At the Annual Business Meeting, Saturday, February 8, during the recent Annual Meeting
& Management Workshop in New Orleans, NAFEM's immediate past president,
Thomas R. Campion, CFSP
, CEO, Franke Foodservice Systems, provided a current
snapshot of the association's programs and services. Following Campion's speech,
NAFEM's 2014-16 president, Michael Whiteley, CFSP
, vice president of sales &
marketing, Hatco Corporation, offered his vision for the association's direction
over the next two years.
Also during the Annual Business Meeting in New Orleans, NAFEM announced its
officers for 2014-2016. Serving two-year terms are:
- Michael Whiteley, CFSP, vice president of sales & marketing, Hatco Corporation, Milwaukee, Wis., president
- Kevin Fink, CFSP, president, Ice-o-Matic, Denver, Colo., president-elect
- Joe Carlson, CFSP, president, Lakeside Manufacturing, West Milwaukee, Wis., secretary/treasurer
Incumbents Joe Carlson, CFSP, Lakeside Manufacturing, Greg Fischer, CFSP, Cambro
Manufacturing Co., and Tom Szafranski, CFSP, ITW/FEG were re-elected to three-year
terms on the board of directors. Newly elected director Eva-Marie Fox, T&S Brass &
Bronze Works, Inc., rounds out the board of directors and Glenn Bullock, CFSP, A.J.
Antunes & Co., was appointed to fill Joe Carlson's unexpired term on the board when
Carlson became secretary/treasurer.
Thanks to those of you who attended the Annual Meeting & Management Workshop,
February 7-10, in New Orleans. A great weekend of education, networking and
social events was enjoyed by 200+ NAFEM members and guests.
Speaker presentation handouts
are now available.
Here are the dates to remember for exhibitors for The NAFEM Show, February 19-21, 2015,
Anaheim, Convention Center, Anaheim, California.
- The exhibitor prospectus and floor plan are available online.
- A hard copy of the floor plan is sent via mail to all NAFEM members.
- The online exhibit contract is available for submission
- Housing for exhibitors opens once you have submitted your contract.
- Booth contracts with a 50% deposit are due to be included in the online space selection.
- Online space selection takes place.
- Exhibitor registration opens.
- The final balance is due for exhibit space. (Remember, NAFEM keeps 30%
of the total booth fee for all reductions or cancellations on or before that
date--meaning between the time the contract is submitted and October 24).
Keep these dates handy and we'll continue to send you regular updates through
email communication, NAFEM online and the NAFEM website.
We understand that housing companies have contacted NAFEM members and offered discounted
hotel rates for The NAFEM Show. There is one--and only one--official, exclusive housing
coordinator for The NAFEM Show and that's Travel Planners. Travel Planners does not make
phone calls or send emails soliciting exhibitors to book hotel rooms.
will begin accepting reservations for housing on May 27. As always, your exhibit
contract must be submitted before housing reservations can be made.
In March, NAFEM members have the opportunity to participate in the 2014 Size & Shape of the
Industry Study. Contribute your company's data and earn three (3) priority points
toward your 2015 NAFEM trade show exhibit space selection. Watch your inbox for
the study soon!
If you've been meaning to get certified, consider purchasing one
of NAFEM's CFSP packages to streamline the process. The CFSP
Online Course Package is $775/person and includes the application
fee, a .pdf copy of the review questions and glossary of terms from
the textbook, the online module and exam. The CFSP Online Course
module allows you to take the course at your own pace, from the
comfort of your home or office. It is based on the CFSP textbook,
An Introduction to the Foodservice Industry, and features 14 hours
of content. Passing the CFSP exam is still a requirement to
certification, and the test is administered manually. To get an
idea of the format and content of the module, watch the preview
The CFSP In-person Course Package
is $550/person and includes the
application fee, the 20-chapter textbook, An Introduction to the
Foodservice Industry, the one-day, in-person overview and exam.
You are encouraged to purchase either package when you have
accumulated the required 35 points of industry experience
(check out the Point Accumulation Worksheet
to see where you stand).
Regardless of which package is purchased, you have one year
(from the date of purchase) to prepare for and take the CFSP
to learn more or to purchase a package.
Take a moment to visit NAFEM’s directory of
Remember to count them as resources for your service needs in education and training,
employment recruitment, export management, food safety product needs,
marketing and communications services, systems and technology, product
design, development and engineering, third-party certification, utility organizations
and trade publishing.
NAFEM’s industry calendar
needs your input. It includes a feature that allows
you to download events into your personal calendar. Once you have visited the
site to add an event, please allow 48 hours for NAFEM staff to review the
submissions and make them live.
Some NAFEM members have received requests from Chicago-based inspectors and customers
asking to confirm their products are lead free. In these instances, the members
responded by stating that the EPA RLDWA does not require third-party certification
but, according to the company calculations, the product is in compliance with the
new definition. Adding a reference to this effect in spec sheets, along with a
hang tag or paper label on the product that states: "This product meets the
requirements of 'lead free' as defined in the EPA reduction of lead in drinking
water act effective January 4, 2014," or equivalent, will provide additional reassurance.
Keep all calculations and supplier lead content letters in a correspondence file for
future reference. For additional information, please visit the EPA website
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the January PPI Index
on February 19.
We are saddened to learn of the sudden passing of longtime MAFSI member, John A. Bridgins
of J.H. Bridgins & Associates, Inc., Alexandria, Va. John served the association as MAFSI
Region 5 Mid-Atlantic Chapter president and as a national board member. Donations in his
honor may be made to Oceana