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Regional Roundtable on Special Education
January 24 to 26, 2017
Kingston, Jamaica

Special Education Jamaica
'Preparing productive citizens for an inclusive society: The benefits of the collaborative process'


The Jamaica Pegasus, the conference site is located in the hub of the New Kingston business district. The hotel is in close proximity to other major hotels, banks, shopping centre, and popular park. You will be able to savour the island's 'irie' jerk cuisine within walking distance from the conference site.
Download PDF Jamaica Roundtable General Information
Download PDF Jamaica Roundtable Call for Papers





Jefferson Academy Logo Douglass Academy Logo
FYI-CSI is happy to add both the Fredrick Douglas International Academy of Oak Park MI and the Jefferson International Academy of Waterford MI along with the Hanley-Harper Group to our team of schools that we now support.





October 2017-Mark Francis and Dr. Jonathan Stout presented at the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) national conference in Reno NV. Their presentation was on the Rights of Parents with Children with Special Learning Needs.

August 2017-Mark Francis, Dr. Alice Farling of Florida and Dr. Sheliah Paul of New York started Phase I of a project in Tobago to develop National Policy in the Education of All students.

Cuba Education Trip


July 2016-Mark Francis, Marcia Young and Larry Simpson successfully held the first International Conference in Havana Cuba for Children with Disabilities that was conducted in English. Historic.





Jobs and Positions Director of Special Education for a Charter Sch ool/Oakland County, Michigan
Effective Date: Position to start immediately.
Salary Level: Based on Experience.
Download Word Doc Director of Special Education Specifications

Fully Michigan licensed/certified Speech Therapist needed for a full time position in Oakland County. Starting pay at $42,000.00 for zero experience. Contact Mark Francis at fyi-csi@comcast.net.





January 2016-Mark Francis provides training to the Holly Academy on Behavioral Issues and Plans

January 2016-Larry Simpson attends the national board meeting for the International Dyslexia Association in San Diego, CA

December 2015-The FYI-CSI team supports 4 families with food and gifts from the Pontiac Academy of Excellence during the holiday season

November 2015-Larry Simpson is added the national board of the International Dyslexia Association

September 2015-The team from FYI-CSI adds the Great Expectations Elementary School of Toledo OH to our schools that we support with Special Education services.





Clawson Schools
MARCIA YOUNG RECEIVES GWISDALLA
ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD

Clawson Director of Special Education Honored by SEAOC Colleagues

CLAWSON, MI - Marcia Young, Clawson Public Schools Director of Special Education, received the Special Education Administrators of Oakland County (SEAOC) Gregory Gwisdalla Special Education Administrator of the Year Award at their meeting Friday, September 11.

Gwisdalla Award Left to Right: Monique Beels, Superintendent of Clawson Public Schools, Marcia Young, and Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson, Superintendent of Oakland Schools

Young was nominated for the award because of her significant contributions on behalf of special education, her commitment to quality service, integrity, diverse involvement, leadership, and personal attributes that make her an outstanding representative of the Gwisdalla Award.

Young has led the Clawson Public Schools Special Education Department since 2003.

She said, "Receiving this recognition from my peers is overwhelming and surprising. I am deeply honored to be in the company of the outstanding and committed administrators who were previous recipients of this meaningful award."

The award was created to honor the memory of Gregory Gwisdalla, a tireless advocate for improved services and life outcomes for all children. Gwisdalla was a distinguished leader in special education administration at the local, county, regional, and state levels. He was Director of Special Education at Oakland Schools at the time of his passing.






September 2015- Mark Francis, Larry Simpson and Dr. Jonathan Stout are working with the Havasupai Elementary School in the Havasupai Reservation in Northwest Arizona. They are working on instructional strategies and Positive Behavioral Supports/Behavioral Interventions.





Poland Conference June 21-25
Mark Francis and associates was at the International Association of Special Education (IASE) in Poland in June of 2015.
Mark Francis was a key note speaker and FYI-CSI was also a sponsor and invited to be on a team as the featured presenters.
Download PDF IASE Poland Confence


National Council for Exceptional Children Conference in San Diego
Mark Francis and associates were at the National Council for Exceptional Children Conference in San Diego in April 2015.






