ASQ's Influential Voices are quality professionals and online influencers who raise the voice of quality on their personal blogs. Based around the world, the Influential Voices are passionate about improvement and other key issues in the quality community. They represent countries such as India, Ecuador, China, Malaysia, Australia, and the United States, and comprise a wide range of industries.
Argentina native Jimena Calfa is a systems engineer specializing in quality software. She also writes about using quality tools in everyday life at Let’s Talk About Quality.
Don Brecken, an ASQ Fellow, writes The Quality Advisor blog. Don is management faculty and Southwest Michigan business program advisor for Ferris State University. Don is also a practicing business improvement auditor and consultant; his background includes quality leadership, continuous improvement, operations learning and development, management consulting, quality auditing, quality system implementation, and business improvement auditing.
Edwin Garro is an industrial engineer and entrepreneur from Costa Rica. He is the CEO of PXS Performance Excellence Solutions, a training and consulting firm focused on organizational excellence. He is also involved in several startups. He blogs about all aspects of excellence in Spanish on PXS Global. Visit Edwin's Blog ››
Daniel John Zrymiak
Daniel John Zrymiak is from Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. He has worked in quality for two decades, mostly recently at Accenture as a Mobilization Lead. Daniel is active in ASQ as a Quality Press author and reviewer, member leader, and Technical Committee chair (Finance and Governance – Quality Management Division). He blogs at AQualitEvolution.
Babette N. Ten Haken
Babette is founder and president of sales at Aerobics for Engineers, LLC. She works to build revenue-producing business strategies for technical start-ups seeking investors and early customers. She is a professional mentor for the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps program, a Six Sigma Green Belt, and mentor at the Center for Entrepreneurship, University of Michigan. She has been recognized as one of the 2013 top 50 sales and marketing influencers. Her blog is called Sales Aerobics for Engineers.
Cesar Diaz Guevara
Cesar Diaz Guevara is ASQ’s Country Councilor in Ecuador, where he lives and blogs. He has a background in project analysis, quality systems, and quality management. He writes in English and Spanish at Calidad y Actitud.
John Hunter has a background in online quality information management. He has developed quality improvement methods and software at the quality management office of the Secretary of Defense and the White House Military Office. He blogs at Curious Cat Management Blog.
James Lawther describes himself as a “middle-aged middle manager.” He has worked in for numerous organizations, from supermarkets to tax collectors and has had several operational roles, including running the night shift for a frozen pea packing factory and doing operational research for a credit card company. Based in the U.K, he is head of insight and improvement at RSA. He blogs at Squawk Point.
Based in Hong Kong, China, Lotto Lai specializes in scientific research, quality assurance, and management. He is chairman and fellow in the Hong Kong Society for Quality. He blogs at Quality Alchemist.
Robert Mitchell has 30 years of quality experience in manufacturing, non-profit and civic organizations, and manages corporate quality and Lean Six Sigma operations at 3M. He is incoming chair of ASQ’s Minnesota section. He blogs at Quality Matters.
Tim McMahon is a quality manager and lean practitioner with expertise in lean manufacturing. He blogs at A Lean Journey.
Dr. Michael Noble writes the Making Medical Lab Quality Relevant blog. He is a medical microbiologist within the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Noble is a self-declared "medical qualitologist" actively involved in national and international standards development, and is a provider of quality-oriented education and laboratory quality assessment.
Nicole Radziwill is an assistant professor in the Department of Integrated Science and Technology at James Madison University. She writes about research in the quality field, quality consciousness, and innovation. Her blog is Quality and Innovation.
John Priebe is vice president of business quality for NBCUniversal and a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt with experience in process improvement, innovation, and quality control. He blogs at JohnPriebe.com
Scott Rutherford works in quality assurance at a nuclear shipyard, and specializes in performance improvement. He blogs at Square Peg Musings.
Based in Chennai, India, Rajan Thiyagarajan is delivery head at Tata Consultancy Services and a senior member of ASQ. He blogs at Quality Matters.
Jennifer Stepniowski is Communications Director at Pro QC International and an adjunct instructor at Hillsborough Community College. She blogs at Quality Time.
ASQ Fellow Manu Vora is chairman and president of Business Excellence, Inc. He is an expert in organizational excellence and the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. He blogs at Thoughts on Quality.
