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Celebration of the life and accomplishments of Dr. William J Latzko, ASQ Fellow and Past SECTION Chair

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Dr. William J Latzko

ASQ Members, friends and colleagues of Bill Latkzo are invited to attend a memorial Celebration of the life and accomplishments of Dr. William J Latzko, ASQ Fellow and Past Section Chair.

On Saturday, February 23, 2019, from 2:00 PM to 4:30 pm, the family shall gather to celebrate the life and accomplishments of Dr. William J. Latzko Statistician, Philatelist, Fencer, Olympian, Veteran, Banker, Father, Grandfather and Great-grandfather.

The celebration will take place at the Courtyard by Marriott, 3 Pembroke Place, Edgewater, NJ  07020 (Directions).  You are invited to come for all, any or part of the time. 

Please note: in the event you cannot attend in person stories or other memories to share should be emailed to

April 2019 Section Meeting: Business Process Improvement in Reinsurance, A Case Study

Join us for this month’s section meeting  where we will be discussing  Business Process Improvement in the Reinsurance industry.

Business Process Improvement, a core business function at BlueLine Associates, involves the evaluation of current practices, which is done through a thorough analysis of people, process and technology. The review provides solutions that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization based on agreed critical success factors.

Our client wanted to conduct a complete process review across all business functions to identify opportunities to improve cost and quality. We performed an end-to-end process review to provide a holistic view of the company and implemented recommendations that achieve over $7m in operational efficiency while increasing employee satisfaction and engagement.

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The Digital Factory Transformation Process To Reduce / Detect / Eliminate Human Errors In Computer Numerically Controlled Systems: 2019 Spring Mini Ott ASQ NJIT Quality Conference

Organized and presented by Professor Paul G Ranky with invited speaker Robert Hacker, Director of StartUP FIU in Miami, FL, professor of entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship at Florida International University, and NJIT Makerspace Colleagues and Students. Following this ASQ tradition, this Spring we are pleased to take our attendees to the new NJIT Makerspace, a $11.6 million hi-tech facility. During this event we’ll focus on how companies should focus on their digital quality transformation journey supported by human error prevention, detection and eventual human error elimination principles, methods, tools, technologies and workflows. A very exciting topic, that can save huge amounts for any organization! The advanced, computer controlled manufacturing, 3D printing, additive manufacturing and quality principles, methods, tools and practical examples presented are applicable to almost any factory, organization / business.

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February 2019 Section Meeting: NY Transit Museum Tour

The February 2019 Section Meeting will be preceded by a tour of the NY Transit Museum, located at 99 Schermerhorn Street Brooklyn, NY 11201.

Founded in 1976, the New York Transit Museum is dedicated to telling and preserving the stories of mass transportation – extraordinary engineering feats, workers who labored in the tunnels over 100 years ago, communities that were drastically transformed, and the ever-evolving technology, design, and ridership of a system that runs 24 hours a day, every day of the year.  This bears on and helps understand the state of quality and challenges it faced in those days.

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2018 Annual Section Awards and Recognition Dinner

The NY/NJ Metropolitan Section will be hosting it’s annual Holiday/Awards Dinner to recognize and thank those individuals who have worked so hard to plan and implement the Section’s events over the past year. Please come and join the celebration

Date: Saturday December 1st at 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM

Location: The Manor, 111 Prospect Ave., West Orange, NJ (MapIt)

Registration: Deadline for registration is November 26th

January 2019 Section Meeting: How are internal audit departments tracking the risks introduced by Robotic Process Automation?

Join our monthly section meeting where David Kahan will demystify Robotic Process Automation (RPA), outline its benefits, share predictions and provide insights on how organizations may proactively address the risk and control implications of RPA implementations.

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) technology allows organizations to automate high-volume, deterministic, system-based tasks by introducing a virtual workforce of “robots.” This technology can dramatically reduce costs, while improving service levels, data quality and reducing risk. The financial services industry has embraced RPA as a disruptive force that challenges the current state of business operations while simultaneously aligning with organizational drivers. Risk and Control considerations have been recognized as foundational components of a successful RPA program, yet sometimes perceived as burdensome and therefore may be sidestepped due to competing agendas (e.g. speed to market).
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November Member Gift Bundle

Complex Problem Solving

In this new ASQ member gift, ASQ is sharing lots of resources on various methodologies for complex problem solving, including root cause analysis, DMAIC, and 8D, to name a few. With advanced manufacturing and Quality 4.0 upon us, studies have shown that quality professionals with adept problem-solving skills will be more likely to survive and thrive. So, we’re here to get you ready! Access your member gift today!