Havasupai School

Mark Francis and FYI-CSI has started work with the Havasupai Elementary School in northwest Arizona.
Havasupai Elementary School is part of the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) Schools.


Bureau Indian Affairs





FYI-CSI in Kuwait 2014






Mark Francis of Francis Young International is pleased to announce that a recent press release generated 236 pick-ups and re-postings. See the press release Special Ed Consultants FYI-CSI to Seek GSA, Expand to Service Federal Agencies.





January 2015-Mark Francis & Larry Simpson worked with the Lansing Public Schools on Co-Teaching.

November-December 2014 Mark Francis & Larry Simpson were invited guest of Training Gate International as Honored Presenters at Kuwait's Firth Annual Convention on the Occasion of "The International Day of Persons with Disabilities". They did a total of six presentations each and participated in a number of meetings with Training Gate Leadership, government officials and persons with disability to develop the next steps for their strategic plan.

One of my favorite students smiling
Smiling Student


Kuwait school visit with Nora and student
Smiling Student






Kuwait IDPD Convention     Kuwait IDPD Convention
FYI-CSI will be Presenting at the Kuwait IDPD Convention Dec. 1-3, 2014

Mark Francis and Larry Simpson will be presenting at various sessions for the Kuwait International Day of Persons with Disabilities Convention. Please see the word document below for the exact schedule and topics.
Workshops Schedule






MAPSA Leadership Conference- Troy MI
FYI-CSI was proud to be a Major Sponsor of the MAPSA Leadership Conference- Troy MI




Francis-Young International, Consultants in School Improvement will be one of the highlighted sponsors of the 2014 MAPSA convention this year in Troy, MI. FYI-CSI offers consulting services in the education industry, with a special emphasis in Special Education, locally, nationally and internationally.



Mark Francis:
November 2014-Presenting with Kevin Quinlan on Co-Teaching for the Lansing School District
November 2014-Asked to serve on an advisory board for National CEC to develop an Urban School group/caucus
November & December 2014-Serving as Behavioral Consultant for North Oakland County School
November & December 2014-Team member for training with Training Gate International in Kuwait
Larry Simpson:
November 2014-Asked to serve on the National Board of Directors for the National Dyslexia Association. Attended National Conference in San Diego CA
November & December 2014-Team member for training with Training Gate International in Kuwait
Marcia Young:
August 2014-Appointed Chair for Oakland County Southeast Quadrant Directors
August 2014-Appointed Co-Chair for Oakland County Special Education Administrators Legislation & Policy Committee
September 2014-Selected as a Member Oakland County Special Education Administrators Finance Committee
2014-15 School year-Continuing to provide training and support for districts in Oakland County and other districts upon request as a result of our participation in the National Grant and our expertise in Programs for students with Autism.
Council for Exceptional Children Philadelphia
Mark Francis was at the DISES Braga Conference in Braga, Portugal July 14-17, 2014.


Mark Francis made two presentations in Braga. One was on Special Education Finance, the second was on The Art of Change.

Marcia Young and Mark Francis Co-Presented on "Developing an Effective System to Support Students with ASD".

Toni Fuller Merfeld presented on "Supporting Students with Autism".

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Opening Ceremony DISES Braga Conference


July 2014-Marcia Young and Mark Francis presented on "Developing a Classroom for Students with ASD"-DISES International Conference-University of Minho-Braga Portugal.

July 2014-Toni Merfeld presented on "Supports for Individuals with ASD"-DISES International Conference-University of Minho-Braga Portugal.

July 2014-Mark Francis, Nick Burnett from Australia and Alan Howell from Hong Kong presented on "International Leadership in Special Education"-DISES International Conference-University of Minho-Braga Portugal.

Mark Francis and Nick Burnett Presentation
Mark Francis and Nick Burnett Presenting DISES Braga, Portugal


July 2014-Mark Francis presented "The Art of Change-Why Education Struggles to Move Forward"-DISES International Conference-University of Minho-Braga Portugal.

