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April 2012

NRA Show Happenings this week
FCSI The Americas is very busy again during the 2012 NRA Show. During the week, please stop by to say hello to FCSI Staff and members at the following events:

Saturday – Tuesday (10:00am-5:00pm)
Ask the Design Experts Booth – Booth #6000
McCormick Place

Sunday (5:00pm-7:00pm)
FCSI TA Midwest Chapter Cocktail Reception
Bar Novo - Renaissance Hotel

Monday (7:30am-9:30am)
SFM/FCSI Networking Breakfast
JP Morgan Chase – Chase Tower
A Note from the Executive Director

Our Kansas City conference ended just over a week ago with a good time had by all attendees. We will do a full report of our highly successful and praised Kansas City Conference in next month’s issue. Until then, here are some of the random comments received thus far…

"As an Allied member, I felt the most a part of the organization that I ever have”

"Thank you for facilitating and organizing such a wonderful conference last week”

"It is evident that consultants and allied members are interested in working together to help our industry promote the products that best fit the application, while doing so in an ethical manner.”

"The atmosphere at this year’s FCSI was one of comradery and working together to get things moving forward”

Congratulations to our 2012 Award winners:

  • Bob Pacifico "Doing Well by Doing Good” Award – Feeding America
  • FCSI TA Trendsetter Award – Paul Barron, CEO SocialCoco
  • FCSI TA Service Award – Mike Redlin, FCSI
  • FCSI Green Award – FishNick
  • FCSI WW Service Award – Eric Norman, FCSI
  • FCSI Product of the Year – Hussman Environment Management System from RPI Industries
  • 2010 Education Provider of the Year – Somat/Stero
  • 2011 Education Provider of the Year – Hobart

Best regards,

Wade Koehler
Executive Director

2012 Membership Campaign - Amazon Gift Cards

Do you know a qualified consultant that is not yet a member of FCSI? Beginning immediately, FCSI TA is offering gift cards for your referrals. For every Associate member you refer, you will receive a $25 gift card. For every Sr. Associate, you will receive a $50 gift card. Gift cards will be sent out on a quarterly basis throughout the year. Contact for more information.




FCSI TA Mourns the loss of a Member

Allan P. King Jr., Principal, Allan King and Friends
July 30, 1941 - March 1, 2012

Allan King passed away at age 70 at his residence in Reno, Nevada. He is survived by his children Gregory King of Reno, Nevada, Jeffrey King of Roseville, California, and Lorrie Adams (Jerry) of Reno, Nevada; step-children Christopher Blair of Manhattan, Nevada, and Lise Crittenden (Scott) of Irmo, South Carolina; a sister, Elizabeth King of Carson City, Nevada and her son Scott King; one grandchild, Will Crittenden; and his beloved pet Zachary. He was preceded in death by his wife Wendy and parents Allan Sr. and Janie King.

Allan was in the foodservice industry for over 40 years. He began his career in the 1960's as a draftsman for a restaurant supply house and went on to found his design consulting firm, Allan King and Friends, in 1979. He was a member of FCSI for many years and had earned the CFSP designation from NAFEM. His clients included many of the major hotel-casinos in Nevada, as well as numerous correctional facilities, schools, hospitals, convention centers, and restaurants. Among the honors he received were Restaurant Hospitality Magazine's "Excellence in Kitchen Design" award for Steven Lake Tahoe restaurant, Incline Village, Nevada and a National Historic Preservation award for his work for the Eureka Opera House in Eureka, Nevada. Allan had been in poor health in recent years and was semi-retired at the time of his death. He will be interred in the Rose Garden at Mountain View Cemetery in Reno, Nevada. There will be no services. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the FCSI Educational Foundation, your local animal shelter, or other favorite charity.

Kansas City Conference

April 19-21, 2012

KC 2012 Logo

A Big THANK YOU to our sponsors!

Diamond Sponsors


Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Champion ~ Eloma ~ Follett ~ Perlick ~ PowerSoak ~ Salvajor ~ Wood Stone

Bronze Sponsors

Auto Quotes ~ Bakers Pride ~ Bally Refrigerated Boxes ~ BSI ~ CaptiveAire
Cook Tek ~ Food Warming Equipment ~ Hatco ~ Hoshizaki ~ InSinkErator ~ Kitchens to Go
Market Forge ~ Meiko ~ Metro ~ Montague ~ Southbend ~ Unified Brands


The Americas Quarterly
Invitation to Enter the Project Showcase Issue

The Project Showcase issue, mailing November, 2012, will recognize the very best work of FCSI-The Americas Design and MAS foodservice consultants and publish the selected projects in a glossy, graphic, keepsake issue.

From Design consultants, we are looking for quality foodservice designs that combine the highest aesthetic with superb, innovative functionality.

From MAS consultants, we are looking for descriptions of how your unique, well-executed management advisory plans achieved and even exceeded clients’ goals.

Submissions are limited to one entry per Professional or Senior Associate FCSI member. You must be a member of FCSI - The Americas Division to enter.


Any foodservice facility or MAS project designed and/or implemented by an FCSI professional or senior associate member between Jan. 1, 2010 and Jan. 1, 2012. The project must have been completed/operational prior to Jan. 1, 2012.

