April 2015
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Welcome New Members
Simone Galante
Galunion Consultoria e Gestao

Bill Maidment
Crabtree McGrath Associates, Inc.

Robert Marcarelli
Pi LLC Consulting

Gina Brinegar
Webb Design

Fernanda Zelic
Galunion Consultoria e Gestao

John Outlan
Fisher & Associates

Raoni Saade
MAPA Assessoria

Congratulations to our Consultant Members Pursuing Professional Membership! 

Senior Associate
Guillaume Lussan
WSP Canada

Jennifer Murphy
Vision Builders & Design 


Stop by the FCSI Booth at the NRA Show

Stop by and see us at the NRA Show Booth 5842 in the North Hall.

Job Postings on the FCSI Website

Visit the FCSI website for current job postings, and submit new job opportunities.

Industry Knowledge Exam at the NRA Show
The Industry Knowledge Exam (IKE), the multiple choice written exam, will be offered in Chicago on Saturday, May 16 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Sign up with Kimberly
FCSI TA Headquarters has a New Address
FCSI The Americas
3309 Robbins Road #171
Springfield, IL 62704
309-808-2165 (same phone)
A Message to FCSI-TA Members from the Chair


Bill Taunton, FCSI

Dear Fellow Members,


Today I want to talk about the importance of communication and how the lack of good communication can affect the best ideas that we can generate. 

Yes indeed. In the last couple of months two great ideas generated at the World Wide level and by your America's Division Board of Trustees almost died, just because of miscommunication or misunderstandings between the parts involved.

a) We all saw a lot of e-mails generated by the World Wide Board of Trustees and the Education Foundation about a program that is under development to attract young talent into our industry. Fortunately, everybody involved in the issue was able to set aside their personal views and talk to each other on behalf of FCSI. The result was very positive and now everybody is working with a common perspective of the industry requirements. 

b) Another example of miscommunication came from an agreement that we were supposed to sign with SINDAL to become partners in the development of FCSI in Brazil. SINDAL misunderstood FCSI-TA's reason for further developing a Latin American Chapter and decided to cancel the signing of the contract - an event that was scheduled to take place during The FCSI-TA Symposium in Anaheim. Again in this case, we all sat together and talked through the issues and finally got to another positive result. I am happy to report that we are back on track to forge a partnership with SINDAL that will further develop FCSI presence in Brazil.

These two major issues could have ended in derailing huge efforts and big possibilities for our industry in general, and for FCSI in particular. Fortunately that did not happen.

For someone like me, whose native language is not English but the language in which we officially communicate to the membership, communication is extremely important as any misinterpretation could potentially create chaos and distrust. 

Every one of you, our members in The Americas, should understand that even when we might have different origins, cultures, opinions, religions, languages, etc., we still share something very important...our business and our industry, and we should preserve and protect it. 

In FCSI-TA we are in the initial steps of changing what for years was considered universal - the US way of doing business. Well, the reality is that within our continent, The Americas, we have several different cultures, languages, and ways of doing business; just like what our fellow members face in EAME or in AP every day, and we should be prepared to learn and grow from those differences.

When we respect each other's opinions, we will be able to say that we have finally been able to become a real worldwide organization, so let's keep this in mind as we move forward and remember again, the individual success of anyone by itself is nothing compared to the whole industry success.

Thank you all and best regards.

William Taunton, FCSI-TA - Chair

All proceeds go to Living Water for Girlsa residential and therapeutic program for young American girls victimized by human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. 

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Congratulations to Senior Associates Moving Through the Professional Membership Process! 
Congratulations to the following Senior Associates who are making their way through the Professional Membership Process: 

Jim Kessenich, Reitano Design Group for passing the PSE Track #2, Request for Approval of Oral Presentation

Jill Bierman, JBK Consulting & Design, Inc., for passing the IKE, and the PSE Track #2, Request for Approval of Oral Presentation

Jonathon Turnbull, Laschober & Sovich, Inc.for passing the IKE

Costel Coca, Webb Foodservice Design, for passing the IKE

Terry Pellegrino, Robert Rippe & Associates, for passing the IKE

Consultant members interested in becoming a Professional Member of FCSI must first upgrade their membership to Senior Associate, at which time they have three (3) years to pass two exams. 

