simpleQuE Spotlight – Karen Spencer

Allow us to introduce one of our accomplished consultants, Karen Spencer. She has been with simpleQuE for nearly 2 years and continues to be an asset to the company. Read on to discover Karen’s interests, achievements, and goals.

What is your position and what do you do for simpleQuE?
I am a consultant, auditor and trainer for simpleQuE, as well as a lead auditor in ISO 9001, AS9100, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001. I am also an ASQ Certified Quality Auditor.

What attracted you to simpleQuE.
My husband has worked with them for many years. After going through the intense interview process I decided that I wanted to pursue a career with them. I like that they are on Facebook and LinkedIn.

What is your favorite part of the day?
I am a morning person. I love that first cup of coffee in the morning and take that time to review my plan for the day.

What was your first job?
My very first job was when I was sixteen and worked at a factory doing inspection after school.  

Have you met someone famous or interesting to you?
I love art so when I had the opportunity to meet Peter Max I jumped at the opportunity.

Where did you go to college?
I graduated with honors from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, WI

Where is your hometown?
Belvidere Il

What is one thing you’d love to do or have?
I am living life to the fullest and enjoying visiting many places with my job and on vacation. My husband and I work hard and we pick places to travel and plan for it. We just did a cruise to Alaska this year and it was truly a beautiful place. Everyone should see a glacier.

What is your hidden talent?
I love to rehab houses. I like to take an ugly house and make it beautiful. My husband and I have flipped about 8 houses. We bought our existing house to flip but we fell in love with it and we are still here.

What is your favorite sports team?
Chicago Bulls and of course the Cubbies

Client satisfaction is pinnacle to your background. What are your client-focused approaches to simpleQuE?
When I am teaching a class I adjust my approach to the weakest person in the class. We may have to work on a workshop longer than expected but when I am done the students know what they are doing. When I am auditing or consulting I take the approach that everything will not work for everyone. I adjust to what the client needs to have in pace to be successful. I also want to make sure that it is value added for the client.

What advice would you give to a new college graduate entering the technology industry?
Try to be an intern at a company that you want to work at. Give it your all and don’t give up. It will be a tough road but you can do it.

Explain how simpleQuE is different from their competition.
SimpleQuE is amazing and they want all of the employees/consultants to succeed. They had an symposium for all of the team. It was really nice to meet the team face to face.

How would other people describe you in three words?
Helpful, kind, and considerate.

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AS9100, AS9110 and AS9120 Transition/Upgrade Relief

By Jim Lee

The International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) and ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) have published the linked notifications referencing Resolutions #150 and #152 that they will be allowing companies and certification bodies that have not completed the full transition and upgrade audits by 9/15/18 a little bit of relief.  This is intended to not penalize the certified AS companies when the certification bodies don’t have enough resources to get their clients completely through the upgrade or transitions with new certificates issued before the 9/15/18 expiration.  Not every certification body may honor this or have the resources to do this, so we still see some possibility to transfer.

What these IAQG and ANAB releases state are that the certification body and AS client can  work together to begin the certification upgrade, transition or transfer audit by 9/15/18, or before the current AS certificate expires.  All parties will be given up to 6 months beyond 9/15/18 to complete the upgrade/transition or transfer audit, close findings from the audit, process the registration approval through the certification body office, and issue the new certificate before 3/15/19.

This is not an extension.  The OASIS database will show your company with an expired AS certificate after 9/15/18, until the issue of the new certificate.  It just prevents the AS company from paying for a full initial certification audit (more audit days) and extends the timing past 9/15/18 to complete the upgrade/transition process through the certification body process and closure of findings.

This will cause some hardship on your AS customers who must track and conduct a risk analysis of any supplier who has expired or lost certifications.  The certification status is public information in the OASIS database and will show as expired after 9/15/18.  There will be further scrutiny on AS certified companies by their customers who let their certification completely lapse by 9/15/18.

SimpleQuE consultants can prepare and guide your company through the transition process, contact us to find out how.

9001 Questions with Larry the ISO Guy

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Quality check…make that six questions! We recently sat down with Larry, vice president of simpleQuE and resident ISO expert. Larry has been with simpleQuE since 2007. In addition to his duties at simpleQuE, he continues to perform third-party audits for multiple certification bodies and is a course instructor for ASQ and ACLASS. Continue reading “9001 Questions with Larry the ISO Guy”