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Sponsor Spotlight
Gaylord: A Smarter Kitchen is in the Air
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Camp FCSI Conference 2020
AUGUST 24-26, 2020

Today I’m professionally sad, not just because of everything going on around us but because my favorite FCSI event should be starting tonight in Austin, TX. Planning and coordinating events is the favorite part of my job. Watching the interactions of members during the opening party brings about an excitement and electricity into the air. 

Thankfully we have been fortunate to not have to cancel the Austin conference entirely. We still are planning to host the same great parties and education that were planned all along. While the world will show us a new reality over the next few weeks as everything starts to open back up, my goal is to have a “new normal” conference starting Monday August 24th in Austin. In the meantime, I will raise a cocktail to all of our FCSI members tonight celebrating our connections and friendships.

Until August….Wade

If you already had a reservation at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort for the April/May dates, you must rebook for the new dates. Book using the link below in order to receive the special rate of $229 per night. Please book right away -- the block is filling up quickly!


If you have already registered for camp you do not need to do anything else -- all current registrations will be applied to the new dates. If you haven't registered yet, don't worry! You can still do so using the link below.

If you have questions about your registration please contact Penny for assistance. 
If you would like to become a camp sponsor,
fill out the sponsorship form and return it to Wade Koehler.
Thank you to our First-Time Attendee Grant Sponsors
Upcoming CEU Opportunities
Webinars and Online Events
NEW! FCSI Webinar Series
Do you have an idea for a webinar that would be beneficial for the foodservice and hospitality audience? Would you like to share your knowledge in a particular subject area? If so, we invite you to share your idea with the FCSI staff! You can help us develop webinars that will take place through 2020. Whether you are a consultant member, corporate member or allied member, we want to hear from you! Contact Amy Stark if you have suggestions or questions!

Keep an eye out for our first series of webinars in May!
The Upside of Down: How to Survive, Revive, and Thrive!
Join this panel of experts who will share their insight to help move the foodservice industry forward into our new normal by presenting on such important topics as amplifying an employee experience, developing menus that support a brand's personality, food safety and messaging, and effecting positive change to drive profits. The webinar will run from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET, and will include a 15 minute break.

FCSI Education Provider Program
The FCSI Education Provider Program offers FCSI Corporate, Allied or Affiliate members, industry associations, and educational organizations the opportunity to present educational programs where ideas and information valuable to foodservice industry consultants are introduced and discussed.
FCSI consultant members participating in a pre-approved FCSI Education Provider program will earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) toward their requirements for professional education and maintenance of membership status.
New on-demand CEU programs are added to the FCSI calendar every Monday. Find opportunities here.
FCSI Wednesday Happy Hour

We're all getting tired of being isolated from colleagues and clients. FCSI wants to help you through this challenging time with our Wednesday Happy Hour get togethers. More than 70 members have joined the Zoom events, discussing ideas for helping clients and keeping business working smoothly. Each week's discussion also includes surveys of attendees that help us all get a better picture of the current industry environment.

Watch for emails from FCSI staff for a link to next Wednesday's Happy Hour discussion. We're always looking for new topics to include in the conversation.
In Memory
Matthew Marrack
Former member and longtime friend of FCSI Matthew William Marrack passed away April 16, 2020, in Toronto of complications from COVID-19.

In his life's work in the foodservice industry Matt created an enduring legacy by contributing to the credibility of the foodservice consultant through his new firm and his approach to operations, design and planning. He crossed paths with many sectors in foodservices, from the educational aspects, to design and implementation of many prestigious projects. Matt supported the Canadian Chapter by writing articles and never shying away when asked for a foodservice consultant's point of view.

Matt was 66 years old. He will be forever loved and missed by his siblings, Peter (Vicki) and Molly (Bob), his nephew Peter Jr., and his nieces Lindsay and Andrea.

Condolences for Matt's family can be shared here.
Ira Beer, FFCSI
Renowned industry leader Ira Beer passed away on Tuesday April 21.

