FCSI TA Associate Membership, FCSI The Americas

Mr. James Richards

President, PES Design Group
Food Facility Design
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Contact Details


2937 Bee Ridge Rd
Suite 11
Sarasota, FL 34239 United States

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Education & Experience

James has 31 years of experience in the food service design industry. His professional experience includes food service design, MEP final connection plans, equipment specification, custom stainless steel equipment design, client contact, and overall project management. He has worked for companies such as Illinois Range Company (Food Service Design and Equipment Supplier for McDonald’s Corporation), served as Vice President of Fishman and Associates, Inc (Food Service Design and Equipment Firm, Venice, FL) and is now President of PES Design Group. Food Service Design: Jim has designed projects from small restaurants to large institutional kitchens. He has performed design services for Signature Senior Living ALF facilities in Texas, Healthcare projects such as Bethesda Naval Hospital (Bethesda, MD), St. Joseph’s North (Riverview, FL) and clubhouse kitchens such as Boca Bay Pass Club (Boca Grande, FL) and Country Club of Ocala (Ocala, FL). His clients have included McDonald’s Corporation, Sarasota County School Board, Manatee County School Board, Collier County School Board, Guest Services, Sarasota County and the Baltimore Orioles. Equipment Specification: Jim is very knowledgeable about equipment specific to the food service industry. He has worked in both the consulting and the manufacturing sides of the food service equipment industry. He attends trade shows and keeps current on new technologies. Jim has no loyalty to any particular brand or equipment manufacturer; therefore, his equipment selections are in the best interest of his clients. Project Management: Jim has extensive project management experience. He is very detailed oriented, extremely thorough and well organized. He has a full understanding of his projects, can foresee challenges and develop strategies to resolve them. Jim is a good team leader and team player, able to lead his team efficiently and interact with other disciplines knowledgeably and with excellent communication skills. Jim participates 100% in projects for which he serves as consultant and project manager.

Market Segments

  • Airport Facilities
  • Amusement & Theme Parks
  • Armed Forces
  • Branded Concepts
  • Business & Industry/Food Services
  • Clubs
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Convenience Stores
  • Convention Centers
  • Correctional Facilities/Prisons
  • Cruise Liners
  • Family Restaurants
  • Fine Dining
  • Government Services
  • Hospitals/Healthcare
  • Hotels/Motels
  • Museums/Performing Arts Venues
  • Primary & Secondary Schools
  • Quick Service Restaurants
  • Residential Care
  • Resorts
  • Retail
  • Sports Arenas
  • Supermarkets

Areas of Expertise

  • Business Strategy
  • Concept Development
  • Energy & Environment
  • Food Safety & Hygiene
  • Food Service Merchandising
  • Interior Design
  • Kitchen Design
  • Laundry Design
  • Marketing & Promotion
  • Operating Procedures & Systems
  • Operating Review
  • Quality Managment
  • Sustainability