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Welcome New Members
Sam Kimes
JBK Consulting and Design

Jessica Price
Culinary Advisors

Nathalia Sifuentes
SDI Brasil

Christian Yoingco
Sanford Design Group Ltd.
2017 Sponsorship Opportunities
FCSI-TA Corporate members, are you looking to increase your exposure in the coming year? From sponsoring the Symposium to this newsletter, and even a Latin America Conference in 2017, there are multiple opportunities to network with and talk to FCSI Consultants. 
Save the Date
St Georges Golf and Country Club in Toronto
December 8 at 6:30pm

Davio's Downtown Boston
December 8 at 6:30pm
Please register by December 1

Solutions 5 Conference
Redmond, Washington
January 20, 2017

FCSI TA Symposium
Orlando, Florida prior to the NAFEM Show
February 7-8, 2017
Opening Party
Tuesday, February 7
Education & Networking
Wednesday, February 8

Orlando, Florida
February 9-11, 2017

Next Step Design Website Gets New Look

Next Step Design (NSD) is showing off a new look for their website. The site features a robust project portfolio where clients can sort by market segment and region, a comprehensive team page, a signature details section for exploring a few noteworthy NSD touches, and more. Check out NSD's new site
Corsi Associates Adds Project Coordinator to its Staff
Corsi Associates  announced that Jackie Sgro joined their team to further develop their growing portfolio of regional and national projects. Jackie comes with a wealth of experience within the Foodservice Design and Consulting field, having spent the last 20 years expanding her knowledge base and skill set in dealing with a variety of industry foodservice applications.  Full Release
Consultants - Log Your CEUs for 2016
There are so many ways to earn your continuing education for the year with FCSI's Approved Education Providers. Visit the FCSI Calendar for current programs.

Here are the annual CEU requirements: 
Associate - 3 
Senior Associate - 6 Professional - 12
Need help? Visit FCSI TA's Professional Growth page, or contact Kimberly.
Marco Amatti, FCSI
The FCSI Board of Trustees met in Chicago last month which a llowed me the opportunity to observe the Society's leaders and confirm my belief that we all share some common DNA. To kick off the meeting, W orld Wide Chair, Bill Taunton, FCSI, explained the huge challenges we currently face to recover and strengthen the other divisions. TA Chair, James Camacho, FCSI, and Chair-Elect, Bill Caruso, FFCSI, set the tone of the session with their wise advice and encouraging words. During the full day meeting we exchanged ideas, certainties and doubts, and confirmed that the group is committed to continue to strengthen the Division and help FCSI World Wide however we can to promote success for all Divisions. I was also impressed by the 520 Management Team. Executive Director, Wade Koehler, CAE, and his staff continue to show their competence and leadership, which provide the basis for strategic decision making.
At the meeting, we discussed the issues of ethics, finances, education, planning and internal organization.  All members of the Board demonstrated commitment and willingness to work together to ensure the membership is well represented and the goals of the Society are upheld.
Since it is my first year being a Trustee, I am still learning a lot!  I enjoy getting together with other members of the Board to discuss our common interests of the Society and the foodservice industry.  An informal chat after the meeting made me realize that we share a very interesting common bond - we love what we do!  Somebody began talking about retirement and what to do when we are no longer consulting. Bill Caruso said that he didn't want to stop working and Bill Taunton agreed that he won't stop doing what he loves to do.  Everyone agreed - no one wants to quit consulting! "Oh yeah!" I said. "That's exactly how I feel about my job!" 

Passion is the propellant for this proclamation. Passion fuels the fire that makes us strive for the next level and reach the pinnacle of our success. This conversation made me realize that passion is our shared gene and passion is a common trait of FCSI consultants.  Passion is the essential foundation to share, to support and to inspire - exactly as we did at the Board meeting in Chicago.
Grateful for the trust.
With passion,
Marco Amatti, FCSI
Trustee, FCSI The Americas
We are pleased to welcome Stacy Berry to the FCSI The Americas team as our first full-time Director of Marketing & Communications. Stacy has an extensive marketing background and has spent most of her career in the media industry, including cable, digital, and print. She brings a knowledge and enthusiasm to this position that will propel FCSI The Americas forward.
"I am excited to be joining FCSI and look forward to strengthening the FCSI The Americas brand by creating an engaging and innovative environment for our current and potential members," said Stacy.

Stacy has bachelor's degrees in journalism and Spanish and a master's degree in business administration. She is proficient in Spanish and also looks forward to learning Portuguese in the near future. She currently serves on the young professional board of Girls on the Run as the treasurer and is an avid runner herself.

