September Meeting


Thursday, September 21, 2017 Program Meeting


ASQ National’s Website.  What’s in it for me?

Speaker: Arved Harding, Eastman Chem. Co.

Feature Presentation

BAE Quality Success Story

Speaker: Chris Rollins, BAE


The Press Room at Food City,
300 Roller Street, Kingsport, TN

Deadline for Reservations or Cancellations is Tuesday (Noon), September 19, 2017

For cancellations, contact Nadine McMackin at 423-229-6393 or

For On-Line Registration CLICK HERE

5:00                Registration Opens

5:30 – 6:15    Tutorial – Arved Harding

6:15 – 6:45    Dinner – Catered by Food City

6:45 – 7:45    Feature Presentation – Chris Rollins 

Dinner – Catered by Food City, Meal Cost $12.00

Chicken Tenders, Toss Salad, Pasta Salad, Baked Beans, Cookies and Brownies                                                 

This Monthly Meeting will be webcast at  starting at 5:30 pm.  Just go to the URL and select “Use the Browser”, enter your name and e-mail then a phone number to be called on to hear the meeting audio.  Use the above registration link and indicate no dinner and note you will be part of the webcast.



Tutorial Abstract:

ASQ National’s Website: What’s in It for Me?

ASQ National has updated their website several times over the last few years. Why should you care? They are working hard to make the content relevant to practitioners and more accessible. This website is full of resources that can help members in their many tasks such as job hunting, certification and education. Join us as we review several key sections of the website including ASQ training and certification and recertification info, member leader documentation, ASQ TV and accessing quality related articles. We will also review our local ASQ1106 website.

Speaker Biography:

Arved Harding is a Senior Statistical Associate with Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport, TN and an adjunct instructor at Northeast State Community College. He has a Master’s degree in statistics from Va. Tech. Arved is a senior ASQ member and an ASQ-certified quality engineer. Arved enjoys applying and teaching statistics to an extreme that helps people understand these sometimes-difficult concepts.


Feature Presentation Abstract:

Quality BAE Success Story

This presentation will be a brief review of the history and development of insensitive munitions produced at the Holston Army Ammunition Plant.  In addition to the background information, the presentation will cover some challenges faced in producing the relatively newly developed product, the quality approaches used in addressing these issues, and the outcome of the actions taken.  In addition the program will also discuss how this improvement opportunity can be transferred to other product lines.

Speaker Biography:

Chris Rollins is a Quality Professional with over 20 years of experience spanning GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals, Eastman Chemical Company, and BAE Systems.  Chris has a background in analytical chemistry with management experience in laboratories and in quality assurance (both in cGMPs and ISO 9001:2008).

Chris joined BAE Systems in June 2016 as the site Quality Manager. Chris manages the Quality Assurance and Laboratory groups at the facility.  He is also currently leading the site’s transition from the ISO 9001:2008 quality standard to the new ISO 9001:2015 standard.

Prior to BAE, Chris worked at Eastman Chemical Company for nearly 10 years and held various quality related roles.  Most notably, 6 years as a Quality Assurance Representative with responsibilities for pharmaceutical grade excipients.  In addition, he also served two years as a Logistics Quality Assurance Representative with responsibilities in the Eastman supply chain.  Following this assignment, Chris spent the last 2 years there as the cGMP Quality Assurance Manager with responsibilities for all pharmaceutical grade products produced at the company.

Prior to joining Eastman, Chris worked 9 years for GlaxoSmithKline in various laboratory and quality assurance roles including 3 years as a laboratory analyst, 3 as a laboratory supervisor, and 3 as the Stability Laboratory Manager.

Chris graduated with honors from Lincoln Memorial University with a major in chemistry and a minor in mathematics.  Following this, he attended the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and successfully obtained certified teacher’s licensure in the state of Virginia.

Chris and his wife Olivia have two children, Elisabeth (12) and Will (10).  In his spare time Chris enjoys church, coaching little league sports, and farming on a 100 acre cattle farm in Southwest Virginia.

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