Charleston

PRESS RELEASE: Concentric Congratulates Jim Thompson and the Compliance+ Team

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact:
Ronii Bartles Concentric ronii.bartles@cmsicharleston.com www.acommoncenter.com

Concentric Congratulates Jim Thompson and the Compliance+ Team Compliance+ selected as part of CoHort 3 the Harbor Accelerator Program

Charleston, SC, January 29, 2015 — Concentric announced today that one of its affiliate start-up companies, Compliance+, has been selected by the Harbor Entrepreneur Center as one of eight companies for its CoHort 3 business accelerator program. Jim Thompson, the owner of both Concentric and Compliance+ was quoted by saying “I’m so pumped for this incredible opportunity”. CoHort 3 has officially already begun and Compliance+ is already hard at work.

As to why Jim and Concentric are excited about this opportunity for Compliance+, Jim says “Concentric was interested in developing a scalable digital product that would improve our consulting and training services. The majority of our team members are certified auditors, so it just made sense to create a mobile auditing checklist. With the wave of changes to ISO 9001 later this year, we know that this standard is where we want to be. With over 1.2 million companies certified to this quality standard globally, Compliance+ is a perfect fit for our initial focus.”

For additional information or to schedule an interview with Jim Thompson, please contact Ronii Bartles at (843) 452-5259 or e-mail Ronii at ronii.bartles@cmsicharleston.com.

Concentric is a Quality Resource HUB based out of Charleston, SC. We have partnered with companies to provide you with a holistic solution for your Quality Management Systems. Though products, trainings and implementation resources, Concentric helps organizations perform better through requirements management, process design, management system implementation, lean operations, problem solving and ISO certifications (i.e. ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, ISO/TS 16949, AS9100 series, ISO 27001, ISO 50001 & others). We are built up of subject-matter experts (SMEs) in Six Sigma, Lean, ISO standards, business law, operations, leadership and strategic planning. We work for you. You will increase your competitiveness and profitability when working with our SMEs because we provide consultation and training services that result in reduced waste and risk, increased customer satisfaction and increased profitability.

Compliance+ is a cloud­based mobile application used to improve process performance, meet requirements of industry standards and improve bottom line.

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Charleston’s Talent Demand

In mid-2014, The Charleston Metro Chamber, along with several other local community and higher education organizations, commissioned and participated in a study to compare the higher education offerings in our region with the needs of our employers. National consultants from Avalanche Consulting, as well as the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) worked to identify the region’s higher education gaps. The results of the three phase analysis will help determine where potential gaps exist between the output of local educational institutions and the skills needed by employers, as well as, how to fill both the short- and long- term demand for workforce and skills in the Charleston metro region.

View Report: http://issuu.com/charlestonmetrochamber/docs/rpt_1_-_workforce_supply__demand_an?e=0/8408384

One of the strategic focal points for the Charleston ASQ Section in 2015 will be on the regional needs for talent, and how the section and it’s members can help to support this need. In order to fill the gaps and provide the appropriate level of talent for regional businesses, industry leaders and associations alike must come together quickly.

In the fall of 2014, various projects were kicked off by members of the ASQ Charleston Section Leadership, including participation on the CEJC (Charleston Engineering Joint Council), presentation to SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineering) and a presentation to the Citadel’s School of Engineering. That presentation can be viewed here: The importance of engineering, systems & quality for Charleston’s future

For more information on how you can contribute to the talent demand efforts, contact jim.thompson@cmsicharleston.com or joe.brinson@ifa-rotorion.com.

Reposted from ASQ Charleston

3 SEATS LEFT for ISO/TS 16949:2009 Internal Lead Auditor (32hrs)

Folly Beach - Charleston BeachesLast call for our Fall 2014 Automotive Quality Series with our ISO/TS 16949:2009 Lead Internal Auditor Course. We have THREE seats remaining. The courses will be held at the aLoft Charleston Airport & Convention Center. Learn by day. Hit the beach after class. Why not make the most of your professional development? Don't just take a class - experience business differently. Price includes all course materials, parking, wifi, light breakfast, lunch & afternoon snacks. Dozens of food and entertainment options are within blocks from the hotel.

