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December 2014

A Message to FCSI-TA Members from the Chair

Bill Taunton, FCSI, Chair
Bill Taunton, FCSI

Dear Fellow Members,

Another year has come to an end and for those of us who work on your behalf at FCSI, this has certainly been an incredible year, full of positive and exciting achievements. 

  • FCSI launched its mobile app which is free to members to download and offers intelligence and insight for foodservice industry professionals everywhere. 
  • Consultant membership increased for the third year in a row.
  • FCSI participated in its first educational event and trade show in South America at the Espacio Show in Santiago, Chile.
  • We signed a three year agreement with SINDAL to host educational outreach in Brazil beginning in 2015.
  • PCP was honored with two Silver Awards for the Foodservice Consultant magazine at The Content Council Awards.
  • We celebrated the10th Anniversary of the NRA Show's 'Ask the Design Experts' partnership.
  • FCSI sponsored educational sessions at the New York Hotel Motel & Restaurant Show.
  • We expanded FCSI's social media presence with our partner, Digital Coco, who also produces 'Rock My Restaurant' featuring FCSI Members Bill Bender and Eric Norman.
  • Many FCSI Chapters hosted successful events, including the Pacific Northwest's S3 Conference, the Midwest Chapter's NRA Show reception, the Birchfield FCSI Educational Foundation Golf Scramble and Crab Feast, and the New England Chapter Golf Outing.
  • The 2nd Edition of the Project Showcase publication was sent to over 10,000 AIA Members.
  • And many, many more!
We are ready to Rock n' Roll as we kick off 2015 with the FCSI Symposium at the NAFEM show in Anaheim, CA in February! Registrations have exceeded our projections and the planning committee has been working hard to bring you a fun event with informative education sessions. I sincerely hope you will join us for this extraordinary event! I also hope you will enjoy the ride with us in 2015!

Have a wonderful holiday season with your families and have a great New Year.

Best regards,




William Taunton, FCSI-TA - Chair

In This Issue
Congratulations to our Newest Professional Member 
Ted Farrand
On behalf of the FCSI The Americas staff, the Board of Trustees and the Council for Professional Standards The Americas, a BIG congratulations to our newest Professional Member, Ted Farrand of Cini-Little International
Welcome to our New Members!

Jessica Dengel
Robert Rippe and Associates

Jason Geckeler
Corsi Associates

Rochelle Hombsch
Robert Rippe and Associates

Mark Nilson
Robert Rippe and Associates

Nicholas Palagruto
Corsi Associates

Megan Patterson
Robert Rippe and Associates

Noble Samon
Corsi Associates

Michael Westendorf
Robert Rippe and Associates

Thomas Wuyek
Cini-Little International


Wilbert-Michael Lawrence
Capital Community College


Individual Allied

Ted Kolstad
Education Provider

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January 31

Reitano Design Group Turns 10!
Reitano Design Group Turns 10
Congratulations to Reitano Design Group on its 10 year anniversary.
FCSI Symposium
~ Can you afford NOT to attend? ~

The FCSI Symposium 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 now.


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FCSI-TA Chapter News

The FCSI TA New England Chapter raised $15,000 to the foodservice program at the New England Center for Homeless Veterans at its 11th Annual Holiday Dinner.

From Left to Right: Ed Arons, FCSI, Mark Gough, Chandra Comfort, Tom McArdle, FCSI

Held at Davio's in downtown Boston, the sold-out event was attended by more than 100 industry colleagues and guests from the New England area and abroad.

New Chapter Structure for FCSI The Americas

FCSI The Americas is pleased to announce a new chapter structure for its division. The new structure consists of 8 chapters: 


* Canada
* Northeast
* Southeast
* Upper Midwest
* Lower Midwest
* Southwest
* Pacific Northwest

* Mexico/South America


Members will have the opportunity to meet with fellow chapter members over lunch at the FCSI Symposium on February 18, and learn more about the new chapter structure, including the 2015 chapter leaders and chapter forums available on the FCSI website.


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Continuing Professional Growth

Seminars and Workshops hosted at "Your Place"
Annual CEU requirements are as follows: 

Associates - 3 CEUs
Senior Associates - 6 CEUs
Professionals - 12 CEUs
Questions? Contact Kimberly Kissel.
Exam Opportunities for Consultants Pursuing Professional Membership  
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 Renewed Your Membership?
We are looking forward to the new year!  You should have received email reminders regarding the renewal of your 2015 membership. Please do not forget to log in to your profile on the FCSI website to pay your 2015 dues on line, or mail your payment to 5004 Francesco, Bloomington, IL 61705.

Renew now to ensure that you continue to receive all the benefits of membership. If you have questions about your statement please contact Penny at 309.808.2165 ext 3.
Update Your Profile with FCSI 
Be sure to update your profile with FCSI in the next couple of weeks. The FCSI App includes the information you provide FCSI, and the app is scheduled for an update in mid-January. 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. 

Download the FCSI App Now


For help, contact Nick at Worldwide FCSI.

Solutions 3 Conference

January 30

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



Program Details

Register Now


Redmond, Washington


This program qualifies for 5 CEUs

FCSI EAME Conference 

March 26-29 ~ Madrid, Spain

Conference Website




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

FCSI-TA 2014 Project Showcase Released
Special Thanks to our Direct Connection Sponsors


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