DC Header
February / 2013
In This Issue
Continuing Education
Consultant CEU Submissions

Please submit all 2012 CEUs to Kayla at

If you have already begun to earn 2013 credits, get a head-start by submitting them early!

You may also submit CEUs online through the FCSI web site by clicking

Upcoming CEU Opportunities

Get a head start on earning your 2013 CEUs by participating in any of the following Education Provider Opportunities:

For questions about these current opportunities or to submit CEUs from previous educational events, please contact Kayla@fcsi.org.

Other Information
Note from Wade Koehler, Executive Director FCSI - TA

NAFEM turned out to be a great week for FCSI. We started off with a fantastic Trends educational seminar and finished with over 15 potential consultant member applications! Thank you to all of our sponsors and attendees for making the week such a great time.

Here at headquarters, we now switch our focus to planning your 2014 Phoenix FCSI TA Conference taking place in April. As always we value your input! If you have any topics you would like covered or theme ideas, please forward them to me at wade@fcsi.org.

Lastly, I am very excited to be heading to Santiago Chile next month to do our 1st Trade Show and Reception in South America. Chair Elect Bill Taunton has been instrumental in helping us get this event off the ground and I can't wait to report back next month. Until then, keep up the great work that you all do!


IDPC 2012 Annual Review posted on GTF Forum


FCSI's legislative partner Interior Design Protection Council recently released its 2012 Annual Review.  


IDPC closely monitors all US state and federal lobbying that could prohibit you from practicing.    


We partner with NAFEM, FEDA, MAFSI and CFESA to help fund the IDPC but always need your help with local lobbying when an issue arises.


If you receive an email from FCSI TA Headquarters about potential legislation issues, please take the time to get involved.


You can access the IDPC report HERE.


Support the FCSI Mission
FCSI The Americas is preparing for an incredible 2013.

Following the success of the Kansas City conference our activities include NRA and three Super Regional events in Vancouver, Hartford and Atlanta in addition to this very Direct Connection.

There are a number of opportunities to support the FCSI Mission which may be viewed in these sponsorships:


Super Regionals Sponsorship  


Direct Connection Sponsorship  

Questions? Contact Wade Koehler at
Job Seeker:  
Meng Li
Meng Li is a Master student at Iowa State University interested in an entry level consultant position.

To review her cover letter, resume and transcript, please click the corresponding links below.

Letter from Jim Petersen, FCSI TA Chair
Valued Members,


Those of us in the Northern climes who were able to attend the NAFEM show earlier this month have an extra reason to appreciate the time spent there, not just for the learning and networking opportunities, but for the perfect weather we experienced in Orlando.  Congratulations to NAFEM on another great show, and we encourage you to mark your calendars for the February, 2015 show in Anaheim.


Our own Wednesday afternoon seminar had 160 attendees, including 55 consultants, and was well-received by all.  We encourage you to consider attending the Super-Regionals later this year, and more information will be coming to you soon.  2013 Super-Regional events are scheduled as follows:

    September 12-13    Vancouver, British Columbia
    September 26-27    Hartford, Connecticut
    October 24-25        Atlanta, Georgia


More educational opportunities are available throughout the year through our Educational Provider Program, and we are looking forward to our next Conference in April 2014 in Phoenix.


By now you should have received your hard copy of the inaugural edition of the FCSI Worldwide publication Foodservice Consultant.  It is an impressive magazine your clients will appreciate, and a web-based version is also available.  Your comments, positive or negative, are welcome as we strive to make this educational and marketing tool even more effective.


Last, we are eagerly looking forward to a special Project Showcase magazine that is scheduled for distribution prior to the NRA show this May.  Advertising space is filling up quickly, and if you are interested in considering placing an ad please contact Wade Koehler at your earliest convenience.


We continue our commitment to promoting FCSI and its Members through education, networking, public relations, marketing, and other tangible benefits and activities.  If you have any thoughts, comments, or ideas, or if you would like to become more involved by volunteering your time and talents to our efforts, we would love to hear from you.


Best wishes to all,
Jim Petersen Signature  
Jim Petersen
FCSI The Americas

So CA Gas Company From the Southern California Gas Company
Come learn the answer to this question along with how to make fryer decisions that will make a big difference in your operation, energy use and ultimately, your food quality. This seminar will feature experts thoroughly familiar with each of the different fryer technologies and will provide informational presentations with hands-on cooking demonstrations. 
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 
9:00am - 12:00pm  
Southern California Gas Company
Energy Resource Center
9240 Firestone Blvd
Downy, CA 90241
Calling for Presentations!
Looking Ahead to the 2014 Conference
The 2014 Conference Planning Committee is looking for your best, most creative session ideas for FCSI's 2014 Conference. 

We encourage you to submit your proposal regardless of session type, or room set. We're looking for cutting edge topics, the latest trends in Kitchen Design, Collaboration, Contracts, POS, Digital Signage, open discussion-based sessions, or any nontraditional format you can think of...no idea is too crazy! 

If you are interested in participating in the conference by organizing and moderating an educational session, complete this PRESENTATION PROPOSAL.

The Proposal instructions and forms are included in the above link.  If you have any questions, please contact Wade Koehler at wade@fcsi.org

Members In the News
Domino's Pizza rolling out a new look!

New design developed with the help of FCSI Member,
Juan Martinez.

The newly designed stores feature open kitchens so customers can see employees spinning dough in the air and prepping pizzas. It includes interactive features such as a chalkboard for customers to write comments.

