Letter from the Chair

Doug Sadtler

Letter from the Chair | Letter From The Chair

To My Quality-Driven Colleagues,

I hope that this Holiday Season brought you great Peace and Joy.

With all of its fanfare in the rear-view, it can only mean that a new year is upon us, and for many of us, that includes some change.  I have had the privilege of getting to know our now "Past Chair," Stephen Martin the last couple of years, and I want to send a simple "Thank You" to him for his service to us.

Let me start by welcoming you to your ASQ newsletter - I am your incoming Chair, Doug Sadtler.  I am currently finishing up a productive term as a Project Manager for Beretta USA...yes, the Italian firearms maufacturer.  In taking on this initiative of Chairing our local Section, I have two very ambitious goals that I want to share with you upfront.  I hope you will look upon these goals as perhaps opportunities to provide your talents to our member-body:

  • I want to powerfully grow the engagement of our membership.  For those of you who do not know, our membership over the last several years has remained rather steady at appropximately 300 individuals.  Here is the challenge:  I haven't met most of you!!...and I want that changed.  If you receive this email and are reading this message, please let me know how this local Section can help you...and your company...through ASQ. 
  • In the next 12 months, I want to form the nucleus of a Student Membership group that can support our plentiful academic institutions in the area.  This is a fantastic opportunity to share your knowledge  with up-and-coming minds...perhaps even find budding talent!  
I want to invite you to join us at our monthly meetings on the second Thursday of each month during the Winter, Spring, and Autumn.  Information for the upcoming meeting is below, where we are trying something new this month - I hope you will give it a try with us and let us know what you think.  Both of our speakers have extensive experience in the automotive industry and are engaging individuals.
 
The first bullet-point above is important to me, and so I would like to...issue a challenge.  If you are reading this, but have not attended a monthly meeting in awhile, I would like for you to send me a quick email.  I would like to hear from you and find out what kind of things we can consider to help you get here.  We recently sent out a Survey to the membership body, and while the results that came back were interesting, they were not robust.  I truly want to hear from you, and what things you are interested in, how your Team Members can best be helped, and how we can create value for you.
 
In closing, I want to remind you of some important dates coming up:
  • ASQ's Lean & Six Sigma Conference is coming up on February 26-27th in Phoenix, AZ!  Register at www.asq.org/lssc by January 12th and save $100.
  • Certification deadlines are coming up!!!  Here is a condensed version of certification deadlines that are coming up soon. 

Apply by: January 5, 2018        Test during: February 2 – 18, 2018

Interest:

Certification:

Six Sigma / Process Improvement

SSGB, CQIA, CQPA

Auditing

CQA

Technical / Inspection

CCT

Engineering

CQE, CSQE

Quality Manager / Supply Chain

Certified Pharm. GMP Professional

For more detailed information, please check the ASQ website.

Nashville is a fast-growing city, and there are more Quality Professionals joining our area every day.  My goal is to create a healthy dialogue for all of us, and give us a forum where we can be of symbiotic assistance to one another.  Look forward to seeing you on January 11th...and hearing from you at your convenience!

Sincerely,

Doug Sadtler, CQPA