ASQ-LA Quality News
October 2012
In This Issue
October 10th Member Meeting
Message from the Chair
New Members
Certification Exams
ASQLA Leadership Team


Welcome to the October Issue of the ASQ-LA Newsletter.

Looking forward to see you at our October 10th Member Meeting @ Mattel in El Segundo. If you plan to attend the meeting, YOU MUST RSVP to 
Chen Low 310-334-7044, pager 310-353-8293 or e-mail [email protected], no-later-than Noon on Monday, October 8th, so he can get the list of attendees to Mattel Security.
Looking forward to your attendance at this month's program.
Harold Martinez
Newsletter Chair


ASQLA MEMBER MEETING - October 10, 2012
Ron Lombrano
"The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Root Cause and Corrective Action"


Please join the ASQLA Section 0700 for its monthly member meeting on October 17, 2012. The meeting will be held at Mattel in El Segundo, CA. This meeting is an opportunity to network with other Quality professionals and to learn about current techniques and technologies. Our speaker this month is Mr. Ron Lombrano speaking on  "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Root Cause and Corrective Action".


Ron Lombrano will share with us the intricacies of identifying problems, annotating those problems, and moving from identification to planning solutions and making sure the solutions are effective. As Quality professionals we are all faced with nonconformances that effect product, processes and personal safety.


The methods and concepts developed in this presentation have been developed in conjunction with AS9100 internal auditors. It must be noted that the root cause, corrective action concept presented is well proven in the defense and aerospace industry workplace.


The goal of this presentation is to make you and your fellow co-workers the most successful problem solvers ever.


Ron has over 25 years of experience and has held several managerial positions in Operations, Quality and Mission Assurance in automotive and aerospace industries. Currently he is a manager of Audits and Surveillance at the Raytheon Company.


Ron holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from California State University Long Beach.


He is a member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and is certified as a Quality Auditor (CQA) by the American Society for Quality. He is trained as a RABQSA Lead AS9100 Auditor 


The program will be held at 2nd Floor Main Conference Room at Mattel 333 Continental Boulevard El Segundo, CA 90245-5012. This meeting is an opportunity to network with other Quality Professionals, learn about quality related topics and earn 0.3 Recertification Units. Registration and networking starts at 5:30 PM. The meeting runs from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. Crackers, Cookies, Coffee & Water will be provided at no charge. 
You MUST RSVP to Chen Low 310-334-7044, pager 310-353-8293 or e-mail [email protected], no-later-than Noon on Monday, October 8th, so he can get the list of attendees to Mattel Security.   




Message from the Chair - Lane Parrott


On Saturday I was in a reflective mood. Among my thoughts was our ISO 9001 Recertification Audit coming up in March 2013. I typically lay out the Audit Preparation Plan six months in advance. To get motivated I went on the DNV website to see if there were any new seminars. I stumbled upon a free webinar: The next version of ISO 9001 - What to expect. Excellent immediate gratification!


The webinar was given by Nigel Croft, who is the Chairman of ISO Subcommittee ISO/TC 176/SC 2, Quality Systems. He provided an interesting perspective on the original mission of the standard and the mission of ISO 9001: 2015.


Original Mission:

To establish generic quality management system requirements that provide the foundations to build confidence in goods and services delivered throughout the supply chain to organizations and people worldwide.


ISO 9001: 2015 Mission:

To develop High Quality voluntary international standards which facilitate international exchange of goods and services, supports sustainable and equitable economic growth, promotes innovation and protects health, safety and the environment.


The above mission was influenced by an extensive survey, which indicated the following global concerns:

  • Increased customer expectations for confidence in products and services
  • Increasing use of QMS standards for global trade
  • Increased use of ISO 9001 by various industry sectors: Healthcare, Aerospace, government, telecommunication
  • Credibility of 3rd party certification
  • Drive for greater efficiency (lean initiatives)
  • Increased sophistication of quality management tools
  • Increasing regulatory emphasis on public health and safety (food, medical devices)

Future concepts taken into consideration in ISO 9001: 2015 include the following:

  • Integration of "Risk Based thinking"
  • Better alignment with business processes
  • Outputs matter (product conformity and process effectiveness)
  • Knowledge Management
  • Life Cycle Management 

In summary:

The primary use of the standard is to provide confidence in companies products.

