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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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 (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.
Juan D. Loera, Sr. – Chair
ASQ - Grand Rapids Section 1001
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