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Welcome New Members
Linda Callahan
Next Step Design

Emre Evren
Ricca Design Studios

Eric McConnell
Next Step Design

Allen Meader
Edge Associates

Brent Robertson
Cosper & Associates


Save the Date
Mexico City, Mexico
August 30-September 2
FCSI is exhibiting & presenting

Sao Paulo, Brazil
September 19-22
FCSI is exhibiting & presenting

Hilton Atlanta
Atlanta, Georgia
September 28 - 4-6pm

Santiago, Chile
September 27-29
FCSI is exhibiting

Presented by FCSI-TA's Upper Midwest Chapter and ACF 
Kendall College Auditorium
Chicago, Illinois
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
Opening Party
Tuesday, February 7
Education & Networking
Wednesday, February 8

Eric Norman, FCSI
Throughout my time as a member of the FCSI The Americas Board, one common topic that arises is how we get new people involved in the various task forces, committees, boards, etc.  I know firsthand that trying to get involved as a member can be an intimidating experience.  You may not know the inner workings of the Society, or you may feel that you don't have enough experience at a board level, but let me reassure you that the commitment is well worth the time and energy.   I see the work we are doing at the TA Board level, and I am very proud of the results and effort that the current and past Boards have put forth.  Over the last few years, The Americas Division has had two of the most successful conferences I can remember.  In addition, we launched BUILT., FCSI's WebTV Series and have made amazing strides in marketing the Society and our profession as a whole. There are countless initiatives and goals that we are striving to reach to make FCSI a better society.  None of these tasks can be completed without the dedication of the FCSI staff and volunteers that make up all of those task forces, committees and boards. 

So perhaps you are interested in getting involved but unsure of the path forward.  The FCSI Chapters offer a great volunteer opportunity that gives members a chance to contribute within smaller, regional groups to plan events and educational sessions.  This is a great springboard into the vast volunteer opportunities FCSI has to offer.  Perhaps you are more interested in planning and executing the conference or working on marketing efforts for the society.  We have options for you as well! 
Below is a list of current volunteer opportunities:
  • FCSI Chapters - check out the Chapter webpage to learn more about volunteer opportunities in your Chapter
  • Marketing Committee
  • Conference Planning (Denver 2018)
  • Conference Planning (Latin America October 2017)
  • Council for Professional Standards - The Americas - sets standards of performance for professional FCSI-TA consultants, administers core competencies set by FCSI WW, and measures performance for core competencies
I encourage all members to think about becoming more involved in our Society.  Through my involvement, I have been able to build a larger network, educate myself more about our Society, work with others to advance FCSI, and as a bonus I have made many great lifelong friends. 

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Penny Price.


Eric Norman, FCSI
Secretary, FCSI The Americas
Wednesday, September 21, 1-2 pm ET - 1 CEU
Join FCSI and fishnick for an engaging conversation between designer and researcher about what can go sideways in real-world dishmachine operations and how to avoid the most common mistakes.
Amin Delagah, the lead dishmachine researcher at the PG&E Food Service Technology Center, will share some of the surprising results he has uncovered during his field research. Connie Dickson, FCSI, will pose a hypothetical dishroom project, and together they will talk through the details and arrive at an efficient, cost effective, customer-pleasing design.
  • Learn how you can save your customer money on water and energy by installing a dedicated water meter
  • Find out why it makes sense to spec equipment with advanced built-in diagnostics
  • Learn the energy-saving benefits of designing dishrooms with long entry and exit dishtables that support batch washing of racks
  • Learn how to effectively specify appropriately sized dishmachines based on the types of wares being washed and how overspray wastes money
Presented by:
Connie Dickson, FCSI, Principal, Rippe Associates
Connie Dickson, FCSI, is a foodservice design principal with Rippe Associates consulting group. She enjoys helping clients envision new possibilities and developing designs that reflect the project's goals. Connie holds degrees from Cornell University in Nutritional Science and from Kendall College in Culinary Arts and is affiliated with FCSI, AHF and SHFM. She began her career as a registered dietitian and managed Sodexo foodservice operations for 14 years prior to joining Rippe Associates in 2006. Connie's primary area of expertise is in healthcare, senior living and corporate markets. She is involved in FCSI's Council for Professional Standards The Americas (CPSTA), which sets standards of performance for Professional FCSI The Americas consultants, administers core competencies set by FCSI WW, and measures performance for core competencies.
Amin Delagah, Project Engineer, FSTC
Amin Delagah holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. in Renewable Energy Engineering with a minor in Environmental Management. He currently focuses most of his efforts on hot water systems research and technical outreach. Highlights of his research include the completion of a California Energy Commission Public Interest Energy Research Report titled, "Energy Efficiency Potential of Gas-Fired Commercial Water Heating Equipment in Foodservice Facilities" and a Design Guide on "Energy Efficient Heating, Delivery and Use". Amin maintains a close working relationship with many water heater manufacturers and water heating experts and has been a leading advocate for the development and promotion of condensing commercial water heaters.

