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June 2014

A Message to FCSI-TA Members from the Chair

Bill Taunton, FCSI, Chair
Bill Taunton, FCSI, Cristobal Taunton and Wade Koehler, CAE at the FE&S Magazine Awards Banquet

Dear Members:


This was my first NRA show in the last several years; I must say it was really a great one. I started coming to the NRA show when I was only 17 years old with my dad, Thomas Taunton, who was a foodservice equipment distributor in South America. I remember the first time I was there, seeing the tall buildings, the huge number of people, the nice looking women in the exhibition booths, the new machines, technologies, food, etc. What I always regretted was not taking the opportunity out of my always busy schedule to sight-see the beautiful city...... until now.


This time, for the first time ever, I invited my 18 year old son, Cristobal, to join me in his first ever business trip so he can see what his dad does for a living and to see if he would like to be part of our business in the future. Well, he loved it and we took a day off together and went to visit the windy city. I will definitely bring more of my family members with me in the future, and I will be sure to go sightseeing again.....

In This Issue
Welcome to our New Members!



Gregory McNally, Jr.

Restaurant Profit Technologies


David Oluwole Oshota

Landmark Kitchen Design


Barry Skown

Brailsford & Dunlavey


Congratulations to our newest 



Connie Dickson

Robert Rippe & Assoc.


Ann Delap

Ann W. Delap Food Service Consultant


Juan Matamoros





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.

NAFEM Show Registration  and Hotel  Reservation Open


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


Housing is open for the 2015 NAFEM Show. The FCSI has a special rate at the Anaheim Marriott (SOLD OUT) and the Marriott Suites ($159 / night). 

Make plans to attend the FCSI Symposium, which begins just prior to the NAFEM Show on Tuesday evening, February 17 with an opening party. Wednesday features an education-packed day, including separate tracks for consulting services and the business of consulting. The NAFEM Show opens Wednesday evening with its reception.

Click here to book the hotel of your choice using the code FCSI2015.   

Save the Date! 

The NAFEM Show

FCSI Symposium

Opening Party - Tue, February 17

Educational Sessions - Wed, February 18

The NAFEM Show

February 19-21

FCSI Partners with the Espacio Show in Santiago, Chile

For the first time, FCSI The Americas is partnering with the Espacio Show, taking place September 3-5 in Santiago, Chile! FCSI TA will offer two educational sessions and a networking cocktail reception. We will also have an exhibit on the show floor. The Espacio Show is committed to inviting a large operator audience for our sessions and has guaranteed radio, newspaper and social media coverage of the events.


Click here to register for the Show


Click here for details on sponsoring FCSI TA at the Espacio Show.

Winners of the IHMRS Foodservice Pioneering Concept

Thank you to everyone who submitted entries in this year's 2014 International Hotel, Motel & Restaurant Show Foodservice Pioneering Concept. There were many wonderful sustainable and innovating out of the box concepts. It was extremely hard for the judges this year. It continues to be amazing to see foodservice retail continue to survive and thrive with design concepts, menu diversity and creativity.

The judges' panel comprised of eight operators/industry leaders from the foodservice and hospitality industry. This panel for the Foodservice Pioneering Concept represents the major segments of the foodservice industry, and consisted of Michael Atanasio - Overlook Hospital, Melanie Corey-Ferrini - DYNAMIK Space, James Dale - Grand Hyatt New York, Robert Doland - Jacobs, Doland & Beer, Maura Doran - New York Methodist Hospital, Mark LoParco - University of Montana, Geoffrey Mills - Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan and Tracy Nieporent - The Myriad Restaurant Group.

Congratulations to this year's winners:

This year's winning concept goes to The Nyman Group and Robert Rippe & Associates, BOWLS - Food That's Good For You

Second place goes to, A La Carte Consulting Group, Al Dente

Third place went to Steven Cote, Healthy Foods Coffee & Tea Co.

The 2014 IHMRS takes place November 9-11. There will be visual graphics of the second and third place concept winners at the show.  A scaled working model of the winning concept will be available, along with demos and receptions held throughout the duration of the IHMRS.

New England Chapters of FCSI & MAFSI Hold Annual Golf Outing, Exceed Fundraising Goal

The New England chapters of FCSI and MAFSI held their 41st Annual Golf Outing & Reception last week and rose over $20,000 for the family of industry colleague, Steven DiMarzio; who passed away suddenly last December at the age of 36, leaving behind his wife and 2 very young children. Click here for the full release.


From left to right:

John Worcester, Tom McArdle, FCSI, Jennifer DiMarzio, Jack Crowley, Edward Arons, FCSI, Jim Whiffen, FCSI


2014 FCSI Product of the Year

Congratulations to Alto-Shaam for winning Product of the Year from FCSI The Americas with the CT PROformance Combitherm Oven. 11 finalists showcased their products at the 2014 Phoenix Conference in April.

Jack Scott and Steve Maahs of Alto-Shaam

 Like FCSI The America's Facebook Page

It has been several months since FCSI The Americas partnered with social media experts DigitalCoCo to help us with our social media campaign. If you haven't already, check us out on Facebook, LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter @fcsiamericas. 
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Outgoing Worldwide Board Members
Thank you to our outgoing FCSI Worldwide Board Members John Radchenko FCSI (PP), and Rod Collins. FCSI is grateful for all of your hard work and service to the Worldwide Board.

Rock My Restaurant

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


New Episodes!

Fisher-Nickel Talks Efficient Equipment and Energy-Saving


Vulcan Presents the Future of Kitchen Equipment


Innovative Foodservice Products at the FCSI Conference 

Education Provider of the Year

Congratulations to Hobart Corporation for being awarded FCSI The Americas Education Provider of the Year for 2012 and 2013. The Education Provider of the Year is chosen based on many factors, including program evaluations, the number of FCSI members attending the program, and the number of CEUs offered in the program. 
In Memoriam: 
Larry Jaeck 

The Pacific Northwest Chapter was saddened to learn that a foodservice industry friend suddenly passed away earlier this month. Larry Jaeck, a long time MAFSI member and avid supporter of the FCSI Pacific Northwest Chapter and Solutions 3 seminars will be missed. 


Click here for the full obituary


Memorial donations in memory of Larry may be made to Conservation Northwest. 

Lending Library for Members Pursuing Professional Membership
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 if you have questions on the Professional Membership Process.  
Special Thanks to our Direct Connection Sponsors


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