Thank You to Our Direct Connection Sponsors!
Leadership Spotlight
The FCSI The Americas Board of Trustees and all of us at Headquarters wish you health, happiness and prosperity in the new year.
FCSI The Americas On Tap

Season 4 - Episode 8 of On Tap features
Elijah Davis

Check out the full interview with Elijah here

Help Us Cast Season (possibly final) 5 of On Tap
Here's your last chance to see your favorite consultant on camera. Act now to nominate a Consultant Member of FCSI The Americas to be a featured guest of possibly our final
Season of the On Tap video podcast series.

It's simple to nominate someone - email your nomination to [email protected] - we'll do the rest!

Check out this video message from Wade for all the details >>>
You can catch every episode of On Tap here
2023 FCSI The Americas Symposium


FCSI The Americas Symposium, January 30 and 31 in Orlando
We'll kick off the event at Sea World where you can enjoy a dedicated roller coaster - SeaWorld's newest thrill ride, Ice Breaker, and a super cool (no really, it's the Arctic!) space to network and have fun with other attendees. 

Tuesday boasts a full day of education filled with relevant, timely topics and dynamic speakers!


Register by 1/6/23 and be entered into the drawing to win a Meta Quest Oculus virtual reality gaming bundle.


Thank you to our Symposium sponsors...
Membership News
Associate Members
Erin Chelewski, Camacho

Elizabeth de Avila, Food Gurus

Jennifer Hollenbeck, FoodSpace

Chris Pick, FoodSpace

Melissa Jennings, Foodservice Consultants Studio

Jocelyn Midgett, Bakergroup

Doulas Sharma, RealFood Hospitality Strategy Design

Kelly Keeling, Smart Design Group
Student Members
Abril Roque,
University of Houston/HiltonCollege
Corporate Members
FCSI The Americas Headquarters Welcomes Aaron McEvoy, CAE as New Director of Administration
Aaron McEvoy, CAE is the new kid on the block. Aaron has been in association management for over a decade, most recently as the Manager of Finance and Compliance for the Illinois Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs. Aaron is excited to be part of the FCSI The Americas team and will work closely with the Council for Professional Standards and FCSI The Americas Education Providers. Aaron will also be instrumental in assisting with event programming, planning and execution.
Reach out and say hi! [email protected]
2022 is Over BUT There's Still Time to Log Your CEUs!

Professional members of FCSI must log 12 CEUs, Senior Associates must log 6, and Associate members must log 3 CEUs annually.
Check your membership profile to see where you currently stand for 2022.

FCSI Education Providers offer hundreds of programs to help you you meet your CEU requirement. Check out all the programs here. In addition to these programs, many other activities qualify for CEU credit - trade show attendance, factory tours, speaking engagements, etc. See the full list of CEU eligible activities here.

If you have questions about your CEU status or need assistance accessing your member profile, please contact [email protected].

Instructions for logging CEU credits in your journal:
Did Your Membership Expire? There's Still Time to Renew Your 2023 Membership
Renew your FCSI membership TODAY to ensure that you continue to receive all the benefits of membership.

Renewing is easy! You should have received an email with a link to renew online. Click the link and follow the prompts to process your credit card payment.

Didn’t receive the email? You can log in to your member profile to access the invoice and make an online payment. 

Forgot your username and password? No worries, contact Penny for assistance at or 309.808.2165 ext 3.
Industry News
Consultants Can Attend NAFEM 2023 for FREE!
Once again, complimentary badges to the NAFEM Show 2023 are available to all FCSI consultant members and anyone from a member company who plans to attend. Contact Penny to request the special FCSI registration code.

The show runs from Wednesday, February 1 through Friday, February 3. Show hours are 9:00 am to 5 pm Wednesday and Thursday; 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Friday. Training Time hours are from 8:00 to 9:00 am on Thursday and Friday. All FCSI consultants automatically get early access to the show floor for Training Time.
Updated Revit Standards
FCSI has established standards to ensure consistency, optimum functionality and quality of the BIM content provided for foodservice equipment. The standards document has been created in cooperation with input from representatives of the three FCSI divisions APD, EAME & TAD, having formed the FCSI BIM Taskforce (2020 – 2021) of Professional Consultants. The FCSI BIM Taskforce proposes that this document is used as guidelines to assist content creators globally. The objective of this Standard is provided as a template when content creators are commissioned with producing Revit families of foodservice equipment for the manufacturers of foodservice equipment. This document is not catch all to solve all issues in all regions. We acknowledge that some additional work will need to be tailored to suit local applications and codes. View the full document here.

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Headquarters is always happy to feature articles from Consultant Members in the Direct Connection. We encourage you to share your experiences and ideas with the membership!

If you would like to have an article featured in the Direct Connection, email your submission to Penny by the 23rd of each month.