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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



Message from the Chair – December 2018

There's a great joy in my giving. It's thrilling. It's exhilarating. It's important to be a part of sharing. It is my love. It is my joy.”

– W. Clement Stone  

Wow, where has 2018 gone?! As we near the end of this year; we are reminded of all things that we should be thankful for. I trust that Thanksgiving was full of blessings and opportunities to enjoy your family and friends. Now as we begin working our way to Christmas, I am very thankful for opportunities to celebrate more moments of family, friends and moments of thankfulness. I am honored to facilitate a great team of leaders and it is a pleasure to gather with the members of Grand Rapids Section 1001; you are all amazing contributors to the quality profession and am very appreciative of your support every month that we get together.

Our November event was filled with awesome learning and excellent networking (if you were not there, you missed out!). Thanks goes out to Larry Richert of the SFM group who spoke to us about combining quality and continuous improvement to build a house of operational excellence…very motivating presentation.

As mentioned during our November event, we will be hosting a holiday version of ASQ Presents on December 13 (same time & place) with a fun topic to kick off your holiday season. This event will host celebrity of “Cupcake Wars” (from the Food Network series) – Jason Kakeabaker who will be gracing us with knowledge regarding “CUPCAKE QUALITY”. We are pleased to have local owner of the Cakabakery and look forward to some tasty discussion as Jason speaks to us about excellence in brining Grand Rapids’ best. We encourage you to bring your significant other for this special event as the topic will be ‘sweet’.

During our December ASQ Presents, we will be collecting donations of coats, hats, & gloves as part of our section’s pursuit to give back to our community. These donations will be delivered to Buist Community Assistance Center in Byron Center, MI. Please help us support this endeavor as our gift of love and warmth for those less fortunate than us this holiday season.

We look forward to seeing you 5:30 PM on Thursday, December 13th at the Bluff Conference Center located at 2035 28th Street in Grand Rapids as we celebrate the holiday together. From the Section Leadership Committee and I; we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a holiday full of great blessings and cheer.

If you are interested in getting involved with the Section Leadership committee; please make sure to reach out – speak directly to any member of the Section Leadership Committee for more details as to how and know that we typically meet the Thursday after our ASQ Presents event.


Juan D. Loera, Sr. – Chair

ASQ - Grand Rapids Section 1001 

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.)