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August ASQ 1106 Section Meeting Thursday August17, 2023

By Arved Harding posted 07/30/23 08:04 AM


ASQ 1106 August 2023 Section Meeting, Thursday August 17, 2023

 Presentation 1

Root Cause Analysis” by Anthony Cara


State of ASQ, MyASQ, & the Region Business Plan for East South Central Region” by David Small

On-line Registration: Registration link

Reservation POC: Jill O’Dell at 423 773-1796,

This webinar will use ZOOM. The Zoom Meeting ID and Password will be sent to those that register for the webinar.

Note: A 0.5 RU will be given for each presentation that you attend. However, you must use the above Eventbrite registration link so that the Section has an attendance record. Please mute your computer microphone during the presentation.

Agenda (Eastern time zone): 

5:30 - 5:45 Log in and socialize time

5:45 – 6:45 Presentation 1

6:45 – 7:00 Break

7:00 – 8:00 Presentation 2


Presentation 1: Ready! Fire! Aim!: A simplified approach to Rapid Root Cause Analysis!

Whether it’s a CAPA, Complaint, Non-Conformance, or a Continuous Improvement opportunity, Root Cause Analysis methods and tools are essential to driving sustainable results.  Unfortunately, many time teams get stuck on which tools.  Conversely, they may fall victim to “Analysis Paralysis”, trying to use all of the tools and/or digging too deep down a rabbit hole.  If there were only a better way…

Join us as we introduce a simplified approach to Rapid Root Cause Analysis that you can begin applying immediately.

About the Speaker

Anthony Carra is Owner, Principal Consultant and Instructor with Business Improvement Group Consulting, LLC.  Mr. Carra is a trusted advisor in the areas of problem solving, process excellence and applied statistical methods across various industries, although most commonly in the medical device industry.  He is a contributing author for “The Medical Device Validation Handbook, 2nd ed.”, published by the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS).  Mr. Carra’s degrees and certifications includes a Masters of Applied Statistics from Penn State University, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, ASQ Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt (MBB), ASQ Certified Manager of Quality / Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE) and PMI Certified Project Management Professional (PMP).


Presentation 2: State of ASQ, MyASQ, & the Region Business Plan for East South Central Region

Join us as our region director helps us see some major changes ASQ has made in the last couple of years and where things are headed.

About the Speaker

David Small is a skilled professional with a diverse background. After earning a Horticulture degree from Western Kentucky University, he dedicated 15 years to working on and managing golf courses. In the late 1990s, he transitioned to manufacturing at Virtus Precision Tube and found his niche in the quality department starting in 2001.


In 2005, David joined ASQ and has since been a valuable member, serving as Chair and Treasurer for the South-Central Kentucky section since 2016. Additionally, he spent 5 years as a senior Baldridge Framework Examiner for the Kentucky Center for Performance Excellence (KyCPE).


In the summer of 2020, David assumed the role of Regional Director for the East South-Central Region, overseeing Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi. His journey exemplifies dedication to continuous improvement and leadership within the quality profession.