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January 2014
A Message to FCSI-TA Members from the Chair
By Bill Taunton, FCSI, Chair
Bill Taunton, FCSI
Dear fellow FCSI The Americas Division members.

I would like to start with a warm hug and wish all of you and your families a happy and successful 2014.


I understand that the cold weather has made the beginning of the year a little slow for the vast majority of the members of our division, but for me the weather is warm and sunny and summer is in full bloom!  You see, for the first time since the creation of our division, your chairman comes from a different place in the world, and while you suffer with the cold weather, here in Chile we suffer in the hot summer of the south.


I would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little about myself and my history with FCSI.  A few years ago, during the Atlanta convention, FCSI incoming chairman, John Cornyn, approached me and asked what I thought of FCSI.  Since I was one of only three non North American members of our division, my answer was, "I don't have any comments, as I have decided to leave by the end of the year because FCSI has very little to offer me".  John was very surprised by my response and asked why I felt this way.  I told him that I felt like an island.  I was not part of any real division and no market within the division really resembled mine. I didn't feel that FCSI could help me develop myself professionally.


John suggested I stay with FCSI and get involved.  I explained that I didn't feel there was a channel of participation for me in the society.  He said, "I like new ideas, so please do not give up.  Let's see what we can do".  A few months later (at this same time of the year), I was on holidays with my family when I received a call from John saying he wanted me to participate in the board. He said it is worth trying to change things.


Well, it has been 6 or 7 years and I never thought that by saying yes I would have entered into a life so full of opportunities, satisfactions, challenges, rewards, and emotions that are difficult to describe.  The journey I decided to take with FCSI has been a real roller coaster and today I can say, it was definitely worth jumping on!


I am excited to know that I have four more years to enjoy leadership within FCSI.  As your new Chair, I look forward to serving the Society, advancing its future, and further developing our profession.


Just as I said yes to John several years ago and worked to change the face of FCSI in my little world, I now ask all of you to participate and get involved. We have so many opportunities and challenges that we face daily, it is definitely worth getting involved and working toegther to make an impact and achieve our goals.  The growth of our industry depends on all of us.


This year we will start with a new board; veterens, Jim Petersen, James Camacho, Harry Schildkraut, Barb Pyper, Bill Caruso and Ian Jameson will return to the board. We also welcome four new members who have chosen to dedicate their time to FCSI, Eric Norman, FCSI, Christine Guyott, FCSI and Richard Eisenbarth, FCSI.   I invite you to welcome them all as they begin their new positions on the Board.


There are also changes within our AAC friends; we welcome their new representative Mr. Erik Von Kaenel.  Thank you Erik for being part of our family and representing our allied members of FCSI.


All the work we have done so far, and all we plan to accomplish in the near future, cannot be possible without the help and devotion of our management firm. Wade, Kimberly and Penny, thank you guys for your great work.


Last but not least, I want to thank on behalf of all of my fellow members, those that came thinking they were devoting their five minutes to FCSI and have actually dedicated part of their lives to it - thanks to Ed Norman, Tim Agosti, Rod Collins and Larry Huber.  Finally, I would like to thank all of you who have made possible, just like the Phoenix, the rebirth of FCSI from the ashes. 


See you all in Phoenix in April!


William P. Taunton, FCSI

FCSI-TAD Chairman

In This Issue
Welcome to our New Members!


Shawanda Asbury

Bumble Consulting


Corporate Members

Melink Corporation

Sparks Custom Fabrication

 FCSI The Americas Partners with DigitalCoCo

FCSI The Americas Board is please to announce the Division has signed a contract with Social Media Experts DigitalCoCo to begin a new social media campaign in 2014. Along with assisting with our @fcsiamericas twitter feed and our FCSI Americas LinkedIn, we have created a new FCSI Americas Facebook page. 
We encourage all of you to join our LinkedIn and Facebook pages and follow our twitter feed to get in on the action and keep up with the Division's news and views.
It's not too late to Sponsor the DirectConnection

FCSI-The Americas' monthly e-newsletter DirectConnection updates over 700 members each month on what is going on in the Society and the industry. Get your name on it today!

