James H. Petersen, Jr., FCSI (PP), DFS, President of C.i.i. Food Service Design, is one of the relatively few food facilities designers skilled through academic preparation as well as line experience. A graduate of the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, Jim has enjoyed a broad diversity of consulting experience as well as having served as Director of Engineering for a food service equipment dealer/ fabricator. In addition to design, he has provided on‑site consulting and installation supervision in Germany, Saudi Arabia, and military facilities on the island of Diego Garcia, B.I.O.T.
Jim's professional consulting experience spans a period of over 45 years. Memberships in professional groups have included Foodservice Consultants Society International (FCSI), the Michigan Society of Architects (Professional Affiliate), and the American Correctional Association. He has lectured at several colleges and universities, and to the American Society for Hospital Engineering and the American Correctional Food Service Association. Jim served on the FCSI Board of Directors in the 1980s and, during a second elected term extending through 2015, served as Chair of FCSI of The Americas Division as well as Secretary/Treasurer, then President, of FCSI World Wide. He has also served as Chairperson of the FCSI The Americas Code of Conduct Committee and on the founding Board of Governors of the Certified Foodservice Professionals program. Jim currently serves on the Board of the FCSI Educational Foundation.
Jim has authored articles appearing in The Consultant, Food Service Equipment Specialist, and Store Equipment and Design, and has contributed content to Progressive Architecture ("Technics: Prisons"), and content and images to Foodservice Equipment and Supplies(“Cooking for Corrections”). In 1993, Jim received the Foodservice Equipment and Supplies Specialist"Young Lions" Award in the independent consultant category.
In 2013 Jim was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Food Service from the North American Association of Foodservice Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM). In 2014 he received Awards of Merit from NAFEM and MAFSI (Marketing Agents for the Food Service Industry) for his service with FCSI, and was awarded FCSI’s prestigious Robert Pacifico “Doing Well by Doing Good” award for his continuing service as a paid-on-call firefighter as well as his community and overseas volunteer and missionary work.
In 2020, Jim’s story appeared in FCSI’s Foodservice Consultant magazine, as well as coverage of a completed facility. He was also interviewed for an hour-long podcast sponsored by an industry manufacturer.