March 2019
A SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR 2019
DIRECT CONNECTION SPONSORS!
Now Accepting Topic Suggestions and Potential Presenters
We want your best, most creative session ideas. We are looking for cutting edge topics, the latest trends in kitchen design, business practices, collaboration, contracts, POS, digital signage, furniture, technology methods, etc. Sessions can be open discussion-based, or any nontraditional format you can think of...no idea is too crazy! 
Educational Foundation
Greetings FCSI Consultant & Allied members,

Not that long ago we all met in Orlando for the FCSI Symposium and the NAFEM Show. During the symposium I encouraged everyone to share a bit of cash with the FCSI Educational Foundation . We want to launch new programs and enhance existing programs for the future benefit of all members. As I explored the FCSIEF.org and FCSI.org websites I found that making an online donation was a bit challenging as it was difficult to find the donation page that seemed to be buried in layers of clicking. I am happy to report that both of the sites now make it nearly impossible to miss the EF donation buttons! Thank you to Progressive Content and AEC Management for making it much easier for folks to donate to the EF. I encourage you to take a couple of minutes to consider making a small donation toward our 2019-2020 goal of $200,000.00. I will keep you all updated with our progress as we move through the year. Remember that your cash donation is 100% deductible for your business due to our 501 c3 non-profit status.

I would like to offer many thanks to our first major donor of the campaign, Progressive Content, for their generous $500.00 donation!

Ed Norman, FFCSI (PP)
FCSI Educational Foundation President
Member News
Welcome New Members!

Congratulations to the following members pursing Professional Membership!

Senior Associate

Brandon Drake
Camacho, USA
Corporate

FCSI The Americas Store

Have you checked out the FCSI Store yet? You will find FCSI The Americas branded clothes, tumblers, and organizers. When you order from our store, 15% of all sales will go back to the FCSI The Americas Division!
#myfcsi

Congratulations to Danielle Mason from Jackson WW for being February's Winner of the #myfcsi campaign! Danielle will now be entered to win the grand prize given in Austin 2020.

Remember, when posting to social media, use  #myfcsi . Using the hashtag at least once a month allows you the chance to win a $25 gift card at the end of that month.

Winners are chosen at random and previous winners are not eligible to win again. All monthly winners will be entered to win the grand prize in Austin, TX 2020.
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. Click the image on the right to view the  Monthly Restaurant Industry Snapshot - February 2019.

If you are a Consultant and would like to share your experiences with our Society and contribute to this section of the Direct Connection, please contact  Sydney .
Serving Up Solutions
Chapter Corner
FCSI TA's Latin America Chapter Event was a Hit!

The Latin America Chapter hosted an event for foodservice manufacturers in Brazil earlier this month. 22 manufacturers and 4 distributors were represented and had the opportunity to learn about FCSI Latin American activities in Brazil, Latin America, and worldwide.  
José Lopes, Marco Amatti, FCSI and Emmanuel Melo, FCSI spoke about the history, purpose, principles, activities and the structure of the Society. José emphasized the importance of healthy and respectful relationships that exist between consultants and manufacturers/distributers and the importance of ethics and professionalism.

Nathalia Sifuentes presented the IFSE Expert Group/ FCSI The Americas REVIT Committee work and explained the importance of BIM and the process for implementation.
José and Raoni Saade, FCSI informed the group about the advantages of Corporate Membership and Milton Machado from Prática Company was invited to give testimony about the experience
of Corporate Membership.  

The meeting concluded with a birthday celebration for José Lopes' 70th birthday!
FCSI TA's Upper Midwest Chapter Networking Reception

The Upper Midwest Chapter is hosting their Annual Networking Reception during the NRA Show at the Godfrey Hotel - Urban Roofscape Lounge from 5:00-7:00pm on Sunday, May 19, 2019. Join us during this fun-filled event.

If you have questions, please contact Jessica Dengel or Katharine Mizla .
FCSI TA's Southeast Chapter Monthly Revit Webinar

Register now for their monthly webinar held on the second Wednesday of every month at 1pm ET. The next webinar takes place on Wednesday, April 10 at 1pm ET.

Check out March's Revinar covering combined parameters.

Industry News
Congratulations Richard Eisenbarth!
Press Release from Cini-Little International, Inc.

"The Board of Directors of Cini-Little International, Inc. announced on February 28, 2019 the appointment of Richard ("Dick") Eisenbarth to the position of CEO, effective March 31. Dick will retain his position as President and member of the Board of Directors."

Camacho's 19th Annual Charity Golf Tournament
Save the date for Camacho's 19th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on June 10th. They will be hosting the tournament at Northwood Country Club in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Picture below is from last year's tournament.

If you would like to join them, please contact Jeff Kingman .
MAFSI Foodservice Industry Market Forecast Report for 2019

MAFSI has released their 2019 Foodservice Industry Market Forecast report and they expect to see a 3.4% increase from last year. They had 47% of MAFSI Rep Firms reporting for their  2019 MAFSI Foodservice Industry Market Forecast . They cannot tell you how much they appreciate the reps support for this report, which has fast become a leading industry indicator. This in-depth, member-only forecast covers all of the data points and trends...helping both their reps and their manufacturers more accurately predict the future of business, and (hopefully) help set reasonable goals and quotas.