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Welcome New Members
Ivim Pelleso
Placontec Consultoria

Brandon Drake
Camacho Associates

Joe Schumaker
Cosmopolitan Catering

Carolina Frias
Galunion Consultoria e Gestao

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Solutions 3 Conference

The 2016 Solutions 3 Conference will be held March 2-3 at the Microsoft Headquarters in Redmond, WA.

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Log CEUs in Your FCSI Journal
It's hard to believe we are already half way through 2015! Have you kept track of the programs you attended to meet your continuing education requirements that comes with FCSI membership? 

Annual Requirements
Associates: 3 CEUs
Senior Associates: 6 CEUs
Professionals: 12 CEUs

Questions about logging CEUs in your journal? Contact Kimberly
FCSI-TA Headquarters has a New Address
FCSI The Americas
3309 Robbins Road #171
Springfield, IL 62704
309-808-2165 (same phone)
The Americas Division - Finally, True to Its Name!
Bill Caruso, FFC

May 27, 2015 was a very historic day for the Americas Division of FCSI. We formally signed a partnership agreement with SINDAL (the Brazilian NAFEM) to participate at various symposiums, shows, conferences et. al., as well as provide TAD Board of Director support to an ever growing chapter in Brazil. This September, we will participate with this group and announce new FCSI members at the Equiphotel Show in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

We now have (or will have shortly), twelve Professional members from Brazil and this membership is growing. Not to leave the rest of Central and South America out, we are actively recruiting new members in Mexico, Chile, Peru and other areas and will participate in industry trade shows this fall in Mexico City and Santiago, Chile. Thus, very exciting times for us and all of this gives us a chance to tell the world that we finally, truly are "The Americas Division"!

2014 Espacio Show, Santiago, Chile

This metamorphosis has taken many years to come to fruition from the early days in the 70's and 80's when the late Juan Prieto of Mexico City, I believe our first Mexican Professional member, organized a number of functions to attract new members from the Central American countries. We gained and then lost some momentum with his passing, but we now have a new "Champion of the Cause" in our current President, Bill Taunton of Santiago, Chile. The TAD Board of Directors with Bill at the helm, enthusiastically support this unparalleled growth into Central and South America, and our good friends South of the Border feel the same way!

You will be hearing much more regarding our exciting expansion plans but I ask all of you, regardless of your member status i.e. Professional, Affiliate, et.al., to join forces with us to expand our society's (and the industry's) horizons to insure that we embrace an all-inclusive Americas group of the future. 


My best wishes to all! 


William J. Caruso, FFCSI, ISHC

FCSI-TA Secretary

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An Update from IDPC on the Oregon Interior Design Bill - HB 3424
Bill HB 3424, that would require the Oregon Business Development Department establish a voluntary registry for commercial interior designers, has died in committee upon adjournment of the session.

If this bill would have passed, the Department would set the minimum qualifications for commercial interior designers based upon the education and experience requirements established by a "national organization of interior designers." 

This bill may be resurrected in the future. Interior Design Protection Consulting will keep FCSI apprised of any new bills that affect FCSI members.  
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Strong Membership Fuels the Society!
Refer a member between June 1 and September 1 and receive a $20 gas card when their membership is approved!
Send this link to qualified candidates and remind them to include your name on their application.
2015 FCSI Worldwide Dues Share Update
How much of your money goes to FCSI Worldwide? This year that will be $7.65 representing 765 Divisional members. For legal reasons, all Divisions must submit a payment to Worldwide for dues. Last year a $.01/member dues fee was incorporated. This benefit allows more of your dues share to remain in The Americas for marketing the brand.
Congratulations to Senior Associates Moving Through the Professional Membership Process!
Congratulations to FCSI Senior Associates for achieving milestones in the Professional Membership Process: 
New Professional Member
James DavellaJames N. Davella Consulting
New Name for FCSI's New Consultant Members

In recent months, it became clear that there is confusion in The Americas Division and at the Worldwide level with the name ICON, which is how we have been identifying new consultant members. ICON stands for "Inspiring Consultants through Opportunity and Networking".  The ICON committee has worked to come up with a name that is understood by all members and those looking to become members. We will now be identifying new consultant members as "Emerging Consultants". Moving forward, our committee will be known as the Committee for Emerging Consultants, and our goals will remain the same - helping students understand career opportunities as a foodservice consultant, and helping new consultants feel welcome within the Society and understand the resources available to them.


The 2015 Committee for Emerging Consultants includes: Mike Wrase, Chair, AJ Barker, Jennifer Murphy, Anja Kuechenmeister, Garrett Lennon, David Oshota and Michael Lawrence.

FCSI-TA Student Initiatives Update
Help FCSI start student chapters and promote the student competition throughout the division by getting in touch with your alma mater, or printing this two-sided flyer when you visit any higher institution schools.

Contact Kimberly to pass along any school contacts you may have.
Revit Foodservice Equipment Standards Updated for 2015
The Revit Foodservice Equipment Standards document has been updated for 2015. All files and documents pertaining to the Revit Foodservice Equipment Standards can now be found on the Revit Standards Page, and is available for all members and non-members to access. Highlights include newly clarified standards for line subcategories, including their line styles, and a materials library file for family creation to allow for greater consistency. There is also a statement addressing the need to keep Revit Foodservice Equipment families within two versions of the current Revit release. Manufacturers are encouraged to not create families as wall based or face based as this can cause issues with linked files. These updates will aid in better quality families for all users. 
Bruner/Cott + Colburn and Guyette Named Winners of 2015 Foodservice Pioneering Concept at the Newly Transformed IHMRS
New York City - (July 29, 2015) - A tapas and wine bar that unfolds from a box is the winner of the 2015 Foodservice Pioneering Concept competition sponsored by HX: The Hotel Experience (formerly the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show). Architectural firm Bruner/Cott, Cambridge, MA, and foodservice design and consulting firm Colburn & Guyette, Rockland, MA, collaborated to create the small-plates concept.

Bienvenu unfolds silently from what appears to be a high-top reception table that could be located in a lobby area of a hotel, retail mall or transportation concourse, in an academic setting or restaurant space. Unfolded, the concept comprises a small bar with bar seats, a pos counter fronted by a cold tapas display case and a wine bar. The station can be run by either one or two servers depending on volume, with self-serve wine being sold via a bar-code wine ticket that customers purchase at the point-of-sale station.
The concept, serving a minimalist menu of a dozen or so small-plate selections, does not require complete set-up and take-down each day; it is completely self-contained with the exception of a roll-in, roll-out undercounter refrigeration unit (to store in the host site kitchen). Bienvenu folds away completely when the unit is closed and becomes a functional reception or foyer table/floral display.

Bienvenu will be built to a scaled, working model on the exhibit floor during HX 2015, November 8-10, at the Javits K. Center Convention Center in New York.

"With the transformation of IHMRS to HX, we're aiming for a totally redesigned industry event that's interactive, innovative and inspiring. Bienvenu delivers on all three of those objectives and we are pleased to showcase it to attendees at this year's show," says Phil Robinson, HX Group Show Director. Wade Koehler, Executive Director of the Foodservice Consultants Society International, adds, "What I love about the Foodservice Pioneering Concept is how it showcases tomorrow's trends today. It gives operators a chance to physically witness what innovation looks like." 
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