July 2014-Mark Francis presented "Special Education Finance-Lessons Developing Nations Can Learn from the United States"-DISES International Conference-University of Minho-Braga Portugal.

Mark Francis and students from a school in Braga Portugal
Mark Francis and students from a school in Braga, Portugal


August 2014-Mark Francis, Marcia Young & Janis Weckstein attended the Michigan Association of Administrators of Special Education (MAASE) Summer Institute.

August 2014-Larry Simpson & Mark Francis presented to the staff of The Pontiac Academy for Excellence "Co-Teaching, Modifications & Accommodations/Teaching All Students".

FYI-CSI Supports MiCEC Foundation Golf Sponsorship
FYI-CSI Supports MiCEC Foundation Golf Sponsorship






April 2014-Marcia Young works with an Official Delegation for Ukraine. These delegates were on an official visit to see programs in the United States with regards to Inclusionary Practices and supports for students with Disabilities. Both Marcia and Mark Francis have been invited for an official dinner honoring the delegates visit to the Detroit Metro Area.

Special Education Director Marcia Young shows autism educational materials to visitors from Ukraine
Special Education Director Marcia Young


Special Education Director Marcia Young (standing 2nd from right) and Schalm Elementary Principal Patricia Pell (standing, 3rd)
Special Education Director Marcia Young






Council for Exceptional Children Philadelphia
Mark Francis was at CES 2014 Philadelphia as Treasurer for DISES April 9-12, 2014.

Mark Francis was at CES 2014 Philadelphia as Treasurer for DISES
Mark Francis giving Treasurer's Report at the DISES Members meeting.

Students from Monterrey Mexico sharing songs
Students from Monterrey Mexico sharing songs with the group at the DISES Hospitality.






March 2014-Mark Francis and Lance Siegwald presented at the Michigan's CEC Annual Conference. Mark presented on "The Art of Change" and on "Special Education Finance-Where the Issues Are". Lance presented on "Classroom Management and Behaviors".

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Michigan Council for Exceptional Children
March 5 - 7, 2014
Art of Change - How to Move Forward in Education
Presentation Day: Friday, March 7, 2014 Time: 10:45am-11:45am

Education throughout the world continues to be slowed by its inability to change, failing to meet the learning needs of all students. We will look at reasons for this and examine change research and practical experiences that can help move forward. Until systems can understand why they struggle with change, they will continue to be locked into antiquated systems. There is research and front line experience that suggest there are ways to move forward once we understand what stands in the way. This is a vendor presentation sponsored by FYI-CSI.

The Cost of Special Education - Lessons Learned?
Presentation Day: Thursday, March 6, 2014 Time: 8:15am-9:15am

This presentation will focus on the cost of special education. As countries around the world develop inclusive practices in education, the cost of these programs present new issues for systems to work through. There are many learning points for all participants, based on the work done by the author over the last four years as a Senior Consultant and now as the CEO of FYI-CSI. We will examine the areas that many systems over spend and some of the reason why this happens. In this presentation we will also look at methods how to reduce these cost while still meeting the learning needs of all students. This is a vendor presentation sponsored by FYI-CSI.





Welcome to the Macomb Academy of Clinton Twp. We are now teaming together for special education support.





IMMEDIATE JOB OPENINGS
IMMEDIATE JOB OPENINGS


FYI-CSI has just signed a new contract. We have immediate openings for:
-2 School Psychologist
-2 Speech Therapist
Pay based on experience.

Please submit your resume and official transcripts and references to
Mark Francis, Ed.s. CEO
Fyi-csi@comcast.net or
PO Box 982
Highland MI, 48356
For more information contact us at 248-802-7833.





Michigan Charter School Conference
The 16th Annual Michigan Charter School Conference

Mark Francis, Larry Simpson and Mark Zager will be representing
FYI-CSI at the MAPSA Conference on November 4 & 5 in Detroit.

Stop by to see us at Cobo Hall, booth 101.






Chinese Educator Visit
Dr. Taihe Chen Follow-up: Clawson School District Selected to Host Chinese Educator


CLAWSON, MI. - Clawson Public Schools is one of three school districts in Michigan selected to host Taihe Chen, an educator and team leader from the Zhigu Oriental Foreign Language School in Guilin,China. During his visit Monday, October 14, Mr. Chen visited Clawson High School to observe classrooms, particularly advanced placement classes.

