James Camacho FCSI celebrates 40 years in the kitchen design business

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Georgia-based Camacho Associates this month celebrates the 40th employment anniversary of principal designer and president James Camacho

Having joined Camacho Associates on 1 April 1979, learning the family business from his father, Joseph Camacho, who founded the firm in 1962, he went on to purchase the company in 1996, taking over as president, and continues to lead the firm today in year over year continuous growth. 

One of the first design projects he worked on was the Georgia Power Headquarters complex at 241 Ralph McGill Blvd NE in downtown Atlanta. Since purchasing the company, James has led Camacho Associates through two recessions and several national economic expansion periods. 

Always focused on delivering quality projects on time, James has grown the company to 18 employees today, and is growing annual revenue on a consistent annualized basis through a combination of willpower, determination, long nights and long-standing client relationships. 

“One of my top priorities these days is mentoring younger members of the firm and other young consultants in the industry,” he says. “A daily goal is to try and teach at least one thing to each person in the office every day. The exciting part about mentoring is how much I learn from them as well”. 

Industry reputation

During his tenure as president of Camacho Associates, he has also served as the board chair for Foodservice Consultants Society International (FCSI) – The Americas Division (representing North, Central and South America). He currently serves as board secretary for the World Wide FCSI Board. 

Today, James oversees all aspects of the company business and remains the principal designer, actively “hands on” in every project. Currently the firm is renovating educational and corporate projects originally designed in the 1960’s by James’ father. James’ internal reputation with his employees is  close-knit and supportive. 

Camacho Associates is a professional services consulting firm, specializing in foodservice and laundry design and management advisory services; and is a second-generation, family owned, minority business enterprise. Signature projects include the Atlanta Athletic Club (multiple projects over the years), the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, NCR Headquarters in Midtown Atlanta, and the new State Farm Arena.

Approximately 90% of Atlanta metropolitan K-12 public schools enjoy a Camacho designed kitchen. Camacho Associates has significant international design experience in every construction segment but residential: including corporate, educational, hotel, restaurant, country club, military, healthcare, senior living, post-secondary, convention and sport arena, religious, municipal and correctional.

Tina Nielsen