Ira’s remarkable career started in the 1960’s and spanned six decades. He proudly served on FCSI’s Board and was appointed to its Council of Fellows in 1995. He was a great innovator and among the first consultants to embrace the computer revolution. Ira maintained a virtual Who’s Who of corporate clients, law firms, developers and cultural institutions. He was a successful educator, author and businessman; an adventurous world traveler, a philanthropist, and most importantly a friend and inspiration to all who knew him.

In 1976 Ira founded Beer Associates. In 2011 Gary Jacobs and Bob Doland were honored to have him join them at what became Jacobs Doland Beer. During his recent retirement he enjoyed spending time with his beloved family and pursuing many charitable endeavors, most notably the Yeshiva of South Shore ( where a memorial fund has been established.

He is survived by his wife Gisele, sons Michael and Jeffrey, grandchildren Jonathan, Zachary, Jamie, Tamar, Michal, Yonatan, Sari, and Azi and his sister Anita.
Membership News
New Members
Congratulations to these new FCSI Professional Members
Brandon Drake, FCSI

Kevin Edgerton, FCSI
Faust Howell Associates

Jay Garcia, FCSI
Nyikos Associates

Anja Kuechenmeister, FCSI

Jose Claro Lopes, FCSI
Precx Projetos e Treinamento

Joe Mora, FCSI
Davella Studios

Tarah Schroeder, FCSI
Ricca Design Studios

Keith Short, FCSI
Cini Little International

Nathalia Sifuentes, FCSI
Pucci Sifuentes FS Consultants
New Associate Member
John Fitzpatrick
Foodservice Dairy Strategies
Job and Project Resource Support
During this uncertain time, we recognize that many consultants remain busy and projects are moving forward. For others, business may be slower and projects are on hold. We are here to help - if you have leads or projects that you are looking to collaborate on, let us know. If you are looking for projects or additional work, let us know. We will track our consultant members’ needs and help connect you with each other. In addition, please check out the FCSI job board to post or learn about industry positions available.
Stock up on FCSI The Americas attire for the new year and show up in style at the upcoming Conference in Austin!

Order your gear now and 15% of your sale will come back to FCSI The Americas Division.
Members, do you want to show off your commitment to FCSI? Pins are now available to promote the number of years you have been an FCSI Member (5 year increments). These pins are free of charge and are available upon request. Place your order here and allow 3-4 weeks for processing.
Welcome to CEU Central where you can log your CEUs, view upcoming events, webinars, and set date events.

Visit the FCSI   Calendar   for current programs.

Contact Penny if you have questions about your journal or logging CEUs.
Industry News

Now is the time to be ready for the new normal of foodservice.  HX: The Hotel Experience Powered by AAHOA  is looking for a relevant, customer-focused, revenue-generating foodservice concept design that can open and operate in nontraditional locations that are ventless and have minimal plumbing. The situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to change everyone’s business and personal routines daily. We recognize all businesses are dealing with a new reality. However, it may be a great time to connect with your team or business partners to lead innovation transformation.  No limits, no budget just creative ideas and collaboration. Check out this opportunity to shine and be recognized. Applications are due by May 15 and HX show is not until November 2020. 

Congratulations to Award-Winning Consultants

The 2020 Foodservice Equipment and Supplies Hall of Fame award was presented to Harry Schildkraut, FCSI, of S2O Consulting. The Hall of Fame Award is FE&S magazine’s way of recognizing individuals who have contributed to the good of the industry throughout their career by achieving exceptional results while operating with a great deal of personal integrity.

FCSI member Scott Reitano, Reitano Design Group, was recognized by the magazine as a 2020 Top Achiever. Top Achievers are award-worthy personalities in various segments of the foodservice equipment and supplies channel with a single common trait: an unflinching ability to provide value on the customer’s terms.

The 2020 FE&S Facility Design Project of the Year was awarded to Peterson Dining Hall at Camp Southern Ground. It was designed by Camacho.

Consultants Contributing Corner
Want to share your stories, projects, or insight? Headquarters is always happy to feature articles from Consultant Members in the monthly e-newsletter, the Direct Connection!

We encourage Consultants to take some time and share experiences with the membership. No idea or topic is too silly!

If you would like to have an article featured in the Direct Connection, submit it to Wade by the 23rd of each month!