Dinner Meeting – Thursday, November 16, 2017

Quality Leadership Panel:  

“The Rising Economic Power of Quality”

  • Dave Basset – Hardinge Corporate Director of Operational Excellence, Quality & Reliability
  • Brent Hoban – Dresser Rand Quality Manager
  • Vickie Kamataris – Principal Consultant
  • Amy Jo Reitter – Corning Quality Manager

Abstract:  This year, Forbes Insights, in association with ASQ, explored the results of a survey with close to 2,000 senior executives and quality professionals, focusing on the links between quality efforts and corporate performance, as well as the evolving business value of quality. As a result, our moderated panel discussion with local quality leaders will focus on similar quality topics including:

  • Stage in quality journey
  • Impact of quality
  • Measures of success
  • Critical success factors
  • Challenges

We are sure the openness and candor of the panelist will provide participants with meaningful and practical insights to advance their own quality journeys.

Speaker Bio:

Dave Bassett has worked at Hardinge Inc. for 23 years in various capacities and 8 years at Toshiba in roles including direct labor and Shift Supervisor. In his current role as Corporate Director of Operational Excellence, Quality & Reliability Dave focuses on developing, leading, and implementing Performance Excellence across 9 manufacturing sites around the world with an emphasis on LSS as the foundation upon which to build a culture focusing on Five Key Principles:  Quality, Customer Service, Global Cooperation, Employee Development, and Continuous Improvement. Dave has an MBA from the University of Phoenix, BS Mechanical Engineering Technology from RIT and an AAS Electronics Technology from Pennsylvania State University.

Brent Hoban joined Dresser-Rand in 2010 after graduating from Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Manufacturing Management. He started at their Painted Post Operation in a management trainee position then transitioned to a role in assembly and test cell doing a combination of planning, supervision, and process improvement. In 2015, he worked as a quality engineer focused on root cause analysis and corrective action on warranty and field issues. He has been in his current role as Quality Manager since 2016.

Vickie Kamataris has been working in a “quality” role since she was 20 years old, as an Air Force Sergeant flight line expeditor responsible for the safety and on-time launch of the aircraft in her squadron. After the military, she became a registered professional nurse where, again, she gravitated toward quality and education. In 1996, she learned about Six Sigma and decided to do whatever it took to get her hands on that knowledge, leaving a hospital leadership role and becoming a contract occupational health and safety manager for GE Aviation. She certified (twice) as a GB, BB, and MBB by GE and served as the corporate quality lead for healthcare and medical programs. Vickie is the principal of an independent consultancy and teaches leadership, change management, Lean, and Six Sigma and leads high-risk process improvement projects or mentors LSS candidates leading projects in a variety of industries and settings.

Amy Jo Reitter has been involved in continuous improvement throughout her career by applying DMAIC, Lean, quality and statistics. These tools have been applied through engineering, supervisory and quality roles while working in five different plants at Corning and Xerox. Amy Jo is currently the Quality Manager and Performance Excellence (continuous improvement) champion at Corning’s Fairport plant. She is one of Corning’s instructors for the DMAIC Green Belt course. Amy Jo’s MS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research is from the Pennsylvania State University and her BA in Mathematics is from Alfred University.

Please join us Thursday, November 16, 2017 at Tags, 3037 State Route 352, Big Flats, NY

Registration:              5:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Dinner:                       6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Speaker:                     7:00 p.m.

Cost:  $25.00 for members and for non-members
All forms of payment accepted – cash, check and credit cards.
Make checks payable to ASQ Section 0202.  All major credit cards accepted.

Reservations:  Two ways to register no later than Monday, November 12, 2017 at 7:00pm 

  1. Online registration with credit card payment – Preferred.  If registering for more than 1 person, please add additional names to notes on payment page.
  2. E-mail asq.ce.section202@gmail.com and pay at the door.

Payment can be refunded, if notification is given 48 hours before the event to asq.ce.section202@gmail.com.  All others, cancellations later than 48 hours before the event can be invoiced.

** Non-members are welcome and encouraged to attend **

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