May 2019 Chair’s Message

Dear ASQ-0704 members,

Once again it is May and time for ASQ’s flagship conference – the World Conference on Quality and Improvement (WCQI.)  There is still time to register for the May 20-22 event in Fort Worth, TX.  The theme this year is “Leading Change”.  Something we as Quality professionals will become involved in at one time or another in our careers.  If you have the opportunity please try to find your way to Texas.

I would also like to let you know that the Phoenix Section has been recognized by ASQ with the Performance Awards & Recognition (PAR) Bronze award for 2018. This level of organizational performance was achieved by meeting the good standing requirements as well as meeting or exceeding ASQ’s Member Value metric. Thank you to our Leadership Team for maintaining the expectations of our members and to our members for supporting the Quality efforts in Phoenix and Northern Arizona.

As you should have seen and will also learn more about later in this newsletter the ASQ Phoenix Section member leaders are proud to announce its newest website – on the new myASQ platform.  This community platform ties the latest of ASQ’s communications into one location.  Through the myASQ site you can not only learn what is happening locally but also be tied to all that is happening throughout the ASQ quality world. The site is relatively basic at the moment, but our plan is to grow and build it beyond where the current external website is at as the myASQ platform rolls out new features and capabilities. Thank you to our Internet Liaison & Social Media Coordinator, Bob Mitchell, for pulling this new website together.  I encourage you to follow the instructions provided elsewhere in this newsletter to enroll in myASQ, update your member profile, and follow discussions, events, news, etc. from ASQ HQ, the ASQ Phoenix section and various technical communities. And don’t forget to join / follow the ASQ Phoenix section on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

So far this year our Program meetings are off to a good start.  As shown below, we have seen positive evaluations from the first few meetings.  Thank you to our VOC Chair, Bill Hoddy, for managing our member surveys and tracking your satisfaction scores. Your feedback provides needed input as we seek to deliver the topics and activities you have asked for.  Please continue to let us know what you would like to see and where your quality needs lie to help us provide a satisfying member experience.

In terms of our monthly Program meetings, we have couple items that should be of interest.  First this month (May 2019) Thomas Pyzdek and Juan Rivera of Pyzdek Institute in Tucson will discuss the “Future of Quality – A New Vision.”   Mr. Pyzdek has been a long time leader in the Quality community and this presentation should be a great chance to hear about the latest trends in the industry.  Also we will hear from the middle school team (6th-8th grades) that participated in the 2018 Future Cities Arizona competition and won our Section’s award for “best use of Quality” in their design.


Then in June we will break from our traditional program format to offer an introduction and tour of the Empire Caterpillar engine and lower power train Components Rebuild Center (CRC) in Mesa.  I know it is early but due to limited available space we will require advance reservations.  Please watch for the special announcement later in this newsletter or on our section’s website for registration details. (Registration information for the June Program will be visible on both the and myASQ websites immediately following the completion of the May program, so as to avoid any confusion).

Once again thank you and we look forward to seeing you at these events.



Dave Gibson – Chair ASQ-0704, Valley of the Sun.