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Peter Bryant
Real Food Consulting 

Jonathon Turnbull
Laschober & Sovich, Inc. 

Emily Arrington
Foodesign Associates

Congratulations to the following Members pursuing Professional Membership  
Steven Starr
Save the Date
Orting, WA
Baxter Manufacturing 
October 8

San Salvador Sheraton President Hotel, San Salvador, El Salvador
October 11

Second Wednesday of each month 1-2pm ET

Canadian Chapter Annual Dinner
Humber College, Toronto
October 18

Minneapolis, MN 
Surly Brewery
October 25

SSA Office, Tampa Florida
November 1-2, 2018

Canadian Chapter Annual Christmas Party
St. Georges Golf & Country Club, Toronto
November 29
Please note AGM will be held in conjunction with this event. 

Orlando, FL
February 5-6, 2019

Orlando, FL
Orange County Convention Center
February 7-9, 2019

McCormick Place
Chicago, IL 
May 18-21, 2019
West Coast Foodservice Facility Design Consulting Firm for sale. For more information, contact
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: 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

ICHRIE Member, Walter Griffin, requests your assistance with an Industry research project regarding hospitality school curriculums. Help him understand what students who are interested in the Hospitality Industry need to know before graduating. Please take 10-15 minutes out of your day to participate in his  anonymous survey. Also, feel free to share this survey with colleagues. 

If you have any questions, please contact  Walter Griffin
William Caruso, FFCSI (PP)
Last night I was sitting at my desk going through what seemed like a "never-ending" stack of business travel itineraries planned for the next three months and I came upon a flight schedule that will take me to Rotterdam, the Netherlands in mid-October. This will be the site of the EAME conference as well as the Worldwide FCSI Board meeting - both of which I'll attend on behalf of The Americas Division. I smiled and my thoughts went back many years ago to the early 1970's when the idea of FCSI Divisions around the world had not been hatched! We had a singular Board in those days, and that entity governed all of our members. As a member of the Board, and later, a Society President in the early 80's, I came to not only respect our members in Europe and Asia/Australia (there were just a few in those days), but we became very close friends who have worked with one another (and enjoyed more than a beer or two together as well over the years). I became literally part of their families which gave me great joy. Many of these fine consultants and friends went on to be elected to the Council of Fellows i.e. Bruno Briuio, Tassos Kioulpapas, Nicholas Elshof, and one of my dearest friends - the late Leif Torne from Sweden, as well as many, many others. 
So... I thought about the comradery, the laughter, the learning between one another that has taken place, and most of all the caring attitude and willingness to do anything we could do to help old friends. I then laughed to myself and shed a tear or two for my old Society friends who have passed... they were the best - but then again, I think all of our members are the best because we care about one another and, although we sometimes have differences of opinion, we will always support and provide for our Society brothers and sisters worldwide. 
So...the next time someone asks why are you going to an FCSI conference outside of North America and/or how did you come to know and respect many of our worldwide consulting colleagues, remember one thing... the world is bigger than just one continent and the joys of learning, of listening to, drinking and eating with, and laughing together with our worldwide members is a joy that I forever will cherish. When I think about the fact that I have as many Society friends in Europe, the Middle East and Asia as I do in the Americas, I reflect on how lucky I have been in my life and how FCSI Worldwide, has so greatly impacted my life in positive ways. So, in closing, if you will consider heading to Rotterdam and our FCSI EAME Conference, I'll meet you at the reception bar with a drink in hand and a bunch of great Society comrades ready to meet you - and we'll talk, laugh, have fun and learn from one another! That's what life is all about!

My best regards to all!
William J. Caruso, FFCSI (PP)
Chair - The Americas Division

The NAFEM Show is right around the corner. NAFEM opening party will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Wednesday, February 6th at 5:30PM.  The Show floor will be open Thursday, February 7 through Saturday, February 9.
Check out the  full schedule  here.

Consultants - be sure to use the compensation code  FCSI19  to ensure your complimentary badge and gain early access to the Show floor on Thursday and Friday!

DEADLINE IS TODAY to apply for the $500 Scholarship! First time attendees will have the opportunity to apply for the scholarship when registering. Please note the new scholarship guidelines for 2019...

  1. Consultants cannot have attended the show before.
  2. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is TODAY.
  3. Consultants must verify their attendance in the NAFEM booth on Saturday between 9AM and 2PM.
  4. The $500 scholarship is sent post show to the Consultant's company. 

For questions regarding the scholarship or registration process, please email NAFEM or call 1-312-245-1054.

