My dear quality colleagues,
I hope you had a great Holiday Season in company of your loved ones and that this new year brings you great things.
With the start of a new year, a new chapter in our lives begins. Just like a blank piece of paper, the new year awaits for us to write our own chapter of accomplishments as well as failures. Both of them are important in the cycle of life. To reach where we want to be, we must be bold, take chances and drive with the spirit to conquer our dreams. Don’t let obstacles stand in your way, find their purpose and use them as stepping stones to get you where you want to be. Let’s make 2016, a chapter in our lives that fulfills our intellectual, physical and spiritual needs on our way to conquer our dreams.
For those that I have not have the pleasure to meet, my name is Dieter Eckstein. I have been given the honor to be at your service as the Chair of our ASQ Section 0701 for 2016. I have been serving our section for a little over 4 years, starting as the Historian/Newsletter Editor, and the last 2 years as the Vice-Chair. Inspired by a great group of Professionals that are passionate about Quality and helping others with their professional careers, I decided to not complain and volunteer some of my time to join them in making a difference.
Our Leadership Committee and I discussed and approved a Business Plan for 2016 with objectives that include membership growth, membership retention, membership value, provide valuable certification opportunities, and provide resources to our local business communities to name some. We are aiming at giving YOU, our members the best value for being part of our ASQ Section. I am counting on our Leadership Committee to engage with me the actions to be bold, take our chances and drive our section to a better place. However, we are only half of the success story, we still need YOU to be there to take advantage of it all.
I invite you to take advantage of the programs and resources that we will make available to you to further your careers. Make it a point to join us at our dinner meetings, seminars, other activities and programs throughout the year. Don’t under estimate the importance of knowledge and networking opportunities that our section brings to you. There is always a new thought, a new angle, that can be the piece of the puzzle that you could have been missing to take your career to the next level.
Lastly, I want to thank Anet Ant for her contributions as the Chair for our section in the last couple of years. As one of youngest Leaders, she brought to our section a very important infusion of youth that our section needs to continue being a benchmark ASQ group for generations to come. She has been a great ambassador for our section at the World Conference for Quality and Improvement, Regional events and other activities within our section. I wish Anet the best in her future endeavors and I look forward to her future contributions and achievements.
May you, your families and friends be blessed with a great 2016!
Dieter Eckstein, BSBM, CQM/OE, CQA
ASQ Section 0701 Chair