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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 – November 2018

“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” – Confucius 

Time is quickly escaping us and thankfully we gained an hour this weekend! As we adjust to less daylight in our day; I ask that you take note of how we are wrapping up the year with Grand Rapids Section 1001. During our first event of the season, we collected some information from those in attendance and here are some of the intriguing facts that were shared by the 45 responding participants:

  • Total years collectively working as a Quality professional = 1,055

  • Total number of continuous improvement projects collectively participated in = 348

  • Total number of audits collectively executed in 3 months = 411

  • Total number of corrective actions collectively participated in the month prior = 314

As members you have an opportunity to participate in some very powerful tools and resources….fellow members! Know that the value in being a member of ASQ Grand Rapids Section 1001 is most fully experienced if you attend our ASQ presents events; therefore, I highly recommend that you take advantage of the experience represented in the stats above!

Looking ahead to our November event; SFM Group will be in the house!!! Larry & Alex Richert will be presenting:

“Building a House of Operational Excellence” Synergizing Quality and Continuous Improvement to create a process-disciplined culture."

Please make sure to register on line to take advantage of quick check in and electronic response to the event feedback survey!

If you are interested in giving back to the community; we will be supporting two charitable events this holiday season and will have more information for you during the November 8 ASQ Presents: Wreaths across America (celebrating our veterans) and Hat & Gloves for less fortunate.

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.  

Grand Rapids Section 1001 Section Leadership Committee wants to take a moment again to thank you for being an active member of our great section and look forward to seeing you at the November 8th 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.)