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April 2014

Fun in the Sun - Conference Wrap-up

A special thank you to those who were able to join us for our 2014 Conference in Phoenix earlier this month. We had an incredible turnout, with almost 260 total attendees including 110 consultants. The conference planning committee put together an incredible event. Thank you to our volunteers, including Eric Norman, Conference Chair, AJ Barker, Christine Guyott, Ira Kaplan, Andrew Keaggy, Suzanne Painter-Supplee and Kristin Sedej.

Along with the great education planned, we had some fun evening events, starting with fireworks and dueling pianos on opening night, to live music and bull riding; and finishing with a poolside party featuring a DJ and tequila tasting presentation. The evening was capped off with a surprise pool dive by FCSI's Executive Director, Wade Koehler! To see yourself (or to catch a glimpse of all the fun), be sure to check out the conference photos.


We also debuted a few new "actors and actresses" among our membership with some parody videos. To view and enjoy these videos, please visit FCSI-The America's Channel on YouTube


A special congratulations to our award winners:


FCSI The Americas Service Award - Doug Huber, FCSI

Robert Pacifico "Doing Well by Doing Good" - Jim Petersen, FCSI

FCSI The Americas Product of the Year - CT PROformance Combitherm, Alto Shaam 

2012 & 2013 Education Provider of the Year - Hobart


For an extensive recap of the event, please visit our Foodservice Consultant magazine website.

In This Issue
2014 Phoenix Conference  

~ A Whole New FCSI ~

A Whole New Experience

Check out some of the hilarious videos shown during the conference
FCSI Phoenix Hashtag Parody
Hashtag Parody
FCSI Conference Commercial #1
Commercial #1
Commercial #2
Commercial #2
Commercial #3
Commercial #3

Welcome to our New Members!



Mike Kell

M-Pact Foodservice Planning and Design

Howard Stanford

SSA, Inc.

David Hensel

SSA, Inc.



Ali Group


American Recruiters


Carts of Colorado


Nieco Corporation


Utility Refrigerator


Education Providers



14th Annual 'Who Loves Ya' Golf Tournament 
June 9

$90 per player 

Includes Green Fee, Cart, Box Lunch, and Afternoon Snacks  
All checks are to be made payable to Camacho Associates, Inc.



9:00 AM - Registration Begins / Range Opens and Putting Practice
9:45 AM - Announcements
10:00 AM - Shotgun Start
3:00 PM - Awards Presentation



Mulligans are optional at $5 each, limit (1) per player.

50-50 Raffle



Shotgun start at 10:00 am

Format: Scrambled

Must RSVP to play



Northwood Country Club
3157 Club Drive
Lawrenceville, GA 30044



(A) 70-80 | (B) 81-90 | (C) 91-100 | (D) 101+
(F) You need to be working and not playing golf!


Entry Deadline: MAY 31, 2014

Sign up here

FCSI Educational Foundation Seeks New Board Member
As a result of the Educational Foundation President's resignation due to health-related issues, John Cornyn was appointed by the Board to complete his term of office.  Nahum Goldberg has been asked to step up into the Secretary-Treasurer's position, which means that the Americas' position is vacant. We highly encourage members to apply, especially those who appreciate how high quality educational opportunities can improve their lives as consultants as well as attract others to consider foodservice consulting as a profession. Contact John Cornyn if you would like to be considered for this position. 

Advance Registration Recommended for the FCSI Reception at the NRA Show

2013 FCSI Reception at the NRA Show

Thank you to the FCSI Midwest Chapter for hosting the celebrated FCSI Reception, held in conjunction with the NRA Show. This year's reception takes place Sunday, May 18 from 5-7 p.m. CT. Due to the overwhelming response to this event in recent years, we suggest you get your ticket now. 


Tickets are $30 each in advance, and $35 at the door. 

Reception Location

Renaissance Chicago Downtown  

1 W Wacker Drive  

Chicago, IL  60601 United States


Register Now

May 30 Deadline for Project Showcase Entries

2013 Issue of Project Showcase 

In September 2014, FCSI-TA is once again producing a special publication to promote the very best work of FCSI-TA foodservice design and MAS consultants. This issue will be distributed to more than 10,000 recipients, including architectural firms, construction management companies, retail site developers, etc., with the goal to promote your professional foodservice design and MAS services to these potential clients.


Design Consultantswe are looking for quality foodservice designs that combine the highest aesthetic with superb, innovative functionality and, when possible, definitive ROI results. Apply Now


MAS Consultantswe are looking for descriptions of how your unique, well-executed management advisory plans achieved and even exceeded clients' goals. Again, definitive ROI results are a plus. Apply Now


Submissions are limited to one entry per Professional or Senior Associate member of FCSI-TA. You must be a member of FCSI-The Americas Division to enter. 


Any foodservice facility or MAS project designed and/or implemented by an FCSI professional or senior associate member between Jan. 2009 and Jan. 2014-the LAST FIVE YEARS. The project must have been completed / operational prior to Feb. 2014. You may only submit projects that have NOT been featured in other foodservice industry publications. 

