CTO and Founder, Omnex Inc
International trainer and consultant,
Quality Professional of the Year award by the American Society of Quality Automotive
Chad Kymal is the CTO and founder of Omnex Inc., an international consulting and training organization headquartered
in the United States. After graduating from the General Motors Institute, Chad spent a number of years working at
General Motors and KPMG before joining Omnex. Over the course of 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 for Quality (ASQ) Automotive Division in 2005. In addition to his 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 and an MBA Cum Laude from the University of Michigan.
He is a member of Tau Beta Pi.
Chad is the President of Omnex Systems a software provider of ISO 9001, 14001 and 27001 management systems including risk tools such as FMEA and Control Plans. Omnex software is used globally by organizations such as Bose, Micron, NXP, Valeo and others.
Chad both developed and teaches auditor training for ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001 / ISO 45001, as well as an Integrated Management Systems Lead Auditor training course where all three standards are combined in a single audit. Chad is the founder of AQSR, a global registrar that routinely provided integrated audits in QMS, EMS, and OHSMS. Chad is also on the ISO/TC 176, ISO/TC 207, PC283 committees for ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management), ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental Management) and ISO 45001 (Health and Safety Management Systems.
Omnex has been working in the Automotive industry for 30 years and Omnex principals been active in writing different automotive standards including QS 9000, ISO/TS 16949, Semiconductor Supplement, APQP, FMEA and Core Tools. Chad conducted the first world-wide witness audit for QS 9000 a predecessor to IATF 16949. He is the author of seven books and more than 100 papers including several on integrated management systems.
Chad is a certified Lead Auditor for IATF 16949, ISO 14001, ISO 9001, FSSC 22000, HAACP, OHSAS 18001, AS9100 and teaches many other courses for Omnex.
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.
Gregory F. Gruska
VP Product Development
COO of Omnex Systems,
Principal consultant in performance excellence and Six Sigma Master Blackbelt for
Greg Gruska is the Omnex Champion for ISO 26262, and a Fellow of the American Society for Quality (ASQ). He has led multiple ISO 26262 engagements for Omnex for the last several years. His strength in ISO 26262 is a strong understanding and experience in systems engineering and reliability/safety analysis in both hardware and software development. Greg 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. Greg 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, new product development, product failures and customer satisfaction.
Greg has also been a writing member of the MSA, SPC, FMEA, and EFMEA Manual subcommittees of the American Automotive industry's Supplier Quality Requirements Task Force which is part of the international task force governing TS-16949. Greg 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.
Greg is a charter member of the Greater Detroit Deming Study Group and the W. E. Deming Institute. He is an 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 (1994-2011). Greg is on the writing committee of AIAG on FMEA, a member of the SAE Functional Safety Committee (J2980) and is considered one of the foremost authorities on risk management in the world. He has considerable hardware and software experience in Automotive applications.
Greg is approved to conduct training for Omnex under our Exemplar Global Certification for the QM, AU and TL Modules.
Greg is a trainer for the following subjects:
- ISO 9001 Understanding Requirements, Internal Auditor and Lead Auditor
- IATF 16949 Understanding Requirements, Internal Auditor and Lead Auditor
- Core Tools Training (APQP, D/PFMEA, Control Plans, PPAP, MSA, SPC)
- 8D Problem Solving
- Effective Problem Solving
- VDA 6.3 Understanding and Auditor Training
- ISO 26262
Vice President & Director - Global Operations, Omnex Inc
Experience in business consulting and quality systems implementation/training for
the automotive and related industries.
Mr. Kumar has been with Omnex in various management positions for over 24 years. He has immense experience in business consulting and quality systems implementation/training for a range of industries including automotive, general manufacturing, telecom and service industries. He was primarily responsible for starting up Omnex' operations in India and other parts of Asia in the late 90s and has helped several organizations in their quest to continual improvement.
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.
His problem solving, analytical and people skills gives him an added edge on value added implementation of Integrated management systems and Strategic breakthrough improvement.
A certified Lead Auditor and a Master Black Belt, he manages and leads a dedicated team of more than 120 professionals who take care of the needs of Omnex' clients in India, China, Thailand, Malaysia and Middle East. His education includes a degree in Computer Science Engineering and other professional courses.