The secondary purpose is organizational improvement.

"ISO 9001 is a documented system NOT a system of documents."


I look forward to seeing you and hearing your thoughts at the October Meeting.




Lane Parrott

Section 0700 Chair
[email protected]


For information on placing an ad through ASQLA, contact Advertising Chair at (310)383-2393, [email protected].



Membership Chair Report

By Lisa Uhrig




MRJoseph SweeneyCapstone Turbine Corporation
Nathanael L. Huffman
MSMarylisa Black
Marion SchmidtKaiser Permanente
MRMichael B. MenendezThe Walt Disney Company
MRRobert Gifford
MRGustavo HerreraThibiant Int.
MSShelly X HuThibiant International
Jessica Davis
Narbeh HakoupianCrane Aerospace & Electronics
David H. TofuriNorthrop Grumman
James F. FisherAmvac Chemical Corp
George TolomiczenkoUniversity of Southern California
Daniel CreadonCeilings Plus
Tonya NowakowskiHathaway-Sycamores
Alvaro CollazosCrane Aerospace
Tony TranBeats By Dre (beats Electronics, LLC)
Deborah CollierPHIC




ASQ Certification Exams


Application Deadline

October 12, 2012


Late Application

Fee ($50) Deadline

October 17, 2012


Exam Date

December 1, 2012




Quality Engineer(CQE)

Quality Auditor(CQA)

Six Sigma Green Belt (SSGB)

Software Quality Eng. (CSQE)

Quality Improvement Assoc (CQIA)

Calibration Technician(CCT)

Quality Process Analyst (CQPA)


Application Deadline

January 11, 2013


Late Application

Fee ($50) Deadline

January 16, 2013


Exam Date

March 2, 2013




Six Sigma Black Belt(SSBB)

Mgr of Qual/Org Excel (CMQ/OE)

Quality Inspector(CQI)

Quality Technician(CQT)

Biomedical Auditor(CBD)

Reliability Engineer(CRE)

HACCP Auditor(CHA)





for more information.


Cal State Dominguez Hills BSQA & MSQA Programs

sponsor certification preparation courses, See certification

page on


Is it time for recertification?

Send your package to Joe DeSimone,

Recertification Chair at

P.O. Box 1291, San Pedro, CA 90731.






Time: 5:30 - 6:00 Networking & Dinner

6:00 - 8:00 Meeting


CSUDH Extended Education Bldg

1000 Victoria St., Carson, CA 90745

Contact: Lane Parrott, Chair

(310) 489-9018

[email protected],

Dates: 1st Wednesday of the Month




Officers & Committee Chairs of ASQ Los Angeles Section 700


CHAIR: Lane Parrott - (310) 489-9018 - [email protected]


SECRETARY: Catherine Martin - 310-616-0936 [email protected]

TREASURER: Jim Morrison - (310) 541-1417 - [email protected]

PAST CHAIR/Executive Advisory: Chen Low - (310) 334-7044 - [email protected]
Arrangements:  Chen Low - (310) 334-7044 - [email protected]

 Job Listing: Armen Yeghoian - 818-912-9272 - [email protected]

Website Chair: Open

Membership: Lisa Uhrig - - 310-283-1197 [email protected]

 Education: Bill Trappen - (760)723-7718 -[email protected]

CSUDH Liaison: Milt Krivokuca - (949) 892-7994 - [email protected]

Certification: Joe DeSimone - (424) 772-6371 -[email protected]

Re-certification: Joe DeSimone - (424) 772-6371 - [email protected]

Newsletter: Harold Martinez - (310) 214-1606 -[email protected]

Awards and Recognition: Imre Fischer -(949)493-3914 - [email protected]

Quality Management Process (QMP): Lane Parrott - (310) 489-9018 - [email protected]

Financial Audit: Michael Schaffer - (310)895-0802  [email protected]

Simon Collier Quality Award:  Imre Fischer - (949) 493-3914 [email protected]

    Programs: Open

Publicity & Advertising Chair: : Alan Wang - (310)383-2393 - [email protected]