomasson Associates, Inc.
April 18, 2017: “IT In or Out,” Craig Cooper, Senior Manager in Healthcare & Technology Solutions with the Franklin based Provisions Group and Stuart Cooper, Senior Technology Solutions Manager for the Nashville office of TekLinks
May 16, 2017: Social Media – An Advanced Discussion for Today's Financial Executives, Martin Plumlee, CEO, Plumlee & Associates LLC
June 20, 2017: Understanding The DOL Fiduciary Rule and 401K Fees, Jeanne J. Fisher, Financial Advisor and Retirement Plan Specialist with ARGI
July 18, 2017: Changing Careers, John McLallen, Employment Developer, Nashville Career Advancement Center
August 15, 2017: Becoming a Thought Leader in the Financial Industry, Jeff Bradford, The Bradford Group
September 19, 2017: How Effective Leaders Spend Time, Mridu Parikh, Productivity Consultant, Life is Organized
October 17, 2017: Industrial Engineers: Increasing Bottom Line Profits, Stephen Gibson, PE, CSCP, PMP, Continuous Improvement Project Manager, I.C. Thomasson Associates, Inc.
November 14, 2017 (2nd TUESDAY): Franchising as a Career, An Investment or Both, Dan Aronoff, FranNet

January 19, 2016: Successful Strategies to leverage 2016 Employment Trends, Britt Cumbie, Financial Recruiter, LBMC Staffing Solutions
February 16, 2016: Making Your Best Better: What Your Values Have to do With Your Success, Leadership, and Wellbeing; Ryan Blanck, CPF, CPT, Founder & CEO, Deviate
March 15, 2016: The Coming Tidal Wave of Wealth Transfer, Jeff Brasher, Managing Partner, Alliant Capital Advisors, LLC.
April 19, 2016: Resilience as a Competitive Advantage, Terry Humphrey, CPC, PCC, Executive Coach, Terry Humphrey LLC
May 17, 2016: Making the Leap from CFO to CEO, Interactive Attendees build the content with Mark Myers as facilitator
June 21, 2016: Becoming the Right Fit, Dan Ryan, Principal, Ryan Search & Consulting
July 19, 2016: Advanced Interviewing - How to Improve Short-Term Success & Long-Term Career Satisfaction, Martin Plumlee, Senior Principal, Plumlee Associates
August 16, 2016: Technology Impact on the office of the CFO, Jeff McCorpin, CEO, LBMC Technology Solutions Inc.
September 20, 2016: The Psychology of Followership, Dan Haile, Managing Principal, Haile Coaching & Leadership
October 12, 2016, Wednesday (2nd Week): Build Trust, Minimize Client Risk, Increase your Credibility, David Behr, EdgeSeminars
November 15, 2016: LBMC Story, Mike Cain, Co-Founder, LBMC
December 20, 2016: Score, For the Life of Your Business, Michael Moody, Chapter Chair, SCORE Nashville

January 20, 2015: The Resume: “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” - Roland Lundy, Partner, The Buffkin Group
February 17, 2015: Cancelled due to inclement weather and treacherous road conditions
March 17, 2015: Compliance is your friend, Gordon Grigg, President, Life-Business-Management
April 21, 2015: Brand Recovery / Brand Discovery, Mila Grigg, CEO, MODA Image and Brand Consulting
May 14, 2015 (THURSDAY): Necessary Endings: Why are they so difficult and how do I know when it is time - Carl Roberts, Retired President, ThinkingAhead, & Dean of the School of Business for Williamson College
June 16, 2015: Personalized Productivity: Thriving in a Distracting, Disorganized World, Sara Skillen, Owner, SkillSet Organizing
July 21, 2015: LinkedIn – why it matters even more today and how to leverage successfully, Martin Plumlee, Senior Principal, Plumlee & Associates, LLC
August 18, 2015: Professional Trust and Progress: Two Sides of the Same Coin, Kayla Barrett, CEO, Organization Impact, LLC
September 15, 2015: CFO Tips and Insights for Effective Accounting Software Selections, Meredith Schultenover & Glenn Saunders, Kraft Enterprise Systems
October 20, 2015: Business Is the Contact Sport and, in Nashville, It Is WHO You Know, Not Necessarily What You Know.... , George Armistead, Revenue Source Group and Answers by Armistead
November 17, 2015: Why We Love to Hate HR, Art Smith, Executive Director, Tennessee Society of Human Resource Management
December 15, 2015: Are you READY for 2016 – 10 things to do now to accomplish your goals?, Dennis Jackson, Managing Partner, WorX Solutions Management LLC

January 21, 2014: WTF! - Where's The Focus, Andy Bailey, Petra Coach
February 18, 2014: Never Apply for a Job Again: Break the Rules, Cut the Line, Beat the Rest, Darrell Gurney,
March 18, 2014: Credit Risk in the New World, Tate Parker, Agent & Expert Witness, Coface North America
April 15, 2014: Emotional Intelligence: It’s Not How Smart You Are, But How You Are Smart; Edy Nash, President/CEO, E. Nash Associates
May 20, 2014: LinkedIn for Personal Branding & Career Management, Annakate Ross,Director of Digital Services, McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations
June 17, 2014: It's not only about the numbers,...Change Management happens through people, Lauren Rowe, MyHealthDIRECT
July 15, 2014: VC/PE Firms for the Financial Executive, Vic Gatto, Partner, Solidus
August 19th, 2014: Don’t Fix Your Leaks With Horse Manure, Dick Wells, The HardLessons Company
September 16th, 2014: Opportunities in our Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, Sam Lingo, COO, The Nashville Entrepreneur Center
October 21, 2014: Reputation Risk – How to build, keep and repair your reputation, Kim Riley, President, Hylant Group
November 18, 2014: Relationships at Work…That Work, Mark Cappellino, Leadership Consultant, Executive Coach
December 16, 2014: Job Search Success Stories - A Panel of Successful Job Seekers