Please join us in welcoming  Stacy!
The Americas Board of Trustees is excited to announce no dues increase for 2017!
Renewal statements have been sent via email. If you did not receive your statement, please log in to your profile on the FCSI website to review and pay online.  Or contact Penny for additional assistance.  Renew by December 31 to avoid suspension of your membership.

We look forward to continuing to serve you in 2017.
Food...the Next Generation
Friday, January 20, 2017 ~  The Microsoft Campus ~  Redmond, WA

The Solutions 5 Conference (formally Solutions 3) is brought to you by ACFSA (Association of Correctional Food Service Affiliates), AHF (The Association for Healthcare Foodservice), FCSI (Foodservice Consultants Society International), NACAS (National Association of College Auxiliary Services & SHFM (The Society for Hospitality & Foodservice Management).
Details will be shared as they are confirmed. Looking forward to seeing you there as we explore the next generation of food in our industries as it relates to generational trends, technology, wellness, food waste & feeding the world!
At FCSI The Americas headquarters we are always looking to add more value to your membership. One item that has been asked about over the last few years is salary and billing information. To investigate those answers, FCSI The Americas launched its first compensation survey with an emailed invitation to key contacts in active member companies. The findings of this survey are available to members who did not participate in the survey for $99. Contact Wade Koehler.
F CSI's magazine Foodservice Consultant wins the bronze for  Best Print Magazine (Design) B2B at the Pearl Awards.
The Content Council has been celebrating excellence in content marketing since 2004, making The Pearl Awards the longest running content marketing awards program in the United States. Content Marketers - small and large; B2B and B2C; representing clients in a wide range of industries; and producing programs across multiple channels - have had the honor of winning a Pearl Award over the last 13 years. The awards are open to both agencies and brand marketers. The Pearl Awards are truly a global competition - in 2016 they received entries from a record 87 companies from around the world. This year's awards gala was held at Essex House in New York City on November 16. See All Winners

Ira Kaplan
Corporate Member Representative - IRINOX USA
Passed on November 18, 2016

We are saddened to learn of the passing of Ira Kaplan, a long-time member of FCSI with Irinox USA and great contributor to not only FCSI but the entire industry. Recently, Ira had served on the Conference Planning Committee for the 2014 FCSI-TA Phoenix Conference.  Full Obituary

Remembrances may be made to:
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The CPSTA and Brazilian members pause for a group picture
Members of The Council for Professional Standards The Americas (CPSTA) met earlier this month in Chicago, Illinois and were joined by two consultant members from Brazil, Emmanuel Melo and Raoni Saade, who provided guidance on culture and business acumen in Latin America. As The Americas Division expands the exam process into Latin America, the Board of Trustees believed it imperative to begin involving members from Latin America in this process. In addition, we hope current and future members in Latin America have a clear understanding of what FCSI is and the importance of getting involved with the organization. FCSI's focus to grow the membership in Latin America will help consultants grow their careers, develop a group of industry professionals to network with and learn from, and reinforce the professionalism of FCSI consultants to the industry in Latin America.
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.
Over 54% of MAFSI Rep Firms responded to the 2017 MAFSI Commercial Foodservice Market Forecast. Their support for this report is imperative, as it has fast become a leading industry indicator. This 25 page, in-depth, member-only, forecast covers all of the data points and trends...helping you, the reps, and the manufacturers more accurately predict the future of business, and (hopefully) help to set reasonable goals and quotas for 2017. Full Report

Be sure to join us at this year's must attend event: The 2017 FCSI The Americas Symposium February 7 & 8 just prior to The NAFEM Show in Orlando. We are "Breaking Bad" habits by learning ways to break through them with a full day of networking, keynote speakers and breakout sessions. 

Opening Party - SeaWorld
Be sure to join us for the opening party Tuesday night, February 7 from 6-9 pm at Sea World where you can enjoy food, drinks, and unlimited rides on Orlando's tallest, fastest, and longest roller coaster, Mako. 

Keynote Speakers 
Chris Voss
CEO, Author, Negotiation Expert
Chris Voss, author of Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It and CEO of the Black Swan Group Led., will give real life advice on how to communicate for success in your business and in all areas of your life.

Ken Gronbach K
Demographer and President of KGC Direct, LLC
Internationally respected demographer, Ken Gronbach will give us insight into how the foodservice industry will evolve in the future and how you can adapt and succeed along with it. 

