January 2018
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Sojo Alex
Envision Strategies

Kevin Banas 
Cini Little International, Inc. 

Hamid Banna 
Consultor Independiente

Stephanie Herret 
Cini Little International, Inc. 

Mary Inchauste
CSO Architects

Jose Mendez  
Smart Design Group

Joe Mora 
SSA, Inc. 

Enrique Prieto
P.V. Consultores

Save the Date
Energy Centre, Toronto
Feb 25-27, 2018
Visit the Canadian Chapter at Booth 650

Curling Social
St. Georges Golf & Country Club, Toronto
April 4

Denver, CO
April 19-21, 2018

Educational Workshop / Dinner 
Humber College, Toronto
May/June - TBD
A workshop with registered dietician Lucia Weiler who will translate the science of nutrition and unlock the power of food and deliver life-changing advice for healthy living, all relating to our industry members. 

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. 
2017 Project Showcase

Access and share the digital version here.
Consultants: Log Your CEUs for 2017
Please log your CEUs for 2017 as soon as possible so as not to jeopardize your membership status.
Need help? Visit FCSI TA's Professional Growth page, or contact Kimberly.
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
2018 FCSI Membership Renewals
Have you renewed your FCSI membership for 2018? If you haven't already, you can pay your dues from your member profile here. Contact Penny with questions.
Bill Caruso, FFCSI (PP)
How time flies! Another year with great growth in FCSI, and a time committed to review, reinvigorate and gain excitement because our conference is quickly approaching......and my hometown of Denver is the host! I have lived  in Denver for 37 years now (and before that, a stint doing both some undergraduate and graduate work at two of its great universities in the 60's - Yikes - I'm gett ing old, folks!), but I can say in all truth that it's a wonderful place and you need to make sure you're with us this April! 

16th Street Mall has shops, restaurants, entertainment, and the Free Mall Ride, all just around the corner from the FCSI Conference Host Hotel. Photograph by Steve Crecelius and VISIT DENVER
Remember Phoenix and Nashville? Both great conferences, great fun and lots of educational information - will Denver prove to be equal to the high bar that these past events set? I am positive of this and I know that our upcoming conference will be one of the best ever! The Worldwide FCSI Board will be there, as well as The Americas Board, along with many industry colleagues, meetings and of course, important educational events that will take place. Denver is easy to get to and won't break the bank. The educational agenda speaks for itself and it will invigorate everyone and motivate each person attending. The social events planned are outstanding! I have been to most of the social function sites and I know you'll love them, for sure! During the Conference, we will honor our newest Council of Fellows inductees, which will reunite many of our leaders over the years with new, deserving inductees, and best of all, you get to mingle with industry friends and colleagues in the rarified air of sunny Colorado! What more can I say except I hope all of you can take advantage of this great opportunity and I look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones very soon...in my great hometown!
See all of you soon!
All my best,

William Caruso, FFCSI (PP)
Chair, FCSI The Americas
The 2018 Denver Conference is right around the corner and FCSI wants to recognize the best of the best. If you know of anyone who is worthy of being nominated for the following awards, please consider nominating yourself or fellow FCSI members for one or more of the following awards:

The Trendsetter Award
This award is presented to an individual who best exemplifies innovation, creativity and unique and lastin g contributions to the foodservice industry.

The Robert Pacifico Memorial "Doing Well by Doing Good" Award
The award is intended to recognize an FCSI Consultant Member who has been diligent in his or her community service and who has consistently shown dedication, support, and leadership to the hospitality industry. By inference, this individual is dedicated to encouraging a values centered approach to consulting practices.
FCSI Green Award
This award is presented to an individual or company in the foodservice and hospitality industry that has created an innovative environmental operation or product that has improved the environmental standards and conditions of the operation or industry as a whole.
To submit an individual or company for consideration email Wade with the following information:
Nominee Name,  Submitted by,  Award Category,  Description and Explanation for nomination
Now is the time to get involved in FCSI! 
We are looking for members to contribute to the following committees in 2018:

Membership Committee
Review Senior Associate applications 
Create member recruiting campaigns
Review applicant eligibility issues

Editorial Advisory Committee - New for 2018!
Suggest / review editorial topics to be considered for Foodservice Consultant magazine

Marketing Committee
Help create/maintain FCSI TA's social media presence
Review submissions for the Serving up Solutions video series

Please consider being an active volunteer thought leader within the Society! Contact Wade to learn mor e.
FCSI was saddened to learn of the passing of Patricia Johnson, the wife of deceased FCSI Past President and Fellow Michael Johnson, FFCSI (PP). Patricia L. Johnson passed away at the age of 74 on January 18 due to a blood clot on the brain. Michael and Patricia were well-known within the FCSI community and our condolences go out to their family and friends. 
Helping You and Your Business
The Serving Up Solutions video series is meant to provide quick tips and tricks to operators, as well as promote FCSI consultants as experts in the industry.   If you are interested in being featured in one of our upcoming videos, contact  Wade or Sydney.

A tremendous THANK YOU to the members who renewed their FCSI membership before the end of 2017 and were entered into a drawing to win one of three prizes. The big winners are: 

$250 Visa Gift Card
Marci Pick, SCG Foodspace
$100 Visa Gift Card
Ryan Rongo, S20 Consultants 

Echo Dot
Dan Millis, Millis & Associates
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

The Northeast Chapter of FCSI The Americas celebrated its 14 th annual Holiday Social last month, marking the occasion with donations totaling $20,000.

Massachusetts non-profit Community Servings was the event's donor partner and recipient of $15,000. The local food and nutrition program provides services throughout Massachusetts to individuals and families who are living with critical and chronic illnesses. Each day, the organization prepares and delivers lunch, dinner and a snack to 1,600 individuals and their families across 300 square miles throughout Massachusetts.

That same evening, the Northeast Chapter presented an additional donation of $5,000 to FCSI's Educational Foundation, an organization committed to working with FCSI members to secure the future of the foodservice consulting industry through nurturing the next generation of professional foodservice consultants.

Both donations were made possible through the loyal and generous support of the event's attendees and sponsors. Platinum sponsors:  E3, C.R. Peterson, and Hobart-Traulsen.  Gold sponsors: Continental Refrigeration, C.R. Peterson, Dave Swain Associates, GMV Sales, Hatch-Jennings, Halton, True Food Service Equipment, and the Viola Group. Silver sponsors: AccuTemp, Alto-Shaam, BSI, Cres-Cor, C.R. Peterson, Jackson, Ricca Design Studios, T&S Brass, Wyllie Marketing

This annual event is one of two large charity fundraisers organized by the Northeast Chapter of FCSI The Americas. For more information, please contact Northeast Chapter Secretary Chandra Comfort at (781) 826-5522.
April 19-21, 2018

Click here for details and the application. Entries are due by February 12. Finalists are notified by March 5. 
Thursday, April 19
Professional Membership Exams, FREE Professional Head Shots, and Opening Party
Friday, April 20
Full day of education and networking followed by an evening of food, drinks, fun, and C4EC After Hours Party at our host hotel, Hilton Denver City Center
Saturday, April 21
Full day of education and networking followed by the Closing Party at Punch Bowl Social Denver
Session Topics
Opening Keynote: Get Switched On! with Chip Eichelberger
JUST ANNOUNCED! Closing Keynote: 1 Hour Stand-up Special with Tom Papa
A Day in the Life of A Nerdy Foodservice Consultant and Secret Tech Weapons for Foodservice Consultants with Your Nerdy Best Friend, Beth Z
Feeding an Athlete with United States Olympic Committee Member Terri Moreman
Revit - How do you stack up? with Moderator Joe Carbonara and Panelists Brett Daniel, FCSI, Shelby Wurscher and Chris Huebner
The Business of Cannabis Kitchens with industry expert Jaime Lewis
Unconventional Spaces with Bill Caruso, FFCSI (PP) and Scott Heim
Virtual Reality with Chris Huebner
Resolving Labor Issues...It's a People Business After All! with Chris Tripoli, FCSI
Food Display Trends with Joe Schumaker, FCSI and Danielle McMiller
Recruiting and Retaining Talent in Consulting Firms - Roundtable Mixer

Register TODAY, January 31 for the best rate. 
Hotel Accommodations 
Please note effective December 1 our host hotel, the Marriott City Center, changed ownership and is now known as the Hilton Denver City Center. This will not affect our conference or your reservations.

