BECOME A MEMBER:
Foodservice Consultants Society International (FCSI) is the vital link between the many professionals working in the foodservice industry. Specialists like you – practitioners in layout and design, planning, research, training, technology, operations and management. FCSI can help you advance your career, provide you all-important professional recognition and supply numerous networking opportunities with colleagues.
FCSI is the only such consulting society in the world, with over 1,000 members in more than 35 countries worldwide. FCSI is a strong and active association dedicated to serving the needs of professional foodservice consultants.
To promote professionalism in foodservice and hospitality consulting while returning maximum benefits to all members.
|A.||Promote client usage of services provided by members.|
|B.||Foster growth worldwide.|
|C.||Establish and maintain communication with client-based associations.|
|D.||Encourage the free exchange of ideas between members.|
|E.||Maintain fiscal health of the Society.|
|F.||Promote ethical industry practices.|
|G.||Disseminate information useful or interesting to members.|
|H.||Help members manage and promote their business.|
|I.||Promote industry awareness of services provided by members.|
|J.||Establish accreditation programs.|
|K.||Ensure the future supply of qualified consultants.|
|L.||Maintain a relationship with other industry groups.|
|M.||Maintain a relationship with institutions of higher learning.|
|N.||Promote social responsibility in the foodservice industry.|
|O.||Recognize members’ professional achievements.|
FCSI MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS:
It’s a fact: clients searching for consultants look first to the professional organizations representing these specialists. Like other qualifying groups, members of FCSI have access to work that is often not available to non-members.
Worldwide and Divisional based conferences and educational seminars:
Members attend Society seminars at a cost considerably less than the fees charged non-members. These events focus on state-of-the-art developments and allow you to improve your professional skills and stay informed of industry trends.
The FCSI Biennial Worldwide Conference is usually held in September or October at locations that rotate between the three divisions and support the Society’s efforts to promote the profession of foodservice consulting on a global basis. Each division holds at least one event per year to promote involvement on a more regional basis.
FCSI’s website provides you with easy access to Society information, including updated conference information and online registration forms. With the membership directory online, you will find the most updated information, with e-mail and website links of fellow members. Potential clients can now find you through the online directory or by way of the “Find a Consultant” search located on the site. Recent innovations include hyperlinks to members’ websites. The members-only listserve gives you a forum for posting questions or comments on current topics of interest.
Through the use of a sophisticated database, FCSI staff can accurately match consultants with potential customers. This service provides clients with instant access to consultants by specific geographical areas and by specific disciplines.
Trade show participation:
FCSI exhibits at a number of industry trade shows throughout the year, promoting both membership in FCSI and the benefits of hiring FCSI consultant members. Members are encouraged to volunteer to learn more about their association, as well as meet other FCSI members and staff.
FCSI coordinates a network of professionals for the purpose of education and the exchange of ideas. This invaluable resource of individuals in foodservice consulting is unparalleled in the industry. FCSI members have the opportunity to learn from one another and tap into an immense pool of expertise.
FCSI has formed affiliations with other allied professional groups serving the foodservice and hospitality industries. FCSI is in close contact with all operator/client-driven organizations. Many of these associations invite our members to participate in programs, seminars and other events.
Annual business meeting:
The yearly business meeting provides members with the opportunity to interface with the association’s leadership and make their views and concerns known.
Manufacturers and service suppliers are anxious to have FCSI consultant members know their products. Many of the major suppliers are Corporate Members and receive our Membership Directory for use in distributing information.
FCSI has a full-time director of public relations on staff, and our members and their activities are regularly recognized in the industry press. In addition, FCSI also advertises in key publications which benefits everyone with all members automatically sharing the spotlight.
An excellent way to participate in the Society and take an active role is to serve on an FCSI committee or task force. Committees and task forces are formed to accomplish long-term and short-term projects.
To help promote both individual members and the Society as a whole, our Speakers Bureau is able to connect groups interested in hearing from experts with those members willing to make presentations.
Local units, chapters and regions:
FCSI has established offices and groups around the world. These permit frequent contact among members with a minimal investment of time and money.
Foodservice Consultant is FCSI’s first-rate quarterly magazine featuring the latest member and Society news, profiles of member projects and reports on new trends and techniques. Each must-read issue contains many articles submitted by members and other recognized professionals in the foodservice industry.
The FCSI Membership Directory, is your easy reference to fellow Society members and provides information that can be used to identify consultants for potential partnering opportunities. The directory is also available to foodservice operators upon request.