The Financial Executives Networking Group
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The FENG Nashville, TN Chapter

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About the Nashville, TN Chapter

Welcome to the Nashville Chapter of FENG, the Financial Executives Networking Group. We currently have 450 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 at LBMC Financial Center (5250 Virginia Way in Brentwood, TN). Meetings begin with 15 minutes of networking, followed by personal introductions and a guest speaker(s) on a timely topic of interest.

Meeting Topics 2015:
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, 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: TBD
October 20, 2015: Networking Effectively, Dan Ryan, Principal, Ryan Search & Consulting

Past Programs:

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

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 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

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 Certified Career Management Coach, my passion is connecting others to achieve their goals and helping in their career transition and networking pursuits.

Seasoned finance and accounting professional with 11 years in public accounting and 15 years in private industry, followed by 3 years in a business development role for a global professional services firm. Clients during career included an array of businesses from small closely-held businesses to Fortune 500 firms.

Adjunct faculty responsibilities at two local universities include business and accounting topics in an Engineering Management Masters' Degree program, and Career Success topics in a 'degree-completion' program.

Other volunteer activities include Financial Executives International, TN Society of CPAs, AICPA, IMA, International Coaches Federation, and Tennessee Coaches Alliance.


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