Join the FCSI Upper Midwest Chapter for its annual educati onal event which is being held at Surly Brewery in Minneapolis, MN on October 25. We are planning a fun fi lled day of educati on, food, and fun! Oh, and beer! We can't wait to  see you in Minneapolis! Register now! 

Questions? Please contact Katharine Mizla or Jessica Dengel 
NOVEMBER 1-2, 2018 
The Southeast Chapter's annual event takes place in Tampa/Clearwater area of Florida, and kicks off with a cocktail social on November 1 at 5pm in SSA Studio in Tampa. A day of training is to follow on November 2 at 9am in the test kitchen of Eaton Marketing in Clearwater. This event will provide CEU's for our day of training!
  • The cocktail social will be $25 in advance and $30 at the door to include a light dinner and cocktails / wine bar.
  • Hotel accommodations will be at the Westin Tampa Waterside. A room block will be available at a discount rate when an estimated attendance is determined This hotel is located in the adjoining building to the SSA Studio and a short walk to your rooms!
  • Everyone will be bussed to Eaton Marketing Friday morning to begin our full day of educational sessions split up with an awe-inspiring lunch prepared by Chef Rick! Manufacturers providing the education are being finalized, so look for future flyers. Educational session will finish around 5pm for everyone to make it back to the airport and home for the weekend.
Our mission is to gather professionally and socially to create communication channels and friendships throughout the region. As FCSI members,  we have all experienced a situation where we could use a little assistance from a fellow consultant. Hopefully Chapter events like this will strengthen our collaborative power and allow us to work together to find solutions and offer resources!

Questions? Contact  Robert Scheibly, Southeast Chapter Leader.
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 2nd Wednesday of every month from 1-2pm ET
Recent discussions with a few members of the Southeast Chapter have indicated that Revit seems to remain a hot topic of conversation and angst. We believe there is vast knowledge that we can share with one another around this evolving software. The SE Chapter plans to host monthly meetings, generally around an hour long, to address topics and challenges related to the software and share possible solutions. 

Mark your calendars for the second Wednesday of every month and join the discussion!
Second Wednesday of each month from 1-2pm ET starting in October. 

Click this link to join: GoToWebinar
Becoming a Professional Member of FCSI confirms you have experience providing foodservice consulting services, subscribe to a high ethical standard and code of professional conduct, and have agreed to continue your professional knowledge through continuing education. This serves as notice to the industry that, as a consultant member of FCSI, you are serious about serving your clients and the industry, as well as continuing to improve as a professional.
Achieving Professional Membership with FCSI does take time and commitment. Once you are approved as a Senior Associate, you have three years to pass both of the exams, which includes the Industry Knowledge Exam (IKE) a 162-question multiple choice exam, and the Professional Skills Exam (either PSE Track #1 or PSE Track #2), which consists of an oral presentation and a written piece. Please note the IKE is available in four languages: English, Spanish, French and Portuguese!
By setting your sights now to achieve Professional Membership, you can plan to take either exam on February 5 at the FCSI TA Symposium, taking place February 5-6 in Orlando just prior to the NAFEM Show. So are you ready to take the leap? If you are interested in Professional Membership, reach out to  Kimberly to help you get started.
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.

S20 Consultants recently announced that Tracy Taraski, FCSI, will serve as a Project Manager/ Designer within their company. During her last 22 years at Bigelow Companies, Tracy's main concentration has been designing sports venues. 

Cini Little International has announced Kip D. Serfozo, FCSI, 
as a new member to their team. Kip will serve as the Design Studio Manager based in Cini Little's new Atlanta Design Studio. He spent the last 16 years with Camacho USA in Atlanta.

Good Luck to Tracy and Kip in their new endeavors!

Latin America is hosting their 1st Congress of Gastronomic Marketing on October 11, 2018 at the San Salvador  Sheraton President Hotel in San Salvador, El Salvador from 8am to 5:30pm. 

Speakers for this event include our very own Juan Matamoros, FCSI, President of Food Gurus, Rodolfo Salazar, President of IDEAWORKS International, and Erika Silva, who is an expert in Gastronomic Marketing, founder of the first School of Online Hospitality, and author of The Book of the Gastronomic Marketing

For more information regarding this event, click here .

Opening Party
We're shifting into high gear at Andretti Indoor Karting and Gaming on Tuesday, February 5 from 7-10 pm. Here attendees can race against friends, channel their inner child in the arcade area, or lace up their bowling shoes. Many laughs will be heard, food and drinks will be shared, and networking will be encouraged. However, the fun doesn't stop here. 

Full Speed Ahead 
The checkered flag won't drop until Wednesday which is filled with many great educational topics and more networking opportunities. See the journey that lies ahead for everyone: 

Keynote Speaker

Sam Richter
Sam is an award-winning speaker and best selling author and is considered one of the world's top experts on sales intelligence and online reputation management. 

