Sam Windsor, Master Black Belt

Sam Windsor has more than twenty years of experience in the quality profession, including sales and materials management. Currently the director of purchasing at Filtronic Comtek in Maryland, Windsor directly oversees the entire purchasing and supplier-development processes. His activities in Six Sigma, continuous improvement and quality have led to significant cost reduction in excess of $2 million—for an operation that purchases in excess of $40 million annually.

At Filtronic Comtek, Windsor also has served as director of quality. As a member of the company president’s senior management staff, he was responsible to for developing and implementing a global quality planning and documentation system for a $400 million company. Windsor directly led a Six Sigma improvement project, resulting in a bottom-line contribution of $384,000, and driving PPM from 16000 to under 300 in four months. He also oversaw the development and implementation of an ISO 9001-1994 compliant quality system—registered and granted in less than one year, during which time the company's revenues more than doubled.

Windsor holds an associate degree in medical engineering, a bachelor's degree in engineering and a master's degree in business. Windsor is a an ASQ fellow and currently holds ASQ certifications as Six Sigma Black Belt, Reliability Engineer, Quality Engineer, Quality Auditor, Quality Inspector and Quality Manager. In addition to these qualifications he teaches quality and statistical control at the college level. Windsor has experience in industries such as defense, pharmaceutical, Industrial products and telecommunications. In 2000, Sam also started a private consulting and training company providing quality and continuous improvement training. In addition to his activities in his company and at Filtronic Comtek, he also remains active in ASQ where he is both a local and divisional officer. He speaks at local and national quality and manufacturing events on topics including quality, manufacturing statistics and Six Sigma.

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