Fellow BCA Members, Supporters and Visitors:
Welcome to the home of BCAGlobal! Thank you to all of you who attended and supported the 2011 BCA Salute Dinner at the New York Marriott Marquis and the Global Food & Wine Experience at the elegant Prince George Ballroom, and congratulations to all our award recipients. To those who are visiting our website for the first time, welcome and we hope you will join us in supporting our future professionals.
This year’s theme, “Global Consciousness”, truly describes the direction the BCA is headed and what Alex and I envisioned 4 years ago. Thanks to our long standing relationships and new alliances, the reach of the BCA has gone global generating educational and employment exchange opportunities. With the support of our amazing staff and volunteers, we continue to expand our student chapters, website, internet exposure, social media networks, affiliations and the ability to link them all together. This year the BCA will launch a new portal on our website called ‘Careers in Foodservice Equipment & Design’ (CFED). With the help of my fellow Board Members Ira Kaplan, Tom Szafranski, Mark Whalen, Sharon Cox, and the support of contributing manufacturers and associations, this will provide a venue for the foodservice equipment and design consultant communities to create career paths and new possibilities for students.
Everyone and everything the BCA is involved with, partnerships and programs included, are rooted in diversity and how it can help those we support. It’s never been about overpowering the industry, but leveling the playing field with qualified professionals while creating a workforce as diverse as the people they serve. Diversity is an industry-wide responsibility and just plain good for business. In some sectors diversity is not an issue, but in others it falls far short of the mark. Thanks to the support of all our partners and students, the BCA continues to gain recognition as the organization the culinary industry turns to for qualified professionals of color and a diversity formula that works and it works because we all have a passion for excellence. The BCA isn’t for everyone. We expect professionalism and commitment from the students we work with because they will set the bar for the future and our partners expect only the best from us.
The true value of our work is the investment we make in young people who aspire to become professionals in the fields of their choice. Our partners help us make things possible by sharing ideas, creating new programs for our members and staying involved, like the FoodNetworks ‘Show Your Best’ program. With their support, the return on investment of everyone we touch continues to grow and their accomplishments make us all proud.
And keep in mind all students need mentors like you to help prepare them for what’s ahead. You don’t have to be a chef to mentor or the same color; life lessons have no color and are equally important. Your support and involvement with these young men and women give them the experience they need and a direct link with professionals to keep them moving in the right direction. The culinary, foodservice and hospitality industry is very competitive. Doors don’t just open on their own; sometimes you can knock, sometimes you have to push and other times you need just to knock them down. However you get through the door, you have to be professional and as prepared as possible for what’s on the other side. So if you are not a member of our team join the BCA and help us give them the tools they need to be successful.
There continues to be a great deal of work to be done, which cannot be achieved without your help. We have tremendously hard working volunteers and members opening doors, creating opportunities, forging new alliances, building and rebuilding relationships everyday. They provide the catalyst for our success and need your continued support and vision.
In addition, we could not accomplish so many initiatives without the great support we receive from Alex Askew and our extended team at The BCA; thank you. The BCA Board will continue to function with an open, honest format, and make ourselves available to our members. Please contact us at (212) 643-6570 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have suggestions, we would love to hear them. The BCA Board needs your input and involvement to ensure that we are moving in the right direction. There will always be challenges, but together we can conquer them and keep moving forward!