Trustees and Committees


Board of Trustees
Membership Committee
Council for Professional Standards – The Americas
Marketing Committee
Committee for Emerging Consultants
Allied Advisory Council
Conference Planning Committee
Ethics Committee

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2022 Board of Trustees

Executive Committee


Eric Norman, FCSI
Clevenger Associates

Eric joined FCSI 13 years ago as a student member and immediately recognized the importance and benefit of getting involved in the Society. While working his way up to Professional member, Eric worked as a co-founder for what is now known as the Committee for Emerging Consultants (C4EC). The main goal of C4EC is to cultivate new and younger members in the Society and prepare them for future leadership positions. Eric’s experience with the Committee for Emerging Consultants has given him new insights and knowledge that serves him well in a Trustee position. Eric also served as Chair for the FCSI Academy and was directly involved in getting the online library created on the FCSI website.


Christine Guyott, FCSI, RD
Rippe Associates, Inc.

Christine Guyott is a registered dietitian who has worked in the foodservice industry for over 25 years. She leads the healthcare team as a Principal with Rippe Associates, Inc. While her primary area of expertise is healthcare, she has worked on a variety of project types since starting her career in 1985 and enjoys working with clients throughout the country. Christine enjoys speaking to dietetic and architectural classes on non-traditional dietetics and foodservice design. Currently, she is part of the AHF Industry Advisory Board, KState Dietetics Advisory Board and serves as the FCSI The Americas board liaison to the Council for Professional Standards for The Americas.


Brent Hall, FCSI
Clevenger Associates

Brent has over 28 years of foodservice experience which includes custom equipment design and manufacturing, installation, specifications, schematic design, design development, construction documents and project management. Complete project experience listings include a vast number of projects worldwide.


Kristin Sedej, FCSI
S2O Consultants, Inc

Kristin Sedej FCSI has been a partner of S2O with Harry Schildkraut FCSI since 2003. Recent projects include: Northwestern University, Athletic Center, Evanston, IL; Northwestern University New Kellogg School of Management, Evanston, IL; State Farm Center, Champaign, IL; Oklahoma University Memorial, Stadium improvements, Norman, OK; Vaught Hemingway Stadium, renovation & expansion, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS; British School, Chicago, IL; Harper College One-Stop Center, Palatine, IL; Elgin High School Culinary, Center, Elgin, IL and Thrive School, Baton Rouge, LA. Kristin’s crowning career achievement to date was the Top Achiever award given to her by FE&S magazine in 2014.


William J. Caruso, FFCSI (PP)
WC & Partners, Inc.

Bill Caruso is the Founder and Chairman of WC & Partners, Inc., a firm that provides food, beverage, laundry and solid waste facilities consulting and design services to the worldwide hospitality industry.  Founded in 1986, WC& P has grown to an international firm, with North American offices in Denver, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Scottsdale and through a number of 2016 global alliance agreements, adding worldwide offices in Athens, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Santiago, Sao Paulo, San Salvador, and Vancouver. His project portfolio of personally completed work numbers well over 2,400 completed projects in 22 countries, over a continuous 45 year consulting career.

Mr. Caruso received his B.S. degree from Cornell University in 1970 and his MBA degree from the University of Colorado in 1972.  He is a Fellow and Past President of the Foodservice Consultants Society International (FCSI), a Past President of the Cornell Hotel Society, Past-President and past Chairman of the Cornell Hotel School Foundation, and is an elected life member of the Cornell University Council. He has lectured to numerous global audiences and has authored many published articles that outline important industry trends and issues, for many years.



Mike Berard, FCSI
Commercial Kitchen Consulting, LLC

Mike is the founder and President of Commercial Kitchen Consulting, LLC.  Mike served over 32 years of combined service in the USMC and US Navy Seabees.  He retired in 2010 as a Chief Warrant Officer Four (CWO4).  Mike earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and an AAS in Construction Technology.  Mike is a service disabled veteran and CKC is a registered Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) with New York State and CVE (Federal).  Mike served as an active member of FCSI’s CPSTA committee (Council for Professional Standards).


Leonard Condenzio, FCSI
Ricca Design Studios

Lenny is highly regarded as a culinary design expert and thought leader throughout the foodservice industry. He has gained 46 years experience in all aspects of dining services, including 26 years as an operator, notably catering (US House of Representatives), collegiate dining (Harvard University), restaurants and commissaries. Lenny possesses the vision, creativity, dedication and leadership it takes to transform a project from rough concepts to reality. Lenny is passionate about his clients as well as the design team, and most importantly values the collaboration process that occurs between all of them.


Juan Martinez, PhD, PE, FCSI
Profitality, LLC

Married (for 37 years), 3 kids and 7 (soon to be 8) grandchildren.

36 years of experience in foodservice-17 years in Burger King + 19 as a consultant

Professional Engineering License

B.S. Industrial Engineering – Georgia Tech

M.S. & Ph.D. Industrial Engineering & Ergonomics – University of Miami


Joe Schumaker, FCSI
SCG FoodSpace

After graduating with honors from the California Culinary Academy, San Francisco, Joe co-founded Cosmopolitan Catering.  After growing the business to over $15M in revenue he exited and began consulting full-time in 2015.  Joe is an expert in foodservice management, food business growth and mentorship.


