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November 14, 2017 Dinner Meeting Information

RU Points = 0.3

Applying Histograms and Run Charts in Supply Chain Management

Speaker: Kevin R. Kensinger

Kevin is the Principal Consultant for the StoneCross Group, LLC and has over 25 years of experience in Operational Improvement Consulting and industry, giving him a particularly valuable perspective of business solutions.  He has advised Fortune 200 clients, and yet has been on the front lines implementing business solutions as a senior manager within industry.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Management/Computer Science/Accounting from Purdue University and master’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Boston University, along with numerous professional designations, including ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, CQE, CQA, and Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Has led 400+ continuous improvement teams in a wide range of industries and applied Lean Manufacturing/Six Sigma principles to drive dramatic improvements in on-time performance, customer satisfaction, and cost reduction. 

Kevin has held positions with several consulting firms during his career, to include Coopers & Lybrand, KPMG, Grant Thornton, and BKD.  He was a founding partner in EMG Consulting, which focused on Supply Chain Management, particularly Demand Planning.  In industry, Kevin has held director level positions in Operations, Quality Management, Business Transformation, and Systems Analysis.

Other Certification/Associations

  • Certified in Production and Inventory Control, American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS)
  • US Army, Lt. Colonel, Retired

When:  Tuesday, November 14, 2017

5:50 p.m.: Pre-meeting session (setting up, early networking)

6:00 p.m.: Registration and networking

6:30 p.m.: Dinner

7:30 p.m.: Presentation begins



1550 US Hwy 41

Schererville, IN 46375

(219) 864-0077

Cost: $25.00


– A choice of Chicken Tortilla Soup or House Salad with Ranch or Blue Cheese, or Balsamic Vinaigrette

Main Entrée (Choose One):

Option 1: Grilled Korean chicken, with gochujang (a Korean hot chili paste) sauce, served with charred pineapple brown rice, garlic green beans, and pineapple relish

Option 2: 4 oz. Petite Center-Cut Filet Mignon, served with honest gold mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus

Option 3: Grilled Atlantic Salmon basted with lemon-dill butter and served with honest gold mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus

Vegetarian Option: Fettuccine Alfredo in a rich, buttery cream sauce with fontina, provolone and grated romano.

Dessert (Choose One):

– Chocolate Rhubarb Crème Brulee or Vanilla Ice Cream

*   Beverages (included): Diet/Non-Diet Soda, Coffee, Hot Tea, Iced Tea

** Cash Bar

Please register by end of business day on Monday, November 13, 2017 at

 Hope to see you there!!

October 17, 2017 Dinner Meeting Information

Presentation: Supplier and Internal Quality Audits. 

The presentation will focus primarily on Supplier Qualification and Process audits, and will include a few key components required for a successful internal audit program.  It is meant to provide advice on strategies that may not be in the “Manual”, from pre-audit planning to closure, avoiding time consuming tactics, and what’s most important to look for when limited for time.  

Presenter: Paul Richards

Paul Richards is a Senior Member of ASQ, a Certified Quality Auditor, and a Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence. He is a Supplier Quality Lead Engineer and Senior Auditor at GE Healthcare in Waukesha, WI. Paul also performs an internal audit service for smaller medical device companies and is a Lead Auditor with Malkan Solutions, a consulting group focused on providing supply chain and quality solutions.

 He began working in the printing field after obtaining an Associate degree in Printing and Publishing from Milwaukee Area Technical College. Paul was employed in rotogravure, offset and flexographic printing.

One of the printing companies offered an opportunity to work in the Quality function. Their primary customer base was in the medical industry, and they produced printed packaging for everything from surgeon’s glove envelopes to bandages and dressings. He eventually took on the role as Quality Manager. Paul earned a BA degree in Management in 2006 from Ottawa University.

 In 2007 GE Healthcare offered an opportunity in Waukesha, WI for a Quality Engineer which Paul accepted. In 2010 he moved on to become a Supplier Quality Lead Engineer in the Services group.

He has also taken on responsibilities as a Senior Auditor, Calibration Auditor and Training Auditor at GE Healthcare.

Paul resides in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin with his wife Kathie and two teenage children. They enjoy camping, bike riding and playing with their dog Bailey.

