Ted Bachman is an interim and fractional CFO/Controller and Business Advisor. He is currently the Chairman of the Raleigh FENG (Financial Executives Networking Group) and formerly the president of the local chapter and regional council as well as a member of the national board of directors of the IMA (Institution of Management Accountants).
What benefits have you experienced as a result of your NCER membership?
I have met and worked with some high quality professionals who share the same goals of helping others and passing on their expertise to those who need it.
What is the most important leadership lesson you have learned over the years?
Simple – The Golden Rule – Treat others the same way that you would like to be treated. All people matter and deserve to be treated fairly, honestly, respectfully, professionally, with caring and kindness in your heart. Also, share your knowledge and expertise whenever possible and appropriate.
What have been some of the greatest influences on you throughout your career?
I have been fortunate to have had highly successful, ethical people as mentors throughout my life who provided valuable advice and guidance for both business and personal endeavors. These are people who you could never repay so my role is to pass it on to someone else. This is part of the purpose and objective of the NCER.
The difficulties and challenges that you face and overcome in life help make you who and what you are today. Like the popular song says: “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” You could never live long enough to experience all the challenges in life so you have to learn from others. Your obligation is to share that knowledge with others and help make them stronger.
What else inspires you?
I volunteer in many organizations including, like my mother, my church. I was the president of the leadership committee when we evaluated and purchased the land to expand our facilities to achieve our mission. As a founding member I saw our little, closely knit church family grow to over 2,000 members and maintain that small church feel.
Following my father’s passion, I love the outdoors and can be found enjoying God’s creation and the bounty of the fields, woodlands and waters, especially in the fall and spring. I get a special satisfaction and personal reward in sharing that love of nature with young people and novice adults who were not as fortunate as I was to grow up in the country under the tutelage of a great conservationist.