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FCSI TA Members,

I hope you enjoy our new Direct Connection newsletter.  Sponsorships are still available at a discount for 2013!  If you have any suggestions or comments (both good and bad), please email me at wade@fcsi.org

Happy New Year!


It's still a relationship business


Again I was reminded today that we are still an industry build on relationships. The people we get to meet and work with in all phases of our foodservice industry are what keep us hanging around. The relationships we have built over the years allow us to pick up a phone and get assistance or knowledge from many trusted advisors and friends in our industry. It is one thing that I strive to instill in the young consultants in our firm and those outside of our company. Reminds me of an old saying "People don't care what you know until they know you care".


Next week we have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with thousands of "close personal friends" at The NAFEM Show in Orlando. It is much more than a gallery of foodservice equipment and supplies. The show provides the perfect opportunity to build new relationships with new engineers and sales people you meet. Daily we interface with members of the dealer community or service agents that we may never get to personally meet. Now you may have the chance to put a face with the voice and shake a hand. Or maybe you are looking to renew with those you haven't seen in a while.


As an added bonus, the FCSI seminar and cocktail reception on Wednesday afternoon offers a chance to reconnect with old consulting friends and meet new members. I also challenge each of you to take advantage of the week to reach out to someone new and create that new relationship 


Borrowing NAFEM's line......."Meet, mix and mingle with the best of the best in the foodservice industry".


I look forward to seeing you at NAFEM.




James Camacho

FCSI TA Secretary 

Join Us at NAFEM!

Did You Miss the FCSI Program Registration?
We will be accepting on-site registrations, so please join us on Wednesday, February 6th at the Orange County Convention Center for an overview of industry trends and innovations! Registration is $119 on-site for consultants and $149 on-site for corporate members. Below are the event details:

Registration Opens: 1:00pm
Event Start: 1:30pm
Room: S330AB

Can't Make It to Our Event? Stop by and say hello to FCSI TA Staff Wade, Kayla, Sarah and new FCSI WW Staff member Nick Vaccaro at Booth 113 during the show!   
Please Welcome our New Member Services Coordinator 
We are please to welcome Sarah Sierszyn to the FCSI TA staff.  Sarah will be joining FCSI TA as our new Member Services Coordinator on February 4th.  Her primary responsibilities will include membership inquiries and applications, the Direct Connection newsletter, and assisting with the Division's social media platforms. Sarah previously served as the Associate Producer for the Sunset Playhouse Theatre in Elm Grove, Wisconsin.  You can contact her at Sarah@fcsi.org 
FCSI The Americas Bylaw Revisions
Thank you to all of our members that recently took the time to vote on our Bylaw Revisions.  We are happy to report that the revisions were approved and appreciate your support.
New FCSI Foodservice Consultant website!
Please take a moment to check out our new Foodservice Consultant website. This website has been created to support our new magazine with the intent of giving FCSI a better outward facing identity.  Save it to your bookmarks and keep checking it often as this will be updated regularly.
Please Welcome New FCSI Members
We are proud to welcome the following new consultant members to the FCSI Community!

Raymond Garza - McDonald's Corporation
Christine Gurtler - Cini-Little International
Vladislav Kamikovski - Cini-Little International
Amber Kennedy - S2O Consultants
Matthew Reis - Tallinger Associates

Senior Associate:
David Ford - Momentum Consulting
2013 Media Kit Available
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 Regional Sponsorships
Direct Connection Sponsorship
Consultant CEU Submissions
Please submit all 2012 CEUs to Kayla at Kayla@fcsi.org. 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 following this link: http://www.fcsi.org/general/custom.asp?page=TACEUApplications
Consultant CEU Opportunities 
FCSI is proud to showcase the more than 50 Education Providers who offer continuing education units to our consultants across North America! Click HERE to view the 2012 and 2013 Education opportunities! 
FCSI Membership Dues
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!