November 2018
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Member News
Welcome New Members!


Meloney Smith

Jill Anderson
Rippe Associates

Kai Fukunaga
Jacobs Doland Beer
Joel Rieper
Foodservice Design Professionals

Kai Fukunaga
Jacobs Doland Beer

Richard Rettig
Davella Studios
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 .  

I t's that time of year again! Check your inbox this month and next month for your 2019 membership renewal statement. Thank you for your continued membership with FCSI!
Consultants Contributing Corner

If you are a Consultant and would like to share your experiences with our Society, please contact  Sydney .
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 .
New Grant Opportunity for Consultants!

Thanks to the generosity of the FCSI Educational Foundation and FCSI's Corporate members, we are offering 10 grants, each valued at US$500, to offset some of the costs of attending the 2019 FCSI TA Symposium. Grants are available for first-time attendees of the Symposium, or someone who did not attend the 2015 or 2017 Symposium.

Grant recipients will be required to:
  • Attend the educational sessions and networking events offered during the Symposium
  • Submit a post-symposium evaluation highlighting the value of the experience
  • Attend a Special Reception welcoming grant recipients and grant sponsors

The deadline for entries is December 21, 2018. Recipients will be notified before Christmas.

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!
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Thank you to our Symposium Sponsors to date!
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Still want to sponsor the Symposium? Find out more information here .

Commit to Sponsoring the FCSI TA Symposium by December 3rd at 5pm CT to be included in the FCSI NAFEM preview Program Guide and ! If Companies wish to commit now, we can delay billing until January 1, 2019.
Serving Up Solutions
Chapter Corner
FCSI TA's Southeast Chapter Monthly Revit Webinar
"Developing beneficial Revit solutions for FCSI members, one parameter at a time"... Read more

Register now for this monthly webinar held on the second Wednesday of every month at 1pm ET through 2018 and 2019.

Northeast Chapter's 15th Annual Holiday Social
This year's Northeast Chapter Holiday Social will be held at Davios. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Greater Boston Food Bank. To reserve your ticket please fill out the registration form and submit it to Tom McArdle by TODAY!

For questions, please contact Chandra Comfort
An Important Step for FCSI in
Latin America
Emmanuel Melo, FCSI

On the 23rd of this month, I was with a group of FCSI Brazilian designers and consultants in the city of Pouso Alegre, Brazil, to participate in the workshop: Basic Bakery Training. The event was organized by Prática Produtos SA and is of immense importance for FCSI in Latin America.

Prática SA is the first equipment manufacturer in the region to participate in the FCSI Continuing Professional Growth Program (CPG). This first training provided 3.5 Continuing Educational Units (CEUs). As we know, since 2010 the consulting members must obtain the specified number of CEUs each year to maintain their status in the Society.

It is now easier for Brazilian members to maintain and improve their knowledge and skills by participating in certified training conducted in our own country. This event also represents a great incentive for other manufacturers and foodservice consultants in the region to join FCSI. Thank you Prática SA. We greatly appreciate the support.
FCSI Southeast Chapter Event

The FCSI TA Southeast Chapter event kicked off on November 1st with a cocktail social in typical FCSI fashion at SSA Tampa’s newly constructed studio featuring a custom bar that became the main focus of the night. The plethora of local spirits, beer and wine along with catering by the famous Columbia Restaurant, radiated the networking environment throughout the studio. Many industry relationships were strengthened while new relationships were created throughout the night as we collaborated on not only business topics, but also various cocktail creations. Many manufacturers were present to support our chapter creating great opportunity for networking and future educational opportunities for the consultant attendees. Read more
Industry News
Congratulations to Edward Arons, FCSI, and Lauren Kearns, Associate Member, on winning the 2018 Foodservice Pioneering Concept Award at the HX Show in New York earlier this month!
Foodservice Pioneering Concept Display
Many show attendees visited the booth to check out the award winning design.
Ed Arons, FCSI, Wade Koehler, CAE, Marsha Diamond, MA, RDN
For more information about the HX Show, please click here .
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.