When:  Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

5:50 p.m.: Pre-meeting session (setting up, early networking)

6:00 p.m.: Registration and networking

6:30 p.m.: Dinner

7:30 p.m.: Presentation begins


 Location DOC’s Smokehouse & Craft Bar

19081 Old LaGrange Rd. #105

Mokena, IL 60448


(708) 995-5533

 Cost: $25.00

RU Points: 0.3


 Menu: Buffet Style Dinner


 – Smoked Onion Dip with Housemade Chips

– Tossed Salad (Mixed greens, Carrot, Cucumber, Tomato), with Ranch & Balsamic Dressings
– Entrees: Smoked Wings, Smoked & Sliced Turkey, and Smoked Beef Brisket
– Sides: Bacardi Baked Beans, Crispy Brussel Sprouts– Buns, BBQ Sauces, & Pickles are included.
– Dessert: Jumbo Cookies
– Beverages (included): Non-Alcoholic Beverages included, except coffee (The venue does not carry any coffee products in house)

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September 19th, 2017 Section 1213 Dinner Meeting

Join ASQ Section 1213 at our monthly dinner meeting at True BBQ & Whiskey Bar, 8940 Calumet Ave., in Munster, IN, on September 19th, 2017.  Registration and networking session begin at 6:00 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m., and presentation at 7:30 p.m.

Our Speaker is John Allwood.  He will be presenting on the topic, “Standard Work is a Verb: The Quality Perspective.”


John’s presentation takes the message of Standard Work from his book, “Standard Work is a Verb: A Playbook for LEAN Manufacturing” and relates it to some real time / real life situations demonstrating the impact on quality that Standard Work in action can and does have. The anecdotes are relatable to many manufacturing situations that we encounter in the field every day. Tangible connections between the presented examples and contemporary expectations of Continuous Improvement can easily be drawn. 

Speaker’s Bio:  


John Allwood was introduced to the Toyota production system while working at Tuthill Pump, Alsip Illinois in the 1990’s. That is where he met Bob Pentland, who is featured in Chapter 8 of Womak’s “LEAN Thinking” book. In 1998 Bob was brought in as the company’s LEAN consultant, and shortly thereafter, Tuthill Corporation began a ten year transformation to The Tuthill Business System; this under the watchful eye of Mr. Pentland.

John was appointed Tuthill Pump’s Change Agent early in the journey, and served as such for the next eight years. He then transitioned into serving as Product Line Manager over and entire value stream including 5 machining cells and an assembly cell. After that, John took his LEAN show on the road, serving in engineering and management positions and found that LEAN was not very well understood from the Standard Work perspective, apart from the company where he had spent the previous decade. John also encountered and received training in several “LEAN interpretations”, all of which conspicuously lacked in the focus on Standard Work. John has had to come up with creative ways in which to practice LEAN and promote Standard Work upstream as the opportunity has presented itself.

Over the years, John has also developed a strong sense of what it takes for an organization to make the transition to an enterprise that is BEing LEAN instead of just DOing LEAN things. The failure modes that have gotten in the way of change have provided as many valuable lessons as the successful endeavors have. The one thing that John has learned over the years is that DO-ing leads to BE-ing and that activity is the best medicine for dealing with the fear of change. This has led him to write the book, “Standard Work is a Verb: A Playbook for LEAN Manufacturing”.

To learn more, visit

When:  Tuesday, September 19th, 2017
5:50 p.m.: Pre-meeting session (setting up, early networking)
6:00 p.m.: Registration and networking
6:30 p.m.: Dinner
7:30 p.m.: Presentation begins

True BBQ & Whiskey Bar
8940 Calumet Ave.
Munster, IN 46321
(219) 836-2122

Cost: $25.00

Menu Selections:
– Chips and Pickles
– Appetizer: House Smoked Pulled Pork Sliders with goat cheese, greens, and a raspberry BBQ sauce
– Side Salad
– Entrees (Choose One): Smoked Beef Brisket, BBQ Grilled Chicken Breast, or Dry Rubbed Atlantic Salmon
– Sides (Choose One): Coleslaw, Yukon Mashed Potatoes, Sautéed Green Beans, or White Cheddar Mac-N-Cheese
– Desserts (Choose One): Peanut Butter Pie or Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
– Beverages (included): diet and non-diet sodas, coffee, iced tea, and hot tea.


Please register by end of business day on Monday, September 18th, 2017 at

Hope to see you there!!