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From your Program Chair – James Persaud

My Fellow members,

On behalf of ASQ Chicago section I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and an enjoyable Holiday season.

As the program year is ending we want to also thank all of you for your support during 2017. Your attendance at meeting is what makes the difference of the Chicago section.
We are planning a most interesting program for 2018. We are planning two plant tours.

We will also plan on presenting topics such as –

Lean Six Sigma a Blended Methodology for Healthcare and Service

Change Intelligence – that is, helping build the capacity of people, teams, and organizations to lead change that sticks

Risk in medical laboratories in the context of CLIA (law and reg.) and ISO 15189

Calibrating Humans. A form of GRR for Attribute processes; among many others.

One of the plant tour is planned for G&W Electric Company. They offer many processes that will likely be of interest to most of our members. Combining cutting-edge design and manufacturing technology, G&W specializes in custom solutions to meet specific customer requirements.

We look forward to seeing you again in the new year. Remember, you are the organization, you make us what we are. We can only do it with your help. Help us help you.

Enjoy the season. See you in the New Year.

Remember –
 Schedule time for the meetings
 Register early
 Attend the meetings
 Bring your boss, a coworker, a friend a colleague to the meetings
 Network at the meeting.
 Share your ideas and thoughts; your feedback is critical to us improving what we do.
 Volunteer to help on the Leadership committee (board)

You may also send your ideas, suggestions, comments or wanting to help, to me

Looking forward to meeting you at our meetings.

James Persaud
Vice Chair Program

Join ASQ Chicago at Medieval Times – November 8th 🗓 🗺

ASQ Chicago Section Event
November 8th, 2017 at
Medieval Times

The Chicago section of ASQ invites members, family, friends and neighboring sections, to their Medieval Times “Dinner and Tournament”.

  • Epic Battles of Steel and Steed
  • Witness a Battle of Steed
  • Witness a Battle of Champions
  • Your Knight Awaits You!

Beyond The Strength…

ASQ Members will be issued 0.6 RUs for this Event!

Video from our last event at Medieval Times

See the view from the Red & Yellow (ASQ Chicago) Section as the valiant knights joust in the tournament.

Posted by ASQ Chicago Section 1201 on Friday, November 15, 2013


Showtime: Wednesday, November 8th @ 7:30 PM
Arrive Early for Check-In and Seating!


Medieval Times
2001 N Roselle Road
Schaumburg IL. 60195
Phone: 847-882-1496


Medieval Times’ noble guests feast on garlic bread, tomato bisque soup, roasted chicken, sweet buttered corn, herb-basted potatoes, the pastry of the Castle, coffee and two rounds of select beverages.

Vegetarian meals available upon request… Includes hummus, warm pita bread, carrot and celery sticks, three-bean stew with fire roasted tomato and brown rice, fresh fruit or Italian ice, coffee and two rounds of select beverages.

Special Discounted Price:

  • $40 after October 30th
  • All attendees must register online!
  • Registration closes Monday November 6th!

Questions: 224-221-7354

James Persaud
Vice Chair Program

Registration is Closed

2017 Scholarship Program

The ASQ Chicago Section 1201 awards a $2500 scholarship each year to a high school student graduating in 2018 to help the student pursue a higher education. Scholarship application must be postmarked by December 1, 2017. The scholarship winner will be announced by March 1, 2018, with the award being made at a spring section meeting.

Eligibility and Qualifications

The scholarship is open to any college bound high school senior in the Chicago Metropolitan area. The applicant must be planning and eligible to continue his or her education at an accredited university, college, vocational school or junior college offering an associate or bachelor’s degree. Interested candidates must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4-point scale or 3.75 on a 5-point scale, complete the scholarship application and submit two letters of recommendation. One letter of recommendation must be from a member of ASQ Chicago Section.

Any member of ASQ Chicago Section can sponsor an applicant for the Scholarship. Your candidate does not have to be a family member – he or she can be a neighbor or co-worker’s son or daughter, or someone you know from church. The High School Scholarship Award was established to honor Maurice Maurer, a devoted member of the Chicago Section.

Criteria for Selection

Applicants will be evaluated by a panel of judges on an essay on describing a personal experience or an idea you have that demonstrates how your think quality would be free.

Application Instructions

It is the responsibility of the applicant to complete all steps of the application procedure. No application will be considered complete until all information requested is provided.

Download the Application Form Here…
Marytherese Walk
Scholarship Chair

October 2017 General Meeting 🗓 🗺

Date: Wednesday 11th October
Time: Registration open at 5.30pm
Start: 6.00pm – networking
In the Holiday Inn Express
6600 Mannheim Rd
Rosemont, Illinois 60018
Phone: 708-456-1575

Topics: – “Measurement System Analysis IV (MSA IV).”
– Paynter Charts: A Form of Predictive Warranty Analysis
– “Testimonials on how Toastmasters can help your career.”
Toastmasters – learn what it’s about. Are you a competent leader? A critical thinker? Do you have the listening skills of a good leader? We will get an insight of these and what Toastmasters can offer.
MSA, Measurement System Analysis IV (MSA IV – familiar topic, right? Check this one out, see what you can learn. What do you make of this?

