Episode 29 • 04/20/2023

Wade Koehler, Executive Director, FCSI The Americas Division, on How His Podcast Became a Member Benefit

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Post-pandemic, what aspects of your organization do you revisit and change? In this episode of Associations Thrive, Wade Koehler, Executive Director or Foodservice Consultants Society International, the Americas Division, says EVERYTHING! Wade discusses:

  • What foodservice consultants are and how they design commercial kitchens in every type of environment imaginable.
  • Why FCSI launched a podcast.
  • How FCSI blew up its annual conference by bringing in new members to help plan the event, adding new social events, eliminating the formal banquet, adding unique experiences, and so many more changes!
  • How he creates amazing events by imagining the attendees’ experience from the time they arrive at the venue and check-in, to the time they leave for home.
  • Their new Bizessentials webinar program that helps members get better at every aspect of their businesses.
  • An annual project showcase that features amazing projects by amazing members to the greater design community.
  • How membership is growing, revenue is growing, and members and suppliers alike are thrilled with the association.


About Wade Koehler

About Foodservice Consultants Society International (FCSI)

Foodservice Consultants Society International (FCSI) is the respected and truly professional organization of men and women offering design and management consulting services, specialized in the foodservice and hospitality industry, across the world.

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