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Eli Huff
Salt Food Group Consulting

Cameron Krane
Kiche, LLC

Javier Perez
Cosper & Associates, Inc.

Natasha Pepper
S2O Consultants

Sponsorship Opportunities
FCSI-TA Corporate members, are you looking to increase your exposure in the coming year? There are multiple opportunities to network with and talk to FCSI Consultants.
Learn more here.
Save the Date
New York City, New York
November 12-13, 2017

Denver, CO
April 19-21, 2018
Take Advantage of All of FCSI's Educational Opportunities
There are so many ways to earn your required continuing education for the year with FCSI's Approved Education Providers. Visit the FCSI Calendar for current programs. 

You may also contact any of our
Education Providers .
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
A Few Things on My Mind

Brent Hall, FCSI
Greetings FCSI TA Members,

First off, to all of our members and their loved ones affected by the Hurricanes and Earthquakes, I know some of you are trying to put things back together in your homes, businesses, and communities, and as I write, I can't imagine what a task that would be. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you and your families in getting through these disasters. I find it very disheartening that it takes a calamity such as these major hurricanes to bring our country together and show that we are, in fact, good humans. Regardless of your political stance, I think most would agree that our country seems to be more divided now than ever. I then watched the news reports on the hurricanes and people who are standing up, risking life and limb to help each other in any way possible no matter what race, religion, or political affiliation. It is my wish that we could get the American society to show this type of humanity on a daily basis, not just during disasters. We should do our best to try and be good to each other on a daily basis. There are so many simple little things that we can do to make our fellow citizens' day a little better. I am sure many of you have done so, but I encourage all to reach out to legitimate hurricane relief organizations and donate what you can. I know my fellow Board member, Ken Schwartz, is involved with a couple of organizations and I'm sure he would not mind any of you reaching out to him at for information. The rebuilding will take months, even years, so let's try and remember this after the stories disappear from the media.

Although it may seem a ways out, our 2018 FCSI The Americas Conference in Denver is fast approaching and takes place April 19-21, 2018. Once again, I have the opportunity to serve on the planning committee for the upcoming conference and, along with the other fantastic committee members and FCSI staff, we have been hard at work planning the schedule for well over a year now. We will have two full days of first-rate educational breakouts along with some fun events planned for the evenings. We knew it would be challenging to make it even better than the 2016 Nashville conference and we are feeling pretty confident we have achieved our goal. Registration is now open and I urge all of you to get your reservations set soon before our host hotel is completely booked. Please  visit the website for more details.

We are also quickly approaching FCSI membership renewal time. This, of course, has me thinking about the value of FCSI to me personally. We always hear the phrase "you get out of it what you put into it". I have been a FCSI member for over 20 years but only reached a position within our firm that allows me the time to get more involved in the last three years or so. It was at this time that I joined the Conference Planning Committee for Nashville, was elected to The Americas Board as a trustee, and am again serving on the planning committee for the upcoming Denver conference. I now realize what I have gotten out of my FCSI membership and involvement and it's all due to the fantastic members that make up the Society and that I have developed relationships with. I have met some members that have become dear friends. I have also met some that we now have working relationships with in terms of sharing tasks on each other's projects and helping each other out when needed. The best benefit of all is that FCSI allowed us the opportunity to merge with another FCSI firm which has been working out great! So, when you get that email asking you to renew your membership and pay your annual dues just remember, "you get out of it what you put into it" and the value is there if you reach for it. As members we will network together, educate together, and work together, all to raise the bar and promote the professionalism that comes with being an FCSI Member. 
Warm Regards,

Brent Hall, FCSI, Trustee FCSI TA
O que considerer ao especificar equipamentos novos ou de substituição
Neste episódio da série de vídeos "Serving Up Solutions" do FCSI The Americas, Nathalia Sifuentes, Membro Sênior do FCSI, fala sobre o que considerar ao comprar ou substituir um equipamento. Desde o profundo conhecimento do seu cliente e sua operação, passando pela reunião de toda a informação possível sobre os fabricantes disponíveis até a determinação do retorno sobre o investimento - Nathalia apresente o "caminho das pedras" de como levantar todos os pontos a serem pesados na balança para garantir uma implementação de sucesso.

In this episode of FCSI The Americas' Serving Up Solutions video series, FCSI Senior Associate Member, Nathalia Sifuentes, talks about what to look for when buying or replacing equipment. From deeply knowing the client and their operation, through having all the information available on the manufacturers and determining the return on the investment - She gives the path on how to assess all the points to be considered on the scale and guarantee a successful implementation.

Watch Here.

