April 2016
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Welcome New Members
ASSOCIATE
James Richards
PES Design Group

Jeremy Carver
Webb Foodservice Design

Kelsey Patterson
Kiche, LLC

Chris Bruscetta
Kiche, LLC

CORPORATE



AFFILIATE
Daniel Natterman (Unidine)

Upcoming Events

Visit FCSI's Booth, 7855, at the NRA Show and be sure to sign in for 3 CEUs for attending the show. 

The FCSI Upper Midwest Chapter Reception is held on Sunday evening, May 22. We recommend advance registration at this popular event!
Congratulations to Award Winners Announced at the FCSI Nashville Conference
2014 Education Provider of the Year
GARLAND

2015 Education Provider of the Year
HOBART


Bob Pacifico 'Doing Good by Doing Well'
BOB JACOBS, FCSI & JOHN BIRCHFIELD, JR., FCSI


FCSI Service Award
Determined by the FCSI-TA Chair
ED NORMAN, FCSI (PP)


Product of the Year
ACCUTEMP PRODUCTS, INC. 
AccuSteam Griddle
All I Can Say is WOW!
Dick Eisenbarth, FCSI
Having just returned from the FCSI Nashville Conference, all I can say is WOW! The Conference had the largest attendance since 2005 when the conference was held just prior to the NAFEM Show. Consultants totaled 145 with 78 consulting firms represented. We also had 98 manufactures represented at the conference.

Your conference planning team did an outstanding job with the entire conference with content rich sessions and plenty of networking opportunities during the day and evening. In talking with both  consultants and the manufactures during the conference all seemed to feel that there was something of interest throughout the conference for everyone with both consultants and manufactures willing to share their thoughts and ideas with their peers in our industry. What a change there has been in the past five years! Much of the thanks has to go to our Executive Director Wade Koehler and his team guiding us back and providing many creative opportunities.

Most of the presentations from the Nashville Conference are available now on the conference website. Photos taken from the conference will also be available on the conference website as well, and can be downloaded for free!

In closing, I would like to say that I have been very proud to be on the Board of Trustees for FCSI The Americas and have a very small part in the transformation of our organization. I also want to thank our conference sponsors and their dedication to FCSI. Without them we could not have been able to make the strides we have over the past few years. It has been a team effort for sure!

I hope to see many of you in May at the NRA Show and at the Upper Midwest Chapter FCSI-TA networking reception on Sunday, May 2 at the Godfrey Hotel (register now).

See you soon!

Dick Eisenbarth, FCSI
Trustee, FCSI The Americas
FCSI-TA's WebTV Show
The first WebTV series of its kind, BUILT. allows FCSI The Americas consultants the opportunity to offer viewers tricks of the trade and the best brand consultant advice - knowledge every innovative leader craves, all in bite-sized, entertaining pieces.

The FCSI CONFERENCE IS OVER...
SO NOW WHAT?
The Nashville Conference was a lot of fun and we had an incredible turnout of consultant members.  You left Nashville energized and feeling great. So how can you turn that energy toward FCSI to keep that feeling going on a regular basis without it becoming a major time commitment?

Wade Koehler, CAE, FCSI-TA Executive Director
Get involved - Join a committee (email me to find out more) and get involved with the committee's projects or contact your FCSI Chapter Leader to see how you can help locally.  It's a great way to get to know your colleagues better.
 
Create content - We are always looking for projects to feature in our
Foodservice Consultant magazine, our annual Project Showcase, BUILT. TV, or in our Foodservice Pro Insight blog.
 
Speak! - FCSI is always looking for members to speak at FCSI events or partnering organization trade shows. Speaking of trade shows, come work the FCSI booth with us. We welcome the company, and you get the chance to speak to operators about what you do.
 
Join the online conversations (or start them) - FCSI has a Facebook group and LinkedIn group where you can start new conversations or share your knowledge with others.
 
Vote - whether it be a FCSI-TA chapter election, a board of trustee election or bylaw change, let your voice be heard.
 
Tell us how you feel - We as staff welcome any and all comments.  Got a complaint? Have a better way to do something for FCSI? Just want to say hello?  Give us a call, email us or pull us aside at any event or trade show.
VIEW & DOWNLOAD CONFERENCE PHOTOS
MOBILE APP BADGE GAME WINNER
at the FCSI Nashville Conference 

Congratulations to Joe Schumaker of SCG FoodSpace!
He won a $250 Visa gift card.

