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 June 18th Business Ethics Event.  


Congratulations to John Martin the 2018 Trowbridge Award Winner.  

Thank you to Amy Cochis for an informative and exciting presentation on Business Ethics.  



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Date:  July 5, 2018


Message from the Chair Bill Forthofer


I would like to take this opportunity to thank you (our membership) for your continued support of ASQ Hartford Section during my first year as your Chair.

Our Programs Committee, chaired by Dennis Gareau, as well as our Education Committee, chaired by Vivian Vidal Otero, continue to be extremely busy over the last few months lining up presenters for our monthly membership meetings as well as launching our Education Courses/Workshops. Our September Membership meeting has been firmed up and we are working on additional meeting topics for October and November of this year. We also welcome our new Publicity Chair Steve Gabbert who has already made a significant upgrade to our website. You can now view previous event presentations.

We have also been successful in offering the CQE, CQT (15 Students) and CQA Courses (5 Students) that started in February/finished in May, that were held at the Connecticut State University Institute of Technology and Business Development. See Table Below: Note those listed as TBD are still under development. Please provide feedback to the Education Chair if you have an interest in being an Instructor or ideas for Quality Topics to be considered.


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I hope to see some more new faces at our monthly meetings; this is a great opportunity to expand your awareness in the Quality field and “Network” with other Quality Professionals. Familiar faces are always welcomed back and I hope those numbers grow as well!! 



Bill Forthofer, Chair Hartford Section 0103







2018 T award winner

John Martin the winner of this year’s Joe Trowbridge Award is currently employed as Director of Quality at Kamatics Corporation, a division of Kaman Specialty Bearings. He has been at Kamatics for 40 years. He has spent most that time in Manufacturing and Manufacturing Engineering. Six years ago he was appointed as Director of Quality. He quickly adapted to his new role and was soon driving Quality improvements throughout the organization. He promoted the use of Quality Tools such as Root Cause/Corrective Action, 5-Why, and Fault Tree Analysis across all departments in problem solving situations by educating all teams he participated in on the tools and how to use them.   In the past, RCCA meetings at Kamatics were informal and quick. Now John has posted charts of key terms and tools in his office and every RCCA meeting begins with a short training/re-education on the tools and terms. In addition, he re-designed the corrective action form and incorporated those tools directly into the form.

John became aware of the short- comings of Kamatics Change Management process. To correct that situation, he directed the implementation of a new change management procedure. This procedure is incorporated into Kamatics ERP system where proposed changes are submitted and reviewed by a multi-functional Change Management Board. The board reviews the changes, determines, what actions need to be done, and if acceptable approves them. There is also a follow- up afterwards to ensure that the actions were completed. In addition, John directed the implementation of Human Factors in Production; an improved and expanded FOD program; an expansion of the SPC program; and a new Risk Management process. To improve productivity, John encourages the use of automation. Equator Machines have been installed that enable parts to be 100% inspected while in-process, new CMM Machines have been put in place, and automated inspection devices have also been brought on line as an aid to final inspection. Using his background in Manufacturing, John has been known to spend time in the shop working with Manufacturing analyzing problem jobs and determining root causes for quality issues.


John is the type of director that takes a “hands on” approach to his job. He not only “talks the talk” but walks the walk.”


In 2003, ASQ established an award to recognize the development of statistical methods for solving quality problems in products or services. The award was named for Dorian Shainin, a leading authority on product quality and reliability. During a professional career that spanned nearly six decades, Shainin developed more than 20 statistical techniques for solving problems, controlling processes, and developing highly reliable products.

Partners in Performance Excellence is pleased to announce, that the Alliance for Performance Excellence Board of Directors has selected Partners in Performance Excellence to officially represent Connecticut and offer Baldrige-based services and consulting to help organizations with their journey to performance excellence.