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Pay Membership Dues by January 2!
Heads up! All primary contacts in NAFEM's database received their company's 2015 dues renewal notice last week. Payments are due January 2, 2015. For questions about your membership status or the dues payment process, contact Celeste Fuchs, membership manager, +1.312.821.0223.

Update Your Company/Product Info for The NAFEM Show
Make sure your company's member profile is up to date as attendees and potential attendees begin to plan their experience at The NAFEM Show. All critical information published--exhibitor listing, live floor plan, onsite mobile show app (NAFEM Showplace) and printed show map--comes from this central profile. Login to the NAFEM website to get started and click on "Company Profile" in the navigation menu on the left-hand side. You can update general company information, add/delete individuals to your company roster and update products. Questions? Contact Celeste Fuchs, membership manager, +1.312.821.0223.

Exhibitor Marketing Kit Now Available
The Exhibitor Marketing Kit helps you enhance your presence at The NAFEM Show. A wide variety of resources are available in the kit, ranging from show graphics you can post on your website, to tips for using social media to share information about the products you are exhibiting. For more details, visit the Exhibitor Resources page on The NAFEM Show website.

Help Your Customers Attend The NAFEM Show for Free
All attendees employed in the foodservice industry have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship, providing free registration and travel assistance to offset the costs of attending The NAFEM Show. Previous scholarship recipients are eligible to apply. For complete details, watch the video.

Exhibitor Training Webinars--One Session Remaining
Mark your calendar for the final webinar in NAFEM's series of training webinars, designed to improve your onsite experience. The webinar is free for all exhibit personnel and provides practical information and useful tips to increase your ROI in The NAFEM Show. Visit The NAFEM Show website to sign up. The final webinar, "Show Features & Marketing Tools," takes place Thursday, December 11, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Central Time.

The NAFEM Show App = NAFEM Showplace
If you are exhibiting at The NAFEM Show in Anaheim, starting Dec. 11, you will be able to upload your product information for inclusion in NAFEM Showplace, the NAFEM Show app. The more products you include, the more visibility you will have among NAFEM show attendees, your foodservice operator customers. Watch your email inbox and future issues of NAFEM online for more details and easy instructions for uploading your product information.

Products for WHAT'S HOT! WHAT'S COOL!® trend galleries
Exhibitors who submitted applications to feature a product(s) in one of the WHAT'S HOT! WHAT'S COOL!® trend galleries on the show floor in Anaheim received emails on Fri., Nov. 14, notifying them of their accepted or declined status. If you have a question about your status, contact Charlie Souhrada, CFSP, director, member services, +1.312.821.0212.

NAFEM's 2014 Size & Shape of the Industry Study
The results are in! Member companies that contributed data received a free copy of NAFEM's 2014 Size & Shape of the Industry study in September. The study reports 2013 sales in: Food Preparation; Primary Cooking Equipment; Refrigeration and ice Machines; Serving Equipment; Smallwares, Cookware & Kitchen Tools; Storage & Handling Equipment; Tabletop & Servingware; Warewashing, Janitorial & Safety Equipment; and Furnishings, Decor & Custom Fabrication.

New this year -- participants also received a companion piece to the study, created by Technomic, "2014 State of the Industry Report - an interpretive analysis of the NAFEM Size & Shape of the Industry Study." Non-reporting NAFEM member companies and channel partners received access to the study earlier this month. To order, contact Vonceil Roberts +1.312.821.0216.

Member Company Non-Participants: $995

Allied Industry Organization Members (incl. channel partners - CFESA, FCSI/FCSI TA, FEDA & MAFSI - and all other end-user association members allied to NAFEM): $3,395.

Public (incl. research houses, government agencies, investment firms, banks, suppliers, etc.): $6,500. This group gains access to the study immediately after The NAFEM Show, beginning Monday, February 23, 2015.

"Like" Us on Facebook!
NAFEM's official Facebook page is up and running! If you are a Facebook user, we encourage you to "like" our page. We'll bring you the latest news from NAFEM, complete with glimpses into our future and blasts from our past. The easiest way to find us is to use Facebook's search function and type in "North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers." See you on social media!

Travel Planners is Exclusive Housing Coordinator for Anaheim
We are aware that housing companies continue to contact NAFEM members and offer 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.

Get Your CFSP Designation
If you've been meaning to get certified, consider participating in the annual overview seminar at NAFEM headquarters in Chicago. The overview takes place Wednesday, August 12, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Participants are welcome to return Thursday, August 13, 2015, to take the exam. The overview & exam are no longer offered during The NAFEM Show or NRA Show.

Can't make it in August? You can always purchase one of NAFEM's CFSP packages to streamline the certification 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 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. Login to learn more, sign up for the 2015 overview or to purchase a package.

NAFEM Associate Member Directory
Take a moment to visit NAFEM's directory of associate members. 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.

Populate Our Calendar!
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.

Vet2Tech Helps Manufacturers Find Skilled Talent
Vet2Tech helps transitioning veterans find employment in advanced manufacturing and technical service careers. Are you looking to hire HVAC and hot-side technicians, CNC programmers/operators, mechanical, electrical or industrial engineers, tool and die makers, technical support, customer service, supply chain, sales, logistics, information technology, assemblers, fabricators, quality control experts, maintenance technicians, welders or cutters? Vet2Tech can help you. For more information, visit www.vet2tech.org or contact Carol at carol@vet2tech.org.

In Memoriam
NAFEM was saddened to learn of the passing of Vincent J. Guarriello, a longtime foodservice equipment & supplies industry member who spent many years as executive v.p.-sales for Blodgett Ovens, and went to work for Welbilt Corp. after Maytag Corp. bought Blodgett. He served NAFEM on a variety of committees and as a board member through most of the 1960s and '70s and was a mentor to many. Services have been held. Donations may be made to the Mary Mastro Guarriello Scholarship Fund, c/o Mastro Montessori Academy, 35 White Road, Shrewsbury, N.J. 07702. More information can be found at johnedayfuneralhome.com.

Producer Price Index (PPI) News Release
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the October PPI Index on November 18.