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 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 and lasts an hour.  The cost of the dinner, paid at the door, at the Golden Corral is about $15 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 ( if you plan to attend this meeting.

Next Clinic

Date:  4/11/2019, 6:00 PM

Presenter:  Scott Guess

Topic:  DOE Taguchi Method


Scott graduated with a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from Tennessee Technological University.

He has an ASQ certificate as a Certified Quality Engineer since 1993. 

He is a Senior ASQ member since 2004 and has been a member of ASQ since 1993.

He has over 28 years of experience in quality / manufacturing with a diverse background experiences that include carpet mfg. (Sears Carpet), aerospace aviation (F16, A12, F22), saline products (Optifree), sheet metal mfg. and industrial quarter turn valves.

Most of his experience outside sheet metal fabrication was geared to process improvements, SPC implementation, and using DOE to investigate and improve mfg. processes and product.

His experience in sheet metal mfg. was running the family business, which included adding customers such as Whirlpool and Carrier, using Lean Mfg techniques which helped stay in business when hard economic times hit and sales was reduced by 80%, the 10 years of service to Carrier delivering over 1200 part numbers had 100% on time and a PPM of 143, and help sold the family business such that his father could retire.

Currently employed at Flowserve Corporation in Cookeville TN as a Buyer Specialist, focusing on supplier quality.


Next Main Presentation

Date:  4/11/2019, 7:00 PM

Presenter:  David Licon

Topic:  Strategic Planning


David graduated with a BS degree in Aerospace Technology from Middle Tennessee State University and a MA from Trevecca Nazarene University.

He holds following ASQ certifications:  Certified Quality Manager, Certified Quality Engineer and Certified Six Sigma Black Belt.  He is also a licensed Private Pilot.

In addition he is an IPC/WHMA-A-620 Certified Trainer.

He has over 20 years of experience in quality with a diverse background. He has worked in the following industries: Automotive, Manufacturing, Education and Healthcare.

During his 11 years with Campbell Hausfeld he held the following positions: Six Sigma Black Belt, Quality Manager, and Quality Engineer.  He developed and implemented an internal Six Sigma program, which included training Champions and Green Belts. He has taught many Green Belt classes in many places, including Taiwan and China.

He is currently an adjunct professor for Volunteer State Community College. He teaches many of the ASQ prep certification classes including Black Belt and Green Belt. He also teaches Gage R&R (MSA) and Statistical Analysis.

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