July 2019
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Medical Update for Fellow FCSI Member

As many of you may know, Cini Little Vice President and FCSI Associate Member, Orlando Espinosa III, has been awaiting a liver transplant due to a damaged liver from a gallbladder surgery in December 2017. Following the surgery it took several months to pinpoint the damage to the liver, but once discovered the focus has been on getting Orlando well and ultimately a liver transplant from a deceased or live donor is needed. Orlando has experienced a 118 pound weight loss since his gallbladder surgery in 2017 and doctors have placed him on a crash wellness program including a feeding tube, physical therapy, and home nurse visit and care to build strength and increase stamina in the hopes of getting him healthy and strong enough to be a candidate for liver transplant surgery. 

Orlando and his family are actively pursuing all possible outlets for identifying a potential living partial liver donor and FCSI wants to help get the word out in case there are Industry peers who may consider being a donor. Potential donors would need to meet the following pre-qualifications:

O+ or O+ compatible blood type 
Ideal age is 20-50 (possibly younger or older if ideal candidate)
Good general health

If you are considering being a donor or want to learn more, you can access the donor application  here  and can learn more about liver transplant surgery  here . All inquiries and applications are confidential and Orlando will never know who applied or who was accepted or rejected.  

Please feel free to share this information with friends and associates who are not members of FCSI to ensure the message reaches as many potential candidates as possible. And, of course, please keep Orlando and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Welcome New Members!
Associate Members

Stephanie Ford
Smart Design Group

Eric Goodrich
Rippe Associates

Brian Hicks
Hospitality House

Phillip Landgraf
Ricca Design Studio

Kurtis Sucharyna
Stantec Architecture Ltd.
Scholarships Available for HostMilano 2019

Are you interested in attending HostMilano 2019 on October 18-22, 2019? FCSI The Americas is giving two Consultant Members the opportunity to win $2,500 scholarships each to go toward expenses for HostMilano 2019.

Eligible Expenses:
  • Coach airfare
  • Up to 5 nights of hotel stay
  • Ground transportation
  • Food expenses up to $150 per day

How to Enter:
  • Fill out this Application
  • Tell us why you want to attend HostMilano
  • Deadline - Friday, August 2nd

After Attending:
The two winners will be required to submit a 150 word article explaining what they learned while attending HostMilano. These articles will be published in the Direct Connection.

Scholarship recipients will be notified by Tuesday, August 6th.
Austin Conference 2020

The FCSI Conference Planning Committee invites you to join us for FCSI The Americas Division Biennial 2020 Conference in Austin, Texas on April 30 - May 2, 2020! The host hotel will be Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort.

Come and take part in Camp FCSI! Enjoy the great outdoors and learn some "survival skills" during the educational sessions! We hope to see you there! More Conference details will be coming soon!
FCSI Educational Foundation

The FCSI Educational Foundation is asking for our help. They would like to launch new programs and enhance existing programs for the future benefit of all members.

Ed Norman, FFCSI (PP), the FCSI Educational Foundation President, encourages members to consider donating to the Foundation to help them reach their 2019-2020 goal of $200,000. Keep in mind all donations are 100% deductible to business due to our 501 c3 non-profit status.
FCSI The Americas Store

Check out our FCSI Store! You will find FCSI The Americas branded clothes, tumblers, and organizers. When you order from our store, 15% of all sales will go back to the FCSI The Americas Division!
Want to share your expertise with the Foodservice Industry?

Consider being a part of FCSI The Americas Foodservice Consultants Experts Network. The network is intended to be a research tool to search for Independent Foodservice Consultants who wish to spread their knowledge in the Foodservice and Hospitality Industry.

Consultants can be searched by location, areas of expertise, market segments, or experience. For more information or a list of contacts, visit the  Experts Network webpage. To be included in the network, contact Sydney.
Consultants Contributing Corner

Compass Restaurant Consulting & Research (Compass RCR) publishes a monthly pulse report on the Restaurant Industry. The information in this Business Summary is derived from Compass RCR’s monthly reports, the National Restaurant Association Research Department, and Black Box Intelligence.
Food Delivery Business - From an Operators Point of View

The food delivery business is here to stay and Compass Restaurant Consultancy & Research has generated a Food Delivery Business overview from an operators point of view. The document touches base on consumers' and technology's influence, operators' responses, what happens in the last mile, and demonstrates a financial model for the delivery business. Take a peak at the full report!

