Welcome to the ASQ Middle Tennessee
Section 1118 website!

We are excited to provide this website as a valuable resource to not only our members, but also to the community at large. 

We also have a LinkedIn Group (click on the logo above); participation is encouraged, but not a requirement to be a member of Section 1118.

We will be using the website email system to provide The Paradigm newsletter to you each month.  Thank you for continuing to accept email from ASQ in order to help us greatly reduce mailing costs and to be a more environmentally-friendly organization.

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Next Meeting Summary

We plan to continue to deliver interesting, informative, and useful topics as a service to our membership.  In order to do so, your suggestions for topics and/or speakers would be very helpful.  Please contact the Programs Chair at Programs@ASQ-MiddleTN.org with your valued input.  Keep in mind that your suggestions may not be able to be implemented until the following year since the plan for this year may be completed.

Membership Meetings &Tours 
Membership meetings and tours are regularly scheduled for the months of January through May - and - September through December of the following year.  The membership meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday evening of each month except for May and December when we usually conduct tours of interesting businesses within the section. 

The LOCATION of Membership Meetings is at the Hermitage location of the Golden Corral Restaurant  at 315 Old Lebanon Dirt Rd., Hermitage TN, 37076.  For a map & directions to the Golden Corral Restaurant, click here.

The membership meetings are divided into two portions: the Clinic and the Main Presentation.  Dinner begins at 5:15 pm, the Clinic begins at 6:00 pm, dessert and coffee are at 6:45 pm and the Main presentation begins at 7:00 pm.  The cost of the dinner, paid at the door, at the Golden Corral is about $14 for each member with ASQ Section 1118 paying the gratuity.

New members to Section 1118, students, and professors are invited to attend their first meeting as a compliment of our section.  For a Complimentary ASQ Meeting gift certificate, click here.

Please contact our Reservations Chair (tracy.rhea-fox@ccbcc.com) if you plan to attend this meeting.

Next Clinic

Tamera Fields Parsons - TNCPE

Date:  1/10/2019, 6:00 & 7:00 PM

Presenter:  Tamera Fields Parsons

Topic:  TNCP

6:00 PM

Overview of the Baldrige Framework for Excellence

By the end of this session, you will be familiar with

·        The Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence

·        The seven categories of the Criteria for Performance Excellence

·        The linkages across the categories and requirements of the Criteria for Performance Excellence

7:00 PM

How the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence(TNCPE) Fits into Your World

By the end of this session, you will be familiar with:

·        An overview of the TNCPE organization

·        How to benefit from participating as an organization

·        How to benefit from participating as an individual

Next Main Presentation

Date:  1/10/2019, 6:00 & 7:00 PM

Presenter:  Tamera Fields Parsons

Topic:  TNCPE


Tamera Fields Parsons is the President and Chief Executive Officer for the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence.  She oversees TNCPE’s daily operations, continuing its mission of helping organizations reach peak performance and making their communities better places to live and work.

Prior to serving as President and CEO, Fields Parsons held volunteer roles with both TNCPE and the national Baldrige Performance Excellence Program through her tenures on the Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners, the TNCPE Board of Examiners, and the TNCPE Panel of Judges. She has served many years in both the state and national program as a trainer and team leader. In 2009, she received the first Champion of Excellence Award from TNCPE.  Fields Parsons has a BS degree from Tusculum University.

Before joining TNCPE as the President and CEO, Fields Parsons served as the Vice President for Quality and Performance Improvement for Mountain States Health Alliance in NE Tennessee and SW Virginia.  She has served as a volunteer for Junior Achievement for 25 years, and currently serves as a pet rescue driver for Kindred Hearts Transport Connection.

This Year's Meetings or Tours


2017 Meeting Dates and Topics – 2nd Thursday of the Month


Clinic Presentations

Main Presentations



Webinar - Moving Your Quality Efforts Toward the Customer Experience (Rita Miller)

Webinar - The 3 Tools to Help Manage the Customer Experience (Cheryl Waack)



Mini Tab (Byron Lee)

Food Safety Culture Excellence (Bob Thrash-rwthrash@bellsouth.net)



APQP Requirements (Dave Mrozinski)

 GD&T (Sam Gaylord-TNGaby@gmail.com)(David Licon-mdlicon@gmail.com) 



QFD - ASQ Middle TN Section 1118
(David Licon-mdlicon@gmail.com) 

QFD - ASQ Middle TN Section 1118
(David Licon-mdlicon@gmail.com)



Tour – Long Hollow Winery-6:00 PM (tentative)                                             665 Long Hollow Pike, Goodlettsville, TN 37072

Dinner - Cracker Barrel-4:45 PM             235 Long Hollow Pike, Goodlettsville, TN 37072-immediate right off I-65, exit 97 east

When signing up for tour, also reserve dinner reservation with Reservations Chair (tracy.rhea-fox@ccbcc.com)

Tour and Dinner Cancelled

(Rita Miller/Joel & Benita Phillips-615-859-5559, info@longhollowwinery.com)



Data Analytics and Business Intelligence  (Jack Johnson-AMEND.LLC)

Lessons Learned from Organizational Change (dougsadtler01@gmail.com)



ISO and Continual Improvement
(David Licon-mdlicon@gmail.com) 

Strategy for Implementing Continuous Improvement

(Chris Gaby-TNGaby@gmail.com)



 DOE Taguchi Method
(Scott Guess-Sguess@flowserve.com)

Webinar - Seven Wastes(donnamblackmon@gmail.com)



Tour – Nissan- 10:00 AM                          983 Nissan Drive, Smyrna, TN 37167       (615) 459-1400

Sign-up for tour with Reservations Chair (tracy.rhea-fox@ccbcc.com)

Lunch after tour at Legends

1918 Almaville Rd., Smyrna, TN 37167

90 minute tour, arrive 15 min. before tour time

Tour limited to 25 attendees

No children under 10, shirt sleeves minimum of 4”, closed-toed shoes (no sandals)



Tamera Fields (TNCPE)

Tamera Fields (TNCPE) 


Don Goolsby (Challenges Faced by Quality Departments 

Bob Thrash (Food Safety)


Rita Miller (Webinar-The Client Experience Matters) 

Vinson Dill (Re-Certification)





7:00 PM Tour – Zeiss Metrology             618 Grassmere Park Suite 3                       Nashville, TN 37211, USA

Sign-up for tour with Reservations Chair (tracy.rhea-fox@ccbcc.com)

5:30 PM Dinner - Cracker Barrel

 "The Industrial Metrology business group is a leading manufacturer of multidimensional metrology solutions. These include coordinate measuring machines, optical and multi-sensor systems and metrology software for the automotive, aircraft, mechanical engineering, plastics and medical technology industries. Innovative technologies such as 3D X-ray metrology for quality inspection round off the product portfolio"











Tour – 

When signing up for tour, also reserve dinner reservation with Reservations Chair (tracy.rhea-fox@ccbcc.com)



New Members



Take advantage of what ASQ Section 1118 has to offer!

Browse our Section's site and be sure to visit www.ASQ.org often!

Print this page and bring it to your first dinner meeting
and dinner is on us!


Reliability News

Welcome to the Middle Tennessee ASQ's "Reliability News" for Section 1118.  We will post links, news, and other reliability resources available for the members.