President of Pyzdek Institute LLC to Receive Award

On February 27, 2017, the president of Pyzdek Institute LLC — Thomas Pyzdek — will be presented with the first ASQ Six Sigma Award for the Advancement of Six Sigma. The award will be presented in Phoenix, at the annual ASQ Lean Six Sigma conference.

The ASQ award recognizes the achievements, efforts and contributions of Quality Professionals in furthering the knowledge of the methodology of Six Sigma. Winners of the award must have a minimum of five years experience as a Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, or other training as a Six Sigma Executive/Champion or Belt. They must have documented leadership expertise and have demonstrated that leadership through significant deployment of or application of the Six Sigma body of knowledge. The recipient of the award must also have made contributions to conferences, publications, or events, and special weight is given to book publications.

Pyzdek is the author of the best selling Six Sigma Handbook and other publications. He became a quality technician at a can factory at just 18 years of age and fell in love with the concepts of quality control and improvement. He has held jobs as quality inspector, quality engineering technician, quality and reliability engineer, and quality management. In 1983, having already gained publication in industry magazines and taught classes on statistical process control, he left a secure job to become a consultant. His drive was to help the American industry regain a position of quality leadership in the world. Some of his clients have included Ford Motor Company, McDonald’s, Intuit, Avon Products and many more. Currently, Pyzdek is the president of Pyzdek Institute LLC, which continues to marry his two passions: quality control and helping others to learn more about it.

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Gerhard C. Olivier

Gerhard C. Oliver
Gerhard C. Oliver

Gerhard has almost 40 years experience as a Systems Engineer. He has developed application systems in the local government, mining and banking arenas. His passion for a structured architectural approach in information systems led him to become the Lead Architect for IBM’s outsourcing solutions in South Africa. He attained his PMP (Project Management Professional) through the Project Management Institute in 2005 and has the reputation to recover run-away projects. His high standards for quality during all the phases of the software development life cycle introduced him to Six Sigma and he is currently being coached by Thomas Pyzdek as a Master Black Belt. In contrast to the US market, very few South African organisations are familiar with the Six Sigma methodology and its breakthrough benefits. Gerhard wants to play an active role in establishing Six Sigma as the quality and process improvement methodology in South African organisations.

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Derek Francis Koziol

Derek Francis Koziol
Derek Francis Koziol

Mr. Koziol is a healthcare consultant with over 15 years of experience, ranging from process design and re-design to business planning and development at the functional and executive level. His primary focus has been in 3 areas:

  • Strategic & Tactical Business Planning
  • Operational Process Analysis
  • Organizational Development

His six sigma project experience has focused on Design for Six Sigma and DMAIC projects in staffing, software and healthcare environments. He has used Lean Kaizens extensively to quickly identify and solve process problems.

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Akio Miura

About Akio Miura

Akio Miura with Dennis Arter
Akio Miura with Dennis Arter

Akio has an extensive background in quality and process improvement, including:

  • Chairman of International QA Institute (IQAI, an international organization of ASQ, representing QAD of ASQ in Japan since 1991, and an ISO9001 Certificate Holder from March 1996 through March 1999)
  • President and Senior Consultant of International Quality Systems, Inc.
  • Technical Paper Reviewer and Audit related Handbook Reviewer of ASQ
  • Moderator of the Standards Discussion Board/Forum of ASQ
  • International Councilor of the Audit Division and Food/Drug Division of ASQ
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Larry W. Dyer

About Larry W. Dyer

Larry W. Dyer, Master Black Belt
Larry W. Dyer, Master Black Belt
Mr. Dyer has over 30 years experience in Information Technology, ranging from programming to a member of senior management. His primary focus has been in three areas:

  • Quality Assurance/Process Improvement/Six Sigma Consultant
  • Strategic & Tactical Business Planning
  • Organizational Development

Mr. Dyer has 13 years of software process improvement experience and has functioned as a Lean Six Sigma black belt for the past four years performing organizational process improvement. In 2008 Mr. Dyer studied with Thomas Pyzdek, author of The Six Sigma Handbook, to complete his Master Black Belt certification in Training and Coaching. His six sigma project experience has focused on Design for Six Sigma and DMAIC projects in software and healthcare environments. He has used Lean Kaizens extensively to quickly identify and solve process problems.

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Eugene M. Barker

About Eugene M. Barker

Eugene M. Barker is a retired technical fellow from The Boeing Co. where he was responsible for quality industry association interfaces. He led the industry writing team that drafted SAE AS9000 and chaired both Working Group 11 of ISO TC20 and the International Aerospace Quality Group that developed AS/EN9100. Barker is also a fellow of the American Society for Quality, a former member of the Registrar Accreditation Board board of directors and a founding member of the IAQG.

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Peter L. Bersbach

About Peter L. Bersbach

Peter L. Bersbach, Master Black Belt
Peter L. Bersbach, Master Black Belt

Peter is a results oriented Master Black Belt with significant (over 30 years) “Drop in” experience in managing and execution of Six Sigma projects. Major strengths in: Statistical Techniques, Lean Application, Critical Chain Project, Teaching & Facilitation Skills, Listening, and Working with diverse teams.

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