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Meeting Notice - April 23 2015

April Dinner Meeting

Thursday, April 23, 2015

RSVP before noon on Monday, April 20th


Main Presentation -

Supply Chain Management:
No Weak Links
Presented by Dr. Bill Bailey and Howard Alter
When a global telecommunications organization began outsourcing manufacturing operations, it added waste to its supply chain, resulting in sub-optimized performance.  The organization employed tools such as value stream mapping, the eight rights, and a plan for every part to evaluate the system and identify and remove inefficiencies.  This presentation is based on a Lean Supply Chain article (No Weak Links) published in the June 2014 issue of Quality Progress.

Howard Alter is a quality professional with over 30 years of industry experience, 20 of those years as a Quality Manager in the automotive, aerospace and telecommunications industries. Howard is an ASQ Certified Quality Engineer, Certified Quality Manager and Certified Six Sigma Black Belt. He has co-authored an article on value stream mapping which was published in Quality Progress. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree and a Master of Science in Technology degree from Southern Polytechnic State University. Howard is currently employed at OFS Fitel as a Senior Manager of Quality and Lean.
Bill Bailey is an assistant professor in the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology at Kennesaw State University, and coordinator of the Master of Science in Quality Assurance program. He has 30 years of industry experience, including Lean & Six Sigma applications. Bill has been active with state and national quality awards. He has taught in industry, in community colleges and universities. He holds a PhD in Technology Management, specializing in Quality Systems. Bill is an ASQ certified Black Belt. 

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

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

6:30 P.M. Dinner Begins

7:30 P.M. Speaker / Program Begins

$25 Member, $35 Non-Member and member with late reservation, $40 Non-Member late reservation. On-line PayPal payment REQUIRED.

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ASQ Charlotte : Annual Quality Conference of the Carolinas

Join the ASQ Charlotte Section for the Annual Quality Conference of the Carolinas on April 24, 2015.

Three dynamic learning tracks will be available to participants and an opportunity to hear from local, regional, and national experts in the following subject matters:

Manufacturing Excellence, Lean & Continuous Improvement and Quality & Risk Management

For conference information and to register, click 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.   A special registration rate will also apply for the 2015 Engineering Lean Six Sigma Conference to be held at the Westin Perimeter Hotel September 30-October 2, 2015.

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

  1. Identify the course that you would like to take. Upcoming classes are listed below.  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.

Upcoming classes are shown below.


Apr 27    Introduction to Industrial Engineering (Norcross, GA)

Apr 30    Project Management Fundamentals (Norcross, GA)






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Social Responsibility and Quality

How ASQ is Involved

ASQ was awarded the administration of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on Social Responsibility by the American National Standards Institute. The U.S. TAG is the U.S. member of an international working group chartered with developing an International Standard on Social Responsibility. ASQ’s involvement is a direct extension of its existing leadership role in standards development.

Social responsibility is in direct alignment with aspects of ASQ’s long-term objective to serve as stewards of the quality movement by ensuring that ASQ activities provide increased value to society and our members.

For more information, click here.


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