Register & pay online here or by calling 843.469.8279.

Description:   This advanced internal auditing course caters to the full spectrum of auditor responsibilities – from process auditing to audit program management. This course will teach you the fundamental tools necessary to conduct audits using the automotive process approach while providing vital strategic information to top management. Case studies and scenarios make this course fun. If you are looking for a Lead Auditor course for internal processes or supplier quality development, look no further. This course is for you. NEW: We will also discuss the TS Rules 4th Edition and draft of the proposed ISO 9001:2015 standard. Get a jump on what to expect with the changes and it’s potential effect on your management system implementation.

Designed for:  Audit Program Managers, Lead Auditors, Advanced Audit Team Members, Supplier Quality Engineers & Managers, Process Improvement Managers, Quality Directors, Continuous Improvement Managers, Organizational Development Directors, Management Representatives

This course meets or exceeds the training requirements for:

  • Ford Customer-specific Internal Quality Auditor requirements
  • General Motors Customer-specific Internal Quality Auditor requirements

Length:  4 days/32 hours   CEUs:  3.2    A certificate will be given upon successful completion of all course requirements.

The instructor for this course will be Jim Thompson, President of Concentric and Exemplar Global (formerly RABQSA) Accredited QMS Lead Auditor. Register online here, contact us by email at info@cmsicharleston.com or by calling 843.469.8279.

Day 1
▪    Introduction & Welcome
▪    Gathering of Student Goals & Expectations (CSRs)
▪    Overview of ISO 9001 & ISO/TS 16949 – Part I
▪    Selling QMS to Top Management
▪    The Automotive Process Approach
▪    Overview of ISO 9001 & ISO/TS 16949 – Part II
 
Day 2
▪    Use of Turtle Diagrams for Process Mapping
▪    ISO/TS 16949 Requirements – Clause 4.0, Quality Management System
▪    ISO/TS 16949 Requirements – Clause 5.0, Management Responsibility
▪    ISO/TS 16949 Requirements – Clause 6.0, Resource Management
▪    Overview of AIAG Core Tools (APQP & CP, FMEA, MSA, PPAP & SPC)
▪    ISO/TS 16949 Requirements – Clause 7.0, Product Realization
 
Day 3
▪    ISO/TS 16949 Requirements – Clause 7.0, Product Realization
▪    ISO/TS 16949 Requirements – Clause 8.0, Measurement, Analysis & Improvement
▪    Audit Objectives & Auditor Attributes
▪    Process Auditing Breakout
▪    Writing Audit Findings – NCRs & OFIs
 
Day 4
▪    Reporting Audit Findings
▪    CAPA – Corrective Action & Preventive Action
▪    Closing Out Audit Findings
▪    Closing the Audit Cycle
▪    Evaluating Audit Effectiveness
▪    Final Review/Q&A
▪   Student Goals & Expectations (Reviewed)
▪   Course Examination
 
 

7-Day Quality Challenge: Win a Ticket to ASQ Charleston's Lowcountry Quality Conference

ASQ Charleston is hosting the Lowcountry Quality Conference on April 24th & 25th and we are proud to be participating this year (You can get more information on the conference here). With all the excitement around the conference for all the great speakers and fun tours, we want to give away a FREE ticket to the conference to one lucky person. Lowcountry Quality Conference

So, here's what we're doing. It's a 7-Day Quality Challenge! And the details are:

Prize One Ticket the Lowcountry Quality Conference April 24-25, 2014 (A $179 Value)

Logistics One question a day. One entry per correct answer. You can answer over any platform – Blog Comment, Email reply, Twitter with #LCQ2014, Facebook Comment or LinkedIn Comment. Play along from Friday, April 4th to Thursday, April 10th. We'll announce the winner on Friday, April 11th. Happy Weekend!

