FCSI-The Americas Recognizes Top Performers and Products at Spring Conference

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During the FCSI-The Americas spring conference in Kansas City, which ran from April 19-21, the only consulting society dedicated to serving independent foodservice design and hospitality management professionals named its 2012 award winners, representing the best and brightest individuals, products and professionals in the commercial foodservice market.

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“We proudly recognize these leaders, whose outstanding work and dedication to the foodservice industry has helped bring important innovations to millions of people that depend on our industry each day,” said Wade Koehler, executive director, FCSI-TA.

FCSI-The Americas, the only consulting society dedicated to serving independent foodservice design and hospitality management professionals, has named its 2012 award winners, representing the best and brightest individuals, products and professionals in the commercial foodservice market. The award winners were announced during FCSI-The Americas spring conference, held from April 19-21 in Kansas City, MO.

This year’s conference attracted more than 300 of the top foodservice design and equipment professionals from across North and South America.

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Two new members were inducted into the FCSI’s Council of Fellows: Char Norton, FFCSI and Ruby Puckett, FFCSI. Membership in this exclusive club is offered to the FCSI‘s most distinguished, dedicated and involved members.

Norton, who is principal of The Norton Group, has served the foodservice industry for nearly 50 years, and has been an active member of FCSI since becoming a professional member in 1995. Norton is a recognized expert food safety and disaster planning, having authored several books, chapters and numerous articles for professional and trade journals on the subject. She just completed 10 years on the board of the FCSI Educational Foundation, including three years as its president. Norton has also been active with many other industry associations, including the American Dietetic Association, Society for Foodservice Management, Association for Hospital Foodservices, and the International Food Service Executives Association.

Norton also served 23 years as an Army dietitian, rising to the level of Colonel and taking a year off from her consulting practice to deploy to Bosnia as Executive Officer of an International Multi Unit Medical Task Force. Her work in Bosnia led to her being awarded the Order of Military Medical Merit and the Legion of Merit. She has also been honored by the University of Missouri, SFM, ASHFSA and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Puckett has been a professional member of FCSI since 1996, and is a recognized specialist in foodservice systems management, developer of training programs for staffs and educational programs for college foodservice students. Puckett is the author of 12 books, 435 articles, and co-author of six books and six chapters in other books on commercial foodservice. She is also a frequent guest speaker, having delivered more than 425 presentations, and a respected international consultant for private and government operations, including the military.

She is the recipient of many awards and accolades from the American Dietetic Association, International Facility Management Association, Auburn University, and has had awards named in her honor by the University of Florida and the ADA Management Practice Group. She is also author of the nationally awarded Dietary Manager Training Program at the University of Florida, which since 1972, has seen more than 35,000 students enroll in this program. Puckett has served on the FCSI - The Americas Board of Trustees and led many divisional committees. She is also the current President of the FCSI Educational Foundation.

FCSI Worldwide Service Award: Eric Norman, FCSI, is a vice president with MVP Services Group and was named the 2012 FCSI Worldwide Service Award recipient for his years of active participation in the society, including his fundamental role in helping create FCSI’s electronic resource library and as chair of FCSI The America’s ICON group for young and emerging consultants.

FCSI-The Americas Awards
FCSI The Americas Trendsetter Award: Paul Barron, who is credited with coining the term fast casual to define the fast-growing restaurant sector and is also known as founder of fastcasual.com and QSRweb.com, received the Trendsetter Award. Barron was recently listed on the Forbes Top 50 Power Influencers in Social Media for 2012, and authored the Chipotle Effect, a book on the American social restaurant consumer that helps explain how leading restaurants understand today’s customers.

FCSI The Americas Service Award: Career educator Mike Redlin was recognized with as the 2012 FCSI - The Americas Service Award, on behalf of the division’s membership. A tireless servant of the Americas Council for Professional Standards, Redlin has elevated the status of FCSI by helping create new testing guidelines and processes.

Bob Pacifico Award: The hunger relief charity Feeding America, which helps supply food to more than 37 million Americans each year through its food bank network, was named winner of the Bob Pacifico “Doing Well by Doing Good” Award. The award was created to honor Past-President and member of the FCSI Council of Fellows Robert Pacifico, FFCSI. The award is given biennially to recognize an industry colleague or organization that has been diligent in community service and has shown dedication, support and leadership to the hospitality industry.

FCSI The Americas Green Award: The Foodservice Technology Center, also known as Fishnick, received the Green Award, which recognizes an organization that has created an innovative environmental operation that has improved the environmental standards and conditions of the operation or industry as a whole.

FCSI Product of the Year: The 2012 Product of the Year Award went to RPI Industries for its Hussman Environmental Management System, a surface and air sanitation technology. The award was born from the FCSI Educational Foundation, which established the FCSI Innovation Showcase to encourage corporate member companies to pursue innovations that help us all provide advanced solutions to our clients. A panel of FCSI-The Americas Fellows, professional members, ICON members and operators judged the entries, and Consultant members voted for the one product that they believed to be the most innovative.

“We proudly recognize these leaders, whose outstanding work and dedication to the foodservice industry has helped bring countless innovations and conveniences to millions of people that depend on our industry each day,” said Wade Koehler, executive director, FCSI-The Americas.

About FCSI-The Americas
For more than 50 years, FCSI-The Americas has served as the voice of independent foodservice and hospitality consultants, defining excellence in the development, execution and process flow implementation of commercial foodservice design and hospitality management. Visit the website at http://www.fcsi.org/?page=TALanding.

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