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.

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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.RheaFox@MaplehurstBakeries.com) if you plan to attend this meeting.

Next Clinic

Date:  3/8/2018, 6:00 PM

Presenter:  David Mrozinski

Topic:  APQP Requirements

The APQP materials focus on New Model launch activities and expectations of the supply base as they are coached through the APQP processes - ensuring a successful launch of new parts, processes, and vehicles.  Included in the presentation are survey results from suppliers asked, “Which APQP elements do you struggle with the most”.


Dave’s professional career spans over 34 years of experience in the engineering field within the automotive industry.

·    24 years of experience in leadership and management

·    Teaching, developing, and leading cross-functional teams

·    Ability to establish and maintain strong, long-term relationships with customers and suppliers

Dave started his career in Chicago working for Michelin Tire Company, but was immediately transferred to Motor City as a Liaison Product Engineer working with the OE community on their new model tire programs and interfacing with the customer and Michelin design teams in Greenville, SC. 

From Michelin Dave moved back to Chicago to take on an opportunity in the Ride Control arena with Arvin (remember Gabriel).  Within a year, he was asked to lead an engineering team in the Nashville area where they had a manufacturing facility.  That position led to a transition from aftermarket engineering back into the OE side of the business as the APQP Program Manager (with Arvin’s’ OE customers) which included both Saturn and Nissan.  Dave moved to the top of the automotive food chain to take on a position with Saturn’s New Model launch team.

Then, 11 years ago, Dave moved to Nissan, in Smyrna, and now manages a New Model Launch team working on the all-new, next generation, Nissan Altima.  As most of you know, while this industry is very big and far-reaching, it can also be very small.  Dave works today with many of the same people he previously worked with along the way in his career.  He hopes to continue to do so in the days ahead forging new relationships with competent, conscientious, automotive professionals. Lastly, I have been a CQE since 2003 and am currently serving as Section 1118 Awards Chair.

Next Main Presentation

Date:  3/8/2018, 7:00 PM

Presenter:  Sam Gaylord

Topic:  GD&T




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)

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



Webinar – The Client Experience Matters (Stephen Martin-stephenclydemartin@gmail.com)



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

Chris Gaby
(David Licon-mdlicon@gmail.com)



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

Webinar - Seven Wastes



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

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

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)















Tour – 

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












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.