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Congratulations to the Following Members on Their Upgraded Memberships
Jeremy Carver
Webb Foodservice Design

Robert Scheibly
SSA, Inc.
Welcome New Members
Ryan Rongo
S20 Consultants, Inc.

Steve Crichlow
Compass Restaurant Consulting & Research, Inc.


Thomas Hanna 
Hanna Young & Associates
Members on the Move
Congratulations to Ray Soucie, FCSI, LEED AP on his recent move to Webb Foodservice Design as Senior Project Manager!
Save the Date
Sao Paulo, Brazil
September 19-22
FCSI is exhibiting

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

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

FCSI TA Symposium
Orlando, Florida prior to the NAFEM Show
February 7-8, 2017
Kicks off Tuesday, February 7
Education & Networking Wednesday, February 8
Watch for more details coming soon! 


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Bill Caruso, FFCSI (PP), ISHC
I returned from Brazil recently with a renewed level of pride that we should all take in knowing that FCSI The Americas Division is truly growing into the organization that its name implies - the Americas! In meetings and conferences, both in Sao Paulo and Mexico City, it became very clear that our desire to help educate and develop professional consultants is being heard by the industry in a very strong way. Individuals who are striving to be the foodservice consultants of the future approached me, asking me about the Society, who we are and how they can join our ranks. Individuals who currently are consultant members approached me thanking us for spending the time and effort to bring Central and South America "into our family." They said that "they feel our support and guidance now more than ever"....and after so many years of attempting to do this by many members of our Society, I am finally feeling that we are making a mark that will be remembered for a long time to come! When you understand that food service consulting as we know it is in its infancy in these countries, the opportunities presented to us are immeasurable. I laugh when I say this as I remember two of my early mentors - Fred Schmid and Richard Flambert, telling a very young Bill Caruso the same exact words about our young industry at the time, many years ago!

2015 Equipotel, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Going forward we have some important plans to participate in upcoming trade shows in Mexico City, Mexico, Santiago, Chile and Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Abastur Show in Mexico is scheduled for August 30-September 2. Santiago will host the Espacio Food and Service Show, September 27-29, and the Equipotel Show takes place in Sao Paulo, Brazil, September 19-22. FCSI-TAD will have a booth at each venue and will be providing information on the Society and meeting with prospective members. Various FCSI members will also participate in seminars and panel discussions at each show, again, to cement a firm base upon which our membership in these regions will grow and prosper.

I hope you all join us to continue to promote our great profession and see it expand into parts of the world that seemed so far away not so many years ago...onwards we march - thanks for your continued support!

Bill Caruso, FFCSI (PP), ISHC
FCSI The Americas Trustee
Canadian Chapter
The FCSI Canadian Chapter held an event Friday evening, June 3, at a wonderful setting on an Island in Toronto Harbour. A private yacht club, Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCYC), hosted the mingling on the veranda, followed by dinner in a beautiful room overlooking the harbour and skyline of Toronto.
Around 60 people enjoyed pleasant breezes, great chatter and a memorable evening. 

The FCSI Canadian Chapter events are posted on the chapter's website and they always welcome members from around the world who might be visiting our great city of Toronto.

Northeast Chapter
The Northeast Chapter of FCSI and MAFSI celebrated their 43rd annual golf outing and reception on June 6, 2016.

The charitable event, held at Andover Country Club in Andover, MA welcomed 134 participants, an additional 21 dinner attendees and 81 tee sign sponsors, generating a total of $16,550 for the Boston Rescue Mission. Full Release

Check out What's Happening in Your Chapter!
FCSI TA Chapter leaders met with members from their region during the Nashville Conference and every chapter is charged with energy and ramping up for regional networking parties, educational sessions, and charity events.  You won't want to miss out so be sure to check the chapter page on the FCSI website periodically for updates!  Contact your Chapter leader if you're interested in volunteering or becoming more involved.

Chapter Leader: John Radchenko, FCSI (PP), Van Velzen + Radchenko Design Assoc.
Chapter Co-leader: Peg Galie, S20 Consultants
Chapter Co-leader: Trish Jass, Rippe Associates
Chapter Leader: Ed Arons, FCSI, Colburn & Guyette Consulting Partners, Inc.
Chapter Leader: Jill Bierman, FCSIJBK Consulting & Design, Inc.

