ASQ Section 0511 September 2015 Meeting Announcement

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

updated Olive Garden, Tysons Corner

updated 8133 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22182

updated Directions to the Olive Garden in Tysons Corner

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Supply Chain Management

Steve McNamara

 Steve McNamara

Speaker Background:

Steve specializes in Supply Chain Management, Major Subcontractor Management and Supplier Quality. He has over 40 years' experience in the management of technically-complex development and production subcontractors on defense and communication space satellite systems, air combat systems and ground communication systems. Steve recently retired from Northrop Grumman (formerly TRW) where he held positions of director of supplier quality and supplier quality operations manager. He developed the supplier quality management system and processes for the sector and led the design and development of the supplier rating system and counterfeit parts alert management system now in use across all of Northrop Grumman Corporation.

Previous responsibilities include Material Program Manager for the F/A-18 program, Subcontract Project Manager for the Milstar Satellite Payload and Project Manager for the Defense Support Program Laser Communications Subsystem. Mr. McNamara has conducted training in supplier management at both TRW and Northrop Grumman for program managers, engineers and supply chain managers. Prior to joining TRW, Steve was a project officer on active duty with the USAF where he was responsible for the management of the UHF subsystem on a USAF/USN communication satellite and was also a project engineer on the Minuteman 3 launch vehicle nuclear survivability program. After leaving active military duty in 1976, Steve transferred to the USAF Reserve and provided support to several key programs at the Space and Missile Center in El Segundo CA and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Steve received an MSEE degree from Columbia University, an MBA from California State University Dominguez Hills and a BS in Engineering Science from Hofstra University. He has also completed AS9100 Lead Auditor training, Lean Aerospace training and Six Sigma Black Belt training. His areas of expertise include counterfeit parts prevention, sourcing strategy, supplier rating systems, root cause analysis and preventive / corrective actions.

Dinner Location:

Today, the Olive Garden family of 800+ restaurants is evolving the brand with our customers' favorites in mind. With reinvigorated dishes, a refreshed website, a restructured logo, and remodeling of select restaurants, we aim to make every guest experience feel more like modern Italy.

Keeping with modern-day Italian traditions, we're expanding our menu to provide more choices, variety and better-for-you options. Our food is prepared with fresh ingredients presented simply with a focus on flavor and quality that is uniquely Italian.

We also believe that life is better together and we know everyone is happiest when we're with family. Whether that's family by relation or by choice; traditional, blended or extended; neighbors, coworkers or teams; friends, groups or just "the gang." We love everyone like family. And, at Olive Garden this approach extends beyond our favorite dishes, promoting togetherness in everything we do.


Reservations: Cost for dinner is $30.00 per person if reservations are made by the deadline (the Friday before the meeting), $35 if otherwise. There is no charge to attend for the presentation only. To register with or without dinner please use our on line reservation form which can be used up to the Sunday before the meeting. If you wish to make a reservation after the Sunday before the meeting or your plans change, please contact, and let us know.


5:30pm - 6:30pm Monthly Board Meeting
6:30pm - 7:00pm Registration & Networking
7:00pm - 8:00pm Dinner
8:00pm - 9:00pm Section Business & Presentation

Meetings are open to all ASQ members as well as to the public.

Next Meeting:
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 - Maggiano's Little Italy, Tysons Galleria

Call for Speakers!!!
Would you or someone you know like to speak at a future ASQ meeting? We're always looking for volunteers. Be creative! Exercise your public presentation skills! Earn recertification credits! Get a free dinner! Please contact