This week, while Vice President, Deanne Sparr, is attending AIAG’s 2018 Southern Automotive Quality Summit in Birmingham, AL, President, Jim Lee, has immersed himself in everything space and defense at ASQ’s Collaboration on Quality in the Space and Defense Industries conference and NASA’s Quality Leadership Forum.
These types of industry conferences and training keeps us at the forefront of the latest rules, regulations, trends and best practices to share with our consultants and clients across the aerospace, defense and automotive industries.
For example: At the NQA Global session, it was reported that as of mid-February only 29 percent of aerospace businesses had transitioned to the AS9100:2016 standard, however, as of last week it was up to 41% with a target of 50% by the end of March. Deadline for all to transition is September 14, 2018.
From Exploring Space – Is It Safe? presented by Astronaut Bill McArthur, to NASA conducted Counterfeit Parts Awareness and Inspection Training, quality is the topic interwoven throughout the conference and the critical piece that all in the industry rely on to launch us into space. Check back for more news as we process all of the great information we’ve gathered from the sessions.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer Deanne Sparr welcomed Barb with these words, “We’re thrilled to have Barb as part of the simpleQuE team! Her attention to detail and knowledge of certification requirements is exactly the support we are excited to add to our staff and to provide to our clients.”
What is your name? Barbara Dodson.
What is your position and what do you do for simpleQuE? Operations Manager – I’m responsible for client relations and oversight of the performance of audit activities. I am also a lead auditor for ISO 9001.
How long have you worked for simpleQuE? I joined simpleQuE on Oct 31, 2016.
What do you like most about working for simpleQuE? SimpleQuE doesn’t take a one-size-fits-all approach – we understand that each client is unique and has different needs.
What is your greatest accomplishment – work or personal? My greatest personal accomplishment is raising two wonderful children.
When you are not working, where can people find you? Either spending time with my family or relaxing with a good book.
What is your hometown? Canton, OH.
Client satisfaction is pinnacle to your background. What are your client-focused approaches to simpleQuE? I am quick to follow up on any questions and or concerns, I like to pick up the phone and talk to our clients. In this day and age it’s so easy to send off an email, but I have always found that most clients really like to speak to someone personally.
Explain how simpleQuE is different from their competition. Most of our staff and subcontractors have certification body experience which I believe makes a very big difference.
Where is your favorite getaway? I love the beach and one of my favorite vacation spots is Cancun.
How would other people describe you in three words? Ethical, passionate about things that I believe in and caring.
A transformational change is underway at simpleQuE and it evolves around the role of Deanne Sparr, who was lured to the company in 2014 following several years of active recruitment. After just 15 months, she has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, which will allow simpleQuE to continue using her depth of experience in training, auditing and consulting services to help the company implement new systems and processes to handle significant growth.
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