Chair’s Corner, Oct 2015                                  ASQ 1405 Greater Houston Chapter


“The Changing Face of Quality” is the theme for our Houston Regional Quality Conference coming up in on Nov 13th. Mark your calendars and register early to take advantage of our early bird discounted rates. This will be our 3rd conference in Houston. After the huge success last year with Mayor Parker kicking off our conference with her Keynote address, we are preparing to deliver another premier event. This year we are partnering with Education division and Human resource & Leadership division, making it a 3 day conference followed by a day of workshops. Register today at

Our section continues to promote Quality within our student membership. We currently have student branches at University of Houston and at Lone Star College – Cypress. Several UH students, who were awarded scholarships from our section, were recognized at the Sept professional dinner meeting.

We are continuing to make strides in promoting the value of certifications in Houston. Education committee recently completed refresher classes for Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence Certification. CQE refresher classes are scheduled to begin soon. Our proctor has been busy in coordinating with our volunteer group to administer this and other certification exams here in Houston on Oct 3rd. In addition, our recertification chair has successfully assisted in evaluating over 60 recertification applications from our members this year.  

If you are interested in getting involved with our section activities, we have a long list of event offerings for you. I have listed many of them below. As always, we are looking for volunteers like you to help us achieve our goals. Please contact me for details and for additional information at


Upcoming section events:

October Professional Dinner Meeting will be held on October 15th at the United Way on Waugh.  We have 2 tutorials and a dinner presentation planned. You can follow the link below for more details and to sign up.   Hope to see there!

Houston Regional Quality Conference committee planning meeting at United Way of Greater Houston

ASQ section 1405 will participate in the 25th Komen Houston Race for the Cure. We encourage volunteers to sign up for this event.

ASQ 1405 Quality Regional Conference on Nov 13th in Houston, TX

ASQ section 1405 will participate in the American Diabetes Association Annual Walk to stop Diabetes. We encourage volunteers to sign up for this event. Registration fee will be waived for the first five volunteers who sign up.


Upcoming ASQ events:

You are invited to attend the 59th Annual Fall Technical Conference held this year in Houston, TX. This conference is the premier forum to discuss topics at the interface of statistics and quality. The theme of this year’s conference is “Quality and Statistics: Solving Problems Today and Tomorrow”.


Useful links:

Learn more about your section at

Learn the benefits of being a volunteer and contact us at if you wish to join our team.

Join our ASQ Houston section 1405 group on Linkedin. The group is growing and currently has over 900 members.

For more on ‘Who we are’ - Jan 2015 Chairs Corner

For more on ‘How we do it’ - Feb 2015 Chairs Corner

For more on ‘How to get involved’ - Mar 2015 Chairs Corner

Unemployed ASQ members receive a discount on their membership dues based on consecutive years of membership. If you have between 1-4 Consecutive Years of Membership, you get a 50% discount and those with 5 or more years get 100% waiver. Check out the details at:

Posting jobs on our Job board is free for registered section members. Please post openings in your companies and thereby assist job seekers get placements.

I cannot end a newsletter for October without mentioning pumpkins. October is the uncontested best time to get a pumpkin, especially if you plan on carving it for Halloween or try my fav - pumpkin spiced latte.  Here is an interesting article about 5 foods that taste better in October than they will all year.


Chair’s pick:

Don’t forget to log into the ASQ site to receive Oct 2015 Member Gift Bundle: ISO 9001:2015

For those just learning about the ISO 9000 series of standards, there is an introduction to it that will get you started on that path toward implementation. It answers many questions including:

Who should use the ISO 9001:2015 revision?

What topics does ISO 9001:2015 cover?

How do I get started with ISO 9001:2015?