ASQ Tucson Old Pueblo Section (TOPS)

The American Society for Quality (ASQ) has been the leading quality improvement organization in the United States for more than 50 years. Its members have initiated most of the quality methods used throughout the world, including statistical process control, quality cost measurement and control, total quality management, failure analysis, and zero defects.

Upcoming Events

Joint Meeting with APICS October 14, 2014 @ Old Pueblo Grille
Oct 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Please save the date for a joint APICS & ASQ Meeting on October 14, 2014 at the Old Pueblo Grille and sign up at:

2014 National Quality Education Conference @ Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
Nov 16 – Nov 17 all-day

2014 NEQC

Innovation for System-Wide Improvement and Beyond

School systems and universities have come under increasing scrutiny to demonstrate achievements and improvement in everything from test scores to degree completion. Many K-12 and post-secondary institutions have derived innovative ways to address the myriad challenges they face, and they also stretch beyond their own boundaries to share their learnings with others. When educational excellence is shared among districts, regions, and nations, all of these entities benefit. Learn methods to improve outcomes and build sustainability in your PK-12 districts and institutions of Higher Education at this year’s National Quality Education Conference. International educators and educators within the United States who have shared their improvement practices beyond their districts or colleges are encouraged to share their best practices.

2015 ASQ Lean and Six Sigma Conference @ Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs
Mar 2 – Mar 3 all-day

2015 ASQ Lean and Six Sigma Conference

Leading the Quality Journey Through Lean and Six Sigma

The quality journey is something that exists upon a continuum of excellence, and all organizations contend with it. Every organization remains in a state of constant motion—moving closer to or further away from the excellence they seek. The quality journey provides an opportunity for organizations to achieve the goals and level of excellence toward which they strive. This journey is one of many stages, and each presents challenges and circumstances that lean and Six Sigma methodologies can address.

The efforts made to embrace and implement lean and Six Sigma tools and methodologies can produce results along this journey, but those results need to be sustained. Solidifying those results is often a challenge that requires commitment and the development of a culture that supports continuous improvement, matches accountability with empowerment, and inspires innovation.

2015 World Conference on Quality and Improvement @ Gaylord Opryland Resort
May 4 – May 6 all-day


Transforming the World Through Innovation, Inspiration, and Leadership

The quality journey is one that all organizations travel. Whether consciously or unconsciously, under the title of quality or something else, all organizations use and need quality. As competition and the complexity of the global market grow, more and more organizations are embracing the need to think differently and inspire their employees. Some look to grow the number of tools and techniques at their disposal so that they may find the solutions they seek. Others may search for implementation strategies that produce the best results, and still others may look for methods to sustain the results they’ve already achieved. Those organizations that are most established in their journey understand that the key to their success lies within the culture of their organization. They have found ways to establish, transform, and sustain work environments in which innovation is fostered, leadership is shared, and all are aligned to a common vision. They have seen the results that these cultures produce and the creativity they inspire. They have discovered the key to establishing a culture of quality.

The influence quality has today is broader than in any other time in history. The ability it has to transform organizations and communities continues to be demonstrated in a growing number of ways. It is within this setting that the 2015 World Conference on Quality and Improvement offers a forum of ideas and an international network of thought leaders, experts, and peers who are eager to share their best practices, tested solutions, and proven results.


Section News

We have updated our web site since there was issues with the old,  what do you  think of the great new look ?

We are starting to plan for 2015 and are looking for more volunteers to help the organization to run. If you would help please reply to [email protected]

If you have any suggestions for speakers and topics please let us know we are currently planning the fall and spring membership meetings.

Please make nominations or suggestions or volunteer for positions in ASQ.  Please return this to me ASAP  @  [email protected]

  • Chair
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Membership
  • Internet
  • Communications
  • Audit Chair
  • Newsletter Chair
  • Nominating Chair
  • Programs Chair
  • Education Chair
  • Voice of Customer
  • Certifications Chair
  • Historian
  • Arrangements Chair
  • QMP Chair
  • SARSEF Chair

Thanks you all for your time and talents

Patricia Gorman Current

Elias MonrealElias R. Monreal 41, of Tucson, passed away July 19, 2014. He was born October 1, 1972 and is survived by Rosa Maria Resendez Monreal (Mother), Jose C. Monreal (Father), Yvonne L. Monreal (Wife) and three children, Crystal Lopez, Paulina Vianne and Zionni Elianni. Elias is also survived by one brother, one sister, mother-in-law, father-in-law, one brother-in-law, two sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews and a large extended family, including friends and professionals. Elias worked as a Quality Engineer at Industrial Tool, Die & Engineering (ITDE). He was actively involved with the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). He enjoyed food, competitive activities, hockey and soccer. Viewing will be at MARTINEZ FUNERAL CHAPELS, 2580 S. 6th Ave. on Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a Chapel Service beginning at 3:00 p.m. Elias, although we will miss you, we will always remember you with love.

Elias was a strong believer in education and held many certifications. A special account has been set up for donations for his children’s college fund through Bank of America account 457027647714. Those we love never truly leave us; they remain forever in our hearts. Elias, you will be greatly missed.
– In sorrow, Patricia Gorman 0707 Chair

Hello Fellow ASQ Certified Professionals,

In case we have not yet met at a recent ASQ function, please let me introduce myself. My name is Ron Gryniewicz, and I am the new Education Chair for ASQ-Tucson Chapter. ASQ-Tucson has not had an Education Chair or a schedule of educational courses for some time; the ASQ-Tucson Board and I would like to change that fact. However, before we can offer classes, we need to fill our “bullpen” with capable instructors.

If you are interested in joining ASQ Tucson’s team of instructors, please complete the Instructor Application and submit it to me. In addition, please provide a summary of your credentials or experience in teaching, presenting seminars/workshops, and other similar information.

Do feel free to contact me with any questions, comments or concerns that you may have.

Ron Gryniewicz
ASQ-Tucson Education Chair


Pima Community College Downtown Campus has been reserved for our 2014 Certification Testing.
Testing will be held on the following Saturdays:

  • June 7,2014
  • October 4,2014
  • December 6, 2014

Testing will be held in the Amethyst room of the Pima downtown campus.

You can view the PCC Campus Map and select Downtown Campus for information regarding parking and location.

Please visit to apply for a certification testing exam. The central ASQ site has all the information about each exam, including application deadlines, exam dates, and test sites.

Good Luck!