Foodservice Facilities Included Independent and Chain Restaurants, Healthcare and Long-Term-Care Facilities, Colleges and Universities, Hotels, School Foodservice, Central Production Facilities, Military Facilities, Correctional Facilities, Corporate Dining, Casinos, Entertainment and Sports Venue Foodservices, Transportation Hubs, Museums, Government Facilities, Banquet Halls, etc. 


How to Enter 
Fill out the Entry Application Form by clicking on one of the links above; note there is one for Design projects and one for MAS projects. Complete the fill-ready pdf application and e-mail, fax or mail it to: 

FCSI The Americas - 2014 Project Showcase

Attn: Beth Lorenzini
215 So. George St. 
Mt. Prospect, Ill 60056

Phone/Fax: 847.873.0340 (for FAX, call first) 

The project questionnaire and instructions for putting your entry together will be sent to you.

The Following Elements are Required
  • Project Description - Entrants will be provided with a list of questions to answer in addition to the brief Entry Application Form. Please specify if your project is Design or MAS. Filled out questionnaires provide the background information to be used by a freelance writer we will assign to your project. This freelancer will interview you and write the article for you.  
  • Professional Photography (mandatory for Design entries) Please note: We will not accept projects unless photographs have been taken by a professional photographer (no consultant photos per the board, our apologies) Professionally photographed, color images in a hi-res (300 dpi) Jpeg format. Please make sure to include the name, address, phone and Web address of the photographer on the Entry Application Form. 
  • Floorplan & Equipment Schedule (mandatory for Design entries) We will require a numbered/labeled floorplan with an accompanying equipment schedule and that schedule will require inclusion of equipment brand names (i.e. not combi oven, but XYZ Brand combi oven). We also will require the same floorplan, but with all numbers stripped out (for publication). We require floorplans in PDF format please.
Questions? Contact Beth Lorenzini at 847.873.0340.

New ICON Committee Chair - Brett Daniel

Brett on the Bull!

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to attend the FCSI Conference at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio resort in Phoenix Arizona. As a 'first timer' of an FCSI event like this one, I was awarded a grant, which covered my registration, airfare and hotel costs. Suffice to say, the conference was AMAZING. A very well organized event that offered back to back learning sessions and speakers from all walks of the industry to give insights into their daily lives and tasks. Motivational speakers, menu development, dining trends and a look into the future of foodservice were among the many sessions offered during this conference. Between the educational sessions and the "after hours" events, I never saw a sad face until the very last day when we all had to go home. It was truly an engaging experience and I will make a solid effort to attend every single one in the future. 


This particular conference was special to me, in that I took on the role as chair of the ICON committee. In this committee we focus on recruiting new members and inspiring them to move their way up the professional ladder. I am honored to be a part of this group, as we have some very talented and knowledgeable members working to make the society better as a whole. I am looking forward to many more years as a part of FCSI.


Brett Daniel is the chair of the ICON Committee, a committee that promotes the participation of new and emerging members of FCSI TA. 

FCSI Conference Photos Online
Click on the mosaic below to view photos taken at the conference

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Upcoming Exam Opportunities 
Click here for upcoming dates and locations to take the Industry Knowledge Exam (IKE). Contact Kimberly for questions you have on the Professional Membership Process.  

Rock My Restaurant

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


New Episodes!

The Definitive Guide to Takeout Packaging


HVAC Systems and Commercial Kitchen Ventilation

 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.

 What Attendees are saying about the Phoenix Conference

"Heading home from the best FCSI Conference I have ever attended. #fcsiphx"

"Excellent conference. The funny skits were also right on spot"

"Lots of good choices - it was tough to pick which ones to attend" 
"Great location and I think everyone had a great time. Well organized!"

"Thank you very much for this fantastic and amazing conference."
A Chance to Make a Difference - 
FCSI Leadership Opportunity for 
California / Nevada Region

Are you interested in getting more involved with FCSI in your area? Or do you know someone who might be a good leader for the California / Nevada Chapter? FCSI is looking for a member that can help take this chapter to the next level! If you or someone you know is interested, contact Wade


The leader of each Chapter, along with other Chapter volunteers, is encouraged to host at least one networking event annually. These events can be seminars, networking receptions, etc. and are intended to promote camaraderie among chapter members. 

Are you earning your CEUs for 2014? 
Consultants, are you earning your CEUs for 2014 and adding them to your journal on the FCSI website? Here are the minimum CEUs for each membership type: 

Associates - 3 CEUs annually

Senior Associates - 6 CEUs annually

Professional Members - 12 CEUs annually

Questions about continuing education? Contact Kimberly
DC Sponsor Highlight - Gaylord Industries

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  • Improved accuracy and speed utilizing a sensible heat-based system of kitchen zones not just equipment
  • Reducing the supply and exhaust air volume to provide optimal energy savings in multiple zones
  • Activating the demand control ventilation and maximizing energy savings when cooking activity is reduced or the equipment is idle or in standby
Special Thanks to our Direct Connection Sponsors


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