May 2018
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Mi chael Key
Dennis G. Glore, Inc.

Alison O'Hearn
Foodservice Consultants Studio

Ted Pierce, Jr.
SCG FoodSpace

Steven Starr

Theresa Traulsen
Concession Solutions, Inc.

Congratulations to the Following Members Pursuing Professional Membership

Eduardo Camargo
Eduardo Scott Servicos de Consultoria LTDA

Tarah Schroeder
Ricca Design Studios
Save the Date
Atlanta, GA
June 11

São Paulo, Brazil 
June 12-15

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. 

FCSI TA Symposium
Orlando, FL
February 5-6, 2019
Just prior to the NAFEM Show
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: 
Jessica Dengel , Rippe Associates;  
Katharine Mizla , Vollrath

Chapter Leader:  Ed Arons, FCSI , Colburn & Guyette Consulting Partners, Inc.

Chapter Leader Opening for 2018. Contact FCSI

Chapter Leader: Garrett Lennon,   JLR Design Group

Chapter Leader:  Marci Pick , SCG FoodSpace

Chapter Leader:  Kelly Marinick, Hoshizaki America

Chapter Leader: Robert Scheibly, SSA, Inc.

Chapter Co-leaders: Juan Matamoros, FCSI, Gastrotec; 
Jose Aurelio Claro Lopes Precx Projetos e Treinamento
Serving Up Solutions
The Importance of Sanitation 
In this 12th episode of FCSI The Americas' Serving Up Solutions video series, Armand Iaia, FCSI, talks about the importance of sanitation with food and facilities. Tune in to find out what it takes to be an FCSI Consultant too.

The FCSI The Americas 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 Sydney.
William J. Caruso, FFCSI (PP) Chair - The Americas Division
I was in Chicago representing the Society during the recently concluded NRA Show. I enjoyed meeting with many of our members as well as attending the Dealer of the Year Awards Program and the FCSI The Americas Upper Midwest Chapter reception at the Godfrey Hotel. During all of these events, I heard a common theme, either brought forward by some of our own members, or in discussions with friends in the manufacturing, dealership and rep sides of the business. The theme: What are you doing to attract, educate and promote young people into the business of food service consulting? An interesting and profound question that hits at the mark of our profession's very existence! 
I have long taken the stance that without a strong educational program aimed at introducing our profession to the "best and brightest" as they enter college, university or specialized culinary schools, then the future of our profession is cloudy at best and the opportunity to be "the best we can be", is compromised. Going back many years now, the Society embarked upon a program aimed at selecting one or two institutions of higher learning (today... it would probably consist of one in Canada, one in the United States and one in Central/South America), and developing an accredited program leading to a major degree concentration in commercial food facilities design and planning. We attempted this some thirty plus years ago. It failed due to the entrance costs of accreditation and chair endorsement. However, this is a different time and place. With all of your help and support, I am going to implore our Board and Educational Committee, working hand in hand with our Foundation, to "re-open the files" on this critically important matter. 
We CAN and MUST find the solutions to unlock the door that permits the creation of higher education partners throughout the Americas - it hits at the heart of our very existence. "Knowledge is Power", as the old saying goes. Never have truer words been spoken! 
My very best wishes to all of you!

William J. Caruso, FFCSI (PP) 
Chair - The Americas Division

FCSI is thrilled to be participating again at Fispal, taking place in
São  Paulo, Brazil next month! Doug Huber, FCSI, CFA, CFSP, is set to present on why someone should join FCSI, including the benefits and code of ethics in place for consultant members to qualify for membership. There are 4 additional education sessions being presented by our consultant members in Brazil, including R aoni Saade, FCSI, Emmanuel Melo, FCSI and Nathalia Sifuentes.

In addition, the FCSI booth will be offering 30 minute consultations for people thinking about or in the midst of developing a foodservice facility. 
From FCSI The Americas' Conference in Denver to the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago, April and May offered big opportunities for foodservice consultants! We all recognize how complex and dynamic the foodservice industry is and treasure our ability to connect, learn and recharge at these events. As a baby boomer, I am always thrilled to see the next generation well-represented and moving into FCSI TA leadership roles!
The Denver Conference included recognition of six new FCSI Professional members! FCSI TA's Professional Membership Process is another way to connect, learn and grow as a consultant. Our Industry Knowledge Exam and the Professional Skills Exam are based on core competencies for Professional consultants, and straight from FCSI bylaws! If you haven't done it yet, consider making Professional membership a personal goal. The strength and the future of FCSI is in its members!
Thank you, 
Connie Dickson, FCSI
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.
Once again the FCSI TA Upper Midwest Chapter threw a great reception at the Godfrey Hotel on Sunday, May 20 from 5-7pm! 224 people met, networked, and enjoyed a lovely evening over the annual NRA Show in spring in Chicago! 
Each Chapter held official meetings at the Biennial Conference in Denver where current leaders gave Chapter updates, discussed previous events and plans for future events, and in some cases elected new leadership for 2018-2020.  

The Northeast Chapter is looking for new leadership. If you are interested in being the leader for the Northeast Chapter, please contact Wade, Kimberly or Penny by June 8.
Eagle Group's Vice President of Sales, Mark Brenner has announced his upcoming retirement, effective September  2, 2018.
Mark has been a part of the foodservice industry for over 46 years and for the last 21 years has been a large part of Eagle's success. He joined Eagle Group in September of 1997 (just before the NAFEM Show) as Vice President of Eastern Regional Sales. Mark was promoted to Vice President of Sales in 2009.
Mark has been active within foodservice industry associations including currently serving on the NAFEM/FCSI Liaison Committee, NAFEM/MAFSI Liaison Committee and the FCSI Allied Advisory Committee. He has also served as a judge for the FER Industry Excellence Awards. During his long tenure with Eagle, he has been an integral part of growing our foodservice sales as well as increasing our market share in both chain business and custom fabrication. He has also served as a mentor for many of Eagle's up and coming young sales associates.

We appreciate Mark's constant support of FCSI and the consultant community throughout his career with Eagle. FCSI wishes Mark and his wife Gail the very best as they embark on this new adventure!

Congratulations to Christine Guyott, FCSI, RD, Principal, Rippe Associates for earning the 2018 Top Consultant Achiever award! Kathleen Seelye, FFCSI (PP), Managing Partner, Ricca Design Studios, pictured below, was awarded the Hall of Fame Award. 

The 2018 Industry Awards Gala was held Saturday night, May 19 at the Chicago Four Seasons Hotel over the NRA Show.

Congratulations to you both! 


Are you interested in getting FCSI Merchandise? We are excited to announce the FCSI Store is open for business!   The FCSI Store is the best place to find clothes, tumblers, or   organizers with the FCSI The Americas logo. When you order from this store, 15% of all sales will go back to the FCSI The Americas Division! Click here to start shopping!  
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