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About Us : Grand Rapids Section 1001

Knowledge – Networking - Opportunities

ASQ1001 in Grand Rapids, Michigan was founded in 1953. It is affiliated with the American Society for Quality (ASQ), an international organization that is helping to create better workplaces and communities, worldwide.

Our local section provides opportunities to increase Knowledge through education and training, workshops and certification. Networking takes place among more than 400 active members through monthly meetings, LinkedIn, and other professional activities. Members benefit from finding employment postings, volunteering for the section and community events, publishing appropriate professional papers and seeking advancement to Senior and Fellow status in ASQ.

ASQ1001 has proudly lead West Michigan companies into the 21st Century and continues to be the “global voice of quality” in West Michigan and beyond.

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Section News Flash

Update - 3/4/16:  

A copy of the March 2016 presentation on Understanding Color, presented by Bob Santine from X-Rite, Inc. has been uploaded to the Paper Archives.  You can browse the archive to find it or other presentations, papers and section documents, or you can access it directly through this link.

Many thanks to Bob for making his presentation available to us!

As always, please contact any member of the Section Leadership Committee if you have questions, concerns, suggestions, or feedback about past and future presentations.

Thank you,


Andrea Ward

Chair, Grand Rapids Section



March 2016 Chair Message

Dear members and friends of Section 1001-

What is Excellence?

At this month’s ASQ Presents! event, we will explore that question with the help of Grand Rapids Area Professionals for Excellence (GRAPE), a local non-profit professional organization that was founded in 2009 to offer daytime networking opportunities and presentations by local thought leaders.

GRAPE’s mission is promote the pursuit of excellence among Grand Rapids area professionals by facilitating lifelong learning and recognizing individuals who exemplify excellence.  Each month, GRAPE hosts local thought leaders at lunchtime networking events.  GRAPE also recognizes accomplished local professionals with its peer-nominated Leadership, Excellence, And Development (LEAD) Award.  Several of our distinguished Grand Rapids Section members serve on the GRAPE Excellence Review Committee.  You can learn more about GRAPE events and activities, LEAD Awards, and more at their website - www.grapegr.org

I hope to see you at The Bluff on March 10th.

Thank you,


Andrea Ward

Chair, Grand Rapids Section



March ASQ Presents! Event

The following LEAD Award winners have graciously agreed to participate in the “What is Excellence?” panel discussion, hosted by our own Don Brecken:

Raul Alvarez, Chief Communicator, Synergist at GTSD Group
Paul Doyle, CEO, Inclusion Performance Strategies
Ted Kallman, Independent Project Management Specialist
Dr. Roberta Teahen, Associate Provost, Ferris State University
Kirstyn Wildey, Associate, Insite Capital

Please join us at The Bluff on March 10th at 5:45pm.  Visit the Section website at asq1001.org for additional details and to register for the event.

If we have to cancel due to inclement weather, we will post the updated information on the Section website.  We will also email those who have registered for the meeting as soon as we determine that we must cancel.



Member Meetings

ASQ Presents!

  • Special speakers, tutorials, networking, dinner buffet
  • Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month September through May (except December)
  • Venue: The Bluff Banquet and Conference Center, located at 2035 28th Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49508
  • Register online at asq1001.org “Events” page

AGENDA (except December)

  • 5:15 - Doors Open / Registration
  • 5:30 - Networking
  • 5:45 - Tutorial
  • 6:00 - Buffet Begins
  • 7:15 - Speaker Main Topic Presentation
  • 8:15 - Closing remarks, Adjourn (approx.)