MAY 2023
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FCSI The Americas Welcomes New Team Member
FCSI The Americas On Tap - Season 5

Season 5 is Streaming Now

We're back with another great season of OnTap featuring YOUR requested interviews. The new season began May 2nd and has featured Joe Mora, FCSI, Jessica Gates and Robert Scheibly, FCSI. A new consultant member will be introduced in a new episode every two weeks. Click on the image above to hear all about Robert and his background..

This is the FINAL season before going on hiatus 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
Friend of FCSI The Americas Passes
With deepest regret we inform you that Lawrence “Larry” Cantamessa, President of PBAC and Associates has passed after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 63. Larry joined PBAC 27 years ago as a sales trainee and quickly rose through the ranks as a key producer. His leadership capabilities were evident from the beginning and in 2017, he became President and Co-Owner of the company.

Larry was a big supporter of FCSI The Americas attending our conferences and events as well as hosting the amazing PBAC Consultant Appreciation Event every November along with Michael Pasternak welcoming FCSI consultant members.
Larry was very active in many areas of our industry. He was sought out as a member of several Rep Councils by leading manufacturers. He was local chapter President of MAFSI and went on to serve on their National Board of Directors for 10 years. Larry received the MAFSI Pacesetter Award for his dedicated service. He was the current Vice President of the Partridge Scholarship Foundation, an organization of NY food service executives dedicated to providing scholarship assistance to leading Culinary Schools.
Larry was an avid athlete and excelled in cycling, running, skiing, and physical training. Larry will be greatly missed by his loved ones including wife Sarah, daughters Olivia and Hailey, stepchildren Samantha and Nathan along with his father, stepmother, sisters, and many friends.
According to his wishes, his funeral will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the following organizations:
Memorial Sloan Cancer Center
Partridge-Invitation Scholarship Foundation
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 are still accepting sponsors for this event - a 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 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!
Membership News
Senior Associate

Jeff Dover - fsStrategy

Congratulations to Jeff on his decision to enter into the Professional Membership Process!


Mariana Hernandez - Smart Design Group

Ashleigh McCann - Smart Design Group

Amelia Shuja - Tula Consulting

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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 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

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 April Report

  • On May 3 Darden announced plans to purchase Ruth's Chris.
  • Many indicators of a Macro Monetary storm brewing.
  • Los Angeles dock workers go on strike.
  • PPI increased 1.6% between February and March.
  • Chains return to operational focus.
  • Consumer Sentiment improved slightly over March, but their assessment of personal finances worsened.

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