January: LinkedIn: Connecting 2.0 - Travis Jones, Nashville Business Journal
February: Blood Sweat & Fears (Corporate to Entrepreneurship) - Jim Cumbee
March: Making That Great First Impression to Get Hired - Tim Shaver, Vistage International
April: Creating Interest, Emmie Brown, Senior Partner Business Consultant and Coach, Southwestern Consulting
May: Words Mean Nothing If I Can’t See What You Are Saying, Mila Grigg, President, MODA Image Consulting
June: New Rules for Lease Accounting, Chad Milom, CPA, Partner – Accounting and Assurance Services, LBMC
July: Job Search Success Stories Part II - A Panel of Successful Job Seekers
August: Is Franchise Ownership a Viable Career Option? Dan Aronoff, FranNet
September: Executive Computer Hacks, Joel Widmer, Fluxe Digital Marketing
October: What is My Worth?, Mike Umphres, Compensation Advantage
November: Current Tax Topics for Financial Executives, Jeff Talley, Partner - Tax Services, LBMC
December: Tell Your Story and Make Them Care - Resume Tips to Get Noticed and Land Interviews, Lacy Nelson, CEO, now2planB Executive and Career Coaching

January: Making That Great First Impression to Get Hired - Jim Holmes
February: Top 5 Integrity Issues in Job Search and Hiring - Nance Reece
March: Increasing Your Presence - Dan Ryan
April: Preventing Connections From Falling Through the Cracks - Ivie Burns
May: Landscape of Capital Raising in the Nashville Market - Panel TBD
June: LinkedIn for Job Seekers - Travis Jones
July: Making (Dollars and) Sense of Today's Business Headlines - Lance Williams
August: Building Productive Relationships With Recruiters - A Panel of Executive and Corporate Recruiters: Steve Bogacki (Acadia Healthcare), Debbie Elliott (LBMC Strategic Staffing), and Matt Lowney (The Buntin Group)
September: Demystifying the Resume Rhetoric - Walter Tieck (Right Management)
October: Personal Branding - Kimberly Pace (Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management)
November: Topic: Success for the Seasoned Search – the Benefit of Being Overqualified - Abby Kohut, Author, Speaker & Recruiter -
December: Job Search Success Stories - A Panel of Successful Job Seekers

Useful Links:

The Nashville Chapter has a LinkedIn Group entitled Nashville FENG (

The Nashville Chapter is also supported via volunteers by the Nashville Chapter of Financial Executives International (

Chapter Leadership

Mark Myers
(615) 260-0782
As a Career Management Coach, Job Search Strategist, and Network Development Coach, Mark’s primary goal is to assist individuals with making connections with ‘themselves’ and others to create their desired professional and personal success. Through Career Connection Partners launched in 2011, Mark incorporates his ability to open doors with senior executives and senior management of large businesses with his passion to help others pursue their professional
passions. Whether as a Career Coach or Job Search and Network Development Strategist, Mark also brings to the table his personal experiences of five career shifts, the evolution of his own professional passion, and several years of effective networking locally, nationally, and internationally.

Mark’s voluntary, professional experiences include Chairman of the Nashville Chapter of Financial Executives Networking Group (FENG); leadership in local, regional and national roles for Financial Executives International (FEI); alumni leadership roles for both graduate and undergraduate alma maters; and, career and networking assistance to a variety of individuals ranging in experience from recent MBA graduates to seasoned professionals. He is also a member of Tennessee Society of CPAs, Institute of Management Accountants, American Institute of CPAs, and International Coaches Federation. Because of his focused networking efforts since 2004, Mark’s professional network has grown substantially in the quantity of connections, the functional disciplines and geographical reach represented, and the levels of executive leadership of his contacts.

Mark’s career path has included business development and accounting and financial management. He retired from his accounting career in mid-2018 after a three-year stint in the outsourced accounting services arena, leading groups in two local public accounting firms. Prior to the return to the public accounting world, he served as Chief Financial Officer at Littlejohn Engineering Associates, Inc., in Nashville, Tennessee, where he led the accounting, finance, and human resources functions of the firm. As Client Service Director of the Nashville Office of Resources Global Professionals from January 2008 to April 2011, Mark was responsible for the development of new business, the management of existing clients, engagements and consultants, for all service lines in the Tennessee market. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant with over 35 years of accounting and financial management experience, including earlier experiences of 11 years in public accounting in both auditing and tax roles, and 15 years in a Controller role for a regional engineering & architectural firm. Mark has also had Adjunct Faculty appointments with Lipscomb University and Trevecca Nazarene University. Currently, he is training to become a certified instructor in the Dale Carnegie organization. His strategy building capabilities and creative problem solving skills are backed by an MBA from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management.

Future Meetings

07:15 AM to 08:45 AM
201 Franklin Road, 3rd Floor
Brentwood, TN 37027

For Meeting Information, Please Contact:
Mark Myers
(615) 260-0782