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. 

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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:  9/12/2019, 6:00 PM

Presenter:  Samuel Gaylord

Topic:  NDT Techniques


Sam graduated with a degree in Mortuary Science from East Mississippi Junior College.  He has the following ASQ certifications: Certified Quality Engineer and Certified Quality Technician. He also is a Certified Dive Master through PADI America.

Sam has 30 years of experience in quality and manufacturing. 19 years of automotive as a tier 2 automotive supplier Quality Engineer. Experience in Automotive include Vehicle Safety Systems, Production Part Approval Process, FMEA, Continuous Improvement through Six Sigma, and GD&T. 25 years’ experience in CMM Programming and Inspection.

The past 11 years he has worked for Flowserve Corporation as a Senior Quality Engineer for the Automation group. Flowserve produces high quality control valves for the gas, oil, chemical, and pharmaceutical industry.

Next Main Presentation

Date:  9/12/2019, 7:00 PM

Presenter:  David Licon

Topic:  Attribute Gage R&R


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 Year and this Year's Meetings and Tours



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


Clinic Presentations

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Tour: T



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"


NDT Techniques (Sam Gaylord - sagaylord59@gmail.com

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


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

Webcast:  ISO 9001:2015 - Elevating Quality with Risk Based Thinking (Robert Jasper and Phil Jamison) 


Forgotten Steps of 6-Sigma ... How Motorola and GE achieved Results  (David Licon - mdlicon@gmail.com

Webcast:  First Creativity then Innovation  (Jack B. ReVelle Ph.D.


Tour – 

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