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Meeting Notice - September 22, 2016

September Dinner Meeting

Thursday, September 22, 2016

RSVP before noon on Monday, September 19th, below


Main Presentation

The State of Georgia’s Manufacturers
Presented by Kerry Defler, CPA, Tax Partner
and by David Siegel, CPA, Audit Senior Manager


The Georgia Manufacturing Survey is conducted every other year by the Georgia Institute of Technology, Kennesaw State University and Habif Arogeti and Wynne, CPAs.  Tonight’s presentation will include how Georgia Manufacturers focused on strategies, profitability, outsourcing, exporting, research & development.  We will provide insight on how Georgia Manufacturers are competing.

Kerry is a partner in the Manufacturing & Distribution Group of HA&W, LLP.  He serves individuals, corporations and partnerships in the manufacturing, distribution, real estate and technology industries.  Kerry has extensive experience advising clients in the area of state and local tax issues (SALT). Kerry’s SALT expertise includes income/franchise tax, property tax, sales tax, consulting on nexus issues, and tax credits and incentives.  He has also consulted with manufacturing and technology clients regarding the generation of Research & Development Tax Credits.

David is a senior manager at HA&W, specializing in audits of privately-held companies. David has experience auditing pre-revenue startups to companies with revenues of more than $500 million. He works with companies in the manufacturing & distribution and technology industries, with specific expertise in fast-growing, private equity-backed international manufacturers and distributors.

(0.3 RU in person.  0.2 RU on-line)

Mini Presentation 

I-MR Control Charts for the Service Industry

Micah Ascano, J.D.,LL.M.,LSSBB

Control Charts have been used for decades to track variation in the manufacturing sector. This presentation will be a brief overview of how to apply an I-MR Control Chart to service industry settings to track, view, and understand variation with specific examples from the legal industry.

Micah Ascano is one of the few Six Sigma Black Belts operating primarily in the legal industry and is a licensed attorney himself. With experience in Legal Project Management and process improvement at two of the largest law firms in the country as well as consulting experience in corporate legal departments, he brings a unique perspective to process improvement in service industry settings. Micah is currently an Atlanta based consultant at Artifex Legal Consulting.   Micah holds a B.S. in Industrial Management from South Dakota State University, and a Master of Law and Doctor of Law from the University of New Hampshire School of Law.  He is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

(0.3 RU in person.  0.2 RU on-line)


Hilton Suites Hotel, 6120 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA 30328

5:30 P.M. Social Period & Registration / Cash Bar

5:45 P.M. Mini Presentation Begins

6:30 P.M. Dinner Begins

7:30 P.M. Speaker / Main Program Begins

In Person: $25 Member, $35 Non-Member and member with late reservation, $40 Non-Member late reservation.

On-line each session: $10.

On-line PayPal payment REQUIRED for all transactions.

In-Person Reservations


On-Line Mini Presentation Reservation


On-Line Main Presentation Reservation



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ASQ Boyles Scholarship

Applications Being Accepted for the Greater Atlanta Section of ASQ Boyles Scholarship

Applications for scholarships in the amount of up to $500 are being accepted through January 20, 2017.

Qualifications for the scholarship are as follows:

1.   Must be an ASQ member, immediate family member of an ASQ member, or sponsored by an ASQ member

2.  Must be seeking a degree in quality or closely related field

3.  Must have earned a minimum of 60 semester hours of academic credit and have a minimum GPA of 2.5/4.0

Application forms may be downloaded Here

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Educational-Training Opportunities

The Greater Atlanta Section is delighted to announce special educational – training opportunities for our members.   Beginning January 1, 2015 all Atlanta ASQ members will be eligible to enroll for any continuing education course offered by the Institute of Industrial Engineers in Norcross, GA.   ASQ members will receive a discount of 40% off the regular registration fee.

In order to take advantage of this very special rate please follow these steps:

  1. Identify the course that you would like to take.  A complete schedule can be found at http://www.iienet2.org/iietrainingcenter/CourseSchedule.aspx.
  2. Download the registration form here:  CorporatePartner_TrainingRegForm_ASQ
  3. Complete the form and email the completed form to [email protected]
  4. IIE will confirm your registration via email.
  5. Attend the seminar and learn.

Self-paced courses are also available





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