I hope tonight’s newsletter finds all of you in good health and good spirits. It is vitally important during this national crisis to not be “deer in the headlights.” There are things that all of us can do. Some for ourselves and some for others.
As you all know, I spend several hours every day serving all of you. I don’t consider it work. Earlier today I had the great pleasure of Skyping with John Yates who Co-Chairs our London chapter and speaking at length with Kim Davis who Co-Chairs our Indianapolis chapter.
All of your area chairs are struggling a bit not being able to have in person meetings. It is all very well to create programming that generates educational opportunities for our members, but the “real” purpose of our scheduled events is to provide personal interactions. Over the near term, that is going to be hard to do.
We had a Zoom leadership meeting this past week led by Bruce Lynn, Co-Chair of The FENG, in which he went over the results of a survey he conducted. I didn’t catch everyone’s name, but we were joined by Marty Latman, Co-Chair of The FENG and Chair of our Bergen, NJ Chapter, as well as Harold Jennings who Chairs our St. Louis Chapter and Gary Patterson who Chairs our High Technology Special Interest Group. There were 40 some odd people on the call, so you will have to forgive me for not mentioning all of you. You each do so much for all of our members. God bless you all.
I just want all of you to know that as we move through this international crisis, that we invite all of you to participate in our strategic thinking. Zoom seems to be the tool of choice at the moment for virtual meetings, so we are looking into getting more individual licenses or a corporate license. We hope to make a decision on that later this week.
If you do have specific thoughts, don’t be bashful. My email address is MattBud@TheFENG.org.
In addition to calling new members and old members as I have time (something I hope all of you are doing), I have also been working on marketing my search practice to Private Equity Groups. I sent out 50 emails earlier today. Despite what you might think is a dead job market, I would encourage all of you to continue marketing your activities. Networking, networking and more networking is about the only thing that will get you to where you need to be. Sitting at your desk, bemoaning the state of the world, isn’t going to get you anywhere.
Even though the government has very kindly put off the deadline on our income taxes, I am planning to complete mine this week, as my schedule permits. I pretty much have it done and just have to put it into Turbo Tax. This is just one example of things I’m sure you have on your “to do” list. No matter how you are feeling about the state of the world, make a list, check it twice and get it done.
At some point the world will return to what passes for normal, and you will be able to be one of the first folks out of the starting gates.
Stay safe and healthy.