As always, if you are interested in being featured in one of our videos or have an idea for a topic, please contact Stacy.

FCSI The Americas launched a Foodservice Consultants Experts Network late last week. The Americas' Experts Network is a community 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 FCSI TA Director of Marketing and Communications, Stacy Berry

FCSI The Americas continues to grow and, now, we are asking you to help us grow even more!

We are excited to announce FCSI The Americas 2017 membership campaign! August through November we are encouraging our members to recruit and refer qualified foodservice professionals to FCSI. What's in it for you? You could win big! And the more qualified applicants you refer, the more chances you have to be rewarded! Check out the details here.
Registration is now open!

Join FCSI The Americas in Denver April 19-21, 2018 for three days of networking, education, and fun.
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, Denver Marriott City Center
Saturday, April 21
Full day of education and networking followed by Closing Party at Punch Bowl Social Denver
Session Topics Include:
  • Opening Keynote by Jaime Lewis, cannabis industry expert
  • Your Nerdy Best Friend, Beth Z, on "A Day in the Life of A Nerdy Foodservice Consultant" and "Secret Tech Weapons for Foodservice Consultants"
  • United States Olympic Committee Member, Terri Moreman, on "Feeding an Athlete"
  • Revit - Is it time to implement?
  • Unconventional Spaces
  • Virtual Reality
  • Labor Issues
  • Food Display Trends
  • Recruiting and Retaining Talent in Consulting Firms
  • Presentation Skills
Conference registration is now open! Register Here. 
Hotel Accommodations 
Denver Marriott City Center
1701 California Street
Denver, CO 80202
To book a room with the FCSI TA special room rate of $189/night, click  here.
This year we will continue to have the three sponsorship levels (Diamond, Platinum, and Gold) and are happy to announce that at every level we have added some additional benefits for you. Sponsors who sign up before the end of the year will be recognized in the First Quarter issue of Foodservice Consultant magazine, so make sure to get your sponsorship form in early!
Sponsor our Denver Conference in just 2 easy steps!
  1. Fill out the Sponsorship Form
  2. Email your completed Sponsorship Form along with your payment information to Wade

Diamond Sponsors

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsor
A Note from CPSTA

Mike Berard, FCSI
CPSTA is not just another committee!

I've served on the Council for Professional Standards the Americas (CPSTA) committee for a little over a year now. My experience has been extremely rewarding and challenging. 

I would like to echo Char Norton's comments from her July article when she said that CPSTA committee members are extremely super energized and hard working. This is one of very few committees I have been on where you are not judged by your comments or thoughts about a topic. I really appreciate how candid we are with each other during our "think tank" group sessions. We are very fortunate to have an extremely talented strategist, Al da Costa, FCSI (EM) (PP), and metrics guru, Michael Redlin (EM). Al and Mike have the unique ability to tailor our approach to each assignment and the insight required for the committee to make an informed decision. During every face to face meeting in Chicago, we have a "teaming session" which allows us to connect with each other in a very personal way; we are "FAMILY"! Each committee member brings a unique perspective, level of experience and skill set to the group; this allows the committee to be uniquely diversified.

Even if we cannot be physically present for a meeting, we are still part of the "FAMILY". As an example: I was delayed in the Detroit airport for over 24 hours and could not physically make the August CPSTA meeting in Chicago. When I returned home, committee member Doug Huber contacted me to see if I could attend the Saturday morning portion of the meeting via Skype. This flexibility allowed me to interact with the committee and be completely immersed in the topic at hand. 

I've learned over the years that you really need to get involved within an organization to feel the full benefit and potential that it offers. I challenge you to get involved with FCSI and volunteer on a committee; you will reap the rewards and not regret it!

Mike Berard, FCSI

Richard Young of Foodservice Technology Center (FSTC) and Brett Daniel, FCSI presented a webinar earlier this month on Using LEED Guidelines to Create a High Performance Cookline. Over 100 people registered for this webinar that reviewed requirements around LEED and how to use the resources available on FSTC's website to maximize energy and cost savings. Richard and Brett discussed how, unlike architects, consultants are not bound by the materials requirement for foodservice equipment. Click here for more information from the U.S. Green Building Council.
To view on-demand Webinars by FCSI, click here
FCSI The Americas at Abastur:
Marco Amatti, FCSI; Bill Taunton, FCSI; Stacy Berry, Director of Marketing; Karen Malody, FCSI; Javier Sorondo, Latin America Relations
Abastur Recap

FCSI The Americas headed to Mexico City for the Abastur Show August 29-September 1. FCSI hosted two educational sessions at the Ho.Re.Ca Congreso which were the highlight of the show. 

