Jim Lee is the founder and CEO of simpleQuE. Jim was formerly President and Chief Operations Officer of Eagle Registrations, a registrar performing various ISO/TS/AS certifications. He was also a partial owner of ACLASS (an ISO 17025 accreditation body) prior to its sale to ANSI/ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB). Jim has lived eight years in Thailand and has traveled the world extensively.
ISO/Quality Management Systems
Jim has been an RABQSA and IRCA certified ISO 9001 lead auditor since 1996. He utilized the ISO 9001 standards for supplier quality requirements while at Huffy Bicycles, Gerry Baby Products, and Emerson, and was an ISO management representative at Emerson Climate Technologies. As the President and Chief Operations Officer of Eagle Registrations, he attended all certification body industry meetings and performed many hundreds of audits worldwide for a wide variety of industries.
As a design engineer for Systems Research Labs, Jim developed military avionics for the Air Force, Army and NASA, which included working at WPAFB/Armstrong Aerospace Medical Research Laboratories. He was an RABQSA certified AS9100 aerospace auditor and performed third-party audits from 2003 to 2012. Jim continues to attend the AAQG/SAE G-14/AAQSC, IAQG and ASA meetings to keep on top of the latest information in the aviation, space and defense fields. An active member of the AAQG Space and Defense Forum, and IAQG Defense Forum, he also served as vice-chair on the AS9003 writing committee, and currently is a member of the AS9120 and AS9110 update committees. In addition to AS9100, he also consults and audits for AS9120, AS9110, AS9003, AS9145, AS13100 and ASA-100. He actively trains third-party AS auditors for multiple certification bodies on auditing techniques and industry trends.
In addition to working as an engineer and supervisor at General Motors, Jim was part of a team that successfully proposed and implemented an ultramodern press room for a metal-stamping plant that produced body panels. He was appointed by the U.S. Department of Transportation to a blue-ribbon panel of experts to resolve incompatibility issues between child seats and automobiles in 1995. After serving on a committee that successfully pushed legislation requiring anchors and tethers for children’s automobile seats, Jim received a “Friend for Life” award from the Colorado Advocates for Child Transportation Safety. He also was an IATF ISO/TS 16949 certified lead auditor and performed third-party audits for six years, and while with Eagle attended the quarterly IAOB registrar meetings. He is an expert in automotive core tools.
Jim worked at Systems Research Laboratories and the Armstrong Aerospace Medical Research Laboratories at WPAFB, which required a secret security clearance. He also ran the certified lab at Gerry Baby Products. In 2002, Jim bought into ACLASS Corporation, an ISO 17025 accreditation body for testing and calibration labs. Since the sale of ACLASS to ANAB (ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board) in 2007, he continued to participate on the Accreditation Council and chaired its Testing Committee until 2016. Jim has also taught certified lead auditor classes for ASQ and ANAB.
Certificates and Training
- AS13100 Supplemental QMS Requirements
- Former IRCA Certified QMS Lead Auditor, former RAB QMS Certified Lead Auditor
- Former ISO/TS 16949 IATF Certified Lead Auditor
- Former AS9100 RABQSA Certified Aerospace Auditor
- Former ASQ certified manager of quality/organizational excellence (#762)
- Former ASQ certified quality auditor (#2766)