Speaker: Robert Fruit
Robert is a Six Sigma Black Belt – he will explain the chart.
Certified Quality Engineer
Graduate of Illinois Institute of Technology in Mathematics
Worked as an actuary for a number of years before joining Mitutoyo in 1991

At Mitutoyo, I have 26 years of helping develop quality systems both within and outside of the company. Mitutoyo has had me travel to most of the states in the US and to over seas locations in the UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Mexico, Japan, and China to assist in developing quality system there. I have been the ASQ Chicago Six Sigma Black Belt teacher and have lead a number of Six Sigma Black Belt Lab sessions over the years.

My talk on Measurement System Analysis IV will discuss 8 different Gage R&R types of studies. My goal is to give you insight into these different studies and what you learn from them so you can make better choices when you need to perform a Gage R&R study.

2ND Presentation

Topics: Predictive Warranty & Reduction Using Paynter Charts

Come hear about Paynter Charts, the Power of the Paynter via risk mitigation, “TOM”, predictive warranty analysis and more. Our presenter –

Jd Marhevko is currently the VP of Quality, Lean and EHS for Accuride Corporation. Three (3) Accuride sites have won the prestigious Manufacturing Excellence Award (in 2014-2015). She has been involved in Operations and Lean/Six Sigma efforts for almost 30 years across a variety of industries. Jd is an ASQ Fellow. In 2016, Jd was awarded both the Shainin Medal and honored as one of the top 100 Women in Manufacturing by Washington DC’s Manufacturing Institute. With ASQ she also holds the CMQ/OE, CQE, CSSBB and is a ASQ Certified Trainer for a variety of Quality Tools. She is an MBB and has held various Baldrige Assessor roles. Jd is a Past-Chair of the ASQ Quality Management Division (QMD), a 24,000 member organization and supports several ASQ divisions in a variety of capacities. Jd is a Howard Jones awardee, the QMD’s highest honor. She holds a BSE from Oakland University in MI and an MSA from Central Michigan University.

Bring someone along.
Meet, greet, eat and network.

James Persaud
Vice Chair Program

Dinner cost – $30 with pre-registration
$35 without pre-registration

Menu – plated dinner
Chicken Breast Marsala Package
Minestrone French Style
Chicken Breast Marsala Individual
French String Beans Individual Rosemary Potato Wedges Individual
Chocolate Sundae Individual.
Coffee & International Teas

Pre-Registration is Closed
You can still register at the door.

Director of Quality




Located in the Midwest, The company is a manufacturer and middle-market machining company with an impressive global customer base and a reputation in the industry for delivering complex products and outstanding quality. With a strategic focus on growth, the company has brought in a new top Management team to take them into the future and support change management to realize its performance potential.


The Quality Director is responsible for deployment of quality-related initiatives, processes, and practices. The position is also responsible for leading the development and execution of process control and quality management systems, as well as providing leadership to project teams through all aspects of the continuous improvement process to improve quality, reduce costs and increase customer satisfaction.
This position will energize the organization around quality and elevate the organization’s reputation as a best in class provider of goods through positively impacting profitability, operational efficiency, customer satisfaction, and on time delivery performance. The role will have the autonomy to design and structure the quality organization to meet the company goals and objectives.
This role will provide support for root cause and corrective/preventive actions tied to Supplier Corrective Action Requests. Support Supplier requests tied to program requirements, interface with customer needs and program management activities. Responsible for ensuring vendor adherence to the part engineering drawings, specifications, purchase order and quality flow down requirements with approved suppliers for continuous improvement


• Serve as a member of the Management Team, providing guidance and strategic direction to the company.
• Cooperate with other management personnel in formulating and establishing company policies, operating procedures and goals.
• Provide overall direction, leadership and management of the Quality Management System.
• Management of quality assurance applications such as Internal Audit, Corrective Action Calibration and Supplier Control Systems.
• Drive effective root cause corrective action (RCCA) and problem solving culture.
• Management of quality engineering department and inspection personnel activities to ensure consistency and compliance to the internal and external requirements.
• Reinforce and champion the idea and culture of continuous improvement and motivate ideas for pipeline improvement project.
• Ensure sufficient resources are available to enable the facility can achieve goals and objectives are met from a quality perspective.
• May occasionally perform special projects;


• Critical thinking such as calculating, analyzing, assessing, integrating and checking. Ability to identify trends and opportunities and providing accurate and quality information.

• Creative and analytically skills to design solutions using expertise in quality, knowledge of industry trends, ability to define problems, collect data, and present recommended solutions.

• Effective project management with consideration for long and short term implications while using technology in the planning, presentation, execution, and evaluation of initiatives. Ability to support change through proven change management programs and approaches.

• Communications expertise in writing, informing, discussing and responding.

• Performance Management to support and develop employees to channel their talents toward organizational goals.

• Engaging the ability to create employee passion for quality and to design and implement systems that integrate quality into the cultural fabric, mindset and production of the organization.

• Five plus years recent experience in machining related industry quality and manufacturing environment
• 10 plus years of experience in a leadership role preferred
• Five plus years of recent experience in Quality Director role managing supervisors, leads, and other direct reports
• Experience building a quality infrastructure that yields results
• Six Sigma and or/LEAN certification (Blackbelt preferred).


• Pro-active and results oriented
• Demonstrated leadership skills and change management experience
• Highly professional
• Takes ownership with a solutions focus
• Collaborative
• Can challenge status quo/ a change agent
• Able to “roll up your sleeves”
• Innovative
• Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
• Demonstrates a personal sense of urgency and ability to motivate others
• Enjoys a challenge

Bachelor’s Degree required. MBA preferred.


Interested candidates may contact:

Anant Shah
Director of Quality Assurance
Arrow Gear
2301 Curtiss Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515

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