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May / 2013

Have you ever had an opportunity to get reacquainted with a close friend you've sort of lost contact with over the years?  Before seeing them again you reflect on the good old days and how much you enjoyed being with them.  Then, when you finally meet, you see how much they have changed (as have you) and you begin a new, even better relationship.


That was my experience last week at the National Restaurant Association show in Chicago.  I confess I hadn't been to the show floor in a number of years, and had a mental image of what it would be like to return.  I was very pleasantly surprised at what I found and, although there will always be quite a few booths that really don't have much application for me as a designer, there was a plentiful plethora of pleasing equipment (okay, enough with the alliteration) and many opportunities for learning.  The show itself was much brighter and more open than I remembered, and I thoroughly enjoyed being there.


FCSI once again hosted the "Ask the Design Experts" booth.  Over the four-day run of the show there were about 140 appointment slots and, of those, 120 were filled either through appointments or walk-ins.  The different visitors' familiarity with design issues ran the gamut from novice to sophisticated veteran.  The booth was located in the concourse between the two main exhibition halls, so there were many opportunities for casual networking and space available to sit and catch up.  Altogether it was a very positive opportunity to help increase the visibility of FCSI as a Member benefit.  In fact, we expect that we will gain several new Members through our presence.


Another highlight was the annual cocktail reception organized by our Midwest Chapter.  In its short life the attendance at this event has forced it to grow from an informal gathering at the Renaissance Hotel's lounge to a dedicated private event occupying the entire venue to this year's full-scale reception in one the hotel's function areas with over 220 attendees.  Kudos to the Chapter for their vision, insight, and all the work that went into it.


Good food and great friends - some of whom we haven't seen since the good old days.  And so it continues...


Best wishes,


Jim Petersen

FCSI The Americas - Chair 

In This Issue
We are almost halfway through the year - how are your CEUs coming along?


3 CEUs per year

Senior Associates 

6 CEUs per year


12 CEUs per year

Save time and paper by entering your CEUs online through your FCSI Membership Profile!

Click here, to download instructions for online submissions.

CEUs can still be submitted to Kayla at
Get a head start on earning your 2013 CEUs by participating in any of the following Education Provider Opportunities:

For questions about these current opportunities or to submit CEUs from previous educational events, please contact Kayla@fcsi.org.
Sponsorship & Advertising
There are a number of opportunities to support the FCSI Mission which may be viewed in these sponsorships:

Super Regionals Sponsorship   


Direct Connection Sponsorship   

Questions? Contact Wade Koehler at
The new FCSI - The Americas Project Showcase is coming and you need to be a part of it. 

NEW Publication Date: Fall 2013  

Circulation: 13,000 including 2,000 consultants and operators-onsite and commercial, contract management company reps, hotel companies, casinos, etc.-and an additional list of 10,000 architects and general contractors, property developers, and other construction/facility decision makers.

Various ad sizes and costs are available including a special section for FCSI Consultant member advertisements. For more information, please contact Wade at wade@fcsi.org or Beth Lorenzini at blorenzini@fermag.com
MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR MEMBERSHIP: Events & Opportunities to Get Involved!
FCSI The Americas 2-day Super Regional program is back this fall! We will be traveling to Vancouver, Hartford and Atlanta to bring you these great sessions:

Day 1: Tips, Tools and Tricks for Savvy Foodservice Consultants

1pm - 3pm: Your Nerdy Best Friend, Beth Z, will show attendees how to utilize online and mobile apps to streamline and simply business practices.

3:30 - 5pm: What Keeps You Up at Night? This "unconference" session led by FE&S editor Joe Carbonara invites attendees to direct discussion topics based on current business troubles, trends or triumphs. No topics are off limits! 

Day 2: Be Prepared for Hands-On Learning!

9am - 11am: Autoquotes and KCL CAD will lead this "hands on" workshop to educate attendees about how their tools interact with REVIT systems. Not to be confused with a sales pitch, this session will offer actual examples and demonstrations to increase your REVIT efficiency and knowledge.

11am - 12pm: Our FCSI REVIT experts Mike Wrase and Shelby Wurscher from Robert Rippe & Associates will conduct a hands on "Q &A" session about creating foodservice documents in REVIT.  
How many CEUs have you earned this year? Don't forget to log your CEUs for credit!

FCSI - The Americas has renewed its international office management services agreement through 2018 with 520 Management, its longstanding association management partner.


