April 2018
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Pierre Metellus
3PM Design, Inc.


Congratulations to the Following Members Pursuing Professional Membership

Joe Mora
SSA, Inc.
Save the Date
Godfrey Hotel 
Chicago, IL
May 20, 2018, 5-7 pm

Humber College, Toronto
May 28
A workshop with registered dietician Lucia Weiler

Camacho's "Who Loves Ya" Charity Golf Tournament
Atlanta, GA
June 11

Canadian Chapter Annual Dinner
Humber College, Toronto
October 18

Canadian Chapter Annual Christmas Party
St. Georges Golf & Country Club, Toronto
November 29
Please note AGM will be held in conjunction with this event. 
Chapter Corner
Contact your chapter leader if you are interested in getting involved.

Chapter Leader:  John Radchenko, FCSI (PP) , Van Velzen + Radchenko Design Assoc.

Chapter Co-leaders:  Peg Galie , S20 Consultants;   Trish Jass , Rippe Associates
Chapter Leader:  Ed Arons, FCSI , Colburn & Guyette Consulting Partners, Inc.

Chapter Leader:  Jill Bierman, FCSI JBK Consulting & Design, Inc.

Chapter Leader:  Gina Brinegar , Webb Foodservice Design

Chapter Leader:  Kelly Marinick, Hoshizaki America

Chapter Co-leaders:  Jennifer Murphy , FCSI , Camacho;   Anja Kuechenmeister , Camacho 

Chapter Co-leaders: Juan Matamoros, FCSI, Gastrotec;
 Sergio Frota SF Frota Consultoria
Serving Up Solutions
The Role of a Foodservice Designer
In this 11th episode of FCSI The Americas' Serving Up Solutions video series, Kristin Sedej, FCSI, explains the role of a Foodservice Designer and what it takes to be an FCSI Consultant.

The Serving Up Solutions video series provides quick tips and tricks to operators, and promotes FCSI consultants as experts in the industry.  

If you are interested in being featured in one of our upcoming videos, contact  Wade or Sydney .
Joe Schumaker, FCSI
Trustee - FCSI The Americas
As I sit here in my hotel room in Denver thinking about the last few days, there are a few very distinct points that hit me. First and foremost, who would have ever thought that you could have so much fun with a pair of headphones, a dim room and 200 of your closest FCSI colleagues?
All joking aside, what an amazing conference and I cannot wait for Symposium in 2019 and our next conference 2020 in Austin, TX!
It is no great secret that the industry we all love is at a crossroads. With a complete overhaul of the food system that the "big 10" food companies created post WWII, it is no surprise that there is so much opportunity for us here at FCSI and other parts of the food industry. For us the biggest challenge is QUICKLY becoming which side of the chasm you are on as this great food system revamp takes place.
A great example of this is the race to alternative proteins. Did you know that it takes over 800 gallons of water to produce one quarter pound hamburger? With the worldwide population expected to break 10B by 2060, we have an obligation to help create change. What are you and your firm doing to help participate in this or where else are you engaging in helping to shape the new food system?
A decade ago, there were the "big ten" food companies like ConAgra, General Mills and Tyson that controlled what amounted to a little more than $3 trillion in revenue and about 7500 other small businesses creating the rest of the food products on store shelves. Today the "big ten" control roughly the same $3 trillion, however, there are now 50,000 new food businesses that have come to be in the last decade that now hold about $1 trillion of the current $4 trillion today. What is happening is that these newer companies are beginning to take market share from the "big ten". This is causing the "big ten" to begin to change the way they look at food and more importantly the food system.
What does that all mean for us design and MAS consultants? Well, from where I am sitting, we must also evolve and more importantly LEAD this movement. We need to be creating spaces and systems that look into the future. In this fast paced, ever changing climate, we must not just be RELEVANT we must LEAD!
I challenge you right now to spend a minute and research some of the amazing trainings and events that are happening that talk about the food system. Go to a different event or find a new magazine to subscribe to. Look into Expo West and FoodBytes!, The Fancy Food Show and Future Food Tech. In short, let's get back to the FOOD and be part of building the new FOOD system.
Best regards,

Joe Schumaker,  FCSI
Trustee - FCSI The Americas
Nearly 380 attendees enjoyed three days of outstanding education, top notch speakers, fun evening events, and lots of laughs!  We have so much to share with you we simply can't fit it all into this month's Direct Connection!  So, Wade has laced up his big white sneakers and is frantically working to assemble write ups, photos, award details, and a few dad jokes to share with you - so watch your in-box next week for a supplemental newsletter dedicated to the Denver Conference highlights. 

