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August 2013
I apologize for the second email today, the first email was sent out with a couple stories omitted
Top 10 Reasons to Attend the Super Regionals
By Jim Petersen, FCSI
FCSI The Americas Chair

The first of this year's series of Super Regional events is scheduled in Vancouver on September 12-13, followed closely by Hartford on September 26-27 and Atlanta on October 24-25. 


Accordingly, we would like to suggest the Top Ten Reasons you should make your decision NOW to attend.




Number Ten:  "Your Nerdy Best Friend" doesn't mean that the goofy kid in high school who is now a millionaire is going to show up.


Number Nine:  Gives you a chance to find a few more things that keep you up at night.


Number Eight:  "REVIT" doesn't mean what the teenager next door does with his car at 3:00 in the morning.


Number Seven:  6 CEU's means you won't have to scramble when there are only three days left to beat the deadline.


Number Six:  Learn something new between sessions from someone you didn't know before.


Number Five:  Lots of learning packed into a short time - no extended time away from the office.


Number Four:  Teach something new between sessions to someone you didn't know before.


Number Three:  Have Breakfast with the Board and ask where we are, what we're doing, where we're going, and ways you can get involved that you haven't thought of before.


Number Two:  Find out stuff your competitors don't know about, and beat them at the next project proposal.


...and the Number One reason you should attend a Super Regional:  Three words - snacks between sessions.




Thanks, folks, I'll be here all week - try the veal.  And try a Super Regional.


Best wishes.




Which Of These SUPER Locations Are You Attending?
Vancouver, B.C.
September 12 - 13th

To Register for Vancouver click on the postcard

Hartford, CT
September 26 - 27

To Register for Hartford click on the passcard
Atlanta, GA
October 24 - 25

Early Bird Registration for Atlanta ends September 20, 2013
Join FCSI for a two-day education and networking event which qualifies for 6.5 CEUs! Receive a discount on your registration when you sign up for the regional series before the Early Bird deadline!
Save the Date
FSCI The Americas

Phoenix, AZ
April 10-12, 2014

FCSI Educational Foundation Board Member Opening
The Americas Division has an opening to represent the Division on the Board of the FCSI Educational Foundation.  This one year term will begin January 1, 2014.  If you are interested in serving, please contact Educational Foundation President Ruby Puckett.  
New Member Benefit for Professional Members
FCSI has partnered with Design Opportunities (DO) Newsletter. DO is produced monthly and features proposed projects that have not yet selected an architect or designer.

In addition, FCSI is excited to promote its brand by sponsoring 8 advertisements in the newsletter each month. This promotion will help the Society to reach over 10,000 architectural firms in the United States and Canada!


All Professional members will receive a link to each new issue of DO. Please contact Wade with questions about this publication!

Welcome New FCSI Members
Associate Members

John Zorn

McDonalds Corporation 


Michael Beran

MB52 Consulting  


Shelby Wurscher

Robert Rippe & Associates  


Wendy Dimitri

The CRB Group


Kai Deering

Stewart Design Associates, Inc.  


Affiliate Members

Joe Arvin

MadLove Cooking  


Corporate Members

MVP Group Corporation

FCSI The Americas Division is excited to share our new partnership with the Foodable Network and Rock My Restaurant.  Starting immediately FCSI TA has become a Sponsor and Contributing Producer.  Rock My Restaurant is hosted by our own members Bill Bender and Eric Norman.  With only 3 episodes thus far, the show already has a distribution to over 12,500 foodservice decision makers and over 19 million impressions. 


If you are interested in sponsoring the show, please contact Jeff Kingman, Director of Business Development for the Foodable Network.

Member Spotlight
Amy Hegarty

Amy Hegarty, CID, ASID, CFSP, FCSI

Foodservice Consultants Studio


How did you get your start in the industry?

I got my degree in interior design from Virginia Commonwealth University and my first job was with a design/build contractor that specialized in retail and foodservice design. Most of our work was in stadiums and airports.


What path did you follow to get where you are today?

I received most of my experience as a consultant since the only hands-on foodservice experience I have was working two summers at Kings Dominion Amusement Park in the candy shop. I tried working for an interior design firm for a while who specialized in healthcare and office design but after over twelve years of designing kitchens, office design just didn't come naturally!


What do you enjoy most about this industry?

I enjoy the variety of projects. Even though I mostly work on K-12 projects, our office works in many segments including military, healthcare, churches, business and higher education.