Anshuman Tiwari is a quality expert with experience as an industrial engineer, quality consultant, and program manager in industries ranging from textiles to financial services. Based in Bengaluru, India, he blogs at Quality—The Unfair Advantage.
Chad Walters is a lean consultant with Lean Blitz Consulting out of Augusta, Georgia, and blogs about Lean applications in sports organizations at the Lean Blitz Consulting blog. He has been practicing lean and continuous improvement for more than eight years. He is a Six Sigma Black Belt certified by ASQ and received his MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and B.S. in chemical engineering from Tri-State University in Angola, Indiana.
Guy Wallace is known for his consulting work, writings and presentations on performance analysis and curriculum architecture in large organizations. He blogs about performance improvement, curriculum design, and development at Eppic Inc.
Sunil Kaushik is a certified ASQ-SSBB, PMP, and SPSM with more than a decade of experience in project and quality management with Fortune 100 companies. He provides training on quality management at schools, universities, and corporations using innovative methods such as origami and food tasting. His next project is a round-the-world bicycle tour with a mission to train as many schools and universities on quality along the way as possible while explore high-quality street food across the globe. His blog is Train and Trot.
Luciana Paulise is a business consultant and founder of Biztorming Training & Consulting. She holds an MBA from CEMA University in Argentina, is a Quality Engineer Certified by ASQ, and a Senior ASQ member. Luciana has also participated as an examiner for the National Quality Award in Argentina. She blogs about quality and continuous improvement for small and medium size businesses, both in English and in Spanish.
Pam Schodt is an ASQ Certified Quality Engineer and a member of the Raleigh, North Carolina, section of ASQ, where she volunteers on the Communication Committee. Her blog, Quality Improvements in Work and Life, includes posts about certification testing, book reviews, and lifestyle issues. She also blogs about technology issues and gardening on two other blogs. Currently, she is active as an iStock photo contributor and social media advisor.
Influential Voices Alumni
Influential Voices alumni are bloggers who are taking a break from the program.
Sameer Chougle works in quality assurance with a construction and contracting company in Kuwait. He blogs at Maverick SAM and specializes in chemical engineering.
Paulo Sampaio is an assistant professor at the University of Minho and at the Lusiada University in Portugal. He’s also a quality management consultant with research interests in quality management. He blogs at Grupo da Excelência e da Qualidade.
David Levy is a quality assurance manager with a background in manufacturing. He is also an ASQ Fellow and member leader. He blogs at David on Quality.
Mark Graban is a consultant, author and speaker who covers lean healthcare. He blogs at Lean Blog.
Based in Mumbai, India, Suresh Lulla is founder and managing director of Qimpro, a quality consultancy. His background includes process improvement, business excellence, and benchmarking.
Mackin is author of The Team-Building Tool Kit series and founder of New Directions Consulting. She has a background in quality manufacturing and production, as well as organizational excellence. She writes at NDCBlogger.
Aimee Siegler is the global compliance manager at Benchmark Electronics. Her interests include supply chain management and communication, hazardous substance and risk management, and sustainability. She blogs at Thoughts on Quality in a Chaotic World.
Based in Spain, Guy Bigwood is the sustainability director of MCI, an association management company. He is responsible implementing corporate social responsibility throughout MCI’s 48 global offices, and manages a global consulting practice that provides strategic guidance to businesses, associations, governments, and the United Nations. His blog is Less Conversation More Action.
Based in Charleston, South Carolina, Shon Isenhour specializes in business process management, strategic planning, organizational change management, and reliability engineering. He has led improvement initiatives for industries such as pharmaceuticals, metals, petrochemical, paper, and power generation, among others. He is direction of education and work execution management at GPAllied. Shon writes about reliability on Reliability Now.
Bruce Waltuck has a background in process improvement in government and the public sector. He is interested in applying concepts of complex adaptive systems to the work of leading change. He blogs at Complexified.
Jeffrey Phillips is VP of marketing and a lead consultant for OVO Innovation. He has led innovation projects for numerous Fortune 500 firms, government entities, academic institutions, and non-profits. He encourages organizations to consider innovation as a sustainable, repeatable business discipline, rather than a discrete project. He writes the Innovate on Purpose blog.
Bloggers receive an honorarium from ASQ for their time and commitment, but the thoughts and opinions expressed on their blogs are their own. The views of ASQ Influential Voices bloggers do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of ASQ.