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November 2014

Where has the year gone?

Richard Eisenbarth, FCSI, Trustee - FCSI The Americas
Dick Eisenbarth, FCSI

I cannot believe how fast this year has gone by and that I am just completing my first year as your East Coast Trustee for the Americas. I feel honored to be on the Board and I want to assure you that your Board is committed to growing our Society and bringing former members back, as well as welcoming new members into the Society. We are also encouraging younger consultants to join and participate in building our Society. At every Board meeting we hear of former members wanting to rejoin and many of our former members are also encouraging their associates to join. This has been exciting to witness and to be a part of FCSI's growth.


Just as our businesses have changed for the better, so has our Society. We are offering more and better educational opportunities with improved content by both our Allied members and our conference and symposium planning committees. We are, as a Society, better communicating with our peers to collaborate with each other on common problems we are facing. I am even seeing consulting practices jointly teaming on proposals and projects! The FCSI app that rolled out earlier this fall has proven to be rich in content and is further evidence of better communications. The app is being constantly updated and improved based upon your feedback. I hope you agree. We, as your Board, are always looking for ways to improve and look forward, and we are open to any and all suggestions, new ideas and initiatives to consider.

I hope to see a lot of you at the FCSI Symposium on February 17-18, 2015, taking place just before The NAFEM Show. The Symposium will be both educational and fun, and a good kick off to NAFEM. I hope all of you have a great Holiday season and I look forward to seeing you all in Anaheim in February.
In This Issue
Welcome to our New Members!



Jason Wallace

Hospitality Concepts 


Carlos Tello

Arquitectura + Culinaria 




Channel Manufacturing




Education Providers



FCSI New England Chapter 11th Annual Holiday Party

You are cordially invited to the FCSI - New England Chapter's 11th annual Holiday Social. Come join members and friends for an evening of cocktails, music, dinner, networking, and fun at one of Boston's premiere restaurants. Please note the proceeds from this event are donated to a worthy cause.


Thursday, December 11, 2014 @ 6:30 pm


Davio's Downtown Boston

75 Arlington Street Boston, MA 02116  


Reservations must be made by Thursday, December 4.

Western Canada Project Requires FCSI Professional Member

A recent project proposal put forth for a hospital project in Western Canada requires at least one FCSI Professional Member be a part of the foodservice design team. This demonstrates the growing recognition of our consultants in the industry, and the importance of becoming a professional consultant member of FCSI. Not yet a Professional Member? Get started today.
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Foodservice Consultant Picks up 2 Silvers at Major Magazine Awards

Congratulations to Progressive Customer Publishing (PCP) for winning Silver Awards for Best New Launch or Re-launch, and Best Overall Editorial B2B for FCSI's Foodservice Consultant Magazine. 

Winners of the Content Council Pearl Awards were announced at the awards gala on Tuesday, November 11 at Apella, New York City.

Wade Koehler, CAE, Executive Director for FCSI The Americas, and Mike Jones, Editor, PCP

Early Bird Deadline 
November 30
~ FCSI Symposium ~

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. Register by November 30 for the best rate.


Click here for the FCSI Symposium schedule.


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


Thank you to our Symposium Sponsors to date! 



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American Panel


Continental Refrigerator

Eagle Group

FWE / Food Warming Equipment


Hestan Commercial Corporation



Franke Foodservice Systems


Kason Industries

Kitchens To Go

Micro Matic


Thermodyne Foodservice Products

Unified Brands



Clabo USA 



New Age Industrial


True Food Service Equipment


Wood Stone



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The NAFEM Show
February 19-21, 2015

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February 19-21 - Anaheim, CA 

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

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Did you know NAFEM is offering scholarships in the amount of $500 to qualifying consultants? Click here for details.

FCSI Board Member Eric Von Kaenel Honored with SHFM's Robert Pacifico "Above & Beyond" Award

FCSI Allied Representative for the Americas division, Eric Von Kaenel of Unified Brands, was recently honored with the Robert Pacifico 'Above and Beyond' Award at an awards ceremony at the Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management (SHFM) annual conference.

According to SHFM, the award is given to "a deserving Associate Member at the annual conference, in recognition of extended, exemplary, and dedicated service to the Society, their community, and our industry." 


Click here for the full article

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Continuing Professional Growth

Annual CEU requirements are as follows: 

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
3:00-5:00 p.m.

Questions? Need help finding a Proctor for the IKE? Contact Kimberly Kissel.
Have you downloaded the FCSI App? 

The Foodservice Consultant is available on your smart phone and tablet. The App is free to members to download and offers intelligence and insight for foodservice industry professionals everywhere. To log into the App, use your email as listed in your FCSI database profile and your Constituent ID. 

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For help, contact Nick at Worldwide FCSI.

Solutions 3 Conference

January 30

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



Program Details

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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.


Conference Website




For questions, contact Sabine Wagner, Executive Director of FCSI EAME.

FCSI TA 2014 Project Showcase Released

FCSI ICON LinkedIn Page Merging with FCSI The Americas LinkedIn Page

If you follow FCSI The Americas on LinkedIn, you will notice some changes in the coming weeks. In an effort to gain more followers, make it easier for those in the Foodservice Industry to connect with us, and to keep up with all that LinkedIn has to offer, FCSI The Americas will be combining its LinkedIn presence into a new Company page. If you follow the ICON Group and / or FCSI The Americas on LinkedIn, please note you will soon be able to find everything FCSI The Americas under a new page on Linkedin!


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

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