Clawson educators, building and district level administrators together with Mr. Chen are working on the following programs:
  • Setting up an exchange program for Zhigu Oriental Foreign Language School students to attend high schools in the U.S. The Chinese educators find value in the quality of the American school system and are interested in students attending American universities upon completion of high school


  • Setting up an American style high school in Guilin, China.
In addition to Clawson, Mark Francis and the team from FYI-CSI Consultants in School Improvement, headquartered in Highland, Michigan, arranged for the Chinese delegation to visit Farmington Harrison High School, Walled Lake Central High School, the University of Michigan, Oakland University and Michigan State University.

For additional information, visit www.glzgdf.com





Zhigu Oriental Foreign Language School


PRESS RELEASE- October 8, 2013, Highland, MI... Mark Francis and the Team from FYI-CSI are honored to be hosting Mr. Taihe Chen, team leader from the Zhigu Oriental Foreign Language School in Guilin, China. They have a website which can be found at www.glzgdf.com. Together we will be working on the following agendas:
  1. To set up an exchange program for their students. Mr. Chen's team would like students to come to the US to American High Schools. They find value in the quality of the American School system and are interested in students attending American Universities upon completion of High School.
  2. The team from FYI-CSI has arranged visits, interviews and observations with the University of Michigan, Oakland University, and Michigan State University. The current schedule also will include visits to Farmington Harrison High School, Clawson High School and Walled Lake Central High School.
  3. Mr. Chen's team is interested in setting up an American style high school in Guilin, China. They have reached out to the FYI-CSI Team to partner with them in this process. During their visit, they will be observing many classrooms, meeting with building and district level administrators and local legislators.
The team from FYI-CSI will be working with them on both phases of this project.

We are also pleased to be meeting with Tom Watkins, former State Superintendent and liason for the Governor to China, to discuss support on this project. Mr. Watkins is one of the State's leading authorities on China and the business relationships between Michigan and China.

Mr. Chen arrives October 9, 2013 and leaves the Detroit area October 16, 2013.

Mark Francis, Ed.s.
CEO
FYI-CSI





UNICEF
Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities

The FYI-CSI team will be at the UNICEF conference on September 24, 2013
for the Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities


The Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities (GPcwd) is a network of more than 240 organizations, including international NGOs, national and local NGOs, Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs), governments, academia and the private sector, working to advance the rights of children with disabilities at the global, regional and country levels. With a rights-based approach, the Partnership provides a platform for advocacy and collective action to ensure the rights of children with disabilities are included and prioritized by both the Disability and Child Rights Movement.






MAASE

The FYI-CSI team attended the Michigan Association of Administrators for Special Education Summer Institute in Traverse City.
It is always great to see old friends and make new friends, too at this valuable seminar.






Nigeria Aftrica The team from FYI-CSI was contacted by a team from Nigeria and asked to submit a proposal to conduct joint work in Lagos. We are excited about this opportunity.


DISES Tobago
DISES International Round Table 2013 Tobago

Mark presented at the DISES Round Table "The Art of Change-Why Education Struggles with It and Thoughts on How We Can Move Systems".
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Mark's Presentation in Tobago
Mark Presents
Mark taking Steel Drum lessons in Tobago
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Mark Francis and Larry Simpson just completed working with the staff of the Academy of Warren on Special Education redesign; Co-Teaching and Positive Behavior Support professional development activities.

FYI-CSI is happy to be partnering with the Pontiac Academy of Excellence for the next 3 years to provide Special Education staffing and services.
We appreciate the confidence PAE has in the quality of services we can provide.

We are happy to welcome Mr. Paul Zinni to our team.
Check out his Bio on our Team Page.

April & May 2013-Mark Francis and Larry Simpson started a project working with an urban charter on Special Education reform.





April 2013-Mark Francis and Janis Weckstein attended the National Conference for Council for Exceptional Children. Mark continues to serve as the Treasurer for the Division for International Special Education and Services.

