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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




Message from the Chair – March 2019

“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” 

- Stephen Hawking

As we step into a new month…I for one am so looking forward to Spring! This winter has been one of the most brutal in recent history; I pray that it has not hindered any of you from making a difference in the world around you!

For those unable to join us for our February event; we trust that your Valentine’s Day was a memorable one. During our ASQ Presents, we shared most embarrassing Valentine’s Day stories during networking and got a sneak peek the upcoming website facelift…only a few weeks away from going live!  A very special thank you goes out to some of our very own talent; Chad Wittkopp and Tom Waite (both section leadership committee members).  Chad and Tom provided us a very intriguing presentation ‘For the Love of Ethics’ bringing to discussion key factors for maintaining our integrity and allowing ethical decision making to be our avenue for doing so.  If you were not there, you missed out on a great presentation and some very fun door prizes. 

Looking ahead we have an awesome line up of presentations and content for you to take advantage of. I urge you to make plans for the upcoming events:

  • March ASQ Presents (3/14/19) – world renown teacher Dr. John Austin will be sharing a 5-step process of behavior change. His presentation “Behavioral Safety Leadership” will provide a map for success! https://www.eventbrite.com/o/asq-grand-rapids-section-1001-18450604436 

  • April ASQ Presents (4/11/19) – VP of Operations Toni Richardson will be providing expert insight of how Lean can be incorporated into operational leadership. 

  • May ASQ Presents (5/9/19) / Workshop (5/10/19) - Thought leader and nationallyrecognized author, speaker and president of Competitive Solutions, Inc. Shane Yount brings us “Business Bootcamp”. Thursday evening overview and Friday workshop; we will learn how to create process-based business strategies and why they are effective and sustainable. Shane has graced the stages of all major ASQ conferences over the last decade and now we are honored to host him in Grand Rapids. 

Mark your calendars now and plan to join us! 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.    


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.)