Chair Message

Message from Section 1510 Chair, April, 2017

Warm greetings to all from ASQ Southeast Florida Section 1510,  

Our March 14th, 2017 Joint dinner meeting of Section 1510 and Section 1515 held at Tropical Acres in Fort Lauderdale proved to be another successful event!   Our door price was an Oster Extra Large Dura Ceramic Panini Maker and Grill and was won by none other than Eduardo M. Suarez, Section 1510 immediate past Chair, Secretary of ASME Miami Chapter and Commissioner of the City of Sweetwater in Miami Dade County! Hope he is enjoying delicious paninis! Our speaker was Steve Crutchley, Founder, C2CSmart Compliance.  Steve has more than 40 years' experience  in Business Management and IT, both in the USA and internationally.  He is a content expert related to regulations, standards and best practices.  He is the founder of C2CSmart Compliance, a Specialist Risk, Governance and Compliance firm based in Virginia and regularly takes assignments supporting Compliance and privacy initiatives for clients.  He is an accredited IRCA trainer and implementer for ISO/IEC 27001 as well as a third party registrar assessor for ISO 27001.   His presentation topic was titled "Why Adopt an Information Security Standard?" and discussed how an ISMS is a systematic approach to managing sensitive company information so that it remains secure. It includes people, processes and IT systems by applying a risk management approach and can help small, medium and large businesses in any sector keep information assets secure. ISO/IEC 27001:2005 Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) - specifies the requirements for establishing, implementing, operating, monitoring, reviewing, maintaining, and improving a documented Information Security Management System within the context of the organization's overall business risks. Thank you Steve, for your enlightening presentation, making us aware of ISO 27001 and the importance of understanding our risk in our continual changing business world!  

Our event for April will consist of a Plant Tour  at Vista Color Corporation and it will take place on April 25th, 2017 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.  Space is limited to the first 25 registrants of Sections 1510 and 1515 members.  Vista Color is a designer and manufacturer of paperboard folding cartons, over 48 years and 2 generations in business. Its workforce of 120  and climate control facility are key components of an efficient cGMP workflow guaranteeing quality and consistency. Vista Color serves pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, health and beauty, food, and other products.  It is located at 1418 NW 78th Ave in Miami.

Section 1510 continues to offer multiple classes including refresher courses for the ASQ exams Plus Internal Auditing for Quality Systems and Blueprint Reading. Payment is not required until there is a minimum of 5 students registered. You will be notified if the course can be offered for you to submit payment as soon as possible so that the books be available the first day of classes.

Please check our Newsletter, Website, and/or LinkedIn for details. I encourage all to attend the Section Meetings and facility tours. Take advantage of our classes, seminars, and refresher courses to enhance your professional experience in the quality discipline. Meet your peers while networking and earn Recertification Units (RUs) by participating in all three activities. I hope to see you at these events.


Maria C. Graña

Chair, ASQ Section 1510