March 2013-Mark Francis and Mark Zager worked on a complete security analysis for a charter school. They have also submitted two proposals for districts in the Metro Detroit area.

February 2013-Mark Francis, Larry Simpson and Mark Zager worked with an urban district in the Detroit area on Special Education reform and transportation issues.

January 2013-FYI-CSI had their proposal with the ABC Center of Riyadh Saudia Arabia approved for work in the fall.

In response to the tragedy in Sandy Hook Elementary, our Director of Security has submitted proposals for a complete security analysis for schools in the Metro Detroit area. If your school or district is interested please Check out our Expertise in this area.

Mark Francis-providing Special Education support for an academy in the Metro Detroit area-January 2013

Larry Simpson-providing support for local parent groups in the Metro Detroit area-October 2012-January 2013




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The 15th Annual Michigan Charter School Conference
November 5 & 6, 2012 · Cobo Hall, Detroit, MI

Mark Francis will be attending the MAPSA Conference and will be at booth 41.





United Nations Conference
U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
New York, September 12-14, 2012






SLIGO
DISES International Round Table
Sligo, Ireland
July 8 - 13, 2012


Mark Francis will be attending the DISES International Round Table July 8 - 13, 2012 in Sligo, Ireland and leading a discussion group on "Effective Economical Educational Practices for Developing Countries-What can we learn from the United States?". See you there!





CEC Convention


Mark Francis will be attending the National CEC Convention in Denver CO from April 10-15th. He will be presenting on April 14th on "Cost Savings Models in Special Education, Improving Program Performance & Outcomes" in Room 301. Mark will also be serving as Treasurer for the Division of International Special Education and Services as well as Midwest Rep for the Division for Autism & Developmental Disabilities". Come and meet Mark.




March & April 2012-Mark Francis is working as a Special Consultant with a major academy in Detroit helping working on bringing them back into compliance after being targeted by the State of Michigan for special education compliance violations.




National Learning Disability Association of America LDA 49th Annual International Conference
February, 2012, Chicago, IL

"Game Changers in Education"

Mark Francis, Ed.S. and Dr. Delia Lang was part of a team presenting on Feb. 23, 2012 on "Game Changers in Education". Mark also be presented "Effective Policies and Practices in Special Education" in Denver Co. in April at the National Council for Exceptional Children National Conference. Mark was active in his roles as Midwest Membership Representative for the Division for Autism and Developmental Disabilities and Treasurer for the Division of International Special Education and Services.




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Mark Francis and Larrry Simpson worked with the Allegan Area Education Service Agency on a system analysis of their special education programs.




13th International Conference on Autism Miami Florida 13th International Conference on Autism,
Intellectual Disabilities &
Developmental Disabilities

Research to Practice

January 18 – 20, 2012
Miami, Florida

September 2011- Mark Francis, Ed.S. attended the 13th International Conference on Autism January 18 – 20, 2012 in Miami, Florida.




DPI  World Assembly


September 2011- Mark Francis, Ed.S. attended the DPI World Assembly October 10-13, 2011 in Durban, South Africa. Mark is looking forward to new opportunities in networking in Africa under the auspices of Disabled Peoples International.




MAASE
Summer Institute 2011: Leadership for Change


August 2001-Mark Francis, Ed.S. and Dr. Dom Vita, Ph.D. presented "Cost Saving Models that Improve Outcomes in Special Education" at the Michigan Association of Administrators of Special Education's Summer Institute 2011.




Mark Francis and Larry Simpson worked with the Allegan Area Education Service Agency on a system analysis of their special education programs.


May 2011-Mark Francis worked with the Pendergast Elementary School District in Glendale Arizona on developing Entrance and Exit Criteria for their Categorical Programs.




February 2011-Mark Francis, serving as team leader worked with Larry Simpson, Dr. Frances Paris, Jim Paris and Mark Zager provide a complete analysis on Special Education programs, services and cost for the Grand Rapids Public Schools.




