Welcome to the ASQ Middle Tennessee
Section 1118 website!

We are excited to provide this website as a valuable resource to not only our members, but also to the community at large. 

We also have a LinkedIn Group (click on the logo above); participation is encouraged, but not a requirement to be a member of Section 1118.

We will be using the website email system to provide The Paradigm newsletter to you each month.  Thank you for continuing to accept email from ASQ in order to help us greatly reduce mailing costs and to be a more environmentally-friendly organization.

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May 11, 2017 Tour - Nashville Airport Communication Center

Please consider signing up for our May 11, 2017 tour of the Nashville Airport Communication Center.  The tentative plan is to meet for dinner somewhere close to the tour site about an hour before the tour and then continue on to the tour itself which is scheduled for an hour.  Contact the Reservations Chair (Reservations@ASQ-MiddleTN.org - or - Tracy.RheaFox@MaplehurstBakeries.com to reserve your spot and specifiy if you're interested in attending the dinner.  See you there!

Next Meeting Summary

We plan to continue to deliver interesting, informative, and useful topics as a service to our membership.  In order to do so, your suggestions for topics and/or speakers would be very helpful.  Please contact the Programs Chair at Programs@ASQ-MiddleTN.org with your valued input.  Keep in mind that your suggestions may not be able to be implemented until the following year since the plan for this year may be completed.

Membership Meetings &Tours 
Membership meetings and tours are regularly scheduled for the months of January through May - and - September through December of the following year.  The membership meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday evening of each month except for May and December when we usually conduct tours of interesting businesses within the section. 

The LOCATION of Membership Meetings is at the Hermitage location of the Golden Corral Restaurant  at 315 Old Lebanon Dirt Rd., Hermitage TN, 37076.  For a map & directions to the Golden Corral Restaurant, click here.

The membership meetings are divided into two portions: the Clinic and the Main Presentation.  Dinner begins at 5:15 pm, the Clinic begins at 6:00 pm, dessert and coffee are at 6:45 pm and the Main presentation begins at 7:00 pm.  The cost of the dinner, paid at the door, at the Golden Corral is about $14 for each member with ASQ Section 1118 paying the gratuity.

New members to Section 1118, students, and professors are invited to attend their first meeting as a compliment of our section.  For a Complimentary ASQ Meeting gift certificate, click here.

Please contact our Reservations Chair (Tracy.RheaFox@MaplehurstBakeries.com) if you plan to attend this meeting.

Next Clinic

Date:  9/14/2017, 6:00 PM

Presenter:  Scott Guess

Topic:  Supplier Qualtiy

If I were a pirate I would be in supplier quality – SCAR!

In the 2-1/2 years that I have been with Flowserve, we have cut the reject rate relative to goods purchased by 35% (from 0.853% to 0.554% of purchased goods). The talk will cover where I started, where we are today and where I want to go in the future with the supplier quality program.


Scott graduated with a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from Tennessee Technological University.

He has an ASQ certificate as a Certified Quality Engineer since 1993. 

He is a Senior ASQ member since 2004 and has been a member of ASQ since 1993.

He has over 28 years of experience in quality / manufacturing with a diverse background experiences that include carpet mfg. (Sears Carpet), aerospace aviation (F16, A12, F22), saline products (Optifree), sheet metal mfg. and industrial quarter turn valves.

Most of his experience outside sheet metal fabrication was geared to process improvements, SPC implementation, and using DOE to investigate and improve mfg. processes and product.

His experience in sheet metal mfg. was running the family business, which included adding customers such as Whirlpool and Carrier, using Lean Mfg techniques which helped stay in business when hard economic times hit and sales was reduced by 80%, the 10 years of service to Carrier delivering over 1200 part numbers had 100% on time and a PPM of 143, and help sold the family business such that his father could retire.

Currently employed at Flowserve Corporation in Cookeville TN as a Buyer Specialist, focusing on supplier quality

Next Main Presentation

Date:  9/14/2017, 7:00 PM

Presenter:  Kimball Bullington - MTSU

Topic:  Tools to Remember - Analyzing the Titanic Disaster Using Quality Tools

The focus of this presentation will be an analysis of the Titanic disaster using multiple cause-and-effect diagrams as well as Failure Modes and Effects Analysis. The sinking of the Titanic on April 14/15, 1912 in the North Atlantic Ocean four days into the ship’s maiden voyage still resonates over 100 years later.