50/50 DRAWING WINNER 
at the FCSI Nashville Conference 

Congratulations to Sergio Forcatto from Jade Range  
He won $540 in the drawing and donated it back to the Educational Foundation. So the Foundation received $1,065.

HX FOODSERVICE PIONEERING CONCEPT CONTEST
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We strongly encourage all FCSI Consultant Members to participate in this contest.  It's a great way to promote yourself and your firm. The HX Show does a great job of building out your project on the show floor and promoting your project and firm before, during and after the show.  Don't miss out on this extraordinary opportunity!
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CONCEIVE, CREATE AND ROUGH-DESIGN YOUR MOST EDGY IDEA FOR THE FOLLOWING: 
A revenue-generating foodservice concept that can open and operate in an under-used, nontraditional location in a public area or in a host (client) venue. Lobbies, courtyards, hallways, concourses or any high-traffic space not specifically outfitted to foodservice are venue examples. These are locations where access to water is limited and ventilation and gas connections are non-existent. 

NOTE: Your concept MUST BE SCALABLE to be constructed on the HX: The Hotel Experience exhibit floor. The selected concept will be built as a life-sized, working "set" located on the show floor. Your model will be an actual gathering place for food and equipment demonstrations during the Show.

All submissions must be completed by May 6, 2016Submit Your Project IdeasThe first, second and third place winners will be notified by May 27, 2016. Full Details
 
YOU'LL NEED THESE ELEMENTS:
  • Concept Narrative: Describing your vision 
  • Concept Sketch: Your vision in a color rendering 
  • Floorplan, Elevation & Equipment List 
WHAT'S THE PRIZE? 
The first place winner will receive paid travel and hotel expenses to supervise installation of the project on the exhibition floor and to attend the show. In addition to industry recognition, your concept will be promoted in Show communications and collateral, and be featured in a future issue of Foodservice Equipment Reports magazine. You will have the opportunity to present a seminar at HX and HX will create a video interview with you to run on both FER and HX. 

Questions? Contact Marsha Diamond, Project Director
CHEERS TO YOUR CHAPTER!
Members of each of the eight chapters of FCSI The Americas met at the Nashville Conference to connect with one another and discuss upcoming FCSI regional events, as well as identify future volunteers and chapter leaders. Be sure to visit the Chapter Webpage on the FCSI site to keep up with conversations in your chapter's forum, see who is leading your chapter and when the next regional event takes place. 

Latin American Chapter
        
Canadian Chapter
MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR FCSI MEMBERSHIP, REPRISED
Connie Dickson, FCSI
On Thursday, April 14, just before the opening party of the FCSI Nashville Conference, Doug Huber, FCSI, facilitated a lively gathering of FCSI professional members and potential Professional membership candidates. The session kicked off with some of the members' top reasons for becoming a Professional member ("for the challenge", "to strengthen the FCSI brand", "to keep my edge") and concluded with testimonials to the power of sharing our consultant experiences with like-minded colleagues.   

The Nashville Conference also included a flurry of professional membership activity. 5 new Professional Members were recognized at the start of the conference. CONGRATULATIONS to our newest Professional Members, shown in this picture in between James Camacho, FCSI, FCSI-TA Chair & John Turenne, FCSI, Co-chair of CPSTA: Jill Bierman, James Davella, Melanie Corey-Ferrini, Jim Kessenich and Scott Reitano.

Four Senior Associate Members delivered presentations to trained evaluators as part of their Professional Skills Exam (PSE), and three Senior Associate Members took the Industry Knowledge Exam (IKE). The IKE and PSE are the two steps along the pathway to professional membership in FCSI and are designed to measure core competencies for foodservice consultants. 

Are you ready to take the next step toward Professional Membership in FCSI? When you officially embark on that path, you will be connected with a CPSTA coach to provide whatever level of guidance is helpful for you. In the interim, don't hesitate to reach out to any one of us with questions. The members of CPSTA are ready to support, mentor and welcome you!

The Council for Professional Standards - The Americas (CPSTA) sets standards of performance for professional FCSI-TA consultants, administers core competencies set by FCSI WW, and measures performance for core competencies.
A SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR 2016 
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