June 2019 Chair’s Message

Dear ASQ-0704 members,

As the Valley summer starts to roll in it is time to start looking to the second half of the year and what we have planned in store for our members.  The ASQ Phoenix Executive Committee continues to work with ASQ headquarters and the Mountain Region to continue the transition to the new GCC model. (For a quick review, the ASQ Section Affairs Council (SAC), currently covering only North America, will become a global Geographic Communities Council (GCC)).  Also this summer, for the general Phoenix Section membership, we are working on a couple different program formats that we hope will bring you the Quality material and examples you are looking for while providing exciting networking opportunities.

The GCC transition continues and we have now had several calls with the ASQ Mountain Region. The transition is a process and are we discovering new learning and best practices from our fellow Sections in the region and how we can most effectively and efficiently implement the new ASQ governance model. The finance and banking changes for Sections within the Mountain Region are slated for implementation later this summer and these changes will likely have the greatest impact on our day-to-day operations.  The on-line, electronic processing changes should make payment processing easier; however, the revenue allocation process hasn’t been made all that clear yet.  We are expecting to learn more as we inch closer towards our phase-in date and as the other ASQ regions work through their finance implementation ahead of us.

As you likely have seen, the Phoenix Section is delivering a different presentation approach for the June monthly Program meeting.  In place of the traditional speaker and presentation at the Edward Jones Training Facility we will be touring the Empire-CAT Component Rebuild Center (CRC) in Mesa, AZ to see firsthand how Quality principles are applied in their operations.  The CRC has become a worldwide leader in its industry.  This will be a unique opportunity to be up close with some of the components of heavy construction and mining equipment that has made Caterpillar famous. Like all of our monthly Program meetings, this event is free. Further details are posted in the new Phoenix Section community site on myASQ
(https://my.asq.org/communities/blogpost/view/244/229/333) and in a separate post on our traditional external website (https://asqphoenix.org/2019/06/01/june-2019-program-company-tour/).

Again please note that total attendance on this Empire-CAT tour is capped at 50 so advance registration is strongly recommended to reserve your spot. The registration link is: https://asq.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1UkEXtjp9R4Jpid. Our typical agenda will be modified and no food will be offered at this event.  Register early (the cutoff is June 10) and please be kind enough to let us know if your plans change.  We would like to make room for any wait-listed persons.

Later in the year we hope to provide one or two additional on-site opportunities to see organizational Quality systems in action. Stay tuned for details.  In between the special events we will continue to bring high level programs and speakers with informative Quality topics that you will be able to use.

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


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