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September 2013
Missing You
By Jim Petersen, FCSI
FCSI The Americas Chair

It was my good fortune to be able to attend the Super Regional held in Vancouver a couple of weeks ago. The event was entertaining and educational, and the networking was very worthwhile. Our Consultant Members were well-represented, and the Allied attendees receptive to the opportunity to exchange ideas and updates.


Our Hartford Super Regional provided a similar opportunity both in terms of networking and content. Unfortunately, the number of Consultants attending the event was, well, disappointing, particularly considering the relative population density and consultant members in the region compared to Vancouver.


Our Allied Members support our division through sponsorship, advertising, and attendance at events, and from their perspective the face-to-face time they can have with Consultant Members is an important aspect in their considerations in regard to how they will spend their marketing dollars. Without their support our events would be more costly to attend and dues could potentially be affected. Not to say that we're in it for the money, because the benefits of Consultant/Allied communications are much more than that - the personal familiarity is of value to all.


For those of you who haven't decided whether or not to attend the last Super Regional this season, I hope you will seriously consider going to Atlanta on October 24 and 25. Flights to Atlanta are usually quite convenient and affordable from most of the areas in the eastern part of the United States. Click here to register, and if you have any questions feel free to call the FCSI office at 309-808-2165.


On another note, it was my good fortune to attend the EAME Division's conference and Worldwide board meeting in Warsaw this week, including the induction of Scott Legge, FFCSI (PP) into the Council of Fellows.  There will be other exciting reports forthcoming from Worldwide president Ed Norman, so keep an eye on your inbox.


Best wishes.






In This Issue
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!

The NAFEM Showplace is a FREE, online, 24/7 marketplace designed to extend the energy and communication generated by each face-to-face NAFEM trade show. It takes the right decisions on equipment, supplies and efficiency to create and run a successful facility. The NAFEM Showplace is a community of manufacturers and experts combined with technology tools and smart systems to research equipment and plan projects. NAFEM invites you to join this community as you face the daily challenges of facility creation and management.

Last Chance to Attend the Super Regionals!
Atlanta, Georgia
October 24-25
Join FCSI for a two-day education and networking event which qualifies for 6.5 CEUs!
Member Spotlight

Christine Guyott, FCSI, RD

Robert Rippe and Associates, Inc.


How did you get your start in the industry? 

I have been in foodservice in some way shape or form since I was 15. I started in restaurants first in coat check, then as a bread girl and moved on to hostess, waitress, cocktail waitress to middle office manager. In college I majored in Nutrition and Dietetics and continued down the foodservice path.


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

I worked at Clevenger Associates in Santa Monica during and just after college, which was my first experience in a consulting firm. I went on to finish my dietetic internship at Mayo/St. Mary's hospital in Rochester, MN. Sysco MN was my next stop as a healthcare sales specialist and then, as a strange coincidence, a client recommended I apply as an Operations Consultant at Robert Rippe and Associates and have been here for over 18 years! 


What do you enjoy most about this industry?

The variety and flexibility of the industry - you can truly specialize and do what you are passionate about. Each project has its own challenges, but builds on the knowledge base you gain from the previous projects. The interaction with clients and architects along with the creativity of design work are a great combo for me. 


What do you do when you are not working?

I love to run and travel and take photographs. I really enjoy doing all three of those at the same time - see #runphoto for pictures! My free time is spent with my two boys, Max who is 9 and Mostyn who is 6. They like sports and I like to watch them play.


Christine Guyott is a member of the ICON Committee, a committee that promotes the participation of new and emerging members of FCSI TA.
FCSI Member to Speak at Propel Multi Club Conference

FCSI Member Brian Sill, FCSI, is slated to speak at the next Propel Multi Club Conference on Thursday, November 7. Brian is president of Deterministics, the company that introduced kitchen systems at Mitchells & Butlers. Current clients include Panera Bread, TGI Friday's and others. He will talk about current trends in foodservice systems and how you get organized to deal with high kitchen volumes. Operators can book two free places by e-mailing [email protected]. The event is being held at One Moorgate Place, London.

FCSI-The Americas Partners with International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show

FCSI-The Americas will offer free consultations to attendees of the 98th annual International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show (IHRMS), running November 9-12 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.


FCSI-The Americas has offered its 'Ask the Experts' service to a number of industry associations over the years, allowing attendees of these national and international events to discuss personalized solutions for front-of-the-house, back-of-the-house and management advisory issues in a free, 45-minute consultation.


Up to 36 free, 45-minute consultation sessions with designers and management advisory consultants may be scheduled each day over the last three days of this event.


Design and management experts from the following companies will be featured:


Sunday, November 10, 2013

*  Brad Belletto, Vision 360 Design in Dallas, TX.  (providing MAS consulting)

*  James Davella, president of James N. Davella Consulting, New York, NY (providing Design consulting)


Monday, November 11, 2013

*  Mike Berard, Commercial Kitchen Consulting, Binghamton, NY (providing Design consulting)

*  Jay Treadwell, The Optimum Group, Chevy Chase, MD (providing MAS consulting)


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

*  John Turenne, Sustainable Food Systems, Wallingford, CT (providing MAS consulting)

*  Dick Eisenbarth & Christine Gurtler, Cini Little International, Germantown, MD (providing Design consulting)


Click here for show details and to register. 


Quick Links

Did You Know? 
The ICON Committee 
(Inspiring Consultants through Opportunity and Networking) has a group on LinkedIn?

FCSI The Americas Division is excited to share our new partnership with the Foodable Network and Rock My Restaurant. Rock My Restaurant is hosted by our own members Bill Bender and Eric Norman.


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

NRA Seeks Kitchen Innovations Award Nominees

The National Restaurant Association is now accepting applications for the prestigious Kitchen Innovations™ Awards for 2014. Now celebrating its 10 year anniversary, the awards program recognizes and celebrates cutting-edge equipment and technology that specifically improve the back of the house and benefit foodservice operators. All applications are judged by an independent panel. 


The most progressive, ground-breaking submissions will be featured in the popular Kitchen Innovations Pavilion at NRA Show 2014, to be held May 17-20 at Chicago's McCormick Place. Click here for details.

Special Thanks to our Direct Connection Sponsors:

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Bloomington, IL 61705