If you are a Consultant and would like to share your experiences with our Society and contribute to this section of the Direct Connection, please contact  Sydney .
Quick Links
Chapter Corner
Runners on your Mark!

Join the Pacific Northwest in raising awareness and money for hunger within their community. They have teamed up with a local charity,  Hopeworks , to host a walk/run event on Saturday, October 5th.

The ERACE Hunger 5k will take place at  Evergreen Speedway   in Monroe, Washington. Races will begin at 8:00am and run until 12:30pm.

The event will feature a 5k run, 2k run/walk/wog, and a kids dash (free for kids 6 and under). Racers can pre-register for the 5k or 2k for $25 (includes t-shirt).

To see more race details,  click here .

Contact Tim McDougald or Janel Rupp for questions.
Are you Ready to Rock and Roll with the Upper Midwest Chapter?

Interested in technology and how it effects our industry and the facilities we design? Attend the Upper Midwest Chapter's annual educational event at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH on October 10th!

Attendees will be joined by technology gurus that will define where the industry is going using software, technology, and possibly some robotics. Registration for this event is only $60 per person.

Prior to the event, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is offering a discounted rate of $18 (normally $26) to tour the museum between 10am - 1pm. Secure your spot at the special rate by October 1st!
Brazilian Consultants Learn More about the Technology
of Speed Ovens

Part of the responsibility of being an FCSI member is to seek continuing knowledge in your field of work. Twenty-five FCSI consultants gathered in Brazil on July 18 to participate in another training conducted by manufacturer Prática Klimaquip. During the course, consultant members learned about the latest technology of Speed Ovens, their applications, programming, and daily cleaning and maintenance procedures. The program also provided information related to the varying oven sizes and installation with ventless equipment. Being an FCSI Corporate Member, Prática is the first company in Brazil to offer regular technical courses to FCSI consultants in Latin America.

Emmanuel Melo, FCSI, is Design Director at StudioIno and talked about learning more about the ovens’ technical details during the class. “I could understand the technology embedded in this product in depth. I understood how the different heat sources are produced in the equipment and how they are combined to prepare food with quality and speed.” Speed Ovens offer innovative new possibilities for the foodservice market. The equipment unites up to three different heat transmission processes: microwave, forced air and radiation, enabling the completion and even the complete preparation of dishes in seconds.
Parte da responsabilidade de ser um membro da FCSI é buscar conhecimento continuado na área de atuação. Foi isso que 25 consultores da FCSI no Brasil fizeram no último dia 18 de julho, participando de mais uma capacitação realizada pela fabricante Prática Klimaquip. Durante o curso, consultant members learned about the latest technology of Speed Ovens, its applications, programming, and daily cleaning and maintaining procedures. The program also provided information related to the ovens sizes and installation with ventless equipment. A Prática é a primeira empresa do Brasil, que como “corporate member”, oferece cursos técnico regulares aos consultores da FCSI no país.

Emmanuel Melo,FCSI diretor de design do StudioIno, aprendeu sobre os detalhes técnicos do fornos durante a aula. “Pude compreender em profundidade a tecnologia embarcada nessa categoria de produto, entendi como as diferentes fontes de calor são produzidas no equipamento e como se combinam para preparar os alimentos com qualidade e rapidez”. Os Speed Ovens oferecem novos caminhos inovadores para o foodservice. Os equipamentos unem até três diferentes processos de transmissão de calor: micro ondas, ar impingido e radiação, possibilitando a terminação e até mesmo a preparação completa de pratos em segundos.
Industry News
NAFEM Advocacy Update

NAFEM publishes Advocacy Update monthly to keep members up-to-date on pending legislative, regulatory and technological issues potentially impacting the smallwares, middleware and hot- and cold-sides of the commercial foodservice equipment industry. For more information, visit the  Advocacy  section of  www.NAFEM.org .