How To Enter

First, let us know your intention to enter. Contact Beth Lorenzini and ask for an Entry Application; specify if you need one for a Design project or one for an MAS project, or both. Fill out your application and e-mail, fax or send it ASAP to:

Project Showcase Entry
Attn: Beth Lorenzini

FCSI The Americas Quarterly
215 So. George St.
Mt. Prospect, Ill. 60056
Phone/Fax: 847.873.0340 (for FAX, call first)

Complete entry instructions will be sent to you as soon as you request the application. Please note: Your design entry will require professional photography of the project, a numbered floorplan with an accompanying equipment schedule that includes manufacturer brands, and a second version of the floorplan stripped of numbers for publication use. FCSI The Americas Quarterly also will ask for the names, cities and states of the architectural, engineering, interior design, and fabrication companies with whom you worked and the principals involved.

Deadline for application form: ASAP
Deadline for project submission: June 29, 2012


Please send the link to your online publications or accomplishments to

Members in the Media

May's issue of FCSI The Americas Quarterly includes:

Todd Guyette, FCSI,(Colburn & Guyette), Mike Westendorf, (Robert Rippe & Assoc.), Lenny Condenzio, FCSI (RiccaNewmark), Doug Huber, FCSI, (Foodservice Consultants Studio) discuss challenges designers face in specifying effective CKV

Jimi Yui, FCSI, designed his fifth kitchen for Iron Chef Morimoto, this one in Mexico City

Scott Reitano, FCSI, weighs in on diverting food waste from the landfill

John Cornyn, FCSI, and Karen Malody, FCSI share two perspectives on the nature of consulting.

Tom Costello to Receive 2012 Peter Goldman Award of Excellence

The Hotel Council of San Francisco has announced the selection of Tom Costello, FFCSI as the Hotel Council’s recipient of the 2012 Peter Goldman Award of Excellence.

The Peter Goldman Award of Excellence was established in 1989 to honor an individual who exemplifies outstanding education and devotion to our industry and demonstrates leadership with skills and energy that raises the level of service and perception of our San Francisco hotel and tourism industry.

For over twenty-one years as the Director of the University of San Francisco’s Hospitality Management Program, Tom has done just that! Tom’s selfless dedication, compassion, and excellence have set an example to so many. Tom is a legendary presence in the classroom and has a legion of devoted students and successful graduates. For the past fifteen years, the Hospitality Management Program has consistently enjoyed a 98% placement upon graduation. With his enthusiasm, passion, and love of the industry, Tom has touched the hearts of his students, many of whom go on to be leaders of our industry.

In 2008, Tom received the Educator of the Year Award by the SF Hotel & Restaurant Foundation. Tom has served on the education committees for the California Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, California Hotel & Lodging Association, Golden Gate Restaurant Association and the Hotel & Restaurant Foundation. Not only is Tom a mentor to so many in the Hospitality Industry, he is also the published author of Gut-Level Management: Situations That Can Make or Break Your Foodservice Business.

Tom received a B.A. from Loyola University in Chicago and M.A. from St. Louis University. He has also taught at California State Polytechnic University and City College of San Francisco. Prior to teaching he was a managing partner for Deer Park Tavern in Aptos, California.

After officially giving notice a year ago, Tom retired on December 31, 2011, and is enjoying traveling with his wife, Sallie, enjoying his children, their families and new grandson Mackay. He continues to be devoted to the industry by conducting seminars and doing consulting projects for which he is so well known.

You are invited to join the Hotel Council in honoring Tom Costello for his years of service and contributions to San Francisco’s hospitality industry, Wednesday, May 23rd, at the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco (for reservations, please go to or e-mail


Upcoming CEU Opportunities

To see all the current listings go to Education Provider page

Aero Manufacturing
Custom Fabrication - From Concept to Installation - May 1 - 4.75 CEUs

Consulting Food Service Training - Open - 3.0 CEUs

Caddy Corporation
Conveyor Design Details / Kitchen Exhaust Ventilation Design - Open - 4.75

A variety of Webinars - Open - 1 CEU each

A variety of programs - At Your Place - from 1 - 3 CEUs

Eagle Group
Custom Fabrication - Making It Happen - June 13 & 14 - 5.25 CEUs

How to integrate Combi-Steamer Technology - Open - 7 CEUs

FCSI - Kansas City Conference
Up to 20.5 CEUs

Food Service Technology Center

Download the entire 2012 schedule featuring over 45 programs.
Many programs in May

FSTC 25th Anniversary Celebration - Aug 1-3 - 5.5 CEUs


A variety of program - At your place or the factory - 1 to 2 CEUs

Underbar Equipment Design & Layout
Saginaw, Michigan - May 21 & June 13 - 4 CEUs

Advanced Kitchen Ventilation Quizzes - 7 CEUs
Online or Factory - Open

Re-defining Fresh - Blast Chiller/Shock Freezer - Open - 3.75 CEUs

Basic Refrigeration - Open - 5.5 CEUs

Long Draw Draft Webinar - Open - 1 CEU
Draft Beer Workshop - Open - 3 CEUs

Energy & Safety Innovations for the Commercial Kitchen
Open - Hayward, CA - 7 CEUs

Designing Walk-Ins & Refrigeration for the Energy Conscious World
June 5-6 - 6.5 CEUs

Power Soak
Continuous Motion Pot Washings - Open - 4 CEUs

Consultant Seminar
May 8 or 9 - 4 CEUs

Disposers & Alternative Scrapping Systems - 4 CEUs

Southbend Anets
Frying, Cooking, Steaming, Innovation - June 13-15 - 12 CEUs

Structural Concepts
How to get M.O.R.E. from Food Display Cases - Open - 7 CEUs

Basic Refrigeration - Open - 6 CEUs

Wood Stone
What's New after 6,000 years of Stone Hearth Cooking
Open - 1.5 to 4 CEUs

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