February 2021 Print

President's Report


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Welcome to the February 2021 President’s Letter.  I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe. 


At our January 2021 FEI Houston Board meeting, the focus was resuming in-person events.  Not just when we will resume in-person events, but also any changes we should to make to the format considering that all members may not have received the vaccine.  We have formed a task force to begin planning and to look at options and alternatives.  I expect we will make some modifications, some may be temporary, but all will be focused on resuming in-person events safely as soon as possible.  My best estimate is we will begin in-person events in the summer of 2021.


Do you have a co-worker or peer that would benefit from FEI membership?  During COVID, FEI National has initiated a 6-month trial membership program where new members can join for 6 months at no cost, then join as a full member at current rates at the end of the trial period.  To be eligible they must be a new member to FEI and meet other membership qualifications.  Please contact [email protected] with any leads and we can get them signed up.


Just a reminder that if you are looking for a new job opportunity, we now include all recent position leads at the bottom of our weekly email on upcoming events (typically on Tuesday).  These will run for a few weeks before we think they are stale and then rotate them off of the email.  We also post job opportunities to our website and you can access them hereI ask each member to forward any opportunities that might fit our membership to [email protected] so we can support our members in their search.  We are also working with our Strategic Partners to help source job opportunities.    


We held Executive Roundtable events in October and November 2020 and plan to hold our next event in February.  The feedback has been very positive and we are making a few adjustments based on suggestions from members.  This format gives members an opportunity to network virtually and discuss a topic in a small group, moderated by one of our Strategic Partners and then change topics after 20 minutes.  The focus is networking and member interaction on an interesting topic rather than a presentation.  The event will run 75 minutes so you will get to network and have some interesting discussions with other members.  Watch your email for more information. 


We have one webinar planned in February. 

  • February 4: Insights On Selling To and Working With Private Equity – BoyarMiller .   Steve Kesten with BoyarMiller and John Castle, CEO of Branford Castle Partners will provide insights on transactions and operating with private equity partners.

We also are working on several webinars for March, have 3 booked for April and one event booked in May with more to come.  You can register for all the webinars here.  


FEI National has a new Private Company Priorities webinar series with 8 sessions (first session was in January).  Here is a link to learn more.  There is also a new Transformational Leadership Series that runs 7 sessions (first session was in January).  Here is a link to learn more.  National is also devoting significant resources to webcast events and has 8 webinar events scheduled for February.  These cover topics including maximizing your ERP investment, automating balance sheet reconciliations and how to close faster and smarter.  You can find all of the National in-person programs and webinars by following this link

If you don’t subscribe to FEI Connect, it is a great tool to network with members across the US on various topics and get insight from other members on current topics and draw upon the experience of FEI members across all chapters.  Here is a link to FEI Connect.


With social distancing, LinkedIn is a great way to connect with the Houston Chapter.  We have 416 followers on LinkedIn and we receive over 60,000 LinkedIn views of FEI Houston content and events.  When you follow the Chapter LinkedIn page you have a connection with other members through this important networking tool.  You can follow the Chapter LinkedIn page here.  Be sure to share or comment on a LinkedIn post and help spread the word about FEI Houston.

On behalf of your Chapter leadership team, I thank you for your support and participation in our Chapter. I hope you and your family stay safe and healthy and I look forward to meeting in person again soon.  If you have any suggestions comments or just want to get together virtually, don’t hesitate to reach out to me at [email protected].

John Briscoe
FEI Houston Chapter
President 2020 – 2021

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