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October 2014

A Message to FCSI-TA Members from the Chair

Bill Taunton, FCSI, Chair
Bill Taunton, FCSI

Dear fellow members, 


Over the last months Ive had the opportunity to talk with several members and manufacturers from different parts of our division, as well as from other divisions about business development in our division and the differences and barriers between North, Central and South America.


The more I talk, the more I realize the different ways we all do business, due in part to codes, rules, legalities, languages, etc. Even when most people think we only speak Spanish and English in our division, in reality our division has four languages -
Spanish, Portuguese, English and French. There are also several other small islands in the Caribbean that speak Dutch and several other native languages here and there.


This reality provides a huge networking opportunity between our divisional members as we should be able to use our contacts and the FCSI networking opportunities to do more, Share more. Support more and Inspire more.


For several years, many of our members on the design side, as well as MAS, have been working together or cross-referencing each other mainly in the US and Canada. Now we can do that between North, Central and South America and between MAS, Design, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and English speaking people too.

This is more and more common as there are many clients in the division as well as outside our division looking to hire experts from different parts of the world. From my perspective this presents an opportunity for us as members of FCSI, the only real worldwide foodservice consultant organization, and we should be able to take advantage of it. 


Have a great time sharing, supporting and inspiring other fellow members.


Best regards,

William Taunton, FCSI

In This Issue
Welcome to our New Members!

Senior Associate


Ted Mayer

TMC Group




Peg Galie

S2O Consultants

Juana Gomez




Mateo Budinich

Intelli-Food E.I.R.L


Jaclyn Morgan

JM Foodservice Consulting


Kurt MacDonald

A Day in Life Foodservice Development



Lending Library for Consultants Pursuing Professional Membership


Are you pursuing Professional Membership with FCSI? Consider borrowing these three books from FCSI for only $20 for up to 3 months to help you prepare for the Industry Knowledge Exam (IKE). This multiple choice question exam is one of two exams consultants need to pass to become a Professional Member of FCSI. Contact Kimberly for availability. Thank you to the ICON Committee for starting this lending program!  


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

Passing of Doris Gatland

FCSI was saddened to hear of the passing of Doris Gatland, the wife of longtime FCSI member 
Stanley Gatland FCSI (EM). She died on October 19. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Clubhouse of Suffolk Inc., 939 Johnson Ave., Ronkonkoma, NY 11779.

Click here for Doris' Obituary

FCSI TA 2014 Project Showcase Released

FCSI Magazine a Finalist for Pearl Awards in Two Categories

Great news! FCSI's Foodservice Consultant Magazine has made it as a finalist of the Custom Content Council Pearl Awards in two categories:

Best Overall Editorial B2B

Best New Launch or Re-Launch 

Winners will be announced at the awards gala on Tuesday, November 11 at Apella, New York City.
Stop Collaborate and Listen
~ FCSI Symposium ~
(oh, and The NAFEM Show, too)


Make plans to attend the FCSI Symposium, which takes place 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. Consultants will earn 6 CEUs for attending this program. The NAFEM Show opens Wednesday evening with its reception. Register by November 30 for the best rate.


Click here for the FCSI Symposium schedule.


The FCSI has a special sleeping room rate at the Anaheim Marriott (SOLD OUT) and the Marriott Suites ($159 / night). Click here to book the hotel of your choice using the code FCSI2015. 


Thank you to our Symposium Sponsors to date! 



Advance Tabco

Ali Group



American Panel


Continental Refrigerator

Eagle Group


Hestan Commercial Corporation



Franke Foodservice Systems


Kason Industries

Kitchens To Go

Micro Matic





New Age Industrial

True Food Service Equipment



Click Here for FCSI Symposium Sponsorship Opportunities


Get Your Free Badge for The NAFEM Show



February 19-21 - Anaheim, CA 

FCSI members should use the code FCSI15 to obtain complimentary badges. 

Register Now

The Importance of Maintaining the Most Current Revit Versions 

Staying current with the latest Revit versions is important for foodservice designers.  Compatibility with your clients shows that you are invested in your business.  If you are not on the latest version of Revit as your client, you are adding a burden to workflow.  Autodesk is actively adding new features and functions to improve Revit.  Not using the most current version(s) is comparable to driving your old leaded gasoline car.  You can get there but you are causing issues for everyone else around you.  Being on Revit subscription makes the most sense financially.  If you are not on subscription you will have to purchase a new version of Revit when ready to upgrade.  The new versions of Revit are several times more expensive than the subscription pricing.  By staying on subscription with Revit, you save money, you show professional investment and you are always current.


Please take this quick survey to help us better assess the needs of Revit users.

FCSI Members Raise Money for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the FCSI Educational Foundation

Last month, Rich Catan, Halton's Marketing Director, along with Consultants Rob Ormston of FDS Design Studio, Washington, D.C.  and Laura Lentz of Cini Little, Germantown, MD participated in the Seagull Century Ride out of Salisbury, MD. Money was raised for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as well as the FCSI Educational Foundation.

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Continuing Professional Growth

The end of the year is quickly approaching. Earn and log your CEUs today.
Associates - 3 CEUs
Senior Associates - 6 CEUs
Professionals - 12 CEUs
Exam Opportunities for Consultants Pursuing Professional Membership  
Professional Skills Exam (PSE)

At the FCSI Symposium
Tuesday, Feb 17
3:00-5:00 p.m.

Industry Knowledge Exam (IKE)

At the FCSI Symposium
Tuesday, Feb 17
3:30-5:30 p.m.

Questions? Need help finding a Proctor for the IKE? Contact Kimberly Kissel.
FCSI  Member Lounge and Educational Sessions at IHMRS

FCSI The Americas is pleased to announce two educational sessions at the IHMRS in November in New York. 


Join four of our members during their sessions at booth 2073: 


Sun, Nov 9 @ 3:30 p.m.

Staging the Customer Experience

Ken Schwartz, FCSI


Mon, Nov 10 @ 10:30 a.m.

Creating Signature Kitchen Designs

Steve Carlson, FCSI

Robert Doland, FCSI 

Peter Christensen, FCSI



FCSI has a lounge at the IHMRS Show! Join other members in the lounge at booth 2032 to meet, relax and recharge your devices throughout the show.

Solutions 3 Conference

January 30

S3: It's All About The Food... Or Is It?



Program Details

Register Now


Redmond, Washington

FCSI EAME Conference 

March 26-29 ~ Madrid, Spain

The next FCSI EAME Conference will be held March 26-29 in Madrid, Spain at the Melia Castilla Hotel. The conference team, chaired by Duncan Ackery, FCSI, is putting together a fantastic program based on the theme 'Young Talent'. The conference is chaired by Adam Griffin, FCSI. There will be educational sessions on the morning of March 26. 


If you plan to attend, book your flights now while the prices are still low.  Hotel reservations will be available shortly at a very attractive rate of around € 130 per room.


If you have any questions in the meantime, feel free to email Sabine Wagner, Executive Director of FCSI EAME.
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