December 2018
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Member News
Welcome New Members!

John Melancon
Street Collaborative, LLC

Flavio Guersola
Guersola Consultoria

Adalberto Santos
Guersola Consultoria
Congratulations to the following Members pursuing Professional Membership!
Senior Associate

Emre Evren
Ricca Design Studios
Professional Membership

Diris Faria, FCSI
Studioino - Arquitetura E Design SS LTDA

Robert Scheibly, FCSI
SSA, Inc.
Shift into high gear because we're starting this Symposium off right at Andretti Indoor Karting and Gaming on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. Compete head to head on the race track, channel your inner child in the arcade, lace up your bowling shoes, and network your heart out. You won't wanna miss this.

The flag won't drop until after a full day of education on Wednesday.
Check out the full schedule .

Lodging is available on NAFEM's hotel page .
Attention Corporate Members
Sponsor a First-Time Attendee for the Symposium for $250!

Help a first-time attendee attend the Symposium by matching one or more grants for US$250 each. 

Thank you to our Sponsors to date!
KCL 4 Grants
Thermodyne 1 Grant
Thank you to our Symposium Sponsors to date!
Platinum Sponsors
Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors
Still want to sponsor the Symposium? Find out more information here .
Start the New Year with a New Image

Have you downloaded your headshots yet? They are still available here using the passcode 180419 .
Do you want to win prizes for posting on social media? Well now you can! FCSI The Americas is giving away prizes to any consultant, allied, or student member who uses the #myfcsi on any post (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or LinkedIn) related to FCSI or the foodservice and hospitality industry. We want to see what you're up to!

What better way to share, support, and inspire... and be rewarded!
How to Enter
  • Simply use the #myfcsi on posts to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or LinkedIn. Posts can highlight completed projects, assigned project, trade shows, Chapter events, educational events, etc.
  • Headquarters will track #myfcsi and will select a random winner each month. The more you post, the more chances to win! 
Spread the Word About FCSI TA's Foodservice Consultants Experts Network
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 .  

Consultants Contributing Corner

Compass Restaurant Consulting & Research (Compass RCR) publishes a monthly pulse report on the Restaurant Industry. The information in this Business Summary is derived from Compass RCR’s monthly reports, the National Restaurant Association Research Department, and Black Box Intelligence. (Image above: Monthly Restaurant Industry Snapshot - November 2018)
If you are a Consultant and would like to share your experiences with our Society, please contact  Sydney .
It's that time of year! You should have received your renewal statement via email and USPS.  If you did not receive a statement, please contact  Penny   to update your contact information in the database and request a statement. 

Please renew ASAP to ensure that you continue to receive full membership benefits.

Consultant Members: today is your last day to renew to be entered into the prize drawing.

We value your membership and look forward to continuing to serve you in 2019!
We are excited to announce FCSI TA's 2019 Membership drive! January - March we are encouraging members to recruit and refer qualified foodservice professionals to FCSI. Consider referring co-workers, colleagues, and industry peers who you feel would benefit from FCSI membership!

What's in it for you?  Click here to find out!
Serving Up Solutions
Chapter Corner
FCSI TA's Southeast Chapter Monthly Revit Webinar

This webinar reviewed family building, including building an interface, best practices for a studio library, and properly positioning geometry within a family.

Register now for this monthly webinar held on the second Wednesday of every month at 1pm ET through 2019.

Industry News
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 .

*CEUs are not available for these webinars.