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Denis Leonard has degrees in construction engineering and education in addition to a M.B.A. and Ph.D. in quality management. Denis is a Fellow of the American Society for Quality and the UK Chartered Quality Institute. He is also a Certified Quality Manager, Auditor and Six Sigma Black Belt.

He has been an Assessor on the Northern Ireland Quality Award, Judge and Examiner for the Wisconsin Forward Award, Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners and a Lead Judge on the National Housing Quality Award and the International Team Excellence Competition.

He is a member of several boards including the U.S. (ANSI) Standards Group for Quality Management, ASQ’s Quality Management Forum and Quality Press Review Boards.

He has presented at national and international conferences and published widely in such journals as; The International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management, The Quality Management Journal, Management Decision, International Journal of Operations and Production Management and The Journal of European Industrial Training. He is co-author of The Executive Guide to Understanding and Implementing The Baldrige Criteria.

A former Professor of Quality at the University of Wisconsin, he has experience in management, engineering, training, auditing and consulting with expertise in strategic and operational quality improvement initiatives. His work has achieved national, quality, environmental and safety management awards for clients.

Awards

  • The Roger Berger Award, ASQ's, Quality Management Division, 2010
  • First Place World Standards Day Paper Competition 2009
  • Golden Quill Award ASQ Quality Press 2008
  • APEX Award for Leadership: Quality Management, Big Builder Magazine, 2007
  • Member Leader Excellence Award, American Society for Quality (ASQ), Madison, Wisconsin Section, 2006
  • Feigenbaum Medal for Quality Leadership, ASQ, 2004
  • Outstanding Paper of the Year Award 2003, The International Journal Measuring Business Excellence
  • Highly Commended Paper of the Year Award 2003, The International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management
  • Eleven Citations for Excellence for published articles, Emerald Reviews (MCB Press)

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