Green Flag ~ Do you really know your customers?
Checkered Flag  ~ How well do you know yourself? 

Breakout Sessions
Under the Hood ~ An overview of commercial kitchen energy efficiency and the role of ventilation hoods
If You Ain't First, You're Last Be Fearful of Mediocrity 
Rev Your Engines ~ Revit Tips and Tricks to Help You Take the Lead
Shifting Gears for Success Why Every Firm Needs a Strategic Plan
Smoke Your Competition  Thinking Outside the Kitchen 2.0
Tech in the Fast Lane  Using Technology in Foodservice
Closing the Gap  Generation Z Food Trends
Catch Me If You Can ~ The Future of Food
Rely on Your Pit Crew  What I Wish I Would Have Said

Sponsorship Opportunities
FCSI TA Corporate Members, if you are looking for more exposure for 2019, consider sponsoring the Symposium 2019! Learn more here.

During this month, I was on an expedition in the Amazon forest of Brazil with a group of Natives Kayapó (KABU Institute), developing projects in these communities to improve the processing and trade of the famous "Brazil Nuts". This commodity had a significant increase of value in the international market by having high amounts of nutritional properties and it being a symbol of socio-biodiversity (Fair Trade - Origins). They are collected from these areas and exported to ma jor markets such as the USA, Europe, and Asia.

In parallel, we have the worldwide mobilization on t he productio n of food,  utilizing areas near the reserves and villages, which, with astonishing speed appear soy fields or cattle pastures. To create a new way of transporting the food, companies like Dreyfus, Cargill, Bunge, and other giants are planning for the construction of the "Soybean Railroad". Approximately a thousand miles in length, this project includes a railroad as part of the logistical corridor that includes the port terminals and waterways, facilitating the route of the grains to China via the Panama Canal, reducing the current transportation time by 4 days.

Brazil nut
One of the challenges for the Amazon is to export products with enough income for the natives with the least possible ecological impact. One of the solutions is the development of research in the region, notably the best p ractices of sustainable extractivism, as well as add value to products still unknown. The FCSI professional consultant will be able to evaluate better scenarios and strategies. Being of great impact with those involved, MAS or design consulting in the foodservice market is not restricted to restaurants, bars or places that produce food. We can build great initiatives even in such "inhospitable" places.

If you are a Consultant and are interested in sharing your experiences with our Society, please contact Sydney.
In this 16th episode of FCSI The Americas' Serving Up Solutions video series, Juan Matamoros, FCSI, takes a look at the franchising process and discusses the importance of working with an FCSI Consultant when starting a new project.

En este 16º episodio de la serie de videos Serving Up Solutions de FCSI The Americas, Juan Matamoros, FCSI, analiza el proceso de franquicia y analiza la importancia de trabajar con un Consultor de FCSI cuando se inicia un nuevo proyecto.

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

If you are interested in being featured in one of our upcoming videos, contact Sydney.
May 18 - 21, 2019

Join the NRA's centennial celebration on May 18-21, 2019 where new technology is launched, concoctions are re-concocted, and game-changing equipment makes its debut-where everyone leaves ready to turn ideas into action. The event will be held at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL.

This is where it's felt. This is where it's seen. This is where it happens. It's a whole thing.

Get a jump on registering for this event and save 45% on the registration fee.  

  Register now at the price of $69, but hurry because this registration special is for limited time only!
KCL is pleased to announce Tech Tip Tuesdays, a series of free webinars just for you. The lunchtime sessions start at 1:00 pm Central. Each one will provide a tasty morsel of information on a focused topic in 20-30 minutes. The sessions, delivered in meal time, er, real time, will include a question and answer period.

Topics will include an introduction to KCL for new users, as well as introduce new features, like KCL NapkinSketch, and help subscribers make the most of existing features, like custom blocks. See the current schedule below for details and registration information. Later this fall, the webinars will explore KCL efficiency tools like layer mapping and the Revit toolbar.

Tech Tip Tuesdays  will build on the momentum of recent KCL On The Road live training sessions hosted by Pecinka-Ferri, Rational, and Welbilt. The online sessions will be recorded and made available on our  YouTube Channel .

Check out KCL's  website for more information.

*CEUs are not available for these webinars.

The Association of Licensed Architects is hosting their 20th Anniversary of the Midwest Architecture Conference on Tuesday, October 2, 2018. The Conference takes place at Drury Lane Conference Center, Oakbrook Terrace, IL from 10:15 AM - 4:00 PM. Interested in exhibiting or sponsoring  the conference? Find full details here .