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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 - May 2018

“Growth & innovation…only comes from better or new recipes, not from cooking more of the same recipes"

Luke Williams

As I sit here and reflect on all of the mind tantalizing content that we are being exposed to at ASQ World Conference in Seattle, WA; I am pleased to witness the energy expressed by SLC members in attendance to bring ideas back to our great Section. The theme for this year’s event is ‘The Innovation of YOU’; coincidentally, much of what our SLC has brought into recent focus has been work towards enhancing the experience and value for our members of Grand Rapids Section 1001. We had a strong presence at World Conference with a total of 8 Section 1001 SLC members in attendance. We have definitely been provided encouragement to seek out ‘new recipes’ for providing member value. 

A brief recap of April event; those in attendance were provided an excellent overview of the recertification process delivered by our Certification Chair – Larry Barnsdale.  Our Region 10 Director Don Brecken & Audit Chair Alison Solomon shared some of their expertise in auditing via the main topic presentation during which they shared a wealth of knowledge for tips on how to successfully execute internal audits; along with some interesting examples taken from their own experiences. A huge thank you goes out to our presenters Larry, Don & Alison and to our volunteers.  

As we are coming to the end of this program year our SLC team wants to remind each of you that we are wanting to hear feedback from you on your experience as a member of Grand Rapids Section 1001. Please be on the lookout for specific request to provide feedback in the next few months.  Note that the SLC team will be working through the summer to bring you an excellent line of topics and presenters for the upcoming program year.  Our desire is that the enhancements we are planning to bring will bring value and excitement to our members as you all deserve the best that ASQ has to offer. 

Again, we ask that you verify your contact information on the ASQ website is accurate as we will be providing multiple informational updates over the next few months and want to ensure that you are receiving. Note that the September event will be slated as our Member Appreciation event and encourage you to look for more information regarding the specifics.

We are preparing for an excellent experience during the upcoming ASQ Presents scheduled for May 10, 2018. I encourage you to sign up as early as possible to ensure that we have enough samples for all that will be in attendance….of what you ask? We will be exploring Wine Quality via presentation led by A. Brian Cain, the Michigan Vintner. A graduate of the University of Michigan; Brian will be bringing a wealth of knowledge as he teaches about wine quality. This will be a guided taste tour that promises to be an interesting impartation of knowledge. I encourage you to bring you significant other to participate as this would be an excellent means to introduce the world of Quality through an understanding of a product that has been crafted and brought to excellence over the course of centuries.

Grand Rapids Section 1001 Section Leadership Committee looks forward to seeing you at the May 10th 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.)