The FENG Boston, MA Chapter

Next Meeting


08/21/2019 – 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM (Reserve a spot at this event)


Morse (their new office!)
20 City Point
480 Totten Pond Rd
4th Floor
Waltham, MA 02451, 4th Floor


Topic: Practical Ways You Can Ride the Digital Data Wave…Not be Drowned Under it

Financial executives are simply too busy to keep up with the pace of technology change. Over the past 5 years dramatic changes have reshaped how data is being used in business. In the time since your last job search (3 years), the amount of digital information in the world has doubled, twice. Data is now measured in petabytes (which is billions of giga bytes). Predictive analytics, machine learning, business intelligence…where does the Finance Executive even start? The Finance executive will either lead, follow or get out of the way. Finance will at least be tapped to help determine the business case: how quickly and deeply to invest. Beyond that, someone has to lead investment into digital data technologies; finance will either take that lead or watch as another group takes over.

During this session the presenters will help you develop practical strategies for positioning yourself in the middle of the trend toward digital data analysis. The presenters will discuss real-world examples of digital data analytics. They will help you assess which are most important to you as a finance executive: things like Tableau, Adaptive Insights, SAS, SQL, AWS and LinkedIn Learning. Together, we will discuss practical learning approaches you can follow by investing an hour or two a day—making sure you positioned to lead your company into successfully investing in a digital data strategy…how you can catch the wave rather than be left watching from shore.

Darren McCinnis
Darren is an experienced Senior Finance Manager with corporate accounting and management background. He is a hands-on manager with expertise in budget development and management, accounting systems development, fiscal management, and financial reporting. He has a proven record of developing and implementing financial and operational controls that improve P&L scenario and competitively position firm. For the past 10 years, Darren has been at the leading edge of Tufts’ work to upgrade its data analysis capabilities.

Will Oliver
Will is a CFO and consultant turned educator. Will has built four data analytics companies and invested in data companies as part of 3i, a global VC and PE firm. He has helped senior leadership manage and extract meaning from data at Fortune 500 companies as part of Bain & Company and KPMG. For the past 10 years, he has been working with state governors of 10 states to improve the way data is used in government. Will teaches data analytics at UMass Amherst and Sattler College. His courses teach students: statistics, Tableau, Access and SQL as well as advanced Excel skills. He recently led a graduate series on how AI is impacting healthcare. When not teaching or consulting, Will co-leads FENG’s Boston Chapter.

FENG Presentation/Agenda:
7:30 AM – Coffee/juice & informal networking
8:00 am – Introductions & 30 second elevator pitches
8:15 am – Panel & interactive discussion
9:00 am – Wind-down, and final networking discussions
9:30 am - Adjourn


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When registering, a $10 donation is requested to help continue to support our great organization and for light refreshments at the meeting. This should be paid on the FENG registration site prior to the meeting.

The dress code is business casual.

FENG Boston Chapter Leadership:

Will Oliver
Bedford, MA

Marc Cote
Duxbury, MA


Please note: Morse has changed its name from Morse Barnes-Brown & Pendleton and has moved—the new address listed here is around the corner from their old office where we have met in the past.

About the Boston, MA Chapter

The Boston Chapter has 3,366 members. 36% actively searching and 64% alumni (working).

Chapter Leadership

Marc Cote
(617) 538-5688
Marc Cote is certified FocalPoint business coach and area representative. As a business coach, he leverages the FocalPoint business principles, tools and his 30 years of leadership, operations and finance experience to help business owners and leaders realize their goals and exceed their expectations. As an area representative, he looks for those caring and experienced business professionals that could be great FocalPoint Business Coaches.

He is the son of a second-generation business owner with a deep-seated passion for business and helping others succeed. He was also a co-founder of Accellient Partners LLC, a drug development consulting and biotech start up firm, Synchroneuron Inc., a venture-backed biotech and Ternus Pharma, Inc., a start-up pharma company. Marc was previously the COO of Aptuit Consulting’s global biotech practice where he was responsible for managing all operating, financial & business development activities. Prior to Aptuit, Marc was with Dunkin’ Brands and had vice president roles where he was alternately responsible for Accounting, Tax, Finance and Shared Service operations. Marc started his career in the Entrepreneurial Services Group at EY, he received a BS in Accountancy from Bentley College and earned his CPA certificate in MA where he was a licensed CPA for 17 years.

Marc is a member of Boston Harbor Angels and Sky Ventures where he is an active investor. In addition, he is a Co-Chair of Mass Bio's Entrepreneur University. Marc splits his time between Duxbury, MA and Naples, FL.
Will Oliver
(781) 424-0179
Will helps middle market companies increase in value, serving as an interim or part time financial executive. Will founded and grew four companies, two with substantial exits. He has created value as full time CFO in the software, vending, healthcare services industries. He has also built successful, collaborative teams as COO and CEO. He has built value as Treasurer and Secretary on six boards. Will specializes in driving success within industries experiencing significant disruption, especially healthcare.

Will invests in people. For example, in a large Texas healthcare organization, Will redesigned personnel development to transform culture and cut turnover by 50%. Will heads the FEI Boston Professional Development Committee, where he is launching the "CFO 2025" season. He has a Masters from MIT and a Doctor of Management from Case Western. He taught full time at Brandeis and is a CPA (inactive). Connect with Will at:

For Meeting Information, Please Contact:
Will Oliver
(781) 424-0179