November 2010-Mark Francis organized a Michigan team that included Larry Simpson, Mark Zager, Dr. Frances Paris, Jim Paris, Jeff Crockett, Holly Buss ,Dr. Delia Laing and Mike Kelly to work with the New York Public Schools as they work to implement a new electronic IEP system. The support included supporting the Trainers who will be responsible in training over 2000 special education staff on a new method to collect the data needed to improve the data submitted to the state of New York and the Federal Government.




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Mark Francis, CEO of FYI-CSI attended the National CEC Conference April 25-28, 2011. He currently serves as the treasurer for the Division of International Special Education and Services (DISES) and a Membership Chair for the Midwest for the Division of Autism & Developmental Disabilities (DADD).

CEC 2011
Mark Francis, Midwest Membership Chair-DADD
Dr. Richard Gargiulo, (University Alabama Birmingham) President-Elect DADD
Toni Merfeld, (Iowa Dept. of Ed.) Secretary DADD
CEC 2011
Bruce Rameriz, Executive Director National CEC
Mark Francis, CEO FYI-CSI
   
CES 2011
Mark Francis giving the Treasurer's report to the DISES's General Membership Meeting.
CEC 2011
Students from the University of Monterrey Mexico entertaining guest at the DISES Hospitality.



February 2011-Mark Francis, Larry Simpson, Dr. Frances Paris, Jim Paris and Mark Zager provide a complete analysis on Special Education programs, services and cost for the Grand Rapids Public Schools.




February and March 2011-Dr. Frances Paris, Jim Paris, Larry Simpson and Mike Kelly continue their work training the trainers for the New York Public Schools and their new electronic IEP system.




January 2011-Mark Francis is appointed Treasuer for National Council for Exceptional Children's Division of International Special Education and Services (DISES).




December 2010-Janis Gaubatz was awarded the 2010-11 Morrie Batten Award for her career work as an Intermediate School District Special Education Administrator. Janis has worked with the Michigan Association for Administrators of Special Education (MAASE) in a variety of capacities that included chairing committees over the last 15 years.




December 2010-Janis Gaubatz became President of MAASE when the former President accepted a position as the Assistant Director of Special Education for the State of Michigan.




November 2010-Mark Francis organized a Michigan team that included Larry Simpson, Dr. Delia Laing and Mike Kelly to work with the New York Public Schools as they work to implement a new electronic IEP system. The support included supporting the Trainers who will be responsible in training over 2000 special education staff on a new method to collect the data needed to improve the data submitted to the state of New York and the Federal Government.




World Wide Consulting in Special Education Services News October 2010-Mark Francis attend the National Conference for CASE (Council for Administrators of Special Education) in Hilton Head South Carolina. Mark was on the team that presented to the audience regarding the efficient and effective use of Para-professionals. The discussion surrounded the escalating cost and methods to help districts gain control of the cost while still providing students with the support they need.




June 2010-Janis Gaubatz was elected as President-Elect for Michigan Association of Administrators for Special Education (MAASE).




April 2010-Dr. Frances Paris received the Golden Dove Award from Oakland County ARC for her career work in serving students with disabilities.



April 2010-Janis Gaubatz was elected Vice-President for Michigan Council for Exceptional Children.  This is Mrs. Gaubatz second term serving on the MiCEC Executive Board.




2010-Dr Laing was elected to the Professional Advisory Board for the Learning Disability Association of America (LDA).




December 2009-Mark Francis was elected to the National Executive Board for CEC Division for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (DADD) as Midwest Representative.




April 2009-Mark Francis was recognized by Michigan Council for Exceptional Children (MiCEC) for his fund raising efforts.  Mr. Francis raised approximately $25,000.00 for MiCEC’s Honors and Awards Program.  This program recognized students, parents and staff in the area of Special Education.

He also raised $30,000.00 for the CEC Foundation.  The CEC Foundation offered scholarships to state universities and trade schools for students that had an active Individualized Education Plan (IEP).




April 2008-Mark Francis testifies before the Michigan Senate Joint Committee on Administrative Rules.




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Francis Young Consulting
FYI-CSI
Francis Young International
Consultants in School Improvement
P.O. Box 982
Highland MI 48356-9998
248.802.7833
mail@fyi-csi.com