FCSI The Americas 2018 Conference – Denver

Join FCSI The Americas in Denver April 19-21, 2018 for three days of networking, education, and fun.

Celebrate with us… The Americas Division is turning 10! Join us in the Mile High City to celebrate a decade of excellence. Read on for all the details of this epic event!


Conference Details


Thursday, April 19
Professional Membership exams, complimentary professional head shots, and opening party

Friday, April 20
Full day of education and networking, including complimentary professional head shots, the Innovation Showcase and an evening of food, drinks, fun, and the C4EC After Hours Party at our host hotel, Hilton Denver City Center

Saturday, April 21
Full day of education and networking followed by closing party at Punch Bowl Social Denver

Click here for Details on the Sessions and Special Events

Thursday                  April 19
9:30am-1:30pm Pre-Conference Activity: Ice-O-Matic (2 CEUs) Contact Julia Gregory for details
9:00am-5:00pm Professional Skills Exam (Closed)
9:00am-5:00pm Industry Knowledge Exam
11:00am-5:30pm Registration Open
11:30am-5:30pm Innovation Showcase
12:00pm-6:00pm Professional Headshots
4:45pm-5:30pm FCSI Professional Membership Process – Making the Most of Your FCSI Membership Doug Huber, FCSI
7:00pm-10:00pm Opening Party: Pinnacle Club
Friday  April 20
7:30am-5:30pm Registration Open
7:30am-8:30am Breakfast
8:00am-5:00pm Professional Headshots
8:15am-8:30am Allied Member Meeting
8:30am-10:00am Welcome and Opening Keynote: Get Switched On!  Chip Eichelberger
10:00am-5:00pm Innovation Showcase
10:30am-11:45am General Session: A Day in the Life of a Nerdy Foodservice Consultant Beth Ziesenis
11:45am-1:45pm Lunch: Celebrating the Induction of New FCSI Fellows
1:45pm-3:00pm Breakout: How Do They Do That? Secret Tech Weapons for Foodservice Consultants Beth Ziesenis
Breakout: REVIT – How Do You Stack Up? Joe Carbonara (moderator), Brett Daniel, FCSI, Shelby Wurscher, Chris Huebner
Breakout: The Business of Cannabis Kitchens Jaime Lewis
3:15pm-4:30pm Cheers to Your Chapter!
7:00pm-9:00pm Evening Event: Hilton Denver City Center Outdoor Plaza
9:00pm-11:00pm Committee for Emerging Consultants (C4EC) Silent Disco After Hours Party
Saturday April 21
7:30am-2:30pm Registration Open
8:00am-9:00am Breakfast
9:00am-9:30am FCSI Business Meeting
9:30am-10:15am General Session: TBD
10:30am-11:45am Breakout: Virtual Reality for Foodservice Design Chris Huebner
Breakout: Resolving Labor Issues…It’s a People Business After All! Chris Tripoli, FCSI
Breakout: Food Display Trends Joe Schumaker, FCSI, Danielle McMiller
11:45am-1:30pm Lunch & Product of the Year Announcement
1:30pm-2:30pm Breakout: Recruiting and Retaining Talent in Consulting Firms – Roundtable Mixer
Breakout: Technology ROI IFBTA Member Brian Anderson
Breakout: You Want to Cook Where? Bill Caruso, FFCSI (PP), Scott Heim
3:00pm-4:30pm Closing Keynote: 1 hour Stand-up Special Tom Papa
7:00pm-10:00pm Closing Party: Punch Bowl Social


*This conference qualifies for 9 CEUs.

Click here for Details on the Sessions and Special Events


Attention Conference Sponsors… sponsoring companies receive complimentary/discounted registrations based on their level of sponsorship.  If you are a conference sponsor, please contact Penny (309.808.2165 ext. 3) prior to registering.Please note – you MUST be logged into your profile in order for prices to reflect member rates.  If you are not logged in, the prices will default to non-member rates.  Forgot your login credentials?  Contact Penny  or Kimberly  for assistance.

Click here for the fillable registration form.

Registration Type

Early Bird

extended through Feb 7

Regular Rate

received after Feb 7

Consultant member $599 $799
Additional Consultant member* $349 $449
Corporate/Allied – Sponsor member – please contact Penny prior to registering $849 $949
Corporate/Allied – Non-sponsor member $1,499 $1,699
Student member $0 $0
Emeritus member $295 $395
Non-member – Consultant** $950 $950
Non-member – Corporate/Allied** $3,325 $3,525
Spouse/Significant Other Registration (Evening Events Only) $295 $295

*Receive a discount on conference registration when you register one or more additional consultants from the same firm!
**Contact Penny Price at penny@fcsi.org for details about membership and potential discounted registration rate.

First Time Attendee Grants Available
Thanks to the generosity of the FCSI Educational Foundation and FCSI’s corporate members, we are offering 20 grants, each valued at US$1,000, to offset some of the costs of attending the 2018 Conference. Grants are available for first-time attendees of the FCSI Biennial Conference, or Symposium, or someone who has not attended either program for at least four years. The intent of this grant is to encourage emerging consultants to attend the conference together with their principal(s) where they can expand their knowledge, extend their network and be encouraged to become actively involved in the Society.

Thank you to our Allied Members who are matching the grants offered by the FCSI Educational Foundation! Interested in sponsoring a first time attendee? Click here for details

Advance Tabco
Baxter Manufacturing
G.A. Systems, Inc.
Irinox North America

Jackson WWS
Kason Industries (2 grants)
KCL (2 grants)
The Legacy Companies
NEMCO Food Equipment
Polar King International
Thermodyne Foodservice Products

Utility Refrigerator (2 grants)

Hotel Accommodations 
Hilton Denver City Center (formerly known as the Denver Marriott City Center)
1701 California Street
Denver, CO 80202

To book a room with the FCSI TA special room rate of $189/night, contact FCSI The Americas Headquarters.

Flight Discounts Available through Delta
Reservations and ticketing are available via www.delta.com/meeting. Select ‘Book Your Flight’ and this will bring you to the Book A Flight page. Enter the meeting code NMR3Y in the box provided.

Reservations may also be made by calling Delta Meeting reservations at +1 800-328- 1111 Mon-Fri 7am-7pm CDT.


Thank you to our 2018 Denver Conference Sponsors!

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Platinum Sponsors


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Silver Sponsors

Aladdin Temp-Rite


Channel Manufacturing

Duke Manufacturing


New Age Industrial


Polar King International, Inc.

Unified Brands 

Questions? Contact our staff:

Wade Koehler, CAE, Executive Director
wade@fcsi.org or 309.808.2165

Penny Price, Director of Member Services
penny@fcsi.org or 309.808.2165

Kimberly Kissel, Director of Education
kimberly@fcsi.org or 309.808.2165