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 progr ams 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.