Dear quality colleagues,
Leadership is not just a skill; it is a personal quality that projects to in‐
spire others to succeed. For over ten years, I have witnessed and benefited from individuals in our ASQ Section that have been exemplary leaders in our community. One of those leaders is Dave Nagy, whom I
had the honor to present Dave our 2014 Member Leader Excellence Award at our February dinner meeting.
Dave joined our ASQ 701 SecƟon Leader Committee in 1998. His contributions for the last 17 years included serving as a Membership Chair, Booster/Outreach Chair, Vice Chair, Chair, and up to last year, he was our iconic Programs Chair in which he served for 8 years. His energy and wit provided the
foundation and leadership for a myriad of valuable clinics and dinner presentations, and other great programs for our section. The crowds responded to his effort by showing up to learn. Attendance for our events went from about an average of 40 attendees to nearly 100, where we currently are.
These are pretty impressive contributions, but from personal experience I can say that his
contributions have been much larger. There are many members, like myself, that have learned career tools and raised their careers because of the things that Dave taught us himself or found great experts to share with us their insights and “success.” I am a better professional because of Dave. I know from speaking to our members, I am not the only one that has benefited from Dave’s leadership.
We need more people like Dave in our professional communities! We need the next generation of volunteers that will continue to carry the torch for our section and continue to strive for excellence. We need volunteers to fill current Section Leadership roles and I have asked our Section Leaders to work with volunteers that would like to be mentored into being a leader in our section. Our immediate volunteer openings include Voice of the Customer Chair, Internet Liaison, Arrangements Chair, Financial Audit Chair, and Recertifications. If you are interested, contact me and let’s talk about finding a role you can volunteer and learn from. The benefits include “real world” experience performing critical tasks for our section, learning skills from some of the top leaders in our area, and most importantly, networking opportunities.
Last month, Jeffrey Snoddy, our Social Media Chair, informed us that will be focusing in his work and school activities, and stepping down from his role. Jeff helped our section rescue our website from being hacked and not functional, he also improved the website and social media use. He designed presentations for the World Conference and other numerous key tasks for our team.
Stan Themea has also stepped down from the VOC Chair role after about four years. His contributions include the yearly member survey and bringing the results to our Leadership committee to take actions.
On behalf of our section, I would like to thank Jeff and Stan for their contributions and I
would like to wish them the best in their future endeavors.
Dieter Eckstein, BSBM, ASQ CMQ/OE, CQA
SecƟon Chair, ASQ Orange Empire 0701