Letter from the Chair

Doug Sadtler

Letter from the Chair | Letter From The Chair

To My Quality-Driven Colleagues,

It has been an interesting month in the ASQ family.  ASQ Headquarters is wanting to make changes inside internal governances, and your Sectional and Regional leadership has been championing the fight to keep Sections as intact as possible.  So far, most measures have been successful, but this is a matter that will likely unfold throughout the year.  One of the more intriguing things to get overhauled very quietly was the ASQ Code of Ethics.  This new Code has been approved by the Board of Directors and should be published shortly.

I also wanted to remind all of you automotive-types to be aware of the 2018 Southern Automotive Quality Summit in Birmingham, AL this year.  It will be held on March 15th, and The theme of the 2018 event is "Quality Tools to Support your IATF 16949 Transition"

I should also take this opportunity to mention that registration is now open for the 2018 Wold Conference on Quality and Improvement, which is in Seattle, WA this year.  Early-bird pricing ($995) ends on March 17th, so make your plans!!  It is my favorite event of the year for me because of the national relationships I get to renew and develop - I cherish them in ways  that I could only begin to tell you, and so I mention it as a recommendation to you as well.  The presentations are fantastic and the Keynotes are quite inspiring.

Please join us this coming Thursday, March 8th, at the Golden Corral in Hermitage to network with peers and learn about Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) from our own Dave Mrozinski at Nissan.  We will also be learning about Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) from Sam Gaylord.  Dinner starts at 5:30; Dave presents at 6:00; Sam presents at 7:00.

At the April Monthly Meeting, we are going to do a Sectional Planning exercise using Quality Function Deployment (QFD).  In order for this to be an effective exercise, it is going to require your input - this will be designed as a highly-interactive Meeting.  I want you to get the most out of your ASQ Membership, and that includes lending your voice to the Section's activities - I want to be prepared to exact change to whatever degree is best for us as a community.  If you have any input AHEAD of this meeting, please feel free to share it with me [ Chair@ASQ-MiddleTN.org ].  I can consider changing the time and place of this exercise if I know it will get us more robust input.
In closing, I want to remind you of some important dates coming up:
  • To see the list of events occurring under the ASQ umbrella (webinars, conferences, prep courses, etc.), grab a look at the following page: http://asq.org/conferences-events.html
  • Below are the Certification deadlines that are coming up!!!

Apply by: March 9, 2018        Test during: April 6 – 22, 2018



Six Sigma / Process Improvement




Technical / Inspection




Quality Manager / Supply Chain


For more detailed information, please check the ASQ website:  https://asq.org/cert/dates

Nashville is a fast-growing city, and there are more Quality Professionals joining our area every day.  My goal is to create a healthy dialogue for all of us, and give us a forum where we can be of symbiotic assistance to one another...bringing forth our unique talents.  I look forward to seeing you on March 8th...and hearing from you at your convenience!


Doug Sadtler, CQPA