Hilton Denver City Center
1701 California Street,  Denver, CO 80202
To book a room with the FCSI TA special room rate of $189/night, click  here.
Sponsorship Opportunities
Corporate members, there are four sponsorship levels (Diamond, Platinum, Gold and Silver), and at every level there are new benefits! Show your commitment to FCSI by sponsoring the Denver Conference.
Sponsor a First Time Attendee of the Conference - your US$500 sponsorship helps tremendously!
  • Brings new faces to the conference and shows them the value of attending FCSI programs
  • Allows even the small allied firms to support the conference
  • Allows consulting firms to upgrade the skills and knowledge of their younger members
  • Ensures the future of the industry
  • Encourages long time members to interact with the next generation of consultants
  • The FCSI Educational Foundation matches your grant, giving attendees US$1000 to use toward expenses related to the conference
Sponsor a First Time Attendee of the Denver Conference

Diamond Sponsors



                  Hoshizaki Logo               



Platinum Sponsor



Gold Sponsors


                                           Kitchens To Go                                                    

                                           Wood Stone Logo   

Silver Sponsors

  Aladdin Temp-Rite               BSI, LLC            Channel Manufacturing           
  Duke Manufacturing            Eloma                New Age Industrial     

  Perlick                Polar King International, Inc.        Unified Brands

First-Time Attendee Matching Grant Sponsorship
G.A. Systems, Inc.                           Heatcraft
Irinox North America                        
Jackson WWS
   Kason Industries (2 grants)   
KCL (2 grants)                                
The Legacy Companies
    NEMCO Food Equipment     
The America's Division
is turning 10 years old in 2018
and we need your help in celebrating this milestone! 
Please submit any of the following:
  • A short video sharing a favorite FCSI memory - this can be anything that means something to you! Grab your smartphone (and maybe a friend if you're not comfortable filming a selfie), make a short (amateur) 10-20 second video
  • Written FCSI memories or a statement about the Society
  • Photos of past events, FCSI members, etc
  • FCSI logo items
  • FCSI historical/archive documents  
Send your submission to Kimberly.
Connie Dickson, FCSI
CPSTA Leader
It was fall 2016, and CPSTA was working hard on pathways for Professional membership, soon to be available in Portuguese, Spanish and French. Two Brazilian colleagues, Emmanuel Melo and Raoni Saade, agreed to help CPSTA with a successful launch in Latin America. Throughout 2017, Emmanuel and Raoni helped CPSTA understand foodservice consulting in Brazil and its challenges, while CPSTA helped Emmanuel and Raoni understand the standards, procedures and core competencies on which FCSI professional membership is based.
Inspired by their immersion in CPSTA, Emmanuel and Raoni developed a 2017 strategic plan for FCSI membership in Latin America that delivered remarkable results. And by the end of the year, both achieved FCSI Professional membership and became official members of CPSTA!
For 2018, Emmanuel and Raoni recommended that CPSTA send a representative to the Fispal trade show this June to deliver a key message: FCSI differentiates consultants through its standards and values, and Doug Huber, FCSI agreed to present this message. FCSI's mission extends beyond the show, and includes a presentation to FCSI and non-FCSI consultants, trips to equipment manufacturers, and multiple networking events. FCSI The Americas' Board of Trustees reviewed the Fispal plan and wholeheartedly supports its goals. Stay tuned for an update on the outcomes!
The Council for Professional Standards - The Americas (CPSTA) sets standards of performance for professional FCSI-TA consultants, administers core competencies set by FCSI WW, and measures performance for core competencies.