Looking for ways to earn recertification units(RUs)? Viewing all the web-casts in this month’s member gift equals approximately 4.0 hours (or 0.4 RUs) of home study activity under courses. Visit for details.

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Your exclusive member gift will be available through November 30, 2018.

Passing of a Legend: William J. Latzko 1928 -2018

photo: William J. LatzkoIt is with great regret that we announce the passing of William J. Latzko. Bill was one of the founding members of the NY/NJ Metropolitan Section and will be missed. Bill left us on October 23, a few days shy of his 90th birthday.

William J Latzko, Ph.D., 89, Died on October 23, 2018 from complications of prostate cancer at Englewood Hospital, Englewood, New Jersey. He had been a resident of West New York, North Bergen and Teaneck, New Jersey. He was born October 28, 1928 in Rheydt, Germany and emigrated to the United States in 1939. He attended Fordham University, where he was Captain of the Fencing Team, and received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering in 1950. MBA, Rutgers University, 1956; Rutgers ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking, 1978; Doctor of Philosophy, Kennedy-Western University, 2000. He is a member of Delta Pi Sigma and Beta Gamma Sigma.

He served as a first lieutenant United States Army Chemical Corps 1950-1953, Korea, earning a bronze star and unit combat citation for service under fire. He was a Life Member of the American Legion.

Dr Latzko began his commercial career as a chemical engineer at US Testing, progressing to a plant management position at the Joseph Dixon Crucible Company, followed by Director of Quality Control at Mundet Cork Corp until moving to become Director Management Science at CBS’s Columbia Record Company, New York City, until 1970. Vice President, Quality, Irving Trust Company, 1970-1983. He retired from banking and founded Latzko Associates, a management consultancy specializing in quality issues. In 1986 he published his first book, “Quality and Productivity for Bankers and Financial Managers (Quality and Reliability)”

In 1987, Dr. Latzko became an Adjunct Professor of Management Systems at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business. He received the Bene Merenti medal in 2007. He retired in 2016. He also taught at Columbia University and George Washington University.

Dr. Latzko was a Fellow of the American Society for Quality. A certified quality engineer, he was actively involved with the NJ/NJ Metropolitan Section of the ASQ, where he was section chair from 1976-1978 and again from 1999-2000. He received the Ellis R Ott award in 1984. Instrumental in the creation of the W Edwards Deming Award for quality, he received it in 1996. He was the author of more than twenty published papers on management quality. A long time associate of Dr W Edwards Deming, Dr. Latzko helped in Deming’s work with his clients and at many four-day Deming seminars. He was one of the few people in the world recognized by Deming as a ‘master’. He has applied Deming’s theory of management to help both government and companies affect a transformation or be well underway toward this goal. In 1993 Dr Latzko with his co-author wrote the definitive analysis of Dr Deming’s widely recognized Four Day seminar, the aptly titled “Four Days with Dr. Deming: A Strategy for Modern Methods of Management”

Dr. Latzko was a lifetime member of the American Philatelic Society, receiving his 50 year pin in 2017. For over 25 years, he has been a member of the Royal Philatelic Society London. He was a long time member of the Collectors Club of New York City. His last publication before his death was in the summer of 2018 regarding the stamps of Stellaland.

Bill Latzko was on the Board of Directors for the United States Fencing Association (previously Amateur Fencers League of America (AFLA)) 1954-1986, member executive committee, 1964-1986, national secretary, 1964-1972, national treasurer, 1982-1986. Cadre member of the United States Olympic fencing team, 1968, 1972. Board of Directors United States modern pentathlon, San Antonio, 1960-1965. He and his wife, Constance “Connie “Latzko, helped run fencing competitions from the local to the international level. As a judge with the Federation International d’Escrime, he officiated at many international fencing competitions at all levels including Modern Pentathlons, World Championships, and the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

Married to his beloved wife Connie from 1950 until her passing in 2014. He is survived by his daughter Victoria, his son Alexander, six grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

Those who wish may donate in Bill’s name to Peter Westbrook Foundation