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Sponsor Spotlight
Polar King
Whether you need a cooler, freezer or combination of both, a Polar King walk-in saves inside space and increases your client’s buying power.

Every Polar King unit allows you to design your own floor plan and enables you to locate doors and walls virtually anywhere. Polar King walk-in refrigeration units are made of fiberglass and designed specifically for outdoor use. All units are delivered pre-wired, pre-assembled, and ready to operate. Polar King also offers a wide spectrum of optional accessories to make the walk-in even more suitable to your clientele’s facility. With seamless fiberglass construction, our units prevent moisture penetration, retaining the R-Value of the insulation. Every unit is built to maintain its efficiency as outdoor conditions change, offering worry-free operation for your clientele.
Leadership Spotlight
Nominate your exceptional work over the past year for its chance to be included in the Project Showcase, a special publication to be produced by Zoomba Group, publishers of Foodservice Equipment & Supplies (FE&S) and restaurant development + design (rd+d).

All current FCSI — The Americas Division members are eligible to enter. Both Design and MAS consultants may submit one entry of any foodservice facility project completed between June 2020 and May 2021. Entries must be made by August 9. There is no charge to submit.

A committee of distinguished FCSI professionals and other foodservice experts will select a limited number of projects to be included. The special issue will be distributed in March 2022 to 6,000 FCSI members and architectural firms, operators, designers, construction firms, and contractors. FCSI will also highlight one project each month on social media channels.

FCSI The Americas Symposium 2021
August 24 & 25
Thank you to our Symposium sponsors!
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FCSI The Americas On Tap
Season Two Begins July 6
Season TWO of On Tap, the podcast presented
by FCSI The Americas begins July 6!

We're continuing our journey through the wide world of foodservice consulting, meeting our members and learning what makes them and the industry tick.

Season Two has new FCSI members, new questions, and new answers. But you're still stuck with FCSI The Americas Executive Director Wade Koehler as your host!

Don't miss an episode -- subscribe to On Tap on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and YouTube.

BizEssentials Webinar Series
Networking in a Post-COVID World
Wednesday, July 14, 2021 @ 3:00 pm ET
We’ve been told for more than a year to wear a mask, stay six feet apart, and don’t travel. Now vaccinations are on the rise and people are starting to feel good going out again.

But just because some of us are more comfortable being together doesn’t mean we all are. Some of our clients and colleagues may not be ready for a while.

The uncertainty about being face-to-face will be with us for a while still. So how do we network in this new post-COVID environment? How do we handle the awkward “should I offer to shake hands?” moment. We’ll discuss how best to network in this new world.
BizEssentials On Demand
On demand versions of most BizEssentials webinars are available online. FCSI members receive 1 CEU if they use the registration link attached to each on demand webinar. Visit the BizEssentials site for more information about the series.
Chapter News
"Who Loves Ya" Camacho Golf Tournament is Back
Wednesday, October 6
Bears Best Atlanta
5342 Aldeburgh Dr
Suwanee, GA 30024

Dr. J. C. Camacho, Green Jacket Champion and Moon Pie Connoisseur, invites you to the "Who Loves Ya" Golf Tournament. Registration opens at 8:00 am, with the shotgun start at 9:30 am. Fees are $90. Register with Anja Kuechenmeister before the event fills up!

Registration information will be available in July. Tee sign sponsorships are available!
Save the Date! New England Foodservice Industry Golf Outing
Monday, October 4
Red Tail Golf Club
Devens, Massachusetts

Dan Boever is back! Dan is a long drive world champion, golf entertainer, and Golf Channel celebrity.

Tee sign sponsorships are available! Contact Ed Arons from ColburnGuyette Foodservice Design for more information.
Membership News
New Members
Natalia Nikulina, NGAssociates

Congratulations to the Newest Professional Member
Congratulations to John Barja, FCSI! John completed the requires for professional membership in June. Congratulations on this achievement!

If you're ready to upgrade your membership, contact Penny to learn how you can join the professional member ranks.
Track Your 2021 CEUs Now and Avoid the Year-End Scramble!
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CEU Opportunities Available on the FCSI Calendar

We're finally getting back to in-person events, but there are still plenty of online opportunities to earn your CEUs. New sessions are updated weekly. Check out the upcoming events!
Industry News
Joe A. Mora FCSI Joins S2O Consultants
S2O Consultants welcomed industry veteran Joe Mora FCSI to its growing team of experts and exceptional individuals. The consultancy now has six FCSI Professional members.

A versatile and experienced foodservice consultant, Mora brings more than 35 years of experience in the industry, 20 of those as a designer and project manager. With a well-developed foundation in design, Mora holds a BS in Architecture from The Ohio State University, as well as a wealth of operational expertise gained working with operators like ClubCorp, Restaurant Associates and Marriott. Mora brings a balance of sound design practices with an understanding of the operational issues of a project to create spaces that work efficiently.
Fall Forum Invites Suppliers to Its October Event
Fall Forum is a private, invitation-only event that connects suppliers with hospitality owners, interior designers, architects and purchasing agents, at an executive level through common experiences, cultural interests and distillery tours. Fall Forum caters to relationship building and business exchange in a relaxed environment. It is designed to provide access to key design decision-makers and advance your business in a unique way.

Fall Forum is a semi-hosted hospitality design professional event. Delegates (your customers and potential customers) receive a two-night hotel stay and eagerly participate in our event activities, cocktail receptions, and dinners.

Registration Is Open for The NAFEM Show, August 26 to 28
Attendee registration is open for The NAFEM Show, taking place August 26 to 28 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

NAFEM offers complimentary registration to the show for FCSI consultant members. Registration is available online at Contact Penny Price to get the special FCSI The Americas registration code.

NAFEM is offering a $500 scholarship to offset expenses for first-time attendees. If you have never been to the NAFEM show, apply for the scholarship when you register for the event. There is no limit to the number of individuals from a single company who can apply.
Compass Consulting Industry Report
The May 2021 restaurant industry snapshot shows consumer sentiment fell in May due to higher inflation, which grew at the highest rate in a decade. The report also shows that a record 93% of operators stated they could find few or no candidates to fill open positions. View the April Report. They also released the May EOM Summary Report and the From the Street -- Workforce report in mid-June. The report details workforce trends in the foodservice industry.
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