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Leadership Spotlight
August 24 & 25, 2021
Rewind to the Good Times!
Join us for our first event in more than TWO YEARS

Our FCSI TA Symposium will be August 24-25 in Orlando prior to the NAFEM Show. Registration will open soon -- keep an eye on your inbox for details!

Interested in sponsoring? Corporate members who want to support the 2021 Symposium can contact Wade ( to learn more or download the application!
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 and Google Podcasts. Each week, Wade interviews a consultant member and quizzes them on their professional accomplishments and gets an insight into their personalities.

March special guests were
You've seen all of the fun we're having with Season 1 -- now it's your turn to be the Special Guest Star!

We want to get to know you better. How did you get your start as a foodservice consultant? Who were your biggest influences? Do you prefer the toilet paper to go over or under?

Introduce yourself to your professional association and industry peers AND get a professionally produced video at no cost to you that you can share with potential clients.

Contact Wade to be considered for Season 2 of On Tap!
BizEssentials Webinar Series
Reading the RFP: How to Get
from the Fluff to the Good Stuff
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 @ 3:00 pm ET
Presented by Kathleen Held, Chief Executive Officer and President at Cini-Little International, Inc.

The request for proposal (RFP) process can be confusing and time-consuming. Some potential clients provide pages and pages of information that are difficult to slog through. Some of them provide one page of specific requirements, with no information about the project’s big picture. How can we understand and respond to requests without losing our minds?

In this first session of a two-part series, we’ll share tips for reading and understanding complex (and not-so-complex) requests for proposals. April’s session will answer these questions: How do you decide if the proposal is even worth a response? What else do you need to know before you can answer?

This interactive session will give you a chance to learn new techniques and ask questions about the challenges you face. Bring your ideas and questions!

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.
Membership News
New Members
Associate Members
Bernadette Ventura, Prism Hospitality Group
William Seufert, Prism Hospitality Group
Alan McDonald, Prism Hospitality Group

Individual Allied
Kevin McTague, McTague Associates

Senior Associate Upgrade
Jessica Price, Culinary Advisors

Corporate Members
2021 Priorities from the Small Business Legislative Council
FCSI The Americas is a member of the Small Business Legislative Council, a nonprofit collaboration of small business trade and professional associations. SBLC works with member organizations to present a strong, united front to the US federal government.

In March, FCSI signed onto a letter urging Congress to extend the Paycheck Protection Program beyond the March 31, 2021 sunset date. The SBLC continues to work with government agencies that are implementing the American Rescue Plan that was passed by Congress early this month.

The 2021 legislative priorities for the small business organizations represented by SBLC include:

  • advocating in favor of measures that help small businesses recover from the pandemic
  • helping small businesses navigate the skilled labor shortages, immigration concerns, and independent contractor issues
  • focus on critical infrastructure issues and funding
  • monitor trade issues including tariffs and supply chain concerns
  • protect small business from burdensome taxes
It's Not Too Early to Track Your 2021 CEUs
Update your membership record at
One you have logged all required CEUs DON'T STOP!

Professional members can roll forward up to 6 CEUs to 2022. Senior Associate members can roll forward up to 3, and Associate members can roll forward 1 CEU. Continue learning to continue earning!
Industry News
FCSI Joins CFESA to Remember Neven Stanisic
We join the CFESA community to mourn the tragic loss of Neven Stanisic, a victim of the King Soopers shooting in Boulder, Colorado. At 23-years-old, Neven was struck in a KD Service vehicle during a call to the store. CFESA Cares created a GoFundMe to support his family.
Registration Is Open for The NAFEM Show, August 26 to 28
Attendee registration opened this month for The NAFEM Show, taking place August 26 to 28 at the Orange County Convention Center.

NAFEM offers complimentary registration to the show for FCSI consultant members. Register at and use code FCSI21 to receive the free registration.

NAFEM is also offering a $500 scholarship to offset expenses for first-time attendees. If you have never been to the NAFEM show before 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.
MAFSI Announces Tom Mitchell To Be Its New President
MAFSI announced this month that Tom Mitchell, TLC Marketing, Calgary, Alberta, was chosen as the organization's sixty-second President. Mitchell will serve a two-year term through Spring 2023. He previously served as Vice President and Treasurer, respectively.

Tom has been a manufacturers’ representative for 38 years and is the president of TLC Marketing in Calgary, Alberta. Prior to becoming a manufacturers’ rep he spent ten years in Hotel and Restaurant Management.
“Tom has been on our board for over seven years, and is a tremendous asset both to MAFSI, and to the industry as a whole” said Alison Cody, MAFSI’s Executive Director. “He’s a big-picture thinker with a can-do attitude, that is positively infectious. He’s already pushing MAFSI and our members further than ever before, and reaching outside our membership to solve issues that affect our entire industry.”
As president, Mitchell leads the Association alongside Vice President Neil Inverso, Treasurer Stephanie Perry, Chairman Kevin Eaton, and MAFSI’s 24 person Board of Directors.
NRA Show Names 2021 Kitchen Innovations Awards

The National Restaurant Association Show named 16 products from 15 companies as the recipients of its 2021 Kitchen Innovations Awards. The awards honor foodservice equipment that increases efficiencies and productivity in commercial kitchens. Congratulations to this year's award recipients!

  • Antunes’ Touchless Sauce Dispenser
  • Curtis’ GemX Narrow IntelliFresh Coffee Brewer with FreshTrac
  • Eastern Tabletop’s CleanLite
  • Ecolab’s Cockroach Multi-Station
  • Eloma/Ali Group’s Compact Pro
  • Frymaster/Welbilt’s FilterQuick 120
  • Hobart Food Equipment Group’s AMTL Two Level Door Type Dish Machine with Hobart Smart Connect IOT App
  • Hoshizaki’s 2by2 ice cube machine, IM-50BAA-LM
  • Manitowoc/Welbilt’s CrystalCraft Premier
  • Minipack America’s MX-Infuser
  • Picnic’s Automated Pizza Assembly System
  • RATIONAL USA’s iCombi Pro
  • Sunshine Innovations’ Luccy
  • T&S Brass and Bronze Works’ T&S WaterWatch
  • TurboChef Technologies’ Plexor

Compass Consulting November Industry Report
The February issue of the Compass Restaurant report is now available. The report highlights that despite the bad weather monthly operator optimism rose slightly in February. Consumer sentiment, however, declined by 2.4 points from January. Again, the decline is blamed on the impact of the COVID crisis and the negative consumer outlook.
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