President and Founder
International trainer and consultant,
Quality Professional of the Year award by the American Society of Quality Automotive
Chad Kymal is an international trainer and consultant whose broad experience includes
TQM, setup reduction, technology assessment and inventory analysis, statistical
process control, and quality function deployment. After graduating from the General
Motors Institute Chad spent a number of years working at General Motors and KPMG
before founding Omnex Inc. in 1986. Over Chad's successful career, he has served
on the Malcolm Baldrige Board of Examiners and has received numerous quality achievement
awards, including the Quality Professional of the Year award by the American Society
of Quality Automotive Division in 2005 . In addition to Chad's Bachelor's degree
from GMI, Chad holds both a master's degree in industrial and operations engineering
from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
In his role as Chief Technology Officer, Chad is instrumental in determining the
strategic direction of the consulting and training organizations, as well as the
product strategy for the software company - Omnex Systems. Chad personally led the
Omnex team that helped Ford Motor Co. rewrite the QOS methodology. He assisted Ford
Motor staff write the QS-9000 requirements and he conducted the first worldwide
witness audit for the same. Under Chad's direction, Omnex has worked with Lucent
Technologies, Philips Semiconductors, Magna, and most of the Fortune 500 companies
worldwide. Omnex provides more than 50 training courses in subject areas ranging
from APQP to Six Sigma and has 15 offices worldwide.
In addition to founding both Omnex and Omnex Systems, Chad is also the founder of
AQSR, one of the top five rated quality system registrars in the United States as
rated by Quality Digest. AQSR specializes in providing auditing services in ISO
9001, QS-9000, TE Supplement, ISO/TS 16949, VDA 6*, AS9000, and the ISO 14001 series
of international standards. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board of Advisors
International trainer and consultant,
Executive Vice President, and Director of International Operations for Omnex
Executive Vice President and Director of International Operations for Omnex, Inc.,
Dave Watkins has a wide range of experience encompassing full profit and loss responsibility
in General Management, as well as manufacturing, production, Human Resources and
distribution management in a variety of industries. Dave has had responsibilities
at all levels of manufacturing, from production shift supervisor to President, and
has led total process re-engineering efforts in several plants, involving a number
of different process and product technologies.
Dave's focus is on employing approaches that enhance the client's ability to create
value for customers and stockholders; as a result he is particularly adept at the
integration of quality and business management systems to enhance overall performance
and competitive capability.
He has developed and delivered training and consulting services domestically and
in all major international markets, primarily to senior and executive management
groups, in the strategic implementation of integrated management systems incorporating
QS/ISO 9001:2008, ISO/TS 16949:2009, QOS/BOS, Product Development & Launch (NPD),
Supplier Development & Supply Chain Management, and lean enterprise systems in rational,
profit oriented solutions.
Having pioneered the application of these approaches in non-manufacturing companies,
Dave has authored or co-authored most of Omnex's seminars for service companies,
including ISO 9001:2008 for Service, Advance Quality Planning (AQP) for Service,
and QOS/BOS for Service. He has worked with clients in industries as diverse as
banking; local, regional and global multi-modal transportation; product development
& engineering; software development; logistics; contract professional services;
construction; and project management.
His extraordinarily broad industry experience ranges from automotive and semiconductor
design and manufacturing, to the design, development and bottling of package solutions
for the liquor industry, production of aerosol cans, gear sets for oil rigs, magnets
for electric motors and printing production processes for standardized testing.
He has worked with chemical companies, R&D Groups, seating assembly plants and complex
electronic component and assembly companies.
Dave has delivered papers on a variety of topics in the U.S., India, Bahrain, Thailand
and China and has published articles in a variety of periodicals.
His education includes a BA from Widener University and numerous professional courses.
Dave has served on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Manufacturers' Association,
as a Trustee for the IMA's Education Foundation, and as a Trustee for Northeastern
Illinois University Foundation. He can be reached at
Gregory F. Gruska
VP Product Development
COO of Omnex Systems,
Principal consultant in performance excellence and Six Sigma Master Blackbelt for
Mr. Gruska, a Fellow of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), is presently the
COO of Omnex Systems and a principal consultant in performance excellence and Six
Sigma Master Blackbelt for Omnex Engineering and Management, Inc.
