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WELCOME


Realistic expectations


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Eric Norman FCSI Chair, FCSI The Americas


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his is my last message as chair of the FCSI Asia Pacifi c Division (APD). What an honor it has been. Thanks to Toni Clarke FCSI and Clara Pi FFCSI who worked tirelessly for several years before passing the leadership baton to me. Our division was at its lowest point, with member disengagement and our fi nances in dire straits. I was fortunate to be mentored by Greg O’Connell and more recently Bill Caruso FFCSI,


npredictability continues to be the theme of 2021. In my Q2 letter I touched on supply chain in our industry and the impact it was having on equipment procurement and project fl ow. I was hopeful that these issues would be rectifi ed in short order, but it is apparent it is a longer-term problem than fi rst suspected. We have now seen lead


time extensions grow from a few additional weeks to months. We are experiencing


direct impacts on many of our design projects as equipment manufacturers struggle with a high demand and a broken supply chain. Another major issue plaguing our industry is a shortage of labor. Many establishments in the US have reduced staff , forcing cuts in the hours of operation. For consultants, new


project starts are continuing at a rapid pace. I have spoken to numerous colleagues who are all very busy and do not see this


trend changing anytime soon. This is welcome news, but there will still be a struggle in equipment procurement. Consultants need to be fully transparent about these issues with our clients. Yes, there will be more price increases and longer lead times, which may impact project timelines. Educating clients as to what is happening in the industry and setting realistic expectations is our duty as professional consultants.


There’s no beauty without struggle


our Worldwide president. The APD board embarked


on a strategic plan to stimulate member interaction, source a quality administrator and relocate our offi cial registration to a more user- friendly environment in Australia. Our member base is enjoying member benefi ts including the webinars with Glenn Flood.


I express gratitude for


Mario Sequeira FCSI Chair, FCSI Asia Pacific Division


New insight A


Remko van der Graaff FCSI Chair, FCSI Europe, Africa, Middle East


s I write this, the


European Championship football tournament,


the Tour de France 2021 and Wimbledon have all fi nished, while Max Verstappen is still in the race for the Formula 1 title. These sporting events were organized with public crowds and were able to off er food, drinks and hospitality. The Olympic Games in Tokyo, meanwhile had to be hosted without the public, which is sad for all the sportsmen and


the eff orts of active members of our board – Andrew Brain


FCSI, Steve Sidd FCSI and Greg O’Connell. The new board led by Andrew, Steve and other professionals will carry on the commitment to make FCSI APD stronger and better. Optimize your FCSI membership by collaborating with other Professional and Allied members. I have forged many wonderful professional and personal relationships across Asia Pacifi c, the Americas and Europe. I urge you to do the same.


women that trained so hard. We live in a new world and are all looking for the new normal. Offi ces and companies are slowly fi lling with employees who are eager to exchange their work at home for the offi ce environment, meeting colleagues again in person. The EAME Conference is


now scheduled for April 2022. We are looking forward to meeting each other to talk and dine together. Let’s hope the world remains open. I hope


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everyone is back in business and anticipating better times. I am writing this welcome shortly before my fi rst cycling tour from my hometown to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Gaining inspiration and meeting other people are central for me on this challenging cycling tour. Here is a question: when was the last time you did something that you’ve never done before? New things can bring new insight and fresh ideas.


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DAN MURRELL


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