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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

Sept 2017 Chair Message

Welcome ASQ Family!!!! 

As with any great season there is a much-anticipated trigger that we so look forward to…whether it be a kick-off or first pitch for our favorite sports team; launching a new product line or marketing campaign; cutting of the ribbon during the grand opening of a new medical facility or even the opening meeting for those exciting compliance audits (well, for some of us anyway!).  Ours will be the kick-off for a new season of member meetings – ASQ Presents!

On behalf of Grand Rapids Section 1001 we thank you for your support and patronage and look forward to seeing you during the season featuring an amazing line up of member meetings!  Know that our section is driven for excellence and are proud to provide Knowledge – Networking – Opportunities experiences during your participation in attending our member meetings.  Know that we are also launching the fall session of certification preparation courses; so, if you are interested in getting ready to take a certification exam take advantage of these valuable sessions. 

We look forward to seeing you 5:30 PM on Thursday, September 14th at the Bluff Conference Center located at 2035 28th Street in Grand Rapids as we kick off our season of ASQ Presents!  We will be hosting speaker Jd Marhevko from Accuride Corporation. Her presentation topic is “Hoshin Kanri: Linking Quality & Lean Systems with Strategic Plans.” She is also presenting during the 2017 Inspection Division Conference in Grand Rapids, MI (9/14 -9/15/2017).  

Please do not hesitate to reach out to our section leadership committee should you have any questions or concerns.  Thank you and we hope to see you on September 14th. 


Juan D. Loera, Sr.

Treasurer, Grand Rapids Section 1001 (for the Chair)


Jd Marhevko, VP of Quality, Lean & EHS for Accuride.

Four Accuride sites have won the prestigious Manufacturing Excellence Award. She has been involved in Operations & Lean/Six Sigma for 30 years in various industries. Jd is an ASQ Fellow, Shainin Medalist, CMQ/OE, CSSBB and CQE. She was honored as one of the top 100 Women in Manufacturing by Washington DC. She is an MBB and Senior Baldrige Assessor. Jd is a Past-Chair of ASQ's 25K member QMD & is a Howard Jones Awardee. She supports several ASQ divisions. She has a BSE from Oakland University in MI & an MSA from Central Michigan University.

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.)