New Supplier Quality Certification available

ASQ recently launched its newest certification designed for supplier quality professionals who work with an organization’s supply chain and suppliers to continuously improve performance of key system components. The Certified Supplier Quality Professional (CSQP) exam, developed by member leaders and sponsored by the Customer-Supplier Division, will be first administered during the September/October computer-based testing exam window. Among other topics, the certification exam tests knowledge on supplier strategy; business governance, ethics, and compliance; relationship management; and supplier performance monitoring and improvement. We are now accepting applications for the first available exam window in September/October for the CSQP exam. The deadline is August 15. Go to to apply.

Portland Section Receives RD Gold Award!


Beth Rice, ASQ Portland Section Chair, on behalf of the Leadership Team, received the Regional Director Gold Award for 2015, which was presented by Regional Director Ed Landauer at our January 2016 dinner meeting.
This award is given for excellence in providing member value and quality opportunities, as well as implementing innovations and meeting the Section’s Business Plan and ASQ’s requirements for Section reporting.
Congratulations to the Portland Section Leadership Committee for achieving this award for the third year in a row!

Welcome to ASQ Portland Section

The mission of ASQ Portland Section 0607 is to serve the quality needs of our members, whether you live and work in Oregon, in neighboring Washington, or around the world. We encourage and welcome your suggestions regarding ways we can serve you better, to help to enrich your life and your career. You may email us at

Monthly meetings, plant tours, and workshops can give you recertification (RU) credits.

ASQPDX Upcoming Events

Tues, Dec 5th, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PST
Achieving Excellence Throughout the Supply Chain: An Introduction to Performance Excellence and the Baldrige CriteriaDeborah Ameen
Doug Nelson
Frank O'Connor
Lakefront Room, Lakefront Grille, Tualatin, Oregon

Eventbrite - Malcolm Baldridge Award

APICS/ASQ/PENW December 5th Meeting

Lakefront Room, Lakefront Grille, Tualatin, Oregon




Caesar salad

Artisan Bread 

Iced tea and lemonade

Stumptown Coffee

Assorted teas


*Alternate menus are available.


APICS/ASQ/PENW December 5th Meeting; Lakefront Room, Lakefront Grille, Tualatin, Oregon

Achieving Excellence Throughout the Supply Chain: An Introduction to Performance Excellence and the Baldrige Criteria

  • Are your processes consistently effective?
  • Do your approaches address your organization’s needs?
  • How good are your results?
  • Is your organization learning and improving?

Understanding and using the Baldrige Criteria can improve the organizational excellence of your business. It will support your preparation to submit an application to Performance Excellence Northwest. This presentation will provide guidance on the Baldrige Criteria and the application process. Addressing of selected criteria through the APICS and ASQ BOK and relationship to Certifications will be discussed.

The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award is administered by the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, which is based at and managed by NIST. The award recognizes U.S. organizations in the business, health care, education, and nonprofit sectors for performance excellence. The Baldrige Award is the only formal recognition of the performance excellence of both public and private U.S. organizations given by the President of the United States.

Speaker Bios:

Deborah Ameen, Performance Excellence Northwest

Deborah is Director of Strategy for AllCare Health in Grants Pass, OR and a member of the Board of Directors of Performance Excellence Northwest. Deborah has experience in complex health systems and non-profit organizations. Her professional goal is to engage communities and organizations in using a performance excellence framework to meet missions and achieve visions; to engage workforce, customers and stakeholders; and to manage processes and teams in order to deliver outcomes efficiently and effectively.


Doug is the current Regional Director for ASQ Region 6A (Region 6A serves Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and Utah). He also serves on the leadership teams of Portland ASQ and Portland APICS. He holds designations as CFPIM and CSCP from APICS. He has served as examiner of awards for excellence for organizations based on EFQM, Malcolm Baldrige, and other internationally accepted awards criteria. He served on the jury panel of the Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award (SKEA), Abu Dhabi, UAE, 13th Cycle, 2014.


Frank is the current Director of Education for the Portland Chapter of APICS.  After completing a career in the United States Air Force and with more than twenty-five years in industry as a supply chain and operations manager, Frank is into his third career as an educator.  He has been instructing APICS certification review courses and seminars since 2000 and is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Portland and the Oregon Institute of Technology where he teaches Supply Chain and Operations Management classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  He is a Certified Fellow in Production and Inventory Management, Certified Supply Chain Professional, and Certified in Logistics, Transportation, and Distribution.




The Section elected these officers for the coming year:
ASQ Portland Section held elections for 2018 officer positions at the June meeting.


Section Chair – Terri Tufts              Secretary – Jean Fryer

Chair-elect – Duane Purcell            Treasurer – Susan Chow 




Become a Section 607 Member!

For ASQ members who have only the basic E-Section membership, you can join our local Portland Section 0607 for $20, payable online at under Membership / upgrade. You will receive our ASQPD’X-tra’ newsletter by email, which gives you information about workshops, seminars, webinars and classes for professional development and Recertification Units, as well as the monthly Section meetings.

Join ASQ Portland on LinkedIn

Our ASQ Portland Section 0607 now has a LinkedIn Group site and is inviting all our ASQ Portland section members to join. The more members we have participating, the richer the content and the more powerful the discussions on quality topics for everyone. Please take a moment to log into your LinkedIn account and request to join our ASQ Portland Group site. Here are the easy to follow steps:

From your LinkedIn Home page in the upper right hand corner you will see a search box labeled ‘People’. Click on the pulldown next to ‘People’ & select ‘Group’. In the Group text box type in ‘ASQ Portland Section 0607’. You will be prompted to request to join. Simply request to join & Curtis Firstman will quickly grant you access to the ASQ group site. It’s that easy! We’re looking forward to having fun sharing our ideas, concepts, thoughts and discussions.