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Shane Hunnicutt, plant manager and Six Sigma Green Belt, West Troy Tool & Machine

Shane Hunnicutt, an ASQ member for a year and a half, is a plant manager and Six Sigma Green Belt at West Troy Tool & Machine in Troy, Ohio.

He earned a bachelor’s degrees in industrial technology and industrial distribution from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, and an MBA from the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management  in Albuquerque.

Hunnicutt recently answered questions about the importance of quality and Six Sigma.

What do you think is most important in implementing a Six Sigma project?
Having a culture that understands the need and benefits of Six Sigma and the project.  This encompasses not only management’s support of the project, which is crucial, but also all people involved in the project and their full support of the it.

Why do you think Six Sigma is important?
It provides a means to drive to a solution that is real and tangible, allowing continuous improvement.

Why do you think quality is important?
Quality is a leading indicator of success in any business.  Show me a company with excellent all-around quality, and I’ll show you a company with great potential.  Quality is more than a great product or operational excellence; it permeates throughout an entire organization and affects every aspect of it.

What’s your favorite benefit of quality?
Long-term customer loyalty.

Why did you choose to go into the quality field?
Today’s organizations need problem solvers, and improving quality is really about solving problems. I wanted to help my organization improve, and I found that driving quality efforts was a great way to do that.

What’s your best advice to someone new to quality? 
Find a mentor, get all the experience you can and never stop learning.


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