Timeline Now: Get Excited! Friday, April 4th: We will announce, email, post, give you the first Quality trivia question. Then a new question each day after that until Thursday, April 10th. Friday, April 11th: We will announce the winner April 24th-25th: Enjoy the Lowcountry Quality Conference

The theme this year for ASQ Charleston's Lowcountry Quality Conference is Quality in Practice. This year the conference will include great speakers, workshops, exhibitors and 3 VIP Tours. The tours will be of the Clemson Wind Power Turbine Testing Cell, Charleston Water Systems Treatment Facility and Carnival Fantasy Cruise Ship.

You can check out all the details at the conference website.

2014 Lowcountry Quality Conference

April 24th-25th, 2014 (plus bonus tour on 26th!) Lowcountry Quality Conference

ASQ Charleston is hosting the 2014 Lowcountry Quality Conference. The host for the conference is ASQ Section 1122, which represents the greater Charleston, South Carolina Metro Area. Conference news, speaker status, agenda and other details will be posted on our website at http://asq.org/sections/mini-sites/1122/index.html.

Ticketing:

Before April 1, 2014: $159 for both days, $79 for Thursday only, $99 for Friday only After April 1, 2014: $179 for both days, $89 for Thursday only, $129 for Friday only

PURCHASE TICKETS

*Fees include: breakfast and lunch on Thursday + breakfast, refreshments, full buffet lunch on Friday

Tour Options:

  1. Clemson Wind Power Turbine Testing Cell (Thursday afternoon)
  2. Charleston Water Systems Treatment Facility (Thursday afternoon)
  3. Carnival Fantasy Cruise Ship (Saturday)

VIEW CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Hotel:

Guests coming in from outside of the area are encouraged to book a room at our discounted rate of $129/night using group block name "American Society for Quality - ASQ" at the time of making reservations. Each individual guest must make his/her own reservation by calling 843.744.4422 by 3/27/14. All reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card.

Crowne Plaza YouTube Video & Online Hotel Booking

Attendees will receive 0.7 RU’s per day

2014 Training Schedule

Lead Auditor Training, ISO 9001:2015 & Management System Academy

Sick of this crazy winter weather? Why not plan a trip to sunny Charleston, SC all while gathering the skills needed to improve customer satisfaction and the process performance? We have just released our 2014 dates for classes, forums & our NEW Management System Academy. As you make your 2014 organizational and professional development plans, we hope that you will consider us as a partner in helping you reach the next level of performance. Be it in a public class, onsite or via an online course, we hope that you will join us in 2014!

Register and pay by Friday, February 14th and save BIG on our March ISO/TS 16949 Lead Internal Auditor Course. Pre-pay by February 14th using promo code "3FOR2" and when you SEND 2 STUDENTS, THE 3rd STUDENT IS FREE!

2014 Public Classes

March 11th-14th  |  Charleston, SC  |  8am-5pm ISO/TS 16949:2009 Lead Internal Auditor Training (32hrs)

Eventbrite - ISO/TS 16949:2009 Lead Internal Auditor Training (32 hrs) 

March 21st  |  Charleston, SC  |  9am-12pm Forum on expected changes to ISO 9001:2015 (Part II)

Eventbrite - ISO 9001:2015 Forum March

September 19th  |  Charleston, SC  |  9am-12pm Forum on expected changes to ISO 9001:2015 (Part III)

Eventbrite - ISO 9001:2015 Forum September

September 23rd-26th  |  Charleston, SC  |  8am-5pm ISO/TS 16949:2009 Lead Internal Auditor Training (32hrs)

Eventbrite - ISO/TS 16949:2009 Lead Internal Auditor Training (32 hrs)

December 9th-12th  |  Location TBD  |  8am-5pm ISO/TS 16949:2009 Lead Internal Auditor Training (32hrs)

Eventbrite - ISO/TS 16949:2009 Lead Internal Auditor Training (32 hrs)

Custom-fit educational solutions based on your specific needs

We believe that customizing your training plan should be simple and completely suitable to your specific needs. We developed the Management System Academy with this in mind. Based on budget (time & expenses), you pick the courses & learning method that works best for you. Itsyour professional development. Make the most of it. Let us help you build the right plan for you and your team. Contact us today to learn more about Management System Academy.