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.

Make plans now to attend FCSI The Americas Symposium, which takes place just prior to the start of the NAFEM Show. Registration opens soon.

Attention Corporate Members...don't miss your opportunity to sponsor the Symposium! Learn more here
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.
FCSI staff and volunteers will be busy this fall representing FCSI and showcasing our consultant members at a variety of shows! 

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

Session Details
Improving operations from the front to the back of the House by Juan Martínez, FCSI 
Wed, Aug 31,12:45-13:45
Menu Trends for the Millennials by Chris Tripoli, FCSI
Fri, Sept 2, 12:45-13:45
Small Space, lots of equipment - How to maximize your space by Ken Schwartz, FCSI
Fri, Sept 2, 15:00-16:00

Sao Paulo, Brazil
September 19-22
FCSI is exhibiting & presenting

Santiago, Chile
September 27-29
FCSI is exhibiting

New York, New York
November 13-15
FCSI will have a booth again this year at the HX Show. Stop by and see us! In addition, we planned an educational session.

Sunday, November 13, 2:30-3:15pm - Kitchen Makeover 101
Monday, November 14, 3:45-4:30pm - Project Showcase Winners

Foodservice Pioneering Concept Winner
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
Check out what's happening in your chapter!
Contact your chapter leader if you are interested in getting involved.

Upper Midwest Program Oct 20
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 Leader: Open
Contact FCSI TA Headquarters if you are interested in volunteering.

Southeast Chapter Meeting Sept 28
Chapter Co-leader: Jennifer Murphy, Street Collaborative
Chapter Co-leader: Anja Kuechenmeister, Camacho Associates

Chapter Co-leader: Juan Matamoros, FCSI, Gastrotec
Chapter Co-leader: Sergio Frota, SF Frota Consultoria
John Turenne, FCSI
If you are a Professional member of FCSI, have a desire to see the status of FCSI foodservice consultants elevated within the foodservice community, and also want to challenge foodservice consultants to strive toward excellence in the profession, you should consider becoming a member of the Council for Professional Standards for The Americas (CPSTA).
This small, well-respected group of FCSI members is tasked with administering the core competencies required to be a Professional member of FCSI.  CPSTA is then charged with developing pathways for measuring and satisfying these core competencies within the Americas. In short, CPSTA is the team that develops the FCSI credibility standards by which we are all measured and respected within the industry.

So, why are we telling you this?  We are reaching out to the consultant membership in hopes of finding potential new members because several members of our team will be finishing their commitments in the coming year and beyond. This group needs members to help in the development and completion of the group's tasks by providing intellect and an open mind, along with time and a collaborative attitude. The time commitment varies based on the project, but there are monthly calls and 2-3 face-to-face meetings per year.
If you have the time, along with the desire to elevate the profession of foodservice consultants, please reach out to Connie Dickson or John Turenne. We'll be glad to talk more about our team.
Do you know what it takes to turn an ailing food business around?
Have you ever thought about bringing your expertise to TV?  
If so, we'd love to hear from you!
Top North American content company Our House Media is looking for passionate, outgoing and
experienced food consultants for an exciting new TV project they're developing about independent restaurants. If you have a track record of helping food businesses and are confident you know your stuff, please get in touch ASAP.
To submit your details and find out more, please email Cat Hoskin at Our House Mediaincluding your name, a brief line about who you are, and a contact phone number. Thank you!
About Our House Media
With offices in New York and Toronto, Our House Media is a content creation company on a mission to create innovative, original formats and entertaining, returnable shows with the highest production values for audiences in the US, Canada, and beyond.
Co-founded by CEO Simon Lloyd and President Joe Houlihan, Our House Media opened its doors for business in January 2014.  Simon is an award-winning producer and a leading innovator in non-scripted programming in Canada, the US and the UK. Prior to setting up Our House Media Simon was CEO of Cineflix Productions. In his eight years at Cineflix he oversaw enormous growth in the company's unscripted programming slate, eventually running more than 400 hours of production annually. Joe has a track record of creating hit television shows in the UK, USA and Canada, where he was most recently Executive Vice President of Programming at Cineflix Productions. During their illustrious careers Lloyd and Houilhan have created and overseen some of the world's most successful non-fiction TV brands inducing Property Brothers, I'm a Celebrity Got Me Out of Here, American Pickers, Airline, House of Tiny Tearaways and Wife Swap. During that time they have won almost every major international honor including BAFTA, Emmy®, Gemini, RTS, Rockie and Rose d'Or awards.