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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

May ASQ Presents – member meeting May 14th 2015 - at The Bluff

We hope you were able to attend our April “medical focus” meeting. Lora Keena from Oliver-Tolas gave a wonderful presentation on medical packaging. Included were specific case studies followed by an excellent Q&A session. The tutorial presentation by Gail Lily and Lisa Rosochacki from Michigan Blood also received very high survey reviews. We are fortunate to have all the talent we do right here in West Michigan.

For May our topic turns to “Risk Based Decision Making”. Jim Rooney, a past Chairman of the ASQ Board of Directors will be our speaker. Jim has 30 years of experience in lean six sigma, reliability engineering, risk assessment, process safety management, and total quality management. He has broad experience in applying techniques such as fault tree analysis, failure modes and effects analysis, root cause analysis, and hazard and operability analysis.

Jim is currently Director, Department of Energy Programs, and Director, Quality Management/Lean Six Sigma Services, at ABS Consulting (formerly JBF Associates). Since helping to start JBF Associates in 1977, Mr Rooney has performed numerous risk and reliability analyses on nuclear, chemical, and petroleum systems. Mr Rooney is an ASQ Fellow, and a member of the review board of ASQ’s Quality Progress magazine. He has published numerous papers on risk assessment and reliability engineering methods and was a guest editor of the IEEE Transactions on Reliability special issue on chemical process safety.

Our tutorial topic will be “How to pass an ASQ Certification Exam”.  Jim Rooney will also lead this tutorial. Why you ask?  In addition to everything else, Jim has 9 ASQ certifications.

We are in the process of finalizing details for our workshop on upcoming changes to the ISO 9001 standard. It now looks as if our workshop will be in June.  Don Brecken, our own ASQ Fellow, will lead this presentation. We are planning to use a new registration service for this event to see if we can improve service. Watch your email and check the ASQ web page for more information.

Thanks for your interest in ASQ (the global voice of quality). I hope to see you May 14th at the Bluff.


Jim Anderson

ASQ Section 1001 Chair

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.)