Member Spotlight: Jd Marhevko
Where do you live? Saline, Michigan. About 30 miles west of Detroit
What’s the highest academic degree you’ve obtained? From where? Masters in Science Administration from Central Michigan University.
Is there a teacher who influenced you more than others? Why? Mr. Hoover was my High School art teacher and track coach. The fastest girl in the state for the 400 m run was on our team that year and I usually placed 2nd to her. He taught me that it was the team that counted and that I needed to keep trying by focusing on being the best I could be. He was awesome.
What did you consider your introduction to quality? This might be your first job in quality, or it might be a class, or something else altogether. My first role in quality was as a quality technician in a high-volume plastics injection company. I managed the SPC charts
Did/do you have a mentor who has made/makes a difference in your career? That’s a tough question…there have been so many. I would start with Rick Dauch, the recent CEO of Delphi Technologies. He helped me to clearly understand making the connection of relevance to our quality teams. We had to be both good (effective) and efficient (cost conscious). He helped me to get on a real Board of Directors. The second mentor that I have to mention is my executive coach, JR McGee of XStream Lean. He has helped me to navigate some serious quality waters throughout my career.
What’s the best career advice you ever received? Listen objectively to understand. Use data, facts and trends.
What is your current job? VP of Quality and Operational Excellence for the Aftermarket Business Unit of BorgWarner.
Have you had any previous jobs you consider noteworthy? Before I landed my first engineering type role, I worked in a group home with 12 mentally challenged adults. Each person’s needs and abilities were different. This really helped me to shape my approach in working with people. I’ve also been a director of operations. This helped me to understand the whole process of running a business from the floor to the P&L. My last few roles have been at the corporate level – it really opens your eyes to the needs of the full business to deliver a bottom line impact for the entity to succeed.
What ASQ activities are you involved in? Probably not enough room in this article! I’m an ardent fan of ASQ because it makes a difference in the world of quality. I’ve been in the Quality Management Division (QMD) for ~30 years and have served in several roles including the Chair. With 30,000 global members, we have a lot to do. I actively supported the Automotive division as a member leader for many years. Currently, I’m a member of 6 Divisions for the value that I receive from them. I have participated as a PAR reviewer, Conference Moderator, Conference Paper Reviewer, Certification Board member, Certification Workshop participant, ASQ Certified Instructor, etc. and I’ve been honored to present at a variety of ASQ-based conferences over the years. I’m a proud member of Ann Arbor Section 1010 and support them as much as possible.
What activities or achievements outside of ASQ do you think are noteworthy? I’m blessed to work with such a supportive leadership team at BorgWarner and in the past from Accuride. At Accuride we developed a North American best in class formula of quality and lean systems. We had four sites win the Association of Manufacturing Excellence (AME) Excellence Award for lean systems. Across our value streams, our sites have averaged a 50% reduction in leadtime which has enabled us to increase our productivity by an average of 50% and significantly reduce our cost per unit by 20% enabling us to be more competitive. We couldn’t have accomplished this without the deliberate and effective execution of a quality management system. While at BorgWarner, I am serving as a Senior Assessor for a Michigan Performance Excellence (MiPex) Baldrige candidate.
Have you published anything? I’ve co-authored and/or cross-collaborated on the publication of 5 books and many, many articles over the years at ASQ. I’ve collaborated with the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) via our Strategic Planning Content Management Committee (CMC). The IMA, like ASQ, is an ~150,000 member non-profit organization for financial professionals. Their support has been amazing! I have cross-supported the review and update of SME content with the AIAG on several Core Tools blue books.
- Sample Size Of One (SSOO). The story of our family’s journey with a son who is autistic. Self-published on Amazon.
- The 4th and 5th editions of The Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence. Quality Press
- The 4th edition of Principles of Quality Costs: Financial Measures for Strategic Implementation of Quality Management. Quality Press
- Accuride Corporation: Lean Management 50-50-20. Regarding rapid and systemic lean implementation. It is now available in 6 languages. Amazon.
- May 2018 Strategic Alignment for Driving Superior Business Results, IMA.
- Fall 2018 Honing Hoshin, Target Magazine (AME)
- 2019. Collaborated with the AIAG on authoring the Core Tools Software. This was a 3-year project.
Any recent honors or awards? This year has been stunning and I’m still in shock:
- 2020: I was inducted into the USA Women in Manufacturing Hall of Fame with 14 other notable women. The Detroit Free Press printed a full page article on this starting on the front page.
- 2018: I was honored by Crain’s (in Detroit MI) as a Most Notable Woman in Manufacturing.
- 2017: The ASQ Automotive Division honored me with the Judson Eagle Award and the two Craig Author Awards.
- 2016: The ASQ QMD honored me with the Howard Jones Award. This is the highest award the QMD gives for service
- 2016: I have been honored as the 2015 Dorian Shainin Medal recipient for my lifetime commitment to the field of quality
- 2016: I have been honored as a STEP Ahead awardee from the Manufacturing Institute of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). STEP is Science, Technology, Engineering and Production. NAM recognized the top 100 women in manufacturing across the nation.
Are you married? Do you have any children? My patient husband, Mark Druckmiller, and I will celebrate 34 years this year. We have two awesome kids, Alexa (Alex) and Adam. Alex is in her last year of her Masters program for Literature to be an editor. She is already an ASQ member. Adam is a junior in college for Math with a minor in Japanese. In all, we have 2 kids, 1 dog, 2 cats, and Mark’s Mother-In-Law (aka, my mother, Connie). It’s a full house.
What are your favorite ways to relax? Not sure that’s in my vocabulary. I’m an avid volleyball player and a voracious reader.
What books are you currently reading? Do you have any favorite authors? I’ve already read it but one of my recent favorites is, The Happiness Advantage, by Shawn Achor.
Do you have a favorite blogger? Why? I don’t follow blogs…I just simply don’t have the time. My only social networking site is Linked In.
What was the last movie you saw? The Gods Must Be Crazy.
Are you active on social media? Is there anyone you follow that you would recommend to others? Why? I am only active on Linked In. I do intentionally follow Cheryl Thompson who runs CADIA the Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement. Cheryl heavily supports the growth of diversity in the world of manufacturing.
What would you like to say as your original quality quote? If you need some time to think about that one, that would be fine. Quality and Lean Management Systems (QLMS) must be linked to the business’ finance and governance structure to demonstrate its relevance to secure the necessary support. It is not only about the “what” that comes out the back door. It is also about how cost effectively or efficiently that can be achieved. Plan first, then do.
How has being an ASQ member been valuable in your career? I absolutely love our ASQ teams and connections across the world. We have helped to make a difference in helping others to grow their skills to make the world better and to network so they can help themselves grow professionally. It is a true part of my personal Ikigai: The world needs what we do, and if we’re good at it, we can make a difference. And if we’re lucky, we can also get paid.