What do you do when you are not working?

I take care of our year-old German shepherd (who loves the fact that I work from home now!) and play hand bells in the church choir. I am learning to play the piano again after many years of not playing and I scrap book and make stained glass creations when I have spare time.


Amy Hegarty is the chair of the ICON Committee, a committee committed to promoting the participation of new and emerging members of FCSI TA.
FCSI California Nevada Chapter Hosts Event
The Cal/Nev Chapter that also includes Arizona and Hawaii held a reception on Sunday August 18, 2013 just after the Western Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center. 32 people enjoyed fellowship and banter and a chance to relax and enjoy some networking time before going out for dinner that evening. The Western Expo has become a very interesting event with lots of food and beverages, including beer and wine along with a sprinkling of food service equipment. Just enough equipment to give one a break from all that grazing.

Our special thanks go out to our Chapter Leader and Event Organizer Bill Watts, FCSI, for planning the annual event and to the manufacturer attendees, who without their support the reception would not have been possible. The event was supported by the following: Amrit Ghumman from Acme Refrigeration; Karalynn McDermontt from Bunn; Suzanne Painter-Supplee from Vollrath; Reza McDaniel from Star Manufacturing; Don Smith and Mike Coyle from Continental Refrigeration; Jason Hartung and Smarty Carpenter from Food Equipments Agents; Jack Staples and Randy Naffin from Federal Industries; Peter Carrol from Moffat; Mark Anderson from Carter-Haffmann; Gary Rupp from Montague; Steve Kim, Steve Hartmann and Greg Jones form Preferred Marketing Group; Tom Dumont from Integra Sales; John Andrews and Steve McKeage; Tony Bedi, Ruth Bedi, Beth Merdian and Fred Merdian from Airdyne Refrigeration/RMI; and last but not least Tiffany Calig from Mars Air Systems.
FCSI The Americas Board Officer Nominations

FCSI Consultant members,


The Board of Trustees will be electing new officers to begin a two-year term in January 2014 and you have an opportunity to be involved in this process!  The Division's bylaws state that the Treasurer, Secretary and Chair-Elect Positions are voted upon by the FCSI Consultant membership. 


The Board of Trustees is happy to put forth the following candidates for election:


Chair-Elect - James Camacho, FCSI

Secretary - Bill Caruso, FCSI

Treasurer - Re-Election for Harry Schildkraut, FCSI


An addition to the election process now allows members to nominate themselves for officer positions and be included in the officer elections.  In order to nominate yourself, you must meet the following criteria as well as be endorsed by 10 Consultant members in good standing:


Chair-Elect Requirements - Must have completed a minimum of two years as a trustee or one year as Secretary or Treasurer of the Division and must not have previously served or be serving as Chair or Chair-Elect within the past six years.


Secretary or Treasurer Requirements - Must have completed a minimum of one year as a trustee of the Division or must have served as either a national committee or task force leader.  The individual shall not have previously served or be serving as Chair or Chair-Elect within the past six years


If you are interested in sitting for one of the officer positions, please email Wade Koehler no later than September 13th.  The list of 10 endorsers for your candidacy should be sent to wade@fcsi.org no later than September 20th.  The election will take place the first week of October.


The Trustee nominations will take place in October.

Quick Links

Did You Know? 
The ICON Committee 
(Inspiring Consultants through Opportunity and Networking) has a group on LinkedIn?
NY Show "Ask the Experts" needed!

FCSI will once again be partnering with the New York International Hotel Motel & Restaurant to showcase the FCSI Ask the Experts booth.  We will have 2 consultants serving each day of the show.  The dates and hours are:


November 9 - 10am-5pm

November 10 - 10am-5pm

November 11 - 10am-4pm


We are looking for a Design and a MAS Member each day.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Wade.

Issue three of
Foodservice Consultant has arrived! 

This edition features interviews with star chefs David Burke, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Michel Roux Jr. The articles cover a wide range of topics, taking in foodservice in military facilities, the evolution of Quick Service Restaurants, the rise of raw food restaurants and the latest developments in cooking technology.

It's packed with member comments and insight throughout, and looks at a wide array of projects in the US and beyond.
Special Thanks to our Direct Connection Sponsors:

FCSI The Americas Headquarters | www.fcsi.org | 5004 Francesco Lane
Bloomington, IL 61705