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.

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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 and lasts an hour.  The cost of the dinner, paid at the door, at the Golden Corral is about $15 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 (TRhea-Fox@rich.com) if you plan to attend this meeting.

Next Clinic

Date:  2/13/2020, 6:00 PM

Presenter:  David Licon

Topic:  Capability Metrics


David graduated with a BS degree in Aerospace Technology from Middle Tennessee State University and a MA from Trevecca Nazarene University.

He holds following ASQ certifications:  Certified Quality Manager, Certified Quality Engineer and Certified Six Sigma Black Belt.  He is also a licensed Private Pilot.

In addition he is an IPC/WHMA-A-620 Certified Trainer.

He has over 20 years of experience in quality with a diverse background. He has worked in the following industries: Automotive, Manufacturing, Education and Healthcare.

During his 11 years with Campbell Hausfeld he held the following positions: Six Sigma Black Belt, Quality Manager, and Quality Engineer.  He developed and implemented an internal Six Sigma program, which included training Champions and Green Belts. He has taught many Green Belt classes in many places, including Taiwan and China.

He is currently an adjunct professor for Volunteer State Community College. He teaches many of the ASQ prep certification classes including Black Belt and Green Belt. He also teaches Gage R&R (MSA) and Statistical Analysis



Next Main Presentation

Date:  2/13/2020, 7:00 PM

Presenter:  Robert Thrash

Topic:  Food Safety


Mr. Thrash received his BS in business from Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama.  With over 35 years of experience in the food supply chain industries, he currently serves as an auditor, consultant and trainer with Process Management Consulting.  He owns the business.

Bob developed the initial supplier quality systems audit for KFC in the early 1990s based on ISO-9000.  He has been working with vendor quality auditing ever since, working from farm to processing through distribution to identify and help brands improve their systems. He continues to work with Yum! Brands (e.g. KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell) in the development of their supply chain audit processes and tools.

Bob is a BRC (British Retail Consortium) Approved Training Provider and has worked with training major food companies including Wrigley’s, LSG Sky Chefs, Perdue, Caravan Ingredients, Pilgrim’s and Koch Foods to prepare for their Global Standard for Food Safety Certification. The BRC Global Food Safety Standard is the most recognized international standard benchmarked against GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) Guidelines.

He is an ASQ Certified Quality Auditor and ASQ Certified HACCP Auditor.  Bob provides training for the ASQ Certified Quality Auditor Exam and has an 80%+ pass rate using his unique tri-modal approach to preparing students for the exam. Delegates to his courses say he has an ability to break down the complex relationships between the quality tools and explain them in a way they can be applied. 

Bob continues to perform food safety and quality assurance audits for Yum! Brands as well as the FoodSafe Audit tools which were developed in-house and are accepted by companies such as Sysco and Costco.  Bob also conducts animal welfare audits for boilers and turkeys.

Next Year and this Year's Meetings and Tours



2020 & 2019 Meeting Dates and Topics – 2nd Thursday of the Month


Clinic Presentations

Main Presentations



An Introduction to Comprehensive Quality Webcast (Dr. Jack B. ReVelle)

Elevating Quality with Risk Based Thinking Webcast (Robert Jasper & Phil Jamison)



Capability Metrics (David Licon - mdlicon@gmail.com) Food Safety (Bob Thrash)



FDA Initiatives and Regulatory Trends Webcast (Larry Spears) First Creativity then Innovation Webcast (Dr. Jack B. ReVelle




The Basics of Risk Management Webcast (Bill Scott & Mark Krempley)

The Basics of Risk Management Webcast (continued) 



Tour:  Aegis Sciences Corp - 7:00-8:00 PM

Dinner:    6:00-6:45 PM

Aegis Sciences Corp., 501 Great Circle Rd., Nashville, TN 37228 (800) 533-7052

Required:  Safety glasses & closed-toes shoes









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Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (Tamera Fields)

TNCPE (Tamera Fields) 


Challenges Faced by Quality Departments (Don Goolsby)

Food Safety (Bob Thrash)


Webcast-The Client Experience Matters (Ryan Suydam) 

Re-Certification (Vinson Dill)


 DOE Taguchi Method
(Scott Guess-Sguess@flowserve.com) 

Strategic Planning  (David Licon - mdlicon@gmail.com)


7:00 PM Tour – Zeiss Metrology             618 Grassmere Park Suite 3                       Nashville, TN 37211, USA

Sign-up for tour with Reservations Chair (TRhea-Fox@rich.com)

5:30 PM Dinner - Cracker Barrel              4323 Sidco Drive, Nashville, TN 37204   (615) 331-6733     I-65 @ Harding Exit

 "The Industrial Metrology business group is a leading manufacturer of multidimensional metrology solutions. These include coordinate measuring machines, optical and multi-sensor systems and metrology software for the automotive, aircraft, mechanical engineering, plastics and medical technology industries. Innovative technologies such as 3D X-ray metrology for quality inspection round off the product portfolio"


Attribute Gage R&R (David Licon - mdlicon@gmail.com) 

Reliability in Quality (Hugh Broome)


The Critical Elements of a Quality Policy and a Data Integrity Policy  (John McKay - jmckay@aol.com)

The Critical Elements of a Quality Policy and a Data Integrity Policy - continued  (John McKay - jmckay@aol.com


Innovation & OpEx, Conflict or Complimentary (Lee Hord - lee@quantumeffectconsulting.com)

Incorporating Experimental Design (DoE) into Your Innovation Process (continued) (Lee Hord - lee@quantumeffectconsulting.com)


Tour – Cool Springs Brewery - 6:30 PM

Dinner at Brewery - pizza - 6:30 PM

When signing up for tour, also reserve dinner reservation with Reservations Chair (TRhea-Fox@rich.com)

600A Frazier Dr. No. 135

Franklin, TN 37067

(615) 503-9626


New Members



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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.