One of the highlights from last year’s Beacon User Summit was our first annual Champions for Quality Awards. Before jumping into what we learned from our champions, we’d like to introduce the 2018 award winners:
Catalyst Award: Tom Sholty, Girtz Industries
Sholty is a quality manager who led Girtz’s ISO 9001:2015 certification, also helping lead the company to the Quality Magazine 2018 Quality Leadership 100. His efforts helped reduce Girtz’s warranty rate to 0.26% of sales dollars and nonconformance rate to 0.89% of sales dollars, both record lows for the company.
Ambassador Award: Deb Klafter, Okamoto Sandusky Manufacturing
Klafter is a quality manager known for developing her team’s quality awareness. She’s been instrumental in implementing new quality management system (QMS) tools, also improving corrective actions and continuous improvement processes.
Influencer Award: Sheronda Jeffries, Cisco
Jeffries is a technical leader for Cisco nominated for her quality leadership and advocacy on global quality committees. Jeffries is director of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) representing end-users and industry, as well as IAF User Advisory Committee (UAC) Chair. Karen Rawson represented Jeffries at the User Summit.