Influential Voices

ASQ Influential Voices

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.

Influential Voices with ASQ

Jimena Calfa

Argentina native Jimena Calfa is a Quality Manager and ASQ Senior member who is truly involved in raising the value of quality and focusing on continuous process improvement. She blogs at

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Don Brecken

Don Brecken, an ASQ Fellow, writes the Quality Advisor Blog.  Don is the owner and principal consultant for Quality Consulting Services, LLC. Don is an Exemplar Global Certified Master Auditor, Exemplar Global Certified Skill Examiner, and ASQ Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence. Don’s background includes quality leadership, operations learning and development, management consulting, higher education, organizational analysis, and performance excellence.

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Edwin Garro

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.

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 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.

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Babette Ten Haken

Babette Ten Haken’s One Millimeter Mindset™ speaking programs liberate organizations and associations from Yesterday’s Us vs. Them Mindset that keeps Today’s digitally-transforming workforces stuck: working at only half the capacity of What is Possible. One Millimeter Mindset catalyzes personal development and business growth to better serve Tomorrow’s customers. Babette’s professional speaker profile appears on the espeakers platform. Babette’s Playbook of collaboration hacks, Do YOU Mean Business? is available on

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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.

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John Hunter

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.

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James Lawther

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.

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Lotto Lai

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.

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Robert Mitchell

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.

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Tim McMahon

Tim McMahon is a quality manager and lean practitioner with expertise in lean manufacturing. He blogs at A Lean Journey.

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Michael Noble

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.

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Nicole Radziwill

Nicole Radziwill is VP Global Quality & Supply Chain Practice at Intelex in Toronto, Ontario. Her research uses data science and applied machine learning for quality improvement, and her goal is to help organizations leverage connected, intelligent, automated systems for quality and performance (Quality 4.0). She is the author of two statistics books using R that are used at more than 30 universities worldwide. Nicole is a Fellow of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB), a National Examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (MBNQA), and Editor-in-Chief of Software Quality Professional journal with a PhD in Quality Systems from Indiana State.

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John Priebe

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

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Scott Rutherford

Scott Rutherford works in quality assurance at a nuclear shipyard, and specializes in performance improvement. He blogs at Square Peg Musings.

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Rajan Thiyagarajan

Based in Dallas, TX, Ponmurugarajan Thiyagarajan (Rajan) is a business development manager for Digital Enterprise at Tata Consultancy Services and a senior member of ASQ. He is passionate about quality, digital reimagination solutions and is a “Mac head.” He blogs at Quality Matters.

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Jennifer Stepniowski

Jennifer Stepniowski is Communications Director at Pro QC International and an adjunct instructor at Hillsborough Community College. She blogs at Quality Time.

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Manu Vora

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.

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Anshuman Tiwari

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.

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Chad Walters

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.

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Sunil Kaushik

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.

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Luciana Paulise

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.

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Pam Schodt

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.

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Prem Ranganath

Prem Ranganath is a senior director and global head of IT delivery excellence and risk assurance at Quintiles Inc. He is a senior member of ASQ and enjoys working with teams to enable quality as a necessary and valuable behavior. He is very passionate about introducing a quality mindset and practices in K-12 so that quality is ingrained into interactions and decisions early on. Prem teaches at a graduate level course on software quality and product management at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. He blogs at The Art of Quality.

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 Dr. Suresh Gettala

Dr. Suresh Gettala works as a Director for ASQ South Asia. He holds a doctorate in quality management from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, Chennai and is also a recipient of the renowned post-doctoral fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt (AVH) Foundation, Germany.   He is a seasoned quality expert with a unique blend of academic/research as well as industry experience, spanning several years, in various aspects of quality management across multiple industries. He has published many research articles in reputed, refereed international journals and conferences. He also holds the coveted ASQ MBB (CMBB) certification.

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Luigi Sille

Luigi Sille is the Quality Manager at Red Cross Blood Bank Foundation in Curaçao, an island in the Caribbean.
He has been a senior ASQ member since 2014, and blogs at

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Influential Voices Alumni

Former Influential Voices bloggers

Sameer Chougle

Sameer Chougle works in quality assurance with a construction and contracting company in Kuwait. He blogs at Maverick SAM and specializes in chemical engineering.

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Paulo Sampaio

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.

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David Levy

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.

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Mark Graban

Mark Graban is a consultant, author and speaker who covers lean healthcare. He blogs at Lean Blog.

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Suresh Lulla

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.

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Deborah Mackin

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.

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Aimee Siegler

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.

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Guy Bigwood

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.

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Shon Isenhour

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.

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Bruce Waltuck

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.

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Jeffrey Phillips

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.

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Guy Wallace

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.

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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.