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March / 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 your FCSI member profile. Log in now by clicking
Upcoming CEU Opportunities

Our FCSI Education Providers have planned several upcoming CEU opportunities for consultant members. Programs include factory tours, webinars, and seminars. View all of the upcoming programs by clicking HERE!

For questions about these current opportunities or to submit CEUs from previous educational events, please contact Kayla@fcsi.org.
Other Information
Sponsorship Opportunities
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
Members in the News

Consultant members Steve Carlson of Robert Rippe & Associates and Chris Brady of Romano Gatland offer insight into the continuing evolution of Building Information Modeling design technology.

Senior associate member Nahum Goldberg of Cini-Little talks about how business and industry foodservice is becoming a recruiting and retention tool for many companies

Consultant members Doug Huber of Foodservice Consultants Studio and Ray Soucie of RSA, Inc. offer perspectives on top energy-saving kitchen equipment
www.acfchefs.org - March 2013 issue of National Culinary Review
Letter from Chair-Elect William Taunton
EIIGA Chile show
FCSI at EIIGA Chile, Casa Piedra
From left to right, Fernando, Marisol, Bill and Hector
Fellow FCSI Members,

Hello from the last frontier of FCSI The Americas division, Santiago, Chile.  

Last week was pretty amazing. For the first time ever, FCSI exhibited at a local trade show in Santiago. FCSI TA Executive Director, Wade Koehler, joined my staff and I at the EIIGA Chile Show, organized by ACHIGA, the Chilean Association of Gastronomy, per its initials in Spanish.

FCSI received great exposure within the industry, received support from our Allied Membership as well as gained at least 1 new consultant member. We are excited to report that several allied members have offered both financial and marketing support for future events in the region and we received interest from one local company to advertise in either our magazine or our Direct Connection newsletter.

Due to this success, we are exploring the possibility of hosting a regional meeting in Santiago as well as exhibiting at the 3rd Annual Food & Service Show in Chile in August 2014.

Latin America has the potential to become the largest growth area for our business in the future, so I hope you will join me in attending all major events of the region (Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Peru, Chile and many others).

Thank You to our Americas' Board of Trustees and to you, the membership, for supporting this initiative. 


William Taunton

Chair Elect, FCSI The Americas

Last Chance to Advertise in the Project Showcase!
The FCSI TA Project Showcase publication is set for distribution this May, just in time for the NRA Show! This coffee table design publication is marketed directly to architects, consultants and operators. Show your support for the society and increase your brand awareness through advertising!

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.

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
Thank you NAFEM Sponsors!
Thank you to our allied members for sponsoring the FCSI Trends and Innovations Event during the NAFEM Show. Event! Our Foodservice Trends and Innovations event would not have been such a success without the support of the following Corporate members:

Gold Sponsors:
Advance Tabco
Alto Shaam
American Panel
Eagle Group
Rational USA

Silver Sponsor:

Bronze Sponsors:
Carlin Manufacturing
Unified Brands
Wood Stone 
Call for Presentations! - Deadline Extended
The 2014 Conference Planning Committee is looking for your best, most creative session ideas for FCSI's 2014 Conference. 

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 
What Can ICON Do For You?
Current ICON members reflect on the ways that involvement in the committee has helped them in their foodservice careers:
"For me, becoming a part of FCSI and the ICON group has been an integral part in the advancement of my career.  Getting involved with FCSI and the ICON group has introduced me to so many wonderful people in an industry filled with talent, forward thinkers and innovators.  Its always nice to go to the events and talk with new and old faces alike.  I learn something every day from my interactions and I really enjoy being involved in something I'm passionate about"
 - Brett Daniel, Camacho Associates
"To me the FCSI ICON group became a gateway for me to get involved in a small committee, allowed me to feel comfortable in this new "larger" group and really opened up the rest of the FCSI world to me"
 - Christine Guyott, Robert Rippe & Associates
"ICON serves as a conduit for newer and younger members to feel welcome and to get involved. It was established so that new members of the group now have someone to connect with and a way to learn about the organization in a smaller, more personal environment"
 - Amy Hegarty, Foodservice Consultants Studio
Make the most of your FCSI membership, meet up & coming foodservice professionals and get involved in shaping the future of the society! Interested in becoming more involved in ICON?

Contact Amy Hegarty at ahegarty@fcsassociate.net
Quick Links

Membership Services
FCSI Welcomes New Members

We are excited to welcome the following members to the FCSI Community:

Senior Associate
Michael Newman
McDonald's Corporation

Raul Gomez
Dieli Murawka Howe
Midwest Chapter Annual NRA Cocktail & Networking Reception

The Midwest Chapter Has Done It Again!

Join your FCSI colleagues at the Midwest chapter's annual cocktail and networking reception during the NRA Show!

Enjoy delicious food, good drinks and fabulous company! Register in advance for only $20 by clicking HERE!
NRA Networking Breakfast

Join your fellow SFM and FCSI members during the 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!
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!

As some of you may know, our Member Services Coordinator, Sarah Sierszyn, has been 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.
Special Thanks to our Direct Connection Sponsors:

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