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Leadership Spotlight
to Earn and Record Your Required CEUs for 2020!
Every membership category requires CEUs. Are yours recorded yet?
Professional Members must have 12 CEUs 
Senior Associate Members must have 6 CEUs
Associate Members must have 3 CEUs
These activities qualify:
  • Attending an on-demand webinar: 1 CEU per hour
  • Seminar presenter (sole): 3 CEUs per hour
  • Seminar panelist: 2 CEUs per hour
  • Single author for article or blog: .5 CEUs per 500 words 
  • Co-author for article or blog: .25 CEUs per 500 words 
  • Contributing Author: .125 per 500 words 
  • Authoring Reviews on Software and Books: 2 CEUs each
  • Video or Multimedia Self-Study Programs: 1 CEU per hour
  • Providing service to FCSI and/or other industry groups: 3 to 10 CEUs
Once you have logged all required CEUs - don't stop! Professional Members can roll forward up to 6 CEUs to 2021, Senior Associates can roll forward up to 3, and Associate Members can roll forward 1 CEU. Continue learning to continue earning!
CEU Opportunities on the FCSI Calendar
There are still MANY ways to earn CEUs this year. Thanks to our Allied members it is easier than ever to earn CEUs through the FCSI Education Provider Program. Be sure to check out the calendar of upcoming live and on-demand webinars.
BizEssentials Webinar Series
Write for Action – and a Small Screen
December 9 @ 3:00 pm ET
Learn to save hours each week with short, organized and skimmable content that gets faster responses with clear calls to action, recommendations and context.

Debra Jasper, CEO & Founder, Mindset Digital
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

Chapter Corner
Pacific Northwest Chapter Event December 7 & 8
Southeast Chapter Hosts a Second Education Event
An amazing group of masked FCSI, MAFSI and NAFEM members came together for the second FCSI Southeast Chapter local event in 2020. A day of learning, cuisine, and camaraderie was hosted by Welbilt and their culinary team on Thursday, November 5th in New Port Richey, FL. The food was incredible and the double lattes were a plus -- kudos to the chefs and baristas!

The program included education on speed ovens and hot holding along with what is important to remember and key mistakes made by operators. During the presentation Welbilt’s culinary team, Chef Kim Miller-Boivin, Chef Andy Coniglio, and Chef Ted Speck, prepared live demonstrations to combine hands-on application with the presentation. Following lunch, Kayla Williams from ITW Food Equipment Group presented Food Safety for Dishroom Operations. A great discussion among attendees occurred when covering the topic ‘Understanding the 5 Log Kill’. The day ended with a tour of Welbilt’s ETC test kitchen and R&D lab areas.
Membership News
New Members
Ashley Gaines, Foodesign Associates
Peg Galie, S2O Consultants

Amy Dieli, Dieli Murawka Howe, Inc.


Membership Renewals Due December 31
Don't worry though -- renewing is easy! 
You should have received an email with a link to renew online.  

Didn't receive the email? You can log in to your profile and access the invoice and make your payment in your member profile. Forgot your username and password?  
No worries, contact Penny for assistance at

Renew by 12/31/20 to avoid disruption in member benefits.
Consultants who renew by the end of the year can win cool prizes!
FCSI Experts Network
FCSI Experts Network
FCSI The Americas’ Experts Network is the foremost source for thought leadership regarding the present and future of the foodservice industry. Our network of experts regularly submits opinion pieces on important issues impacting foodservice and the millions of jobs and people who depend on it, as well as serving as quotable sources for both industry and mass media articles on the foodservice industry. Recent appearances by members are added to the FCSI Experts Network website regularly.

If you are an FCSI member and have any questions or would like to be included in this exclusive network, please contact FCSI TA’s Director of Administration, Amy Stark at
Industry News
Join Association Webinar on Wednesday, December 2
Wednesday, December 2
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm ET

Join CFESA, FCSI, FEDA, MAFSI and NAFEM leadership as we discuss where this year has taken us and, more importantly, where the industry is headed in the future. All MAFSI, FCSI and NAFEM members are encouraged to participate.

FCSI consultants will receive 1.5 CEU credit for participating.
FCSI Urged Congress to Pass PPP Small Business Forgiveness Act
In November FCSI leaders agreed to sign onto a letter to leaders of the US Senate and House of Representatives in support of the Paycheck Protection Program Forgiveness Act. In part, the letter urged Congress to "quickly consider legislation that will help countless businesses navigate the overly complex forgiveness process." The proposed legislation would forgive PPP loans of less than $150,000 after borrowers complete a simple, one-page document.
Compass Consulting October Industry Report
The newest Compass Restaurant Industry Report shows a softening in consumer sentiment in October due to US election stress. The report also points to an increase in interest for ghost kitchens and the move by many QSR chains away from dining rooms.

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