May 2016
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Congratulations to Consultants Pursuing Professional Membership!
Joe Schumaker
Brett Daniel
Laura Lentz

Joe Schumaker
Terry Pelegrino
Ted Doyals
Jennifer Murphy
Congratulations to the Following Members on Their Upgraded Memberships
Brett Daniel
Camacho Associates

Laura Lentz
Culinary Advisors, LLC

Christine Gurtler
Welcome New Members
Maxime Par�
WSP Canada

Brian Ward
(Target Market & Media Services)
Chapter Corner
The FCSI Upper Midwest Chapter Reception was held on Sunday evening, May 22 during the NRA Show. The event, very well attended with over 250 people in attendance, took place at the Godfrey Hotel. 
Save the Date
Sao Paulo, Brazil
September 19-22
FCSI is exhibiting

Mexico City, Mexico
August 30-September 2
FCSI is exhibiting

Espacio Food and Service
Santiago, Chile
September 27-29
FCSI is exhibiting

Presented by FCSI-TA's Upper Midwest Chapter and ACF 
October 20
Panel discussion on methods and alternatives to food / waste disposal in the foodservice industry plus water filtration / treatment 101
Passing of Longtime Member Jacques Beauchemin, FCSI
We were saddened to hear of the passing of Jacques Beauchemin, FCSI, on May 17 at the age of 82. Jacques, a resident of Quebec, had been a member of FCSI since 1963. Our sincere condolences go out to his family. Read Jacques' Obituary
A Message from the Chair
James Camacho, FCSI
As I write this month's Direct Connection letter I have recently returned from Chicago and the NRA show. I walked the aisleways thanking our great sponsors for supporting our conference in Nashville. Over and over I heard how much everyone enjoyed being in Nashville with our FCSI members. We received rave reviews for all the sessions and events that the Conference Planning Committee, Wade, Kimberly and Penny planned and orchestrated. The one event that everyone is still talking about was the song writers' performance at The Listening Room on Saturday night. Those who were there got a real treat up close and personal from three Grammy award winning song writers. Plus, we saw a very special performance from our own Kathy Manchester (wife of Jim Petersen, FCSI) and Penny Price.  Our next conference will be in Denver, Colorado in April 2018. The Mile High conference, the puns for this conference have already started... I heard someone asking for good brownie recipes?
I do want to bring to all members' attention a change in our relationship with AIA. For the past few years FCSI was a cornerstone partner with AIA, which allowed us to present AIA approved PowerPoint presentations for CEU credits. The cost of the partnership was $13,500 annually. The AIA has changed their partnership platform and the cost is now an outrageous $30,000. The Marketing Committee and the Board have discussed this and decided not to continue our Cornerstone Partnership with AIA. During the next couple of months the Board and the Marketing Committee will be reviewing how best to use the money already allocated to the best advantage for our members.
I must thank the members of the FCSI Upper Midwest Chapter for the great reception and party on Sunday night at NRA. Over 260 members, sponsors and friends attended the event at the Godfrey Hotel.  Thanks to all who attended and helped plan the evening. In addition, I wish to congratulate Bill Eaton, FFCSI (PP), for being inducted by FE&S magazine into the Hall of Fame. In addition, congratulations to Todd Guyette, FCSI, for being recognized as the top achieving consultant! 
Until next time, please let me or our staff know how we can help you.

James Camacho, FCSI
Chair, 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 Committee for Emerging Consultants, or C4EC, met in person at the Nashville Conference in April to pass off the leadership from Mike Wrase to AJ Barker. In addition, the group discussed goals for the coming year. 

In an effort to strengthen FCSI's current affiliated association relationships, C4EC has assigned committee members to be associate liaisons. One of the goals of the committee is to focus on partner organizations, such as NAFEM, CFESA, NRA, AIA, and others. Committee members will touch base with these organizations to help FCSI The Americas:
Understand the value of these relationships
Maximize and grow the relationship with each of these organizations - did you know there are almost 200 associations related to foodservice?
Develop content to reflect the depth and impact of FCSI and foodservice consultants gained through these relationships

In conjunction with this effort, committee members will also keep in touch with FCSI The Americas' eight geographic chapters by calling on them monthly. C4EC looks forward to sharing the challenges we are all facing, as well as those unique to each region.

2016 members of the committee include AJ Barker (Chair), Mike Wrase, Brett Daniel, Garrett Lennon, Anja Kuechenmeister, Shelby Wurscher, Michael Lawrence, Michael Lawrence, David Oshota, Rad Deering, Charlotte Boyer, Joe Schumaker and Damon Sheppard. 

The Committee for Emerging Consultants focuses on identifying ways of recruiting people to the industry and helping new members become more familiar with FCSI. We are always looking for members! If you are interested in participating in this group, contact Kimberly or AJ
FCSI The Americas had a booth again this year at the NRA Show held earlier this month in Chicago. Over 20 consultant members stopped by, as well as countless corporate members and education providers. The booth had great foot traffic, with people inquiring about membership and operators asking about how to find a consultant for their project. FCSI shared a 10x20 space with CFESA.

Bill Eaton, FFCSI (PP)
R. Todd Guyette, FCSI
Foodservice Equipment & Supplies magazine's Dealer of the Year and Industry Awards Gala was held on Saturday, May 21 over the NRA Sh ow. Congratulations to Bill Eaton, FFCSI (PP), for being inducted into the Hall of Fame. In addition, congratulations to Todd Guyette, FCSI, for being recognized as the top achieving consultant!

Lastly, congratulations to FER and Gill Ashton Publishing on their 20 years of providing fair and balanced evaluations of foodservice equipment and supplies, and best of luck as FER continues with its new partners, Wolters-Althoff Investments LLC.
Your affiliation with FCSI shows other industry professionals that you are dedicated to being the best foodservice consultant you can be!  When you are hired as a speaker, write articles or contribute to blogs, or simply write a project proposal, be sure to indicate that you are a proud member of FCSI! If you are a Professional Member of FCSI you are encouraged to always use the FCSI initials following your name wherever you are listed. You worked hard to earn and maintain your designation - make sure others know that you are a credible expert in the foodservice industry by making the FCSI initials part of your signature.  If you are not a Professional Member you can still promote your affiliation with FCSI simply by adding a statement indicating that you are a member or by using the FCSI TA logo.
Not sure how to use the logo or the FCSI initials? Click here for guidance.

Need a concise description of FCSI?
Foodservice Consultants Society International (FCSI) is the respected and truly professional organization of men and women offering design and management consulting services, specialized in the foodservice and hospitality industry, across the world. For over 50 years, The Americas Division has helped its members enhance their professionalism by keeping them informed of the latest developments and trends in the foodservice industry, by providing continuing education and serving as a vital link to the various retail and non-commercial (institutional) industry components.

FCSI The Americas | 3309 Robbins Road #171 | Springfield | IL | 62704