The Industry Knowledge Exam (IKE) is a multiple choice exam. The IKE is offered during various industry trade shows. Alternately, candidates can take the IKE locally by proctor. 

The Professional Skills Exam (PSE) is an examination that evaluates oral and written skills.  Candidates are evaluated on their ability to present, as well as write a summary of their project or presentation.

Are you interested in pursuing Professional membership with FCSI? Visit our website to learn more, and contact Kimberly for details on the process. Here are some frequently asked questions answered as well.
FCSI Professional Members Receive New Seal 
FCSI recently developed and sent newly designed seals to Professional Members. Please contact FCSI-TA Headquarters if you did not receive yours.
We value your membership!
Last chance to renew your 2015 FCSI membership
If you have not yet renewed your membership, please contact Penny ASAP to make your payment in order to avoid suspension of your member benefits. All non renewals will be suspended May 8th.
Passing of Don Camacho, Jr. 

FCSI was saddened to hear of the passing of Donald Camacho, Jr. Don died on April 19 at the age of 64. He was self-employed as the owner/operator of Don Camacho & Assoc, a commercial food service equipment supplier.

Don's Obituary
FCSI Upper Midwest Chapter Reception at the NRA Show - NEW LOCATION
FCSI Midwest Chapter Reception 2014
The Upper Midwest Reception at the NRA Show has a new location! Join us at The Godfrey Hotel at 127 W. Huron at LaSalle in Chicago on Sunday, May 17 from 5-7 p.m. Register Now
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Help FCSI with its Student Chapter and Student Competition Initiatives
FCSI The Americas, with the help of the ICON Committee, has been working to raise awareness about our new Student Chapters, and our first ever Student Competition, where the winner will earn $5000! 

Are you interested in getting involved? Do you have a contact at your Alma Mater? We need your help! Contact Kimberly or visit our website for more information on the Student Chapter Initiative and the Student Competition

About the Student Competition
FCSI TA is holding a competition for students in colleges, universities and culinary schools across the Americas Division by developing an innovative project in relation to the hospitality industry, hotel business or catering industry for a chance to win $5000! 

Participation in the competition can be as an individual or as part of a team of two people. 
Submissions must be in business plan format and include the following: Executive Summary, Project Outline, Terms of Reference, Business Plan, Marketing Plan and Strategic Action Plan.
  • Deadline for project submission to Student Chapter - January 8, 2016
  • Judging of the submissions - January 11-29, 2016
  • Notification of three finalists - February 5, 2016
  • Presentation at Nashville Conference - April 14-16, 2016
Ed Bernard, FCSI
Ed Bernard, FCSI Awarded C.F.E. Fellow
On behalf of FCSI, congratulations to Ed Bernard, FCSI on his recent award of C.F.E. Fellow.

C.F.E. Fellow status is bestowed upon members of the Canadian Association of Foodservice Professionals (CAFP) who show commitment to the continuing quest for professional and personal development and who continue to contribute in a positive leadership fashion to the broader community.
Nahum Goldberg, FCSI
Next Step Design Welcomes Nahum Goldberg, FCSI, Expands to San Francisco
Next Step Design announced earlier this month that Nahum Goldberg joined the
firm as Vice President, Western Division. His studio in the San Francisco Bay Area will broaden their national platform and strengthen relationships on the West Coast. Russell Stilwell, the firm's Principal, asserts "I am proud and honored to have Nahum join our team; he is a consummate professional and will be a major
contributor to the continued growth and success of Next Step Design."

Halton Group Acquires Air Cleaning Company in USA
Halton Group expands its technology expertise in internationally growing indoor climate solution markets.

Halton Group acquired an American air cleaning company, Air Scrubbers Inc, last month. The company specializes in commercial kitchen environments and it is located in Sandford, North Carolina. The company's operation will be part of Halton Foodservice, a Business Area specialized in commercial kitchen environments.

A Special Thanks to our 2015 Direct Connection Sponsors