"The trust and loyalty that is shared between FCSI-The Americas and 520 Management has grown over many years and has contributed directly to the association's stability and success," said Jim Petersen, chairman of the FCSI-The Americas Board of Trustees and principal of C.i.i. Food Service Design.


520 Management is owned by Wade Koehler and based in Bloomington, IL. Koehler has enjoyed a long and productive relationship with FCSI, first as a trusted staffer before being hired in 2010 to run the Americas Division.


According to Koehler, "We are thrilled to extend our contract with FCSI The Americas for an additional five years.  We enjoy working with the Board of Trustees and members alike and appreciate the trust they have bestowed upon our management company"   


520 Management provides FCSI The Americas with comprehensive central office management, including day-today administration of FCSI The Americas business and services under the direction of the FCSI The Americas Board of Trustees. 


To read the full press release, click here.  

FCSI The Americas in the News

In May, FCSI-The Americas members Bill Caruso, FCSI and Tracy Taraski, FCSI were both cited in an article about designing for sports venues. And FCSI members that participated in the annual National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago were mentioned in a number of publications as show highlights that were not to be missed.

Specifying for Sports

Featuring FCSI-TA members Bill Caruso, FCSI and Tracy Taraski, FCSI


Check out these other May articles that highlight our association and its members:


Education, Innovation and the NRA Show

Featuring FCSI-TA members Greg Christian of Beyond Green Consulting and Scott Reitano of Reitano Design.

FCSI Offers Design Consultations at NRA Show


NRA Show's Ask the Design Experts Features FCSI Member Consulting

NRA Bound? Make Sure You Plan Your Time!


Support FCSI The Americas!  
Check out these great sponsorship and advertising opportunities!
CHECK OUT THE NEW "BUSINESS BUZZ" section. Resources to help your consulting business grow! 

As of May 1st 2013, R. Todd Guyette has stepped down from his position as Chairman of FCSI's New England Chapter. Guyette, Principal and owner at Colburn & Guyette served in this position for the past 13 years.


"The New England Chapter has come a long way in the decade plus that I've been Chair and I'm glad to have been a part of it, but it's time to give someone else a shot at the helm".


Edward Arons, a long time professional member of FCSI and senior associate at Colburn & Guyette has
been appointed to replace Guyette as Chairman. 
Other chapter news includes the appointment of Chandra Comfort, Marketing/Finance Coordinator at Colburn & Guyette as the chapter secretary and Tom McArdle, Principal of TJM Consulting based out of Yarmouth, ME will continue on as the chapter's Treasurer. 
To read the full press release, click here. 
ICON Super Regional Grants Available

FCSI The America's ICON committee would like to offer 10 Complimentary Registrations, a value of $189, to help defray the cost of attending the 2013 Super Regional events. The intent of this grant is to encourage younger, emerging consultants to attend the meetings so they can expand their knowledge and networks and become actively involved in the Society.


Those eligible for the grants include non-FCSI members and Associate members of FCSI demonstrably at the beginning of their careers in the foodservice and hospitality consulting profession (less than 5 years).


To obtain an application please contact Kayla Saal at kayla@fcsi.org. Applications must be submitted to Kayla by July 15, 2013.  10 qualified recipients will be selected by the ICON committee during their next meeting. If there is an overwhelming interest, the committee will consider additional registrations.


In return for the complimentary registration, the recipient will be required to write up a short summary of what they learned at the Super Regional and how it will benefit them in the future. These summaries will be published on the FCSI ICON LinkedIn page and Twitter accounts and may also be used in FCSI printed materials.

Quick Links

We are proud to share the names of the following FCSI members who successfully completed the Membership Process:

Gabriel Stein
Stein Arquitectura Gastronomica

Paul Max 
Oakfield Design Group
Senior Associate

Allen Hasken
New Age Industrial
Individual Allied
We are delighted to recognize new members for their dedication to furthering their careers in the Foodservice Industry.

Please help us to congratulate them on this achievement!
FCSI is happy to announce a new partnership with Design Opportunities Newsletter beginning in June 2013.


The newsletter is produced monthly by the National Building News service and features proposed projects that have not yet selected an architect or designer. The newsletter will provide our Professional members with several new project leads each month.


In addition, FCSI TA will feature eight (8) ads in the newsletter per month that will reach out to over 10,000 architectural firms in the United States and Canada. 


We would love your feedback after the first couple issues.

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