Member Spotlight – Mark Lanz

Mark LanzHello – as your new Vice Chair of Member Services I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you about myself and more importantly, the value and opportunity our ASQ Section can bring.

Currently I’m a Quality Manager at Boston Scientific supporting the R&D organization primarily in areas of combination device development. However I actually started out my career as a chemist. After a number of years in the lab, I moved into project management while setting my longer term goals on management. To meet those goals, I quickly became aware of the need to supplement my formal training and on-the-job learning.

I strategized what it would take for me to move in the direction of my goals. I needed to network! So I started attending ASQ meetings & conferences and began to appreciate the broad array of industries represented by members. It allowed me to tap into other industries I knew little about. I remember attending those first meetings without knowing a single person and how some members immediately recognized me as new and personally rolled out the welcome wagon. Welcoming new members and helping them engage in the Section is my #1 Objective for the Member Services Committee.

As it turns out, an ASQ member suggested I explore a local MBA program and to make a long story short, the new skills I learned in the program prepared me for a surprising opportunity I would not otherwise have been qualified for. During this time as a Manager and Director, I became exposed to Strategic Quality Management and the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence through ASQ. I became passionate over this application of quality and began strategizing another new career path into quality. Today I sit as a Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence with a MS in Manufacturing Systems working at Boston Scientific helping to develop safer, more effective products.

I credit ASQ with being a key part of my professional development, career transitions and lifelong learning. External learning has given me fresh ideas and new perspectives that truly impact the business. Let’s face it; few external forces are going to persuade you to learn. The desire has to come from within. Once you decide you want to make lifelong learning a habit, it is up to you to make it a priority in your life.

The Membership Services Committee is ready to help you engage today!