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October 2013
The Importance of Using Specification Identification Numbers
By James Camacho, FCSI CSI
FCSI The Americas Secretary

We have just concluded the last Super Regional Conference for 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. A special thank you goes out to all of our Platinum, Gold, and Silver Sponsors who supported us for all three Super Regional Conferences this year. We not only want to thank them for the sponsorship but also for their attendance at the conferences. It's always great to spend time with old friends and get to know new ones as well.


During our "What Keeps You Up at Night" segment, the conversation shifted to the NAFEM Specifier Identification System for Consultants. If you're not familiar with this number, it is based on a program developed years ago by Kathleen Seelye, FFCSI, and NAFEM. The purpose of this system is to identify the specifier to the dealers and manufacturers in case of questions or need for clarification. The Specifier Identification Number is to be added to the end of the model number as a suffix.


Amidst our discussions, there were several consultants who did not know about the Specifier Identification Numbers and several mentioned they do not use it anymore. Many of the manufacturers indicated their strong preference for this system's use when consultants are specifying projects. They stated that one of their main goals is to build equipment to meet the specifications of the FCSI consultants. If there is a question regarding the written spec, the Identification Number quickly shows which office produced the specifications where they can call and have their questions answered.


FCSI encourages the use of the Specifier Identification System. If a member does not have one or does not remember their number, they can contact NAFEM. Below is a sample of the included paragraph in our written specifications:


"The extent of the Food Service Equipment is shown on the Drawings, Equipment Schedule, and Specifications of this Section of Contract Documents.  Each model number includes the code *AB123 as a suffix. This code is known as the Specifier Identification System. It is not to be removed by the dealers. Its purpose is to identify the specifier to the vendors providing the equipment in the event it is necessary to communicate questions, clarifications and comments, from prior to bid award through the final purchase. It is to be used on all correspondence including fax and e-mail when communicating with manufacturer representatives and factories."


I look forward to talking to you soon.

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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!

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We are looking for volunteers to join the FCSI/NAFEM Liaison Committee.  This committee meets one time per year to discuss joint ventures between our associations.  If you are interested in participating, contact Wade

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Project Showcase Available Online

FCSI's Project Showcase is now available electronically. Click here to download this publication that highlights just a few of the thousands of exciting and innovative projects done by FCSI Consultants annually.
New FCSI TA Officers

Congratulations to the 2014 FCSI TA Officers recently elected.


Bill Taunton - Chair

James Camacho - Chair Elect

Bill Caruso - Secretary

Harry Schildkraut - Treasurer

Jim Petersen - Immediate Past Chair


The FCSI TA Officers will begin their 2-year terms starting January 1, 2014.

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Member Spotlight
Brett Daniel in disguise

Brett Daniel

Camacho Associates


How did you get your start in the industry? 

I got tired of working for myself doing HVAC, plumbing and electrical work.  The business was slow and, though it had its ups and downs I was looking for more stability.  I was already a computer geek and tinkerer, and I really loved to eat (and cook).  My father, already in the business, happened to hear about a position opening up at a consulting firm in my area and I went in and interviewed.  Seven and a half years later and I'm still there. 


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

I received most of my experience through the different jobs I had growing up.  I worked at three different pizza restaurants making food and still to this day, I could eat pizza for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Alternatively, I have done quite a bit of plumbing, electrical and heating and air work.  For the most part, if it breaks I can fix it, then cook it a meal.


What do you enjoy most about this industry?

I really like going into a facility that I have completed and seeing the finished product.  It's a great feeling to know you were an integral part in the successful outcome.  I also really like to eat.


What do you do when you are not working?

I have three boys, ages 2, 5 and 10 that take up the majority of my time outside of the office.  I also really like to cook and try new foods.  I like photography and I like to travel.  I try to combine all of that as often as possible.  The wife and I enjoy taking the boys to the beach with a camera in one hand and some exotic seafood in the other.  It doesn't get much better than that. 


Brett Daniel is a member of the ICON Committee, a committee that promotes the participation of new and emerging members of FCSI TA.
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Lending Support to Foodservice Education

With renewed direction and purpose, the FCSI Educational Foundation is committed to funding educational programming that promotes life-long learning, professionalism and ethical behavior for the foodservice consulting profession.  Your tax-deductible donation to the foundation helps fund programs such as sponsoring student attendance at FCSI events, scholarships, internships and more.  Click here for a brochure with more information on the FCSI Educational Foundation mission and goals.  In addition, check out this recent article in Foodservice Consultant Magazine.

NRA Seeks Kitchen Innovations Award Nominees

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


The most progressive 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.

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 jo.charity@propelinfo.com. The event is being held at One Moorgate Place, London.

Quick Links

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

Across the Bar: Timeless Cocktails with a Special Spin

Foodable WebTV Network's original series, Across The Bar, visits Chicago's, The Drawing Room. Lead Mixologist, Sergio Serna, mixes up some classic cocktails, like the timeless Manhattan and The Red Bush, a cocktail recipe dating back to the 1800s. Join host Paul Barron as they discuss cocktail trends and even create the first Across the Bar original cocktail, the ATB! Watch now

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.

Call for Programs
Share your passion and expertise in foodservice consulting by presenting at the National Association of College and University Food Services national conference.  The deadline to submit a program proposal is December 13.  Sessions are scheduled for 60 minutes.  Programs are selected based on their ability to demonstrate the greatest potential for contributing to the quality of the conference and that represent the variety of roles within collegiate foodservice.  Click here to submit a proposal.
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