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May 2014

FCSI Well Represented at This Year's NRA Show 

Another successful NRA Show has come and gone, and FCSI's booth, featuring 'Ask the Design Experts', brought in around 100 people to answer questions related to designing and managing foodservice facilities of all kinds. Thank you to our consultant members who were able to assist in this effort: Jim Petersen, FCSI, Brad Belletto, James Davella, FCSI, Bill Taunton, FCSI, Juan Matamoros, AJ Barker, Eric Norman, FCSI, Ed Norman, FCSI, Char Norton, FFCSI, Tim Stafford, FCSI, Christine Guyott, FCSI, Steve Carlson, FCSI, Ted Farrand, Nahum Goldberg, William Eaton, FFCSI (PP), and Armand Iaia, FCSI. 
Congratulations to Kristin Sedej, FCSI, for winning Top Consultant Achiever by FE&S Magazine, and Tom Ricca, FFCSI for being inducted into FE&S Magazine's Hall of Fame!  

Tom Ricca, FFCSI - 2014 FE&S Magazine Hall of Fame Award Recipient
Kristin Sedej, FCSI - 2014  FE&S Magazine Top Achiever - Consultant

The FCSI Midwest Chapter Reception was held Sunday evening of the Show, with about 300 people in attendance. Thank you to the Midwest Chapter representatives Kristin Sedej, FCSI, and Paul Mackesey, FCSI, for their efforts in organizing this reception. The event continues to be a huge success, steadily breaking attendance records every year! 
In This Issue
Welcome to our New Members!

Senior Associate


Wendy Dimitri

The CRB Group




Dimas Oliveira





Education Providers



Looking for Members for BIM / REVIT Task Force

We are looking for consultant members interested in serving on the BIM/REVIT Task Force. If you are interested, contact Mike Wrase.

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

NAFEM Show Registration Open


Registration is officially open for the 2015 NAFEM Show, taking place February 19-21 in Anaheim, CA. FCSI members should use the code FCSI15 to obtain complimentary badges. Register Now.


FCSI has a Symposium scheduled in conjunction with the NAFEM Show. Sponsorship opportunities and registration will be announced soon. 

June 18 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.


June 18: Questionnaire completed, principals listing complete, both floor plans submitted, equipment list with brand names submitted
June 27: Professional photography due (there's an FTP site where they can be uploaded) 


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


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. QuestionnaireApplication


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.

23rd Annual FCSI Educational Foundation Golf Scramble and Crab Feast


Lexie Jacobs, Haley Jacobs, & Shirley Truscello at the crab feast August 7, 2013 - 22nd Annual FCSI Educational Foundation Golf Scramble and Crab Feast


Bill Smith of True & Corinne Ward of Perlick - at the Wine Auction
Proceeds from this year's event are expected to exceed last year's donations of $18,000. Over a 22 year period, donations have exceeded $206,000.


This year's event takes place Wednesday,August 6. If you would like to receive an invitation or further information please send an email to crabs@birchfieldjacobs.com.

FCSI Conference Presentations and Photos
Click here for the presentations available from the FCSI Conference.

Click on the mosaic below to view photos taken at the conference.
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. 
Restaurant Safety / Management Consultant Needed

FCSI has been contacted by a firm that is looking for a restaurant safety/management expert. This is a paid consulting position that one can do in his/her spare time. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, contact Wade.

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Are you interested in Professional Membership with FCSI? Thanks to the ICON Committee, FCSI has a lending library with the 3 books within the Body of Knowledge available to you for only $20. Visit the FCSI Store to borrow them for up to three months.

As always, feel free to contact Kimberly forif you have questions on the Professional Membership Process.  

Rock My Restaurant

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


New Episode!

Innovative Foodservice Products at the FCSI Conference 

 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.
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? Visit the FCSI Calendar to learn more about all the opportunities to keep your skills in check! 

Questions about continuing education? Contact Kimberly
Passing of Sherwin 'Hank' Steinberg
Sherwin "Hank" Steinberg passed away on Tuesday, May 6 in Florida. Hank was a 30-year member of FCSI and one time President of the New York/Long Island chapter. Click here to see his obituary.
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