CHOOSE YOUR LEARNING METHOD 1-on-1 Personal Training Onsite Consultation & Mentoring Web-based Classes Video & Tele-Conference Onsite Classes & Workshops Public Classes & Workshops Purchase Course Materials for Self-Study or Train-the-Trainer

BOGO Summer Special on Training Courses!

Summer BOGO Special 2013BOGO Summer Special!

Any Public Training

Register Before 6/27

Summer is well on its way and with things heatin' up we thought it was a good time to run a summer special. And not just any old summer special. A BOGO summer special! What's a BOGO? Buy one, get one free. Yep, FREE!

Register for any 2013 Public Training Course from now until June 27th at 7pm and you can send a second person for FREE. No strings attached and no hoops jump through. Just register you and someone else for any 2013 Public Training Course and enter the promo code BOGO2013.

Our next course is coming up in August and it will be here before you know it. So register now while you can get this great deal. You visit our Trainings page to register or here is a listing of all our upcoming trainings.

August 27-30 ISO/TS 16949:2009 Lead Internal Auditor (32 hours) Charleston, SC

August 27-30 ISO/TS 16949:2009 Lead Internal Auditor (32 hours) Columbus, IN

September 26-27 ISO/TS 16949:2009 Standard Overview for Process Owners (16 hours) Charleston, SC

October 8-11 ISO/TS 16949:2009 Lead Internal Auditor (32 hours) Charleston, SC

October 22-25 AS9100C Lead Internal Auditor Training (32hrs) Charleston, SC

November 4-8 Problem Solving Workshop (32hrs) Charleston, SC

November 12-15 ISO/TS 16949:2009 Lead Internal Auditor (32 hours) Columbus, IN

You can see our full list of offerings on our website at acommoncenter.com/what/trainings/. This deal won't come around again so you need to register before 7pm on June 27th. And don't forget to tell your colleagues about this deal!

And while we are on the subject of FREE. Don't forget to check out our FREE resources on acommoncenter.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Concentric a Nominee for Small Business of the Year Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact:
Ronii Bartles Concentric (843) 452-5259 ronii.bartles@cmsicharleston.com acommoncenter.com

Concentric a Nominee for Small Business of the Year Award Concentric Recognized by Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce

Charleston, SC, May 15, 2013 — Concentric today announced that they are a nominee for Small Business of the Year Award. The Small Business of the Year is awarded by Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce. Persons have to be nominated by a peer and then have to meet a string of criteria from demonstrating a commitment to good business practices to contributing to the community. Nominations and criteria are submitted and then voted on. Jim Thompson, Founder at Concentric, said of the nomination, “That’s great that we have been recognized as a nominee.”

The nominees will be honored at a reception at the Business Expo on Thursday, May 21st at 3:30 P.M. The winner will be announced in August.

For additional information or to schedule an interview with Jim Thompson, please contact Ronii Bartles at (843) 452-5259 or e-mail Ronii at ronii.bartles@cmsicharleston.com.

Concentric is a group of quality experts that believe in fostering lasting relationships with our clients. We are essentially a firm of independent subject matter experts that help organizations perform better through process design, management system architecture, risk & waste reduction, problem solving and international certification. Our group is built up of experts in Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, ISO standards, business law, marketing, strategic planning and intellectual talent management.

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And the Winner is...

Congratulations Glenda Montgomery of Charleston, SC!