Mr. Gruska had been associated with Dr. W. E. Deming and has assisted in the Transformation
of Management since 1981. He has personally assisted large and small companies in
North America and Europe in this transformation including the development and implementation
of strategy, benchmarking, process control planning, and customer satisfaction.
Further, he has worked with companies in the preparation of internal or external
assessment utilizing criteria such as QS-9000, ISO/TS 16949, Total Quality Excellence,
and MBNQA and has helped organizations using Six Sigma performance improvement strategies.
He directed and was the primary resource for the development and initial implementations
of Comprehensive Process Control Planning ((CP)2). This approach provides a structure
for the logical determination and implementation of process controls within an environment
of continuous improvement. Following the precepts taught by Dr W. E. Deming, (CP)2
enables an organization to establish what is needed to control its processes and
then integrate these plans within the normal operations. The Ford Motor Company,
Transmission and Chassis Division, pioneered its use with the launch of the transaxle
used in the Taurus/Sable vehicles. This structure enabled the plant to achieve Best-In-Class
status for this transmission within the first year of production and subsequently
to continue to improve its quality and productivity.
Prior to joining Omnex, Mr. Gruska managed the Quality Engineering Activity at Chevrolet.
This group provided benchmarking, quality engineering and statistical support to
all divisional and corporate activities and their suppliers. Besides the application
of statistics within the design, manufacturing, and support environments, this group
was active in the development of new technologies and training in these areas. Mr.
Gruska additional served as a Divisional and Corporate consultant in Statistical
Engineering and Management. He has traveled extensively in assisting engineering,
financial, and support staffs and manufacturing plants in the investigation and
solution of problems affecting quality and customer satisfaction.
Mr. Gruska has been involved in the development of theory and software and authored
many papers in the areas of non-normal and multivariate sampling and data analysis,
quality management, measurement systems analysis, inspector effectiveness and statistical
process control. He is the author of Theory D which discusses the teachings of Dr.
W. Edwards Deming and is the editor and principal author of Comprehensive Process
Control Planning - (CP)2. He is also the co-author of The Malcolm Baldrige National
Quality Award: The Yardstick for Quality Growth, available through Addison-Wesley.
Mr. Gruska is also an active/writing member of the QS-MSA and QS-SPC Manual subcommittees
of the American Automotive industry's Supplier Quality Requirements Task Force which
is part of the international task force governing TS-16949.
Mr. Gruska is an adjunct professor at Madonna University. He has advanced degrees
in mathematics and engineering from the University of Detroit, Michigan State University
and Wayne State University. He was the Deming Memorial Lecturer at the Sheffield
Hallam University for the year 2000.
Mr. Gruska is a charter member of the Greater Detroit Deming Study Group and the
W. E. Deming Institute. He is a ASQ certified Quality Engineer, a licensed Professional
Engineer (CA - Quality) and a member of the Board of Examiners of and Judge for
the Michigan Quality Leadership Award (1994-2005). He can be reached at
Omnex India, VP of Omnex Asia
Experience in business consulting and quality systems implementation/training for
the automotive and related industries.
Vice President of Omnex' Asia Operations, Mr. Kumar has been with Omnex in various
management positions for over 8 years. He has immense experience in business consulting
and quality systems implementation/training for the automotive and related industries.
He was primarily responsible for starting up Omnex' operations in India and other
parts of Asia.
His career objective is to assist companies in achieving significant improvements
in their competitive positions, both operational as well as technology oriented
through the introduction of professionally managed quality/business systems, Integrated
Six Sigma deployment and TQM philosophies. A certified Lead Auditor, he manages
and leads a dedicated team of more than 60 professionals who take care of the needs
of the India, UAE and the S. E. Asia market. His education includes a degree in
Computer Science Engineering and other professional courses. He can be reached at