Chapter Leader: Gina Brinegar, Webb Foodservice Design

Chapter Co-leader: Jennifer Murphy, Street Collaborative
Chapter Co-leader: Anja Kuechenmeister, Camacho Associates

Chapter Leader: Open
Contact FCSI TA Headquarters if you are interested in volunteering. 

Chapter Leader: Juan Matamoros, FCSI, Gastrotec

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.

NAFEM invites technically-minded consultant volunteers to contribute the consultant's perspective in NAFEM-led government relations activities on the industry's behalf. Contributing to these efforts means you will represent the Society's interests and keep other members informed of the latest legislative and regulatory issues, such as those issued by the DOE, EPA and others, impacting the foodservice equipment and supplies industry. 

Issues being addressed include: 
  • Environmental issues, e.g., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); California Air Resources Board (CARB); South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD)
  • Energy efficiency issues, e.g., U.S. Department of Energy (DOE); ENERGY STAR.
Interested? Contact Kimberly Kissel, FCSI The Americas' Director of Education.
Per our Americas Bylaws, all Consultant Members are required to confirm they adhere to our Code of Ethics each calendar year.  If you have not already submitted your response, please follow the directions below.  To avoid suspension of your membership benefits you must submit your response by Monday, August 1, 2016.
  1. Click here or paste the following link into your browser: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YXWX23L
  2. Review the FCSI TA Code of Ethics
  3. Answer the question and provide your contact information
That's it! It really is that easy!
Please contact FCSI TA Headquarters at 309.808.2165 if you have any questions.

Leaders from FCSI The Americas, MAFSI, NAFEM, FEDA and CFESA met earlier this month to discuss opportunities to collaborate. Those attending included the chairs of each association, directors, and several board members from the different groups. Eric Norman and James Camacho attended and represented the members of FCSI The Americas. This meeting was held in Denver at the Ice-O-Matic facility and was attended by over 20 individuals.

During the meeting, the group identified issues that impact all five associations and selected the common issues on which to focus their efforts. The discussion continued with how we as a food service industry could determine initiatives that all organizations could work together collaboratively to create or improve across the five associations. The group will begin to develop programs to show younger talent that there really is more to our industry than asking "do you want fries with that". Plans to determine which issues need to be addressed are in the works, followed by developing an action plan. 
The idea is to work together in a collaborative effort for all the Industry and in doing so to improve our FCSI Society. FCSI will continue to define design and MAS consulting excellence in the food service industry. We will enthusiastically share updates as plans develop. 
Foodservice design and consulting firm, FOODESIGN Associates, of Charlotte, NC, has been selected by an industry panel of judges as the winner of the 2016 Foodservice Pioneering Concept competition sponsored by HX: The Hotel Experience.
The winning concept, "ReFresh-Eatery and Market", provides a fresh, healthy made-to-order alternative to fast food options typically found in a food court or public space, and uses the latest technology through cooking, iPad and mobile-app ordering. The concept provides a retail component for take home, along with a made-to-order quick-service for customers who want to dine at the location. Full Release
In 2015, the Council for Professional Standards - The Americas (CPSTA) began exploring options for expanding our professional membership process (PMP) throughout The Americas. The PMP exists to ensure that Professional Members can demonstrate the knowledge and competencies outlined in FCSI's Bylaws. The PMP consists of an Industry Knowledge Exam (IKE) to evaluate content knowledge and a Professional Skills Exam (PSE) to evaluate oral and written communication skills.

While the existing PMP is open to all Senior Associate members, it was created with North American members in mind. Candidate evaluations are conducted in English, resource materials are written in English and the content is based on codes and laws specific to North America.

With FCSI's growing membership in Latin America, CPSTA needed to develop a PMP that accounts for regional differences, maintains the integrity of the process and is cost effective to implement. During the 2016 Nashville Conference, CPSTA presented the first step of the Latin American PMP model to the Board of Trustees. With the Board's blessing, we are implementing this first step and expect to offer the IKE in French, Spanish and Portuguese later this year!

CPSTA is now busy working on models for the PSE in Latin American.  Stay tuned for updates on our progress!

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.

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