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Samuel Samaan
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Azusa Pacific University


Table Top and Base Manufacturing Standards

Are you aware of printed manufacturing standards for table tops and bases? Please contact Wade if you know of printed material on the size of the table top in relation to the base size. 
FCSI EAME Conference
Madrid, Spain ~ March 26-29
For questions, contact Sabine Wagner, Executive Director of FCSI EAME.
The NAFEM Show 
Anaheim, CA ~ Feb 19-21

FCSI members, use the code FCSI15 for your free badge. Register Now
"Listen, do you smell something..."
James Camacho, FCSI, Chair-Elect


Dan Ackroyd was confused in the movie Ghostbusters, but you won't be after you attend the 2015 FCSI-TA Symposium in Anaheim, CA. on February 17 and 18, just a few short weeks away. Following on the heels of a great conference in Phoenix the FCSI -TA staff and symposium planning committee is excited to offer an expanded Educational Program prior to NAFEM. Themed Stop, Collaborate & Listen, the program kicks off Tuesday night, February 17, with an opening party that will set the tone for the event! Wednesday will be a full day of education, focusing on how consultants can ensure the success of the project and their careers by collaborating with consultants who offer a different expertise. But if you do not register you will be "left out standing in a field", which would be confusing.

After you have spent a day learning and catching up with your consulting friends, it will be time for a little event called NAFEM. We have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with thousands of "close personal friends". It is much more than a gallery of foodservice equipment and supplies. The show provides the perfect opportunity to build new relationships. Daily we interface with members of the Food Service Community that we may never get to personally meet. Now you may have the chance to put a face with the voice and shake a hand. Or maybe you are looking to reconnect with those you haven't seen in a while.


If you have been out standing in a field and have not heard NAFEM is offering the chance to apply for a $500 scholarship. Apply when you register, verify your attendance and you could be eligible to receive the scholarship. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is January 31.

As you walk the isles of the show please remember to say "thank you" to our symposium sponsors. Without our many wonderful sponsors we would have a very difficult time providing our members the professional and affordable events we will enjoy during the week.   


I look forward to seeing you in Anaheim,   


James Camacho, FCSI

Thank you to our Symposium Sponsors
Ali Group
American Panel


Continental Refrigerator
Duke Manufacturing
Eagle Group

FWE / Food Warming Equipment 

SPG InternationalVulcan
Imperial Brown
Kason IndustriesKitchens To Go
Micro Matic



Unified Brands

Clabo USA 

Follett Corporation
Gaylord Industries
New Age Industrial
True Food Service Equipment
Wood Stone Corporation

Passing of Rob Nyikos
Our thoughts go out to the family of Rob Nyikos, who passed away on January 8 after a long struggle with brain cancer. Rob was 62 years old.

View Rob's Obituary
Call for Presentations ~ 2016 FCSI Nashville Conference
2014 Phoenix Conference

The 2016 Conference Planning Committee is looking for your best, most creative session ideas for FCSI's 2016 Conference. We are looking for cutting edge topics, the latest trends in Kitchen Design, Business Practices, Collaboration, Contracts, POS, Digital Signage, Furniture, Technology Methods, etc. Sessions can be open discussion-based, or any untraditional format you can think of...no idea is too crazy!

Submissions are due March 20. Submit your session idea 

An Update on the ICON Committee

A tremendous THANK YOU to the ICON Committee for all of their hard work and vision on getting young people interested in the industry and new members involved in FCSI! Committee members include Brett Daniel, Chair, Camacho Associates, Mike Wrase, Incoming Chair, Robert Rippe and Associates, Amy Hegarty, FCSI, CID, ASID, CFSP, Foodservice Consultants Studio, A.J. Barker, Think Tank HG/CK+B, Jennifer Murphy, Vision Builders & Design, Garrett Lennon, JLR Design Group, Ian Jameson, FCSI, Board Liaison, Cini-Little International, and Anja Kuechenmeister, Camacho Associates. In addition, David Oshota of Landmark Kitchen Design has been asked to be a member of this committee.  

This past year the ICON committee has been diligently working on a new student chapter initiative with the intent of increasing awareness of and interest in FCSI. To kick off this effort, the committee selected 11 schools (a mix of schools with known programs in design, hospitality and culinary arts) to create programs, scholarships, and competitions for students considering entering the food service industry.


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

A Special Thanks to our 2015 Direct Connection Sponsors