January 2016
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Welcome New Members
Now Taking Project Showcase Entries

We are now taking entries for the 2016 Project Showcase! The deadline to enter a project is March 4.
MAS Projects Questionnaire
Upcoming Event
Solutions 3 Conference
March 3

Microsoft Headquarters, Redmond, WA
Register by February 18 for the best rate
New FCSI Website!

FCSI Worldwide unveiled its newly updated website, foodserviceconsultant.org, which is merged with FCSI's own fcsi.org site. The result is one standalone site that is full of the news, profiles and insight you'd expect from Foodservice Consultant online, along with all of the useful and essential information FCSI members and prospective members could previously find on the fcsi.org site. 
Upcoming Exam Opportunities at the Nashville Conference & the NRA Show
Senior Associates:
Sign up now to take one of the exams at the Nashville Conference or the NRA Show. FAQs about the Exams

Anyone wishing to take the PSE Track #1 (oral exam) at the conference needs to submit their executive summary to Kimberly by February 14.

For questions or to register, contact Kimberly.
FCSI Membership Renewal Prize Winners! 
FCSI is ever grateful for our membership! We would not exist as an organization without you.

A tremendous THANK YOU to the members who renewed before the end of 2015 and were entered into a drawing to win fabulous prizes. The big winners were:

iPad Air
Stephanie Gatewood

David Chislett, FCSI

$250 Gift Card
Bonnie Zietlow, FCSI

Nashville Conference Registration
Robert Doland, FCSI

FCSI Custom Carry-on Bag
Kenneth Kistler, FCSI
James Camacho, FCSI

Dear Members:

I want to begin my term as the new Chair by thanking Bill Taunton, FCSI, our past Chair, for his hard work and dedication to The Americas Division during his tenure as the Chair. It is because of Bill's hard work and determination that we have had the pronounced membership growth in Latin America.  Bill has been leading the charge for TAD's Latin America development for several years and this past year has seen a realization of his efforts. I, along with the current Board, are dedicated to continuing Bill's program and goals for new Latin America members. 

I also want to thank three members of the Board whose terms have just ended, Ian Jameson, Tracy Taraski and Barb Pyper. Each represented the members well and it has been my pleasure to serve with them. I welcome the new Board members, Stu Bellingham, Brent Hall, Kristin Sedej and Ken Schwartz. I want to offer a special welcome to our new Latin America Trustee Member, Marco Amatti. You will have the opportunity to meet Marco and all the new trustees in April at our Conference. These folks, along with the returning Board members, are here to represent you. If you have ideas, questions or issues, contact them or our great staff, Wade Koehler, Penny Price and Kimberly Kissel.

Speaking of our conference, this year's conference in Nashville will be another banner event for FCSI. The schedule and programs are set, the entertainment is ready and the speakers are standing by just waiting for you to get there. Our conference planning committee has been working for over a year to build on their success at Phoenix and Anaheim. This is a great time to come be with your FCSI friends, learn from others and be inspired. Anyway a trip to Nashville is always fun. I personally want to thank our conference sponsors who support FCSI and we all look forward to seeing you. 

We have been reviewing the members survey and, as you may expect, with all the comments it is apparent that we truly have a diverse membership. The Board will be building on this report to make sure the value of your membership in FCSI is truly a VALUE to you. 

As I tell our clients, "we never close, we only doze", so contact me or our FCSI staff if we can help you.   

I look forward to talking to you soon.

James Camacho, FCSI 
FCSI-TA - Chair
APRIL 14-16, 2016

Registration - Early Bird Registration - January 31             
Innovation Showcase - February 11
Conference Grant - February 24  
Conference Sponsorship -  March 14                           
Hotel Reservations - March 14
John Turenne, FCSI

Do you spend most of your working time holed up with company colleagues and clients... clients and coworkers?  I mean that's OK, but let's connect with some other folks, right?
Do you ask yourself: "How can I maximize business focus, see old friends, learn new things, eat well and have fun, all at the same time?" 
It's true. I am personally psyched to be going to my 3rd FCSI America's Conference. At past gatherings I've taken the Industry Knowledge Exam and eaten BBQ (Kansas City) and ran through the dessert dawn (Phoenix). Now I'm looking to share my musical talents (or truth be told - lack thereof) in Nashville, April 14-16, 2016.
There's nowhere else you can catch up with both old and not-so-old friends, make new ones, learn new aspects of what it means to be a Foodservice Consultant and earn CEUs all in one place. And if you're new to FCSI and have that nagging Professional Membership Process (translated: exams) hanging over your head, now's your chance.  Register to take the written Industry Knowledge Exam (IKE) or Professional Skills Exam (PSE). No excuses! Get'er done!
Come on everyone. Meet me in Nashville for some Minnie, music and Meat and Three.

John is the Chair of CPSTA, The Council for Professional Standards - The Americas (CPSTA). CPSTA sets standards of performance for professional FCSI-TA consultants, administers core competencies set by FCSI WW, and measures performance for core competencies.
Conference Grant Opportunities for the FCSI Nashville Conference 

A tremendous THANK YOU TO the FCSI Educational Foundation for offering up to 20 $500 grants for first time attendees of the Nashville Conference (or those who have not attended in at least four years)

Consultants - Apply Now

Will you help support this effort by sponsoring a first time attendee? - 

Why Contribute?
  • Brings new faces to the conference and shows them the value of attending FCSI programs
  • Allows even the small allied firms to support the conference
  • Allows consulting firms to upgrade the skills and knowledge of their younger members
  • Ensures the future of the industry
  • Encourages long time members to interact with the next generation of consultants
Thank you to the companies who are matching the FCSI Educational Foundation's Grants! 

KCL - 4 Grants
Hatco - 5 Grants