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FCSI Educational Foundation 
Lends 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 article in Foodservice Consultant Magazine.

Today is the Last Day to get the Early Bird Rate for the Phoenix Conference
A Whole New FCSI ~ A Whole New Experience ~ Join Us
A Whole New FCSI ~ A Whole New Experience ~ Join Us

Scholarships are still available for the Phoenix Conference. Sessions at the conference include project delivery model trends, restaurant design, menus in 2015, and exciting events each evening! Phoenix is shaping up to be like no other FCSI conference in recent history. 

Register today!

2014 Solutions 3 Conference Wrap-up

Solutions 3, the collaborative team of three premier food  service associations' Northwest entities,  teamed up earlier this month to present another dynamic workshop!   


Food Integrity: Soil to Plate, took place in Seattle on January 10 and was a huge success, with over 160 people in attendance! The program focused on topics relevant to adopting a broader approach in the evaluation of the quality of our food, from Soil to Plate, Dirt to Dish. 

Gerald White, Kathy Pryor, Michael Hansen

Gerald White, Associate Publisher of PLATE magazine, served as the event emcee. Guest speakers included Cynthia Lair of Bastyr University; Janet Anderberg of Washington State Department of Health; Ben Kazenmaier, Owner of City Greens; Eiko Vojkovich, Owner of the Skagit River Ranch; Susan Soltes, Owner Bow Hill Blueberries; Lucy Norris, Marketing Director at Northwest Agriculture Business Center; Mark Musick, Resource Conservation Consultant; and Michael Hansen, Senior Staff Scientist at Consumers Union.


A big thanks to all of our event sponsors:


Diamond:  Compass Group, Coca-Cola, Hobart


Gold: Dynamik, MM Hayes, Unified Brands, Amana Commercial, T&S Brass and Bronze Works, FSA, Alto-Shaam, Nespresso, Jeff Schultz Associates, Eversys


Silver: Halton, Eloma, Amerinet, Champion Industries, Follett, BSI, Duke Manufacturing, Irinox


Exhibitor Table: Readers to Eaters, LJ Hughes Associates, Unified Brands, Vollrath

2014 FCSI TA Sponsorship Opportunities

Click on any of the links below for more information on upcoming sponsorship opportunities. 


DirectConnection Rates


FCSI-TA Conference Sponsorship Opportunities - Phoenix, AZ, April 10-12


Matching Grant for First Time FCSI TA Conference AttendeesHelp Contribute to the First Time Attendee Phoenix Conference Grants

From ICON Committee to Board Position -Success Stories

The Mission of the ICON committee is "to promote the participation of new and emerging members of FCSI TA". When Christine Guyott and Eric Norman became FCSI-TA board members earlier this month, this is exactly what happened.


Both Eric and Christine were instrumental in the founding and organization of ICON and then both served as team leaders of the committee.


Christine joined FCSI in 2007 and became a professional member soon after. She has served on the Conference Planning Committee for three years and assists with coaching new professional members and speaking to students about foodservice design.


Eric joined FCSI in 2000 and became a professional member in 2009. He also served as Chair of the FCSI Academy and was directly involved in getting the online library created on FCSI's  website. He has served on the By-laws and Governance Task Force as well as varying roles of the Conference Planning Committee including chair of the upcoming FCSI Conference in Phoenix.


ICON stands for Inspiring Consultants through Opportunities and Networking. ICON exists to assist newer members of the organization in becoming involved in the committees and events of FCSI.

Congratulations to Christine and Eric on their new FCSI-TA board positions! The ICON committee is proud to say "we knew them when"!

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Do you know who your coach is? Contact Kimberly for your coach's contact information.

Rock My Restaurant

Rock My Restaurant is hosted by our own members Bill Bender and Eric Norman. 


Across the Bar: Timeless Cocktails with a Special Spin

Foodable WebTV Network's original series, Across The Bar, visits Chicago's, The Drawing Room. Join host Paul Barron and lead Mixologist Sergio Serna as they discuss cocktail trends and even create the first Across the Bar original cocktail, the ATB! Watch now

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.

Special Thanks to our Direct Connection Sponsors


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