Glenda Montgomery

 

Glenda Montgomery Quality Assurance/Continuous Improvement/Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt/Project Management Professional Charleston, SC

 

 

 

Thank you everyone for following and submitting answers! We had a great time getting all the answers and hearing from everyone. Here are all the questions and answers:

1. Why can’t investigators start root cause analysis steps for the missing Malaysian Flight 370? The problem has not yet be defined... or identified. You have to know what the problem is before finding a root cause(s).

2. What does PDSA mean? Plan, Do, Study, Act

3. Which two international standards does ISO 19011 support? ISO 9000 Quality Management and ISO 14000 Environmental Management

4. ISO/TS 16949 is frequently referred to as “TS”. What does TS mean in TS 16949? Technical Standard

5. What does FMEA mean? Failure Mode and Effects Analysis

6. Complete this sentence. “A problem well stated is a problem half _____ .” - Charles F. Kettering Solved

7. Which SC-based automotive OEM just announced a $1 billion investment in expanding? BMW. You can read about here.

The Charleston Section of ASQ (American Society for Quality) will hold its annual quality conference on April 24th & 25th. The Lowcountry Quality Conference is a fun, local, 3-day event aimed at improving the quality of your products and/or services. The conference consists of a blend of technical workshops, 3 options for an in-depth tour of some of the best of Charleston, social networking events, and talks from some of the most profound quality practitioners in the world. This year features a dozen talks and/or workshops, 3 VIP Tours at the new Clemson SCE&G Wind Power Turbine Testing facility, Charleston Water Systems Treatment facility and Carnival Fantasy tour & luncheon. The Keynote will be given by Dr. George Benson, President of the College of Charleston and long-time quality supporter through his membership on the board of directors of The Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. This year's theme is Quality in Practice and will give attendees an opportunity to learn how quality practices can improve their organizations bottom line.

For more information about attending any portion of this years Lowcountry Quality Conference, visit http://asqcharleston.org or call 843.469.8279.

Happy 9th Birthday CMSi

February 1st, 2012 marks our 9th year

It was this day precisely NINE (9) years ago today that Concentric Management Systems, Inc. (CMSi) was born. I would like to take this opportunity to reflect on the many failures and many more successes we have had over the years. Thanks to our tenacity, belief in our core values, and most importantly, our valued customers, we are able to be proud of "being in our 10th year of business".

CMSi is effectively “re‐launching” bigger and better than ever in 2012 following the successful completion of a major project (42 months) with a key client that required nearly all of my time. This re-­emergency allows us many opportunities to grow where we can grow best - near the beach! We couldn't be more pleased to call Charleston our new home.

Very special thanks is in order to my wonderful staff, our team of amazing consultants and the customers that allow us to grow bigger and better every day! I truly appreciate the trust, hard work and partnerships we have formed in this anything-but-traditional organization.

Here's to another 9 years!

Cheers,

Jim Thompson - President
Concentric Management Systems, Inc.

Mission Statement - February 1st, 2012

We support the world’s leading organizations in their pursuit of excellence through the provision of training, consulting and auditing services. We are dedicated to providing services that exceed the expectations of our customers by being deliberate about delivering the highest level of customized service possible. We believe in steady growth with integrity.

We also strive to be the first choice for representing independent subject matter experts by developing and managing mutually beneficial, long-­‐term business relationships. By facilitating customer relationships, we bring tremendous value to our network of consultants -­‐ allowing more time to focus on exercising core competencies and less time on administrative burden.

The NEW Concentric

Welcome to the new face of CMSi!  We are very excited to call Charleston, SC our new home in 2010.

Concentric Management Systems, Inc. is a group of technical experts specializing in process improvement & management system certification specializing in ISO 9001, ISO/TS 16949, ISO 14001 and AS9100 certification. 

We hope you enjoy the new and dynamic website, blogs, posts and information sharing tools that will be provided at no charge.

May the new CMSi find you well in the 2010 and beyond!