Read more about the new design and view pictures in this article from local Ann Arbor, MI newspaper by clicking HERE.

The new design is also featured in an article in Restaurant Development and Design Magazine. To read the article, click HERE. (Juan and other key members are mentioned on page 51.)

Congratulations Juan Martinez and the whole team at Profitality!

Are You Worthy of Being Considered Among the Best?
Next month, three FCSI-The Americas members will help judge Foodservice Equipment & Supplies magazine's annual Facility Design Project of the Year. Scott Reitano of Reitano Design Group in Indianapolis, Kristin Sedej of S20 Consultants in Chicago, Paul Mackesey of Mackesey and Associates in Madison, will help the magazine's editorial team judge the top design project of 2012.

Have you ever wondered what it takes to be considered for this industry award?

First, you need to have one of your projects profiled in FE&S' Facility Design Project of the Month. The 12 projects profiled over any given year are the only ones considered for the magazine's annual Design Project of the Year.

How to get started?

Contact our PR consultant, Pete Wiltjer, with some key details about a recently completed project (anything completed in the past 12 months can be considered for 2013, as well as projects that will be completed in 2013), and he will be glad to work with you to try and get it considered for one of FE&S' monthly design project profiles.

What kind of details does Pete need to get started?
  • Assemble a list of the key players involved in your project, including those in charge of engineering, operations, architecture, interior design, foodservice design, construction, and equipment.
  • Client/Owner's name and location of facility
  • Date the project opened (will open) to the public
  • Size of the project (including storage, main kitchen, dining room, servery, mechanical, etc.)
  • Production capabilities (# of daily meals prepared)
  • Remodel cost
  • Equipment investment
  • Website (if available) 
Contact Pete via email at petew@pwmginc.com or phone at +1-630-701-3363.

Project Showcase Advertising Available for both Allied AND Consultant Members!
The new FCSI TA Project Showcase is coming  and you need to be a part of it.  

Publication Date:
May 2013 in time for NRA Show distribution. 

13,000 including 2,000 consultants and operators-onsite and commercial, contract management company reps, hotel companies, casinos, etc.-and an additional list of 10,000 architects and general contractors, property developers, and other construction/facility decision makers.

Plus an additional 1,000 issues for future distribution at industry shows. All circulation is in North and South America.

Various ad sizes and costs are available including a special section for FCSI Consultant member advertisements. For more information, please contact Wade at  wade@fcsi.org or Beth Lorenzini at blorenzini@fermag.com
Quick Links

Membership Services
Congratulations to FCSI's newest Professionals! 
We are proud to share the names of the following FCSI members who successfully completed the Professional Membership Process:

Amy Hegarty, FCSI
Foodservice Consultants Studio

John Pace, FCSI
JMK Foodservice Consulting & Design

Kristin Sedej, FCSI
S2O Consultants

Kip Serfozo, FCSI
Camacho Associates

We are delighted to recognize them for their dedication to furthering their careers in the Foodservice Industry.

Please help us to congratulate them on this achievement!

NAFEM Event PowerPoints Now Available Online!

The PowerPoint presentations from FCSI's Trends and Innovations event at the NAFEM Show have been uploaded to the members only area of the website.

To download the PowerPoints, please login with your username and password. Click Here to be directed to the Program Resources page.

NRA Networking Breakfast

Join your fellow SFM and FCSI members duringthe NRA Show for our annual networking breakfast. This is the perfect opportunity to connect with industry colleagues and leaders while discussing pertinent issues and news. 
May 20, 2013
7:30am - 9:00am
JP Morgan Chase - Chase Tower
10 South Dearborn Street 
Chicago, IL
To register,
click here

Super Regional Registration Now Open

FCSI The Americas is eagerly looking forward its 2-day Super Regional program that will take place this fall in Vancouver, Hartford and Atlanta!

Take advantage of the Early Bird discount to save $60 off the regular registration rate. Click HERE to register today!

Sponsorships for these events are still available and you may download the sponsorship application form HERE.

Membership Directory Update!

Between work, family, friends, facebook, the latest episode of Kitchen Nightmares (and a host of other things vying for your attention) we understand how updating an FCSI member online profile gets put on the back burner. That's why we are going to help!

In the next two months, our Member Services Coordinator, Sarah Sierszyn, will be calling Consultant members whose profiles are missing information in two key areas: Consulting Services Offered and Market Segments

The information gathered from this 5 minute phone conversation will ensure that you remain searchable within the FCSI consultant database, allowing us to serve you better.

Talk with you soon!

Renew Your FCSI Membership Today

The 2013 Membership Dues invoices have recently been distributed to all FCSI members. Paying your membership dues will renew your membership from January 2013 - December 2013.

While the economy is starting to recover, FCSI understands that some members are still facing financial hardships. In an attempt to alleviate some of these financial pressures, the Board of Trustees has voted NOT to increase membership dues for 2013.

We appreciate your continued support of FCSI and look forward to receiving your membership renewal!

NEW Foodservice Consultant Magazine Website!

The Foodservice Consultant website supports our new magazine by giving FCSI a better outward facing identity.

Save the web site to your bookmarks and remember to check it often for updated material and news.

Click here
to visit the site.

Special Thanks to our Sponsors:

FCSI The Americas Headquarters | www.fcsi.org | 5004 Francesco Lane
Bloomington, IL 61705