Diamond Sponsors


                   Hoshizaki Logo               

Platinum Sponsors



Gold Sponsors

                            Kitchens To Go                      

                                                            Wood Stone Logo            
Silver Sponsors

Aladdin Temp-Rite               BSI, LLC   
Eloma                                  New Age Industrial    
Perlick                                  Polar King International         Unified Brands
First-Time Attendee 
Matching Grant Sponsorship
Advance Tabco        Baxter Manufacturing        Cambro    
G.A. Systems, Inc.           Heatcraft
Irinox North America        Jackson WWS
Kason Industries (2 grants)   
KCL (2 grants)
The Legacy Companies                     
NEMCO Food Equipment 
Polar King International                     Thermodyne 
Traulsen                                             Utility Refrigerator (2 grants)
Sherman Robinson, FCSI
Sherman Robinson, FCSI, passed away on April 21. He was President and Owner of Sherman Robinson, Inc. Sherman has been associated with the food service industry since 1959. After his architectural design studies at Ohio University, he began his design career with a food facilities equipment dealer in Dayton, Ohio. Quickly recognized for his design talents, he was recruited by a prominent food facilities consulting firm based in Indianapolis, with offices in three states. Sherman later became Vice President of this organization, until the founder's retirement. Desiring more "hands on" experience and knowledge, Sherman worked installing kitchens with a food equipment contractor in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He then established the firm of Sherman Robinson, Incorporated, which began in 1970.
Paul Toukatly
R. Paul Toukatly passed away on April 9 after a long battle with cancer. 

The 62-year-old worked for Duffy's Equipment Service for 50 years. He was past president of Commercial Food Equipment Service Association. 

In addition, last year Paul was recipient of  FE&S Top Achiever-Service Agent Award. Here is a  video of Paul accepting his award

Paul is survived by his wife Patricia, sons Andrew and Matthew, daughters Kathryn Miller and Beth, his parents Ray and Lorraine Toukatly, as well as a brother, two sisters and 12 grandchildren.  Full Obituary
The Upper Midwest Chapter of FCSI TA invites you to attend their annual networking reception during the NRA Show on  Sunday, May 20, 2018 from  5-7 p.m. in Chicago, Illinois.

PRICE -   $40 in advance $45 at the door

IO Urban Roofscape Lounge at the Godfrey Hotel
The 2018 Winter Olympics made it popular, the Canadian Chapter of FCSI TA made it fun!
The Canadian Chapter of FCSI TA held a Curling (or attempted curling) event on April 4 at St. Georges Golf and Country Club. Soup and sandwiches and a warm drink preceded a fun evening of learning the fine art of a Canadian winter past time game, curling! Thirty-two brave foodservice professionals now have a better understanding of slipping and sliding, sweeping and standing up on ice!


The FCSI TA Committee for Emerging Consultants hopes you had a great time at the Silent Disco! 

Shelby Wurscher
Rippe Associates
Thank you to those who were able to attend our face to face meeting for C4EC at the FCSI Denver Conference!  It is such a great opportunity to get together, meet new members, and share our thoughts on how we can do our part in supporting FCSI. Also a big thanks to Anja Kuechenmeister for her service as she moves into the Past Chair position, and to Ted Pierce for joining our committee as Incoming Chair. I'd like to give a warm welcome to our new members as we look forward to another great year serving FCSI and supporting one another. If you were unable to attend the meeting at the Denver Conference and are interested in joining C4EC, please reach out to Kimberly or me

Thank you, 

Shelby Wurscher, C4EC 2018 Chair
Michael Mallar
Senior Associate/ Corporate Controller

Des Hague, William Caruso, FFCSI (PP) and Stephen Young, FCSI, WC&P Partners, are delighted to announce the joining of Michael Mallar as Senior Associate/Corporate Controller, effective immediately, to help facilitate the company's strategic vision for growth and expansion over the next decade, and beyond.  WC&P is one of the leading foodservice, laundry and solid waste facilities planning and design consulting firms worldwide  with over 9,000 completed projects in 32 countries   around the world. In his role, Michael will provide Management Advisory Services to WC&P's clients in addition to overseeing all financial a nd accounting functions within WC&P. His MAS services will include: feasibility analysis, master planning, operational studies, development of RFP's, sample contract document packages, expert witness services and branding development consulting.

FCSI The Americas launched a Foodservice Consultants Experts Network, made up of foodservice consultants who serve as experts in the foodservice and hospitality industry. This network can be used as a resource where an independent foodservice consultant is needed to comment, write, or speak as an expert 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 FCSI webpage or contact Wade