FCSI-The Americas Partners with National Restaurant Association on Popular Ask the Design Experts Attraction at Annual NRA Show 2013

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Independent foodservice design and hospitality management professionals are featured experts by National Restaurant Association and will again offer free consultations to attendees of annual Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show in Chicago from May 18-21.

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“FCSI members look forward to the NRA Show every year, and they truly enjoy the opportunity to partner with the National Restaurant Association,” said Wade Koehler, executive director, FCSI-The Americas.

FCSI-The Americas, the only consulting society dedicated to serving independent foodservice design and hospitality management professionals, will offer free consultations to attendees of the 94th annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and International Wine, Spirits and Beer Event, running May 18-21 at the McCormick Place in Chicago.

Also known as NRA Show 2013, the foodservice and hospitality industry’s showcase event has partnered with FCSI-The Americas to manage its popular Ask the Design Experts attraction for more than a decade. Each year, FCSI-The Americas staffs the meetings held at the Ask the Design Experts booth, which is again located in North Hall, Booth 6000 (next to the National Restaurant Association booth). The annual hospitality industry gathering attracts more than 2,000 suppliers and tens of thousands of buyers seeking information and insights that will help their restaurants and foodservice operations thrive.

All registered attendees that are identified as foodservice, lodging and retail operators are invited to register for a free 30-minute private consultation. The meetings allow operators to discuss personalized solutions for front-of-the-house, back-of-the-house, and management advisory issues with a certified foodservice consultant. Appointments for consultations may be booked on a first-come, first-served basis through the NRA Show website.

“FCSI members look forward to the NRA Show every year, and they truly enjoy the opportunity to partner with the National Restaurant Association,” said Wade Koehler, executive director, FCSI-The Americas. “FCSI is proud to represent the hospitality and restaurant industry’s top designers and management advisory consultants.”

Up to 36 free, 30-minute consultation sessions with designers and management advisory consultants may be scheduled each day over the four days of this event.

Design and management experts from the following companies will be featured:

Saturday, May 18, 2013

  •     Steven P. Carlson, FCSI, Principal of Robert Rippe & Associates, Inc. in Minneapolis, MN (providing Back-of-House consulting)
  •     Christine Guyott, FCSI, Principal of Robert Rippe & Associates, Inc. in Minneapolis, MN (providing Back-of-House consulting)
  •     Brad Belletto, FCSI, CEO of Vision 360 Design in Dallas, TX (providing Front-of-House consulting)
  •     Anne Sasso, FCSI, Interior Designer of Vision 360 Design in Dallas, TX (providing Front-of-House consulting)
  •     Char Norton, FFCSI, Executive Success Coach of DM&A Webb in Chula Vista, CA (providing Management Advisory Services consulting)

Sunday, May 19, 2013

  •     William V. Eaton, FCSI, Chairman of Cini-Little International, Inc. in Germantown, MD (providing Back-of-House consulting)
  •     Theodore Farrand, FCSI, President of Cini-Little International, Inc. in Germantown, MD (providing Back-of-House consulting)
  •     Armand Iaia, FCSI, Regional Manager of Cini-Little International, Inc. in Germantown, MD (providing Back-of-House consulting)
  •     Ed Norman, FCSI, President of MVP Services Group of Dubuque, IA (providing Back-of-House consulting)
  •     Eric Norman, FCSI, Vice-President of MVP Services Group of Dubuque, IA (providing Back-of-House consulting)
  •     William H. Bender, FCSI, Founder & Principle of W.H. Bender & Associates of Santa Clara, CA (providing Management Advisory Services consulting)

Monday, May 20, 2013

  •     Karen Malody, FCSI, Principal of Culinary Options in Seattle, WA (providing Management Advisory Services consulting)
  •     Melanie Corey-Ferrini, FCSI, Architect of Dynamik Space in Seattle, WA (providing Front-of-House consulting)
  •     Juan Martinez, PhD, PE, FCSI, Principal of Profitality, LLC in Miami, FL (providing Back-of-House consulting)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

  •     James Peterson, FCSI, President of C.i.i. Food Service Design in Lapeer, MI (providing Back-of-House consulting)
  •     Rudy M. Miick, CMC, FCSI, President of The Miick Companies, LLC in Boulder, CO (providing Management Advisory Services consulting)
  •     A.J. Barker, FCSI, VP Concept Development, of Think Tank HG in Seattle, WA (providing Back-of-House consulting)
  •     Lu Schildmeyer, FCSI, Designer, of Think Tank HG in Seattle, WA (providing Back-of-House consulting)

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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