Kimball Bullington has worked in supply chain management and quality management for over 35 years in positions ranging from manufacturing engineer to quality manager to director of strategic supply.   Dr. Bullington established a highly successful supplier performance improvement process that was adopted by multiple divisions within a large corporate environment.

Dr. Bullington is currently a professor of supply chain management at Middle Tennessee State University.  His Ph.D. is from Mississippi State University in industrial engineering with a focus on quality management and implementation issues of large-scale organizational change.  His master’s degree research at Auburn University concentrated on quality management tools, particularly SPC and experimental design.  He has a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Oklahoma.  Bullington consults and trains in supply management and quality management. He loves fishbone diagrams.

Bullington is a registered professional engineer in the state of Alabama.  He is an active member of the American Society for Quality and the Institute for Supply Management.



This Year's Meetings or Tours


2017 Meeting Dates and Topics – 2nd Thursday of the Month


Clinic Presentations

Main Presentations



ISO 9001:2015 (David Licon)

IATF 16949 (Rita Miller)



Capability (David Licon)

Food Safety-where is it headed with the current administration? (Bob Thrash-rwthrash@bellsouth.net)



Problem Solving Techniques (Greg Farrar)

Problem Solving Workshop (Cheryl Waack)



Variable Gage R&R (David Licon)

8D Problem Solving (Suzan Phelps-sphelps@berettausa.com)



Tour – Nashville Airport Communications Center-Consolidated Services Facility (CSF)-815 Hangar Lane, Nashville, TN 37217

When signing up for tour, also reserve dinner reservation with Reservations Chair (Tracy.RheaFox@MaplehurstBakeries.com)

Tour starts @ 7:00 PM and is 1 hour.  Parking is in front lot of CFS bldg. facing Donalson Pike   (Lisa Lankford-Lisa_lankford@nashintl.com)

Dinner:  5:45 PM - Ruby Tuesday's - 520 Donelson Pike, Nashville, TN 37214   (On west side of Donelson Pike, south of Elm Hill Pike)



If I were a pirate I would be in supplier quality – SCAR! (Scott Guess-SGuess@Flowserve.com)

(Kimball Bullington-Kimball.Bullington@mtsu.edu)



Resume Writing (Susie Peace)

 Resume Workship-Bring your current resume for review/updating (Susie Peace) 



Team Building (Ron Anderson - macheek@united.net)

 ISO 26000-Social Responsibility Guidance Standard (Doug Sadtler)



Tour – Yazoo Brewery-7:00 PM (tentative)   910 Division St., Nashville, TN 37203        (615) 891-4649

Dinner - Peg Leg Porker - 5:30 PM           903 Gleaves St., Nashville, TN 37203       (615) 829-6023 http://peglegporker.com/

When signing up for tour, also reserve dinner reservation with Reservations Chair (Tracy.RheaFox@MaplehurstBakeries.com)

 (Doug Sadtler) (ALAN@yazoobrew.com, 615-891-4649)    Tour = $8 per person















Tour – Nissan-1:00 PM (tentative)       983 Nissan Drive, Smyrna, TN 37167           (615) 459-1400

Sign-up for tour with Reservations Chair (Tracy.RheaFox@MaplehurstBakeries.com)

90 minute tour, arrive 15 min. before tour time

Tour limited to 25 attendees

No children under 5, shirt sleeves minimum of 4”, closed-toed shoes (no sandals)











Tour – Long Hollow Winery-6:00 PM (tentative)                                             665 Long Hollow Pike, Goodlettsville, TN 37072

Dinner - Cracker Barrel-4:45 PM             235 Long Hollow Pike, Goodlettsville, TN 37072-immediate right off I-65, exit 97 east

When signing up for tour, also reserve dinner reservation with Reservations Chair (Tracy.RheaFox@MaplehurstBakeries.com)

(Rita Miller/Joel & Benita Phillips-615-859-5559, info@longhollowwinery.com)


New Members



Take advantage of what ASQ Section 1118 has to offer!

Browse our Section's site and be sure to visit www.ASQ.org often!

Print this page and bring it to your first dinner meeting
and dinner is on us!


Reliability News

Welcome to the Middle Tennessee ASQ's "Reliability News" for Section 1118.  We will post links, news, and other reliability resources available for the members.