Monthly Archives: March 2015

General Meeting, Wednesday April 8th 🗓 🗺

Diplomat West Banquet Hall
681 West North Avenue
Elmhurst, Illinois 60126

Doors Open at 5:30 PM

Pre-Dinner – 6:00 PM:
Scholarship Presentations

Dinner at 7:00 PM

Post Dinner Meeting – 8:00 PM:
Rich Derks, Managing Partner – Innovation 360, MBA, Speaker, Author
“Fueling Innovation Through Gemba Walks”
Mr. Derks, a business innovation teacher, speaker and author will discuss the importance of Gemba Walks to Innovation.

Registration is Now Closed

Dinner Menu
$30 for Members / $35 for Non-Members


  • Beef Kabob
  • Chicken Kabob
  • Tilapia
  • Vegetarian

Potato: Parisienne Potato
Salad: Chef’s Tossed Green
Dessert: Chocolate Sundae
Coffee, Tea

Rich Derks, Managing Partner – Innovation 360, MBA, Speaker, Author

24f9db4Rich is Managing Partner of Innovation360, headquartered in the Chicago area. Innovation360 provides innovation training and full-service new product development for organizations. Over his 25-year career, Derks has developed and launched hundreds of new products for the consumer, medical, and industrial markets. Before starting Innovation360, Derks was president of Medline’s Durable Medical Equipment Division, where he had global responsibility for all new product development, manufacturing, and marketing for a wide variety of medical equipment. Derks holds a MBA-Marketing and a BS-Industrial & Systems Engineering, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also CPIM certified through APICS. Derks holds multiple patents, and is a frequent speaker at national conferences, Stanford University, MIT, Northwestern, and the University of Wisconsin. He is also an instructor with the Illinois Institute of Technology where he team teaches a class on business innovation. Rich has published numerous articles on creativity and innovation, and is a past columnist for Product and Process Innovation.
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March General Meeting 🗓 🗺

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Manzo’s Banquets
1571 South Elmhurst Road
Des Plaines, IL 60018

Doors Open at 5:30 PM
Dinner at 7:00 PM* (Corrections)

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* During the 3/11/15 General Meeting, the ASQ Chicago Training Institute (TI) will be raffling a ticket for a TI training course; a lucky attendee will have the opportunity to attend any TI course, courtesy of ASQ Chicago.

Arvind Srivastava
Recognition and Awards

Post Dinner Meeting:
Arvind Srivastava
“Getting the Most Out of Six Sigma”
The purpose of any improvement project is to make a significant impact, which is sustained by the normal operational team. The goal is to make such impacts more frequently. In most cases, the Six Sigma projects follow the DMAIC methodology. In this session, the attention would be given to the big picture of being successful with Six Sigma to make a big impact quickly. Key topics covered would include the intent, relative importance of each phase, key team members and focus on tying everything together to sustain the gains.

Family Style Dinner Menu
$30 for Members / $35 for Non-Members

Soup: Vegetarian Minestrone
Tossed Dinner Salad with choice of dressings
London broil of Beef
Oven Roasted Chicken
Egg Plant Parmesan & Cheese Ravioli
Vegetables Medley
Roasted Baby Red Potatoes
Desert: Spumoni
Beverages: Coffee, Tea

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84D774F3-A583-46F5-ADAD-ECE08E030262Arvind Srivastava is Corporate MBB/IE at Accuride Corporation, the manufacturer of Steel and Aluminum wheels and the wheel end products. Prior to joining Accuride, Arvind was Vice President at Accelper Consulting. He has over 20 years of experi¬ence in supply chain and business process improvement. He is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt.
His key skill set includes customer relationship management, teamwork, leadership, communication, process thinking, statistical thinking, bottom-line focus and result orientation. Prior to joining Accelper Consulting, Arvind worked for various multinational companies such as ICI and Siemens.
Arvind contributed significantly in development of the Six Sigma Green Belt, Six Sigma Black Belt, and Business Innovator Certification programs. He teaches Six Sigma Green Belt and Business Innovation class at IIT. He has also conducted workshops, including Business Innovation at IIT, Six Sigma Green Belt, Business Management System Awareness, Internal Auditing and Root Cause Analysis, for many years.
Arvind is a co-Author of Stat Free Six Sigma Book, a contributing author to The Six Sigma Performance Handbook and Six Sigma for Transactions and Service, both published by McGraw Hill. He has published several papers and has given presentations at many professional conferences.
Arvind is the past chair of ASQ Chicago Section and holds BSME from IIT Roorkee, MSIE from NITIE Mumbai and MBA from Benedictine University, Illinois. Arvind can also be reached at