Smithers CEO Delivers Opening Remarks at Smithers Quality Assessments 2015 Conference

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July 06, 2015

Smithers Quality Assessments (SQA), a Smithers Group company, specializing in quality, safety and environmental management systems certifications, announced today that Michael Hochschwender, President and CEO of The Smithers Group, Inc., will deliver the opening remarks at its third annual conference on July 9 at the John S. Knight Center in Akron, Ohio.

“We are thrilled that Smithers Group President and CEO Michael Hochschwender will welcome our clients to Akron and the conference,” said Jeanette Preston, President of Smithers Quality Assessments. “The 2015 SQA Client Conference educational content covering quality management and the evolution of many ISO standards has resonated with our clients and resulted in a full conference of more than 400 attendees.” 

Following the welcome remarks from Hochschwender, Dave Murray of the DiJulius Group will present the keynote address, “Customer Service Revolution.” Attendees will then have the opportunity to attend a variety of education sessions, including:

?      “ISO 14001:2015 Changes” by Susan Briggs, Convener-TC207/SC1/WG5-EMS for ISO

?      “Introduction to Risk Management” by Kevin and Cindy Gholston, CVG Strategy LLC

  • “ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety” by Jim Howe, Safety Solutions
  • “AS 9101E Introduction” by Brian Geer, Lockheed Martin
  • “Secret Service” by Dave Murray, The DiJulius Group
  • “ISO 9001:2015 Changes” by Cathy Fisher, Quistem, LLC
  • “What’s the Secret to Internal Culture?” by Dave Murray, The DiJulius Group

“Our speakers are experts in their fields and come from industry-leading companies and institutions like Lockheed Martin, Quistem and the Safety Solutions,” added Preston. 

About Smithers Quality Assessments

Smithers Quality Assessments is an Akron, OH-based accredited quality and environmental management systems certification body, founded in 1993, serving small and large industrial, commercial, government and services businesses around the world. 

Companies work with Smithers Quality Assessments when seeking certification to the following ISO standards: 

ISO 9001:2008

ISO 14001:2004

OHSAS 18001:2007


CSA Z1000

ISO/TS 16949:2009

AS 9100C

ISO 13485:2003

SN 9001

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About The Smithers Group:

Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, The Smithers Group includes Smithers Apex, Smithers Avanza, Smithers Pira, Smithers Quality Assessments, Smithers Rapra, and Smithers Visicient.  Each Smithers Group company provides technology-based services focused on a defined market.  As a group, the diversity of market sectors and technologies provides stability and a platform for long-term growth.  By integrating science, technology and business expertise, Smithers goal is to add value throughout the life cycle of our clients’ products by utilizing testing, consulting, information, and compliance services.  All Smithers companies are known by their clients as Trusted Providers of Innovative Solutions. For more information, visit

SQA World Headquarters

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Akron, OH  44308