Howard Stanford, FCSI
SSA, Inc.

Howard Stanford has been a member of the SSA team since 2002. Howard has been recognized as one of the top foodservice consultants/designers in the United States. His ever increasing focus on design excellence has resulted in outstanding guest experience while bringing more diversity to the foodservice consulting and design profession utilizing educational networks, organization involvement, innovative concepts and advanced technologies.



Patrick Watt, FCSI
A DAY IN LIFE Foodservice Development Ltd.

Since 1993, Patrick has been the principal consultant of A DAY IN LIFE Foodservice Development and has forged strategic partnerships with international retail planning, architectural and engineering firms. Patrick obtained a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Ryerson University (1991).  In 2017, Patrick was awarded the 2017 Canadian Foodservice Executive of the year by his peers in the Canadian Association of Foodservice Professionals. Patrick’s combination of design, programming, business and retail analysis, as well as management advisory experience provides the capability of identifying real opportunities in foodservice operations and accurately defining physical and implementation requirements. Since 2002 Patrick has provided industry expertise on the curriculum advisory board at the Culinary Institute of Canada, PEI.


Juan Matamoros, FCSI
Food Gurus/Gastrotec S.p.A

I have a strong relationship with restaurants since 1989. I am a Marketing guy with strong base of strategic planning, have a BA in Marketing at UJMD in San Salvador and an MBA in Strategic Planning and a Degree in Franchisee Development from Tec de Monterrey in Mexico. Worked 15 years for YUM brands and being part of the RMC (Regional marketing Council) as a Director for 7 years in charge of 17 countries in Latin America. Started as a consultant in 2007 and member of FCSI since 2014, I live in San Salvador, married and with 5 kids. Love to play tennis.


Jack Scott
Alto – Shaam, Inc.

After finishing up at Ohio State University, I immigrated to Australia where I was instrumental in launching Alto-Shaam products in the Pacific Rim. I returned to the USA in 1998 as Alto-Shaam National Accounts Manager and have also held Regional and National Sales Manager positions with the company. I have over 30 years of experience with Alto-Shaam, and hold dual passports for both the USA and Australia.

I am a Certified Foodservice Professional, CFSP, and focus on foodservice equipment solutions for the world’s largest operators, including MGM, Google, Boeing, UCLA, Los Angeles Unified Schools, and most recently the new Los Angeles football stadium ( LASED).

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Congratulations to the 2023 – 2024 Executive Committee:



Membership Committee

Tracy Taraski, FCSI – Leader 816.365.1200
Tim Agosti, FCSI 303.621.6327
Marco Amatti, FCSI 55 11 3229 2907
Leonard Condenzio, FCSI – Board Liaison 303.621.6327
Emre Evren, FCSI 917.536.2323

Council for Professional Standards – The Americas (CPSTA)

Mike Berard, FCSI 607.217.5389
Emmanuel Melo, FCSI +55 (11) 99903-2374
Linda Roth, FCSI 716.433.5111
Raoni Saade, FCSI +55 (11) 94738-2504
Tracy Taraski, FCSI (Chair)  816.365.1200

Marketing Committee

Erik Haviland 833.843.3893
Kathleen Held, CPSM 240.454.7773
Karen Malody, FCSI MSW 206.283.6740
Juan Matamoros, FCSI 503 79103154
John Reed CEC CCA AAC 847.287.3604
Joe Schumaker, FCSI 408.916.6368
Arelene Spiegal, FCSI 917.539.9469
Chris Tripoli, FCSI (EM) 281.293.0077
Steve Young, FCSI 303.649.1600

Committee for Emerging Consultants (C4EC)

Anja Kuechenmeister – Past Leader 770.582.1144
Shelby Wurscher – Past Leader 952.933.0313
Sojo Alex 720.458.6485
Raoni Saade, FCSI 55 11 3229 2907
Joe Schumaker, FCSI 408.916.6368
Stephanie Ward 770.582.1144

Allied Advisory Council

Jack Scott- Leader 760.747.5100
Jay Bravinder  336.661.155
 Rob Geile  314.378.2339
Keven Hass keven.hass@.comgaylordventilation 971.223.1274
Kevin Kochman 630.898.8117
Katharine Mizla 331.300.1034
Shayne Varnum 774.222.2334
John Wojcik 414.902.6750

Conference Planning Committee

Tarah Schroeder, FCSI – Leader 303.928.1344
Kristin Sedej, FCSI – Board Liaison 224.717.1999
Sojo Alex 720.458.6485
Peg Galie, FCSI 847.309.1163
Eric Goodrich 952.955.8056
Kathleen Held 240.454.7773
Kevin Kochman 301.528.9700
Danielle Mason  601.918.9034
Craig Volcovici 636.240.2400
Patrick Watt, FCSI  506.3653.8482