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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 - April 2018

“I am forever learning and changing.”

W. Edwards Deming

Countdown to the ‘First day of Spring’…with the new season comes opportunity for new learning. As so wisely stated by W. Edwards Deming; we are forever learning and changing and we trust that you have been witnessing improvements and enhancements to our ASQ Presents events. Know that your feedback and input are being utilized to make our section activities informative and useful.

A brief recap of March event; those in attendance were provided information describing transformation that is under way across all ASQ from our Region 10 Director, Don Brecken. Note that our section members will receive an email to that will include more detail about the changes.  As mentioned during the event we are asking all members to verify contact information as listed via ASQ membership is accurate (www.asq.org) to ensure you receive this and future communications.  On behalf of Sectoin 1001, another big ‘Thank you’ goes out to our March presenters, Paul Prunty & Clarke H. Gilbert Jr.

Looking ahead to our April ASQ Presents, expect an informative and entertaining evening of learning. Our Certification Chair, Larry Barnsdale will be providing instruction on maintaining ASQ certification with tips and records submission instruction during our tutorial.  Plan on some awesome networking opportunities as we lead up to the evening’s main topic:  

"A successful internal audit program is essential to the success of any organization’s management system. Internal audit is one way which an organization improves. It does, then, make sense that an internal audit program requires auditors who have acquired a particular set of skills and have the experience to effectively deliver them. How does the auditor acquire these skills and experience?

The answer to this question will reveal itself when Alison and Don share the “Do’s, Don’ts, and Oops I Did” from their respective audit experiences."

Donald L. Brecken

Don is a Fellow of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), ASQ Director for Region 10,Examination Chair for the Education Division for ASQ, past Chair of ASQ Section 1001(Grand Rapids) and served on the Board ofExaminers for the Malcolm BaldrigeNational Quality Award in '04, '05, and '07.He is an ASQ Certified Manager of Qualityand Organization Excellence (CMQ/OE), Exemplar Global Certified Business ImprovementAuditor (QMS-BI), and Exemplar Global Certified Skill Examiner (QMS-SE).

Don Brecken is Director of Quality and Safety for Commercial Tool Group, Comstock Park, MI. Don is also a third-party auditor for Intertek and a consulting businessimprovement auditor. Don's background includes quality leadership, continualimprovement, operations learning and development, managementconsulting,qualityauditing, managementsystem implementation, safety program management, andbusiness improvement auditing.

Don earned his MBA in Strategic Management from Davenport University’s SnedenGraduate School. He also has threeundergraduate degrees in business with aTechnical Specialty in Quality Leadership. Don is working on his PhD in OrganizationalAnalysis at Western Michigan University.

Alison Solomon

Alison (CQE/CQA) is a Quality Engineer and Internal Auditor for GE Aviation Systems, Grand Rapids. Having started in the field of quality while acting as a Six Sigma intern for Caterpillar, Inc. Her passion for quality has continued to grow throughout her career first as a Nuclear Engineer and then as a Quality Engineer/Lead Auditor for the Federal Government at Norfolk Naval Shipyard.   Her approach to quality is that “Quality is everyone’s business. If you’re not doing it right, why are you doing it at all?”

Alison earned her B.S. M.E. from Michigan State University where she also was on the Baja SAE racing team and also rowed for the Crew Team. She currently presides as Secretary for the ASQ Electronics and Communication division and is the current Audit Chair for Section 1001.

Grand Rapids Section 1001 Section Leadership Committee looks forward to seeing you at the April 12 ASQ Presents!



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.)