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Leadership Spotlight
Track Your 2020 Continuing Education Credits
It's not too late to track your CEUs
We know you're busy, and we understand 2020 was a rough year.

To help you stay up-to-date with CEU requirements, we have extended the grace period for posting 2020 credits.

Please update your journal by February 15 to ensure there are no disruptions in your membership benefits.  

Contact if you have questions about CEU compliance.
One you have logged all required CEUs DON'T STOP!

Professional members can roll forward up to 6 CEUs to 2021. Senior Associate members can roll forward up to 3, and Associate members can roll forward 1 CEU. Continue learning to continue earning!

It's not too early to begin thinking about 2021 requirements! Click here for details about earning and logging CEUs in the new year!
BizEssentials Webinar Series
Employee Happiness Roundtables
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 @ 3:00 pm ET
Join us February 10 for our next BizEssentials webinar!

This month we’ll present a lively set of roundtable discussions on Employee Happiness and Operations. This exciting roundtable format will feature 3 different breakout rooms to choose from, each with 20-minute discussions. You’ll be able to select two topics during the webinar to attend.

Topics will include:

Workplace Culture – How has your culture changed during the past year? How can you keep everyone healthy, engaged and happy moving forward?

Alternative Working Conditions & Accountability – Think you have it all figured out after working virtually for the past year? Join the discussion to see what tools other firms are using for connecting, presentations, and collaboration.  

Employee Benefits – What exactly defines a benefit? Curious to know what other companies offer in benefits? We will discuss everything from vacation, work arrangements, continuing education opportunities, and other options.

Watch your email for information about joining the session!

Sponsored by
BizEssentials On Demand
On demand versions of all BizEssentials webinars are available online. FCSI members receive 1 CEU for each webinar. Visit the BizEssentials site for more information about the series.
Sponsor an Upcoming Webinar
Are you interested in sponsoring a future webinar? Sponsorship opportunities are still available! Sponsorship includes:
  • intro (first 3 minutes) or closing (last 3 minutes) sponsor spotlight that can be live or recorded
  • company logo on webinar title slide
  • company logo on all promotional materials (email and social media) for the program you sponsor and its on demand recordings
  • list of participants post-webinar

FCSI The Americas On Tap
New Episodes Every Tuesday
The first season of On Tap presented by FCSI The Americas is now available!

Episodes premiere every Tuesday morning and are always available on our YouTube channel, Spotify, and Apple Podcasts. Each week, Wade interviews a consultant member and quizzes them on their professional accomplishments and gets an insight into their personalities.

January special guests included Scott Reitano from Reitano Design Group, Tarah Schroeder from Ricca Design Group, Steve Young from YoungCaruso, and Teri Kidwell from ATK Design Studios.
Chapter Corner
FCSI Northeast Chapter Holiday Social
For the past few years, the recipient of the FSCI Northeast Chapter Holiday Social donation has been Community Servings in Jamaica Plain, MA. This outstanding organization, founded in 1990, evolved from a small neighborhood meals program to a regional program serving nutritionally tailored meals to thousands of people across Massachusetts – all of whom are unable to shop or cook for themselves or their families due to critical illness. As one can imagine, due to the pandemic, the need has grown exponentially.

Since we were unable to celebrate in person at the Annual Holiday Social, we asked our members to still make a commitment to support Community Servings this year. We understand all people and businesses have been impacted by the pandemic, and more specifically the foodservice industry. Our members came through and we were able to donate $12,250.00 to Community Servings to help them continue to do their good work. The Northeast Chapter will also donate $2,000.00 to the FSCI Educational Foundation.

We would like to thank the following organizations for their generosity and support:

Boston Showcase Company
Brass Smith LLC
Clarion Group LLC
Colburn Guyette Foodservice Design
Continental Refrigerator
CR Peterson Associates with the help of the following: LTI, TurboChef, Hatco Corp., RDT, WoodStone, Beverage-Air, Thermalrite, Carter-Hoffmann, Follett, Southbend, Crown, Dormont, Pitco, Blodgett, and Middleby Marshall
Dave Swain Associates
E3 Commercial Kitchen Solutions
Halton Company
Jade Range
James and Wadad Whiffen
Jason Enterprises
Perlick Corporation
Scotsman Ice Systems
Serena Simkins
Viola Group
Weeks and Company
Wyllie Marketing
Membership News
New Members
Associate Members
Courtney Klimm, Foodlines
Terise Urias, Counihan and Associates

Corporate Members
In Memory
Ali Group Founder and Honorary Chairman Luciano Berti passed away on January 18, 2021 from natural causes. Berti would have celebrated his 90th birthday on January 26, 2021.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to Mr. Berti's family and our friends at Ali Group.

Congratulations to the Early Renewal Prize Winners
We love giving stuff away! All members who renewed their membership before the 12/31/20 deadline were entered into a drawing for Amazon gift cards!
Sojo Alex
Bob Doland
Vijay Oza
Thank you to everyone who renewed their memberships before the deadline.

Renewals are now 30 days past due!

If you have not yet submitted your renewal payment, please do so asap to avoid disruption in your membership benefits. Questions about your renewal? Contact
Industry News
Compass Consulting November Industry Report
The December issue of the Compass Restaurant report is now available. According to the University of Michigan, consumer sentiment increased in December. According to their sources, this increase was due primarily to a rapid partisan shift with Democrats becoming more positive after the election. The National Restaurant Association reported that an additional 10,000 restaurants closed permanently between October and December 2021.
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Headquarters is always happy to feature articles from Consultant Members in 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 Amy by the 23rd of each month.