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July 2014

Education is the Key to Survival

William J. Caruso, FFCSI, ISHC
Secretary - FCSI The Americas
William Caruso, FFCSI, IHSC
FCSI The Americas

After a hiatus of almost thirty years, it's been wonderful to get back on the Board of Directors of TAD and interact with our membership once again!  It's also been very gratifying to see the resurgence of FCSI-TAD along with a new level of renewed vigor and enthusiasm from our Allied Members.  More than once, I've recently heard:  "The Society is really gaining steam and moving forward and we are thrilled to see this and be associated with it!"

Success, however, comes with a price tag, and that price tag is the requirement to keep educating and keep promoting to young people to convince them that food service consulting is a wonderful career to have and is one of the industries that needs and wants new, vibrant talent.  I think that this is a vast understatement of a fact that we all know only too well - unless this occurs, then the profession we know and love faces possible extinction in the future!


To this end, I want all of you to know that the TAD - Board of Directors is working closely with our Educational Foundation to find any and all ways to attract new and young talent to our ranks.  The charge is not only how to accomplish this task but also the need to adequately fund the eventual master plan for years to come, so that we can put an end to our constant talent search of today.  This project will take time but the results MUST be successful and I regard this program as one of topmost priorities for our Board to champion.  I am confident that our steadfast diligence to insure success here in the future, will guarantee a huge membership benefit to us all in the future!


My best regards to you all!



In This Issue
Welcome to our New Members!



Samantha Volin

Arizona State University


Kelcey Wolff

Cornell University of Hotel Administration


Senior Associate


Costel Coca

Webb Foodservice Design

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.

ICON Committee Strengthening Relationships with Schools

The ICON Committee (Inspiring Consultants through Opportunity and Networking) is in the process of building student chapters of FCSI in Art Institutes, Culinary Schools, and Design Schools. If any member feels their Alma Mater would be a great fit for our initial group of schools please contact Kimberly with details. ICON is scheduling school meetings for fall and winter to strengthen relationships with a mutually active partnership.


The ICON Committee (Inspiring Consultants through Opportunity and Networking) promotes the participation of new and emerging members of FCSI TA. 

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.


Register for the Show    Sponsorship Opportunities


Thank you to our Sponsors to date!


  Ali Group         Electrolux        Halton-Innes 


             Hobart Mexicana s de RL de CV             


     Middleby Corporation       Manitowoc     


Unified Brands

Volunteer Opportunity - CFESA Test Kitchen Development

CFESA is thrilled to announce they have formed two subcommittees to design their new test kitchen. This kitchen, available to everyone in the industry, will be located in South Carolina. They are currently looking for volunteers to help with designing the space as well as monetary donations for construction. If you are interested in volunteering your time to help design this new exciting space, please contact Wade.

 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. 
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. 



Thank you to our Symposium Sponsors to date! 



Ali Group






True Food Service Equipment



FCSI Symposium Sponsorship Opportunities

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Over a 22 year period, donations have exceeded $206,000.

The mission of the FCSI Educational Foundation is to provide funding of educational programming that promotes life-long learning, professionalism and ethical behavior for the foodservice consulting profession.
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