APRIL 2023
Thank You to Our Direct Connection Sponsors!
DirectConnection Sponsor Spotlight
RATIONAL USA would like to invite you to our US headquarters for a 2-day event.

Get up close and personal with our cooking systems as we show you why RATIONAL has become the standard for US kitchens. Topics will include hands on cooking, cook-chill processing, ventless technology, and introduction to our new Commercial Kitchen Planning Tool that can be used to calculate variable configurations and with validation for your clients.

1701 Golf Road Suite C-120, Commercium
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

When: June 6-7 / September 19-20 / November 14-15

Questions: Contact Jim Lund or Stuart Schwadron

This event has been pre-approved as an FCSI Continuing Professional Growth Educational Provider Program. This 15-hour program offers 13 Continuing Education Units which will be reported directly to FCSI The Americas Headquarters for FCSI consultant members.

Click HERE to register

From the Board...
FCSI The Americas On Tap - Season 5

Season 5 Debuts in 3 Days!!

We're back with another great season of OnTap featuring YOUR requested interviews. The new season begins this Tuesday May 2nd with a new episode every two weeks. Click on the image above for the new season trailer.

This is the FINAL season before going on hiatus for a while so don't miss an episode.
Haven't watched all episodes of On Tap yet? What are you waiting for?
Catch every episode of On Tap here
Join Us at the 2023 Latin America Summit
Join us for the first Biennial
Latin America Summit

Sostenibilidad y Bienestar
Sustainability and Well-Being

September 14-16, 2023

Hilton Panama - Panama City, Panama

Consultant Registration Fee is ONLY $99!

We've got a great speaker lineup for what is sure to be a new and exciting FCSI The Americas educational event and networking opportunity.

Attention Corporate Members

We still need sponsors for this event - great opportunity including a new top level sponsor benefit: one on one time at your table with all consultant attendees!

Click here for sponsorship details
2023 Project Showcase Online Edition
2023 FCSI The Americas
Project Showcase Online Edition
Congratulations to our amazing consultants who had their projects included in our prestigious 2023 Project Showcase Book.

From Schools to Race Tracks to LinkedIn HQ. FCSI Members are so talented!

Check out the 2023 Online Edition below.

2023 Asia Pacific Conference Announced
Exciting News!
The FCSI APD Board is thrilled to announce the first-ever FCSI Asia Pacific Conference from 13-17 November 2023, centered around 'The Business of Foodservice Consulting'.

Join FCSI APD in the stunning Margaret River region of Western Australia for this game-changing event. All three FCSI divisional members are invited and will make unforgettable memories together.

Don't miss this chance to check Australia off your bucket list while learning and networking with like-minded professionals!

To learn more visit APD CONFERENCE SITE
FCSI Members to be Honored by FE&S
Click here to see the full list of award recipients

May 20-23, 2023
McCormick Place

May 21, 2023
Register HERE

Industry Partner Mixer at NRA Show
Hosted by CFESA - FCSI The Americas - MAFSI - NAFEM
May 19, 2023
151 W. Adams Street - Chicago
Register HERE

FCSI The Americas & MAFSI Northeast Chapters
Golf Outing, Reception and Dinner
June 12, 2023
Andover Country Club, Andover MA
To register, email Thomas McArdle

FCSI Canadian Chapter Social Night of Fun
June 15, 2023
Albany Club Roof Top Patio
To register, email Larry Bishop

Camacho 55th Anniversary & Who Loves Ya? Golf Tournament
September 26-27, 2023
Bear's Best Golf Course
Suwanee, GA
Details coming soon!
Educational Foundation seeks new members
Have you ever thought about taking a leadership role in FCSI? Well, here is your chance!

The FCSI Educational Foundation is seeking interested consultant members to join its board of directors. The Foundation is in the process of developing a new certificate program in conjunction with Western Kentucky University. This is a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor of this exciting new venture.

The requirements are simple: one hour-long Zoom call a month and one face-to-face board meeting each year. Airfare, hotel accommodations and meals are provided.

If you are interested, please send a message to Greg Jewell, organization administrator - email Greg HERE.
Membership News

Congratulations to our newest Professional Members:

Kerri Fitzgerald, FCSI - Colburn Guyette

Carlos Tello, FCSI - Arquitectura+Culinaria

Associate Members

Nathan Chadwick - Camacho

Ronald Chadwick - Camacho

Dwight Copeland - iFusion Concepts

Lia Mahfud - Lia Mahfud Cak

Joshua McComb - Camacho

Jack Scott - Channel Linc
Condolences to the Family of Robert Wojtan
Robert Wojtan passed away April 18th of a sudden heart attack.

Robert worked with Cassidy’s, VV+R & Trimen. He was an architect and consultant with many years of experience and expertise in all facets of the foodservice industry and a very loyal supporter of all the FCSI Canadian Chapter events.

Robert enjoyed taking pictures and was great at capturing Canadian Chapter socials with his famous camera. He loved to chat and stay in touch with the current affairs in our industry. He touched many people with his kindness. Robert was a unique individual and a special friend who will be missed.
Did Your Membership Expire?
Renew your 2023 membership ASAP to avoid suspension of benefits

Renew your FCSI membership TODAY to ensure that you continue to receive all the benefits of membership.

Renewing is easy! You should have received an email with a link to renew online. Click the link and follow the prompts to process your credit card payment.

Didn’t receive the email? You can log in to your member profile to access the invoice and make an online payment. 

Forgot your username and password? No worries, contact Penny for assistance at penny@fcsi.org or 309.808.2165 ext 3.
Consultant Members - Be Sure to Log Your Required CEUs

Professional members of FCSI must log 12 CEUs, Senior Associates must log 6, and Associate members must log 3 CEUs annually.
Check your membership profile to see where you currently stand for 2022.

FCSI Education Providers offer hundreds of programs to help you you meet your CEU requirement. Check out all the programs here. In addition to these programs, many other activities qualify for CEU credit - trade show attendance, factory tours, speaking engagements, etc. See the full list of CEU eligible activities here.

If you have questions about your CEU status or need assistance accessing your member profile, please contact penny@fcsi.org.

Instructions for logging CEU credits in your journal:
Industry News
Updated Revit Standards
FCSI has established standards to ensure consistency, optimum functionality and quality of the BIM content provided for foodservice equipment. The standards document has been created in cooperation with input from representatives of the three FCSI divisions APD, EAME & TAD, having formed the FCSI BIM Taskforce (2020 – 2021) of Professional Consultants. The FCSI BIM Taskforce proposes that this document is used as guidelines to assist content creators globally. The objective of this Standard is provided as a template when content creators are commissioned with producing Revit families of foodservice equipment for the manufacturers of foodservice equipment. This document is not catch all to solve all issues in all regions. We acknowledge that some additional work will need to be tailored to suit local applications and codes. View the full document here.
Compass Reports
Highlights from the March Report

  • Off premise dining will continue strong in 2023.
  • Inflation is moderating.
  • Second Burger King franchisee files bankruptcy - 115 locations.
  • Wholesale prices posted strong declines in latest PPI Report.
  • Chains return to operational focus.
  • Delayed Tax Refunds - one factor impacting March comps.

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