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Sponsor Spotlight
Hobart AM16 Family of Dishmachines
The Hobart AM16 family of door type dishmachine is packed with new exclusive features that will save the operator time, utilities and help to optimize their dishroom. 

Automatic soil removal systematically redirects food soil from the wash tank into an external scrap basket. The ASR actively monitors the soil load and will adjust power accordingly. Compared to competitive alternatives, ASR technology reduces pre-scrapping time by 20% and wash tank refreshes by 50%, by keeping the wash tank water cleaner and for longer periods of time. Drain water energy recovery uses heat exchanger technology, a uniquely developed resource savings solution, that provides 20% energy savings and up to 90% water savings versus competitive machines. 

Hobart is the first to develop an app specifically designed for a dish machine. The SmartConnect app enables diagnostic engagement and tracking including temperature logging; resource usage and costs; email alerts about errors and troubleshooting tools. 

Please contact your local Hobart representative for more details.
Leadership Spotlight
Help Wanted? I'm Available!
Let us help you get connected!

Here at FCSI The Americas headquarters we have recently had a few firms reach out asking if we know of any members who are looking for some project work. Project work -- writing reports, simple/complex design, and REVIT design seem to be the most common inquiries. 

I realize that consultants may be hesitant to admit when things are slow, but your association is here to help! If you have some extra time and are open to doing project work for other firms, please reach out to me and let me know what kind of project work you are interested in. I promise to keep everything confidential and welcome the opportunity to do a little matchmaking between firms when wants/needs match up with experience and time available. Associations are built for times like these so email me at Together we are stronger.
--Wade Koehler, CAE
FCSI The Americas On Tap
Season Two of On Tap
presented by FCSI The Americas

The party continues through the wide world of foodservice consulting! We're meeting more FCSI members and learning what makes them and the industry tick.

Episode 14 | Kristin Sedej, FCSI, S2O Consultants, Inc.
Episode 15 | Marcin Zmiejko, FCSIYoungCaruso
Episode 16 | James Davella, FCSI, Davella Studios
Episode 17 | Pam Eaton, FCSINGAssociates

Don't miss an episode -- subscribe to On Tap on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and YouTube.
Do you want to join
the On Tap party?
You've seen the show, now it's your turn to join the fun! We learn so much about foodservice consulting and our members from each episode of On Tap. You can become part of the growing number of special guests, and share your insights with fellow FCSI members and potential clients!

Participation is fun and you'll get a professionally produced video (no cost to you) that you can share with potential clients so they can get to know you better, too!

Let Wade know you'd like to participate
by November 12!
BizEssentials Webinars
Mergers, Acquisitions, and Succession Planning
THURSDAY, November 11 @ 3pm ET
This month's BizEssentials webinar will address a topic all small business owners should understand. Our speaker will be Gene Marks, owner of the Marks Group PC consulting firm. The Marks Group provides technology and consulting services to small- and medium-sized businesses.

Gene is a past columnist for both The New York Times and The Washington Post and now writes regularly for The HillThe Philadelphia Inquirer, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine and The Guardian. He regularly appears on Fox Business, MSNBC, as well as SiriusXM's Wharton Business Channel, where he talks about the financial, economic and technology issues that affect business leaders today.

Through his presentations, Gene helps business owners, executives and managers understand the political, economic and technological trends that will affect their companies and—most importantly—the actions they can take to continue to grow and profit.
FCSI TA Conference Montreal
April 21-23, 2022
Get Your Passports Ready!
We're looking forward to the 2022 Conference in Montreal, Quebec!

Make sure you're ready to travel next April so you can join us in Montreal for the FCSI The Americas biennial conference! Check your passports, and apply for or update them now to be ready for April. As of now, Canada is only allowing vaccinated visitors to enter the country.

Membership News
New Members
Mehboob Bangash, MB Architects
Lisa Paige-Pretorius, Cini-Little International
Patrick Jones, AMD Foodservice Design
Linda Callahan, Next Step Design

Upgrade to FCSI Professional Membership
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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!

And don't forget that 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.
Industry News
NAFEM Study of Supply Chain Pressures
A coalition of four major manufacturing associations – the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM) and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) – are urging immediate action by the Biden administration to address supply chain challenges outlined in a newly released white paper.

The paper follows a series of meetings among coalition members and Capitol Hill and administration staff centered around issues important to the coalition’s member companies, such as the Section 301 China tariffs, Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs, supply chain concerns, labor shortages, increased costs for shipping containers and increased shipping times, and semiconductor shortages. The paper explains how supply chain disruptions, which are compounded by trade distortions and the COVID-19 pandemic, are hurting the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers and stalling the U.S. economic recovery. Combined with increased demand for appliances and equipment, supply chain bottlenecks have negative consequences, including increased costs, lost sales, delayed deliveries of critical products to consumers in the face of supply chain backlogs, and even shutting down manufacturing plants.

The paper acknowledges that many supply chain issues will require long-term solutions, but the coalition also requested immediate relief from policymakers through tariff removal and fair allocation of semiconductors to all industries. Quick implementation of these and other policy solutions outlined in the paper may help prevent a continued worsening of the availability of manufactured products in the U.S., while increasing productivity and stemming product cost inflation. 
FCSI Hosted Events at Abastur 2021
Abastur hosted a successful three-day conference and networking program in September. The event for hospitality industry professionals was co-located with the ABASTUR exhibition floor

FCSI The Americas members Omar Pereney, Alejandra Molinar, Carlos Tello, and Hamid Banna participated as speakers in this year's conference. Xavier Sorondo conducted a keynote session for experts during the Hospitality Summit which ran concurrently with Abastur.
Compass Consulting Industry Report
A highlight from this month's report is news that same store sales and traffic softened during August. That trajectory, however, was still over last year. According to Compass, "These indicators, as well as a softening in consumer spending, could be signs of a business slow down." They caution that August is the second slowest month for the restaurant industry, so no conclusions can be drawn just yet. View the entire report.
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