Breakout Sessions  
You don't want to miss out on our educational sessions - topics include: Win More Work - The Proposal Process, Away with the Tray - A Makeover for Senior Living Foodservice and How to Master the NAFEM Show Floor.
Make sure to check out the full schedule here.

Platinum Sponsors
           Hobart      Hoshizaki Logo

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Channel Manufacturing                            Eloma North America
Follett Corporation                                  Gaylord Industries

Corporate Members
Don't miss the opportunity to sponsor the Symposium!  Learn more about sponsorship   here .
Free Badge and a $500 Scholarship for Consultants
When registering for the NAFEM Show, select 'Buyer' rather than 'Supplier'.  When prompted, indicate if you are a KES or MAS consultant. Prior to check out you will be prompted for a code - enter FCSI17 to ensure your complimentary badge.
You may be eligible for a $500 scholarship!  Continue the registration process to apply.
NOTE: If you are attending the FCSI Symposium February 7 and 8, you do not need to purchase a NAFEM kick-off party ticket for Wednesday evening - Consultants attending the Symposium will receive a complimentary ticket to the NAFEM kick-off party upon check in for the FCSI program.
FCSI The Americas Executive Director, Wade Koehler, and new FCSI The Americas Director of Marketing, Stacy Berry, attended HX: The Hotel Experience Tradeshow earlier this month in New York City. Overall the show was a success with the highlights consisting of the three educational sessions and the Foodservice Pioneering Concept sponsored by FCSI The Americas.
Educational sessions included Kitchen Makeover 101 where FCSI member Ken Schwartz served as a panelist on the challenging and adventuresome task of renovating a commercial kitchen. Our next session was on forward-thinking foodservice design that included panelists, Lenny Condenzio, FCSI; Kris Morphis, FCSI; and Russell Stilwell, FCSI. Our last session was Foodservice IQ where panelists played a Jeopardy-like game to test their foodservice knowledge. We had engaging content and great turnout for all sessions.
FCSI The Americas was also proud to sponsor the Foodservice Pioneering Concept with 2016 winner Foodesign where Kris Morphis, FCSI serves as Vice President. Their winning concept, "ReFresh-Eatery and Market", provides a fresh, healthy, made-to-order alternative to fast-food options, and uses the latest technology through cooking, iPad and mobile-app ordering.


The first WebTV series of its kind, BUILT., allows FCSI The Americas consultants the opportunity to offer viewers tricks of the trade and the best brand consultant advice - knowledge every innovative leader craves, all in bite-sized, entertaining pieces.

The Upper Midwest Chapter of FCSI held an education/networking event on Thursday, October 20 at Kendall College, Chicago Illinois. The education topic was methods and alternatives to food and waste disposal in the foodservice industry, with a second discussion involving water filtration/treatment.  The discussion was led by Connie Dickson, FCSI, a principal at Rippe Associates. Panelists included Tom Gatchet of Champion Industries, Justin Thompson of the Yes Group and Pete Stryker of Miller & Stryker. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend.

Chapter Co-leader:  Peg Galie, S20 Consultants
Chapter Co-leader:  Trish Jass, Rippe Associates
Check out what's happening in your chapter!
Contact your chapter leader if you are interested in getting involved.

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

UPCOMING EVENT: The next function for the Canadian Chapter will be their Annual Christmas Cocktail evening on Thursday,  December 8 at 6:30pm at  St Georges Golf and Country Club in Toronto. For more information, contact Cathy Sommers.

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

UPCOMING EVENT: The next function for the Northeast Chapter will be their 13th Annual Holiday Social on Thursday, December 8 at 6:30pm at Davio's Dowtown Boston. Details - return form to Tom McArdle by December 1 
Chapter Leader:  Jill Bierman, FCSI JBK Consulting & Design, Inc.
UPCOMING EVENT: Solutions 5: Creative Industry Collaboration & Networking Presents  Food: The Next Generation;  Friday, January 20, 2017 - 8:45am-7:00pm; Location: Microsoft, Redmond, WA 
Chapter Leader:  Gina Brinegar , Webb Foodservice Design

Chapter Leader:  Kelly Marinick, Hoshizaki America

Chapter Co-leader:  Jennifer Murphy , Street Collaborative
Chapter Co-leader:  Anja Kuechenmeister , Camacho Associates

Chapter Co-leader:  Juan Matamoros, FCSI , Gastrotec
Chapter Co-leader: Sergio FrotaSF Frota Consultoria