Karen Malody, FCSI, gave a great presentation on Technology in Catering. Alberto Navarro, Multisensorial Marketing Expert, presented FCSI's second session on just that, multisensorial marketing. Both presentations were very well received by the audience and got great feedback.

Worldwide President Bill Taunton, FCSI; Marco Amatti, FCSI; and Juan Matamoros, FCSI also attended the show to provide free consultations at the FCSI "Meet the Experts" booth. 
Equipotel Recap

FCSI Member Nathalia Sifuentes presenting at Equipotel
For four days, during Equipotel, foodservice specialists got together to discuss market trends and ideas in panels curated and performed by FCSI members in Brazil. Equipotel is one of the most important fairs for restaurants, hotels and their chain of suppliers in South America and it took place in Sao Paulo, Brazil, September 11th to 14th. The FCSI members in Brazil put together panels that were held in the Coffee of Knowledge, the nickname given to the area in the pavilion where comfortable seating, good coffee, and networking were enjoyed. 

Emmanuel Melo, FCSI, Renata Shimizu, and José Aurélio Lopes opened the program with a talk about how important the concept is in a foodservice business. The second day's topic was menu management, which was discussed by Raoni Saade, Simone Galante, and Eduardo Scott. On the third day Marco Amatti, FCSI, Hamilton Caio Gouveia, and Carolina Frias talked to the public about service and customer care. And on the last day, the attention was turned to how to prepare a foodservice business for delivery and "grab and go" services conducted by Diris Petribú and Nathália Sifuentes.

In addition to the panels, FCSI was present in Equipotel with a booth where current members talked to consultants interested in becoming part of the Society. It was an opportunity to address the Brazilian market directly, answer questions, and explain how FCSI works.

This was Equipotel's 55th edition. About 200 national and international exhibitors were represented throughout the 25 thousand square meters of exhibition space.

Team Brazil

Dale Dowrey, Follett; James Camacho, FCSI, Camacho; Mark Wilbers, Heatcraft; Mike Raycher, Follett;
Ed Barr, Follett
This month, the Southeast Chapter gathered up on the Rooftop of the new Atlanta, Georgia SunTrust Stadium where they have ping-pong tables, corn hole, life-size beer pong, a Waffle House and an Airstream Trailer bar!  However, because it was so hot, we pretty much stayed indoors eating, drinking, and enjoying one another's company.  Once the game started, we headed down to our seats to watch the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-2 followed by Friday night fireworks. 
The new stadium is slightly smaller than the previous one allowing guests a more intimate yet full experience.  The variety of food venues are numerous, providing guests flavors such as dumplings and Asian foods, tacos, waffles, BBQ-styles from all over the South, burgers and beer, and popsicle stands!  Just outside the stadium in the "Battery" are restaurants by Chef Ford Fry, Chef Marc Taft, and Chef Linton Hopkins, that lure you to wine and dine. Therefore, wherever you sit, whatever you want to do while you're visiting, you experience a lot and are pretty much going to have a good time, even if you don't enjoy watching baseball! 
Here are a few comments from our friends in the Industry:
Carolyn Burrows, Vollrath - "It was a wonderful event!!!
Denis Griesmer, Bizerba North America - "Thank you for organizing the great fun on Friday night!  I enjoyed the game, the new stadium and most importantly meeting and making new friends.  Well done!  Look forward to participating in future events."
Jay Bandy, Goliath Consulting Group - "Thank you for a great event last night."
Have an idea for a future SE-Chapter Social, game/challenge, or a combined factory tour and social outing? Please contact  Anja Kuechenmeister or Jennifer Murphy as we are always looking for suggestions for future places to gather.  

Anja Kuechenmeister and Jennifer Murphy, FCSI Southeast Chapter Co-Leaders

Amber Kennedy, Kristin Sedej, FCSI, and Natasha Pepper
The Upper Midwest Chapter held an education event September 21, 2017, at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Forty-seven people attended the event, including 14 consultants. Professional Members Tracy Taraski, FCSI, Kristin Sedej, FCSI, and Brett Daniel, FCSI, conducted a panelist discussion.  Topics included current trends, design challenges, and the design process. The second half of the event included four HGA engineers who discussed how we can work together to better assure all mechanical, electrical and plumbing information (ME) is included in our final design documents. 
We ended the day with a cocktail party and 50/50 raffle benefiting Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief. We had a great time reconnecting and sharing and look forward to future Chapter events.

Peg Galie and Trish Jass, FCSI Upper Midwest Chapter Co-Leaders