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Welcome New Members

Frank Doyle


Quinn McKenna
Queue Consulting

Kerri Ingraham
Ricca Design Studios

Joe Schumaker
SCG FoodSpace
Now Taking Project Showcase Entries

Entries for the 2016 Project Showcase are now being accepted! The deadline to enter a project is March 4.
MAS Projects Questionnaire
Correction - January's Direct Connection
FCSI-TA apologizes for the errors in January's Direct Connection, including the name misspelling of outgoing Board Member, Barb Pyper, FCSI, and the omission of incoming Board Member, Kristin Sedej, FCSI. 
Upcoming Event
March 3

Microsoft Headquarters, Redmond, WA
Advance registration is now closed. Registrations will be accepted onsite.
Bill Eaton to Receive FE&S' 2016 Hall of Fame Award
Foodservice Equipment & Supplies recently announced that William Eaton, FFCSI (PP), chairman of foodservice consulting firm Cini-Little, is the recipient of its 2016 Hall of Fame Award. More
Todd Guyette Named FE&S' 2016 Consultant Top Achiever 
Congratulations to Todd Guyette, FCSI for being the recipient of the Consultant Top Achiever from FE&S Magazine!
See all recipients
Members on the Move
Culinary Advisors is pleased to announce the promotion of Suzanne Bahr, FCSI to Senior Project Manager, and the hire of its newest team member, Laura Lentz, as Senior Designer.

About Suzanne Bahr, FCSI 
Suzanne entered the foodservice design consulting field in 1988, combining her degree in Architecture from the University of Virginia with six years' experience selling foodservice equipment. Full Release
About Laura Lentz
Culinary Advisors' newest addition, Laura Lentz, is a graduate of Cornell University.  Her areas of expertise include Business & Industry, Higher Ed, Healthcare, and Hospitality. Laura grew up in the architectural community as both of her parents were Architects in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Full Release

Culinary Advisors is a woman owned company founded in 1993 specializing in foodservice facility design. We have offices in Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and Texas.
Renew Your FCSI Membership by March 31
Be sure to renew your dues by March 31 to avoid suspension of your membership benefits. Questions about renewing? Contact Penny

Greetings FCSI-TA Members,

Brent Hall, FCSI
Well, the 2016 FCSI-TA Conference 'Live from Nashville' is just a little over a month away! I had the opportunity to serve on the Planning Committee for this year's conference and, along with the other fantastic committee members and FCSI staff, we have been enjoying planning the schedule for well over a year now. All is in place for what we believe will be the best one yet!

The FCSI-TA Conference is that seldom-held event where we as FCSI Members get the amazing opportunity to truly "share, support and inspire" each other in person, face to face. We will network together, educate together and work together, all to raise the bar and promote the professionalism that comes with being an FCSI Member to our industry and clients.

For me, the educational breakout sessions portion of the Conference are probably what I enjoy the most. I have been in this industry for over 30 years now, and one thing I have learned is that the learning never ends. One of the most important things we can do to better ourselves in our industry and to our clients is continued education.

Whether you're on the Design or MAS side, this year's Conference is again filled with great breakout sessions which are all set up to further educate us about this industry we all are so passionate about. There are a total of twelve sessions over two days addressing topics such as communicating with service agents, restaurant trends, mobile payment and remote ordering, and bar design just to name a few. All the breakout sessions include great speakers and panelists that are well versed and top notch in their class subject.

I know there is a lot to choose from but I am most excited about the session Successful at any Size-the Business of Consulting.  I mean, the title says it all, right?  Whether you are a Design or MAS Consultant, we can all benefit from learning how to be more successful working in and/or running our individual offices, no matter what the size. The presenters are Kristin Sedej, FCSI, President-Principal, S2O Consultants, Inc., Christine Guyott, FCSI, RD, Principal, Rippe Associates and Kathleen Seelye, FFCSI (PP), Managing Partner, Ricca Design Studios. It is important to remember that success is not defined by how big your firm is, how many employees you have, or how many projects you are currently working on, but each of these factors certainly impacts your firm's daily operations and long-term goals. I'm excited to learn from these three outstanding consultants from three different sized firms as they discuss the unique challenges and successes they've each encountered while managing employees and projects. I'm sure this will be one of the sessions most talked about later Friday night as we all enjoy what will be a spectacular evening at the Country Music Hall of Fame.

After writing this, I am even more excited about this fun filled Conference program that will allow for us to share our knowledge and experience through collaborative networking, training and evening entertainment that only Nashville has to offer!
In closing, this is my first article in the Direct Connection and therefore my first opportunity to address all the TA Members at large.  I would just like to take a moment to thank all of those who supported and trusted in me for the Western Region Trustee position, which I was honored to officially start first of the year. I feel like a rookie, but I am enjoying learning and working with the other Trustees and FCSI Staff to continue developing FCSI's strategic plan, building brand awareness and promoting the professionalism of FCSI and its members to our industry and clients.

See you in April - LIVE FROM NASHVILLE!
Kind regards,

Brent Hall, FCSI, Trustee FCSI-TA
APRIL 14-16, 2016

FCSI The Americas and Foodable Network are thrilled to announce the release of the first episode of BUILT. In this episode, Chris Tripoli, FCSI, and Bob Eury, executive director at the Houston Downtown Management District (HDMD), take us through the process of revitalizing Market Square in Houston, Texas, a small, old, established park in the downtown area that serves both a small residential community as well as nearby Monday-thru-Friday employees. Watch it now

April 26, 2016 - South Point Casino - 9777 S. Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV

Norovirus remains far and away the number one source of foodborne outbreaks across the country and across the seas. There is new research indicating that concerned operators have new weapons to fit their individual operations. 

This is a conference for cross-functional teams to assess the Norovirus risk and technology-based solutions in light of the Chipotle Norovirus outbreak and resultant federal subpoena. 
More Information                                           Register Now

Piper's updated Grab-N-Go Merchandisers have been redesigned to offer you longer lasting quality with Rigid PVC Composite Panels and a Stainless Steel interior - all standard. The panels are moisture resistant so they will never swell or rot from water contact. They have a solid black core to hide incidental scratches, and may still be laminate or vinyl covered to match any decor. Many options are available including glass end panels, powder coated interior, roll down night curtain and more. The shelves adjust to 3 different angled positions, and can be individually lit with optional LED lights. A single, top-mounted LED light is standard. Units are available as Hi- or Lo-Profile, and in 3', 4', 5' and 6' lengths to meet any demand.

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.