Annual Training Conference

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21st Annual AFQAM Training Conference, Lake Tahoe, CA

The 21th Annual AFQAM Training Conference will be held in Lake Tahoe, CA on October 11-14, 2022. Information on conferences beyond 2022 can be found on the Training Opportunities page. Conference details and registration are posted in the late spring of each year.

Questions about conference registration should be directed to the President-Elect and Program Committee Chair.

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  • Member: Before 9/16/2022 – $300
  • Member: After 9/16/2022 – $350
  • Non-member: Before 9/16/2022 – $350
  • Non-member: After 9/16/2022 – $400
Virtual – Curated Live Stream Presentations

Note: This option does not include attendance to Breakout Sessions

  • Member: Before 9/16/2022 – $200
  • Member: After 9/16/2022 – $250
  • Non-member: Before 9/16/2022 – $250
  • Non-member: After 9/16/2022 – $300

Registration refunds will be applied according to the following schedule:

  • Refund requested before 9/16/2022: 100% refund
  • Refund requested between 9/16/2022 and 10/1/2022: 75% refund
  • Refund requested between 10/1/2022 and 10/8/2022: 50% refund
  • Refund requested on or after 10/8/2022: no refund

Registration IS OPEN!!!



If paying by invoice, please put the attendee(s)’ name in the Description box when prompted.

Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
4130 Lake Tahoe Blvd
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Room rates are as follows:
10/7 – 10/8 @ $159/night for king std.
10/9 – 10/13 @ $109/night for king std.; $129/night for 2 queen std.
10/14 – 10/16 @$159/night for king std.

Please add $10 for each additional adult over two, plus $20 for suites with 2 queen beds. The hotel occupancy tax rate is currently 14% plus $3.58 per suite per night. A $24 per night per suite resort fee will apply.

Fly into Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO).

The airport does list a wide variety of ground transportation options. According to the hotel concierge, Uber/Lift could be around $30-40/trip and Taxi/Cab could be around $50/trip. Check out their website for more details, schedule, cost, and booking information.

You can also consider the South Tahoe Airporter, which takes you from the airport to South Lake Tahoe hotels, including ours.

For vehicle rentals from RNO, there’s Alamo, AVIS, Budget, dollar, enterprise, Hertz, National, Payless, and Thrifty.

Meeting Topics

Keynote Speaker:
Dean Gialamas, Executive Coach and Mentor
Over thirty-one years of progressively responsible success in private industry and government positions with seventeen of those years in high-level executive management. Accomplished and energetic presenter, instructor, innovator, entrepreneur, author and high-performance coach in the areas of technology, business operations, strategic planning, executive management and leadership – focusing on large scale businesses and operations.

  Conference Agenda

Monday, October 10th Registration

ANAB workshop – Improving Your Internal Auditing Skills
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm GMT
Registration fee: $250
Please follow this link to register.

Tuesday October 11th (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

Time SlotPresentation/Activity
6:00amRegistration & BREAKFAST (included)
8:15amKeynote Speaker: Dean Gialamas
9:45amVendor Presentation
9:55amMorning Break with Vendors
10:15amEmployee Wellness (virtual presentation), Theresa DeAngelo & TBD
11:15amVendor Presentation
11:45amLUNCH (vendor sponsored)
1:15pmBasic Metrology, Mark Ruefenacht
2:15pmVendor Presentation
2:25pmAfternoon Break with Vendors
3:00pm – 4:30pmPanel Discussion: Succession/Mentorship, Katrina Featherston, Vicki Hopkins & Patti Williams
6:00pm – 8:00pmOpening Reception (vendor sponsored)

Wednesday October 12th (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

Time SlotPresentation/Activity
6:00amBREAKFAST (included)
8:00amNIST-AAFS Cooperative Agreement: Implementation of Standards on the OSAC, Alison Getz, Erika Ziemak & Laurel Farrel
9:30amMorning Break with Vendors
10:00amPanel Discussion: OSAC Implementation, Chris Krug & TBD
11:30amVendor Presentation
12:00pmLUNCH (vendor sponsored)
1:30pmVendor Presentation
2:00pmAccrediting Body Updates: ANAB & A2LA, Patti Williams & Brittney Rollison
3:00pmAfternoon Break with Vendors
3:30pmUnderstanding and Maintaining Impartiality, Emma Dutton
4:00pm – 5:00pmAFQAM Business Meeting
6:00pm – 9:00pmEVENING EVENT (vendor sponsored)

Thursday October 13th (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

Time SlotBreakout SessionsBreakout Sessions
6:00amBREAKFAST (included)
8:00am – 9:45am5 Whys Cause Analysis, Debra SmithMaturity Models: Guiding Your Continuous Improvement Journey, Mahindra Varma, Phil Berry
9:45am – 10:15amMorning Break……………………………………………………………………………
10:15am – 12:00pm5 Whys continuedHow Human Factors Drive QA, Pate Skene or TBD
1:30pmNO SESSIONValue Stream Mapping of a Piece of Evidence that requires Multidisciplinary Testing, Mahindra Varma, Phil Berry
3:15pmAfternoon Break…………………….…………………………………………………
3:45pm – 5:30pmNO SESSIONImproving Internal Auditing Skills, Stacey Wilson/ Martha Zamora-Pineda

Friday October 14th (8:00 AM – 12:15 PM)

Time SlotPresentation/Activity
6:00amBREAKFAST (included)
8:00amLaboratory Library, Christy Keller
8:30amDigital Forensics, Lisa Yoshida
9:00amGood Policy Design and Implementation, Chris Krug
10:00amMorning Break
10:30amCompare and Contrast ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO/IEC 17020, Anja Einseln
11:30amStay Interviews, Jessica Toms
12:00pmConference adjourned

  Evening Event

Fishing in Lake Tahoe (Optional Event)

We have an optional activity available for anyone looking to have a bit of a different view of Lake Tahoe.  Tahoe Sport fishing is offering a 5 hour private charter fishing trip on 10/10/2022 that departs at 8 am and returns at 1 pm.  The cost of this trip is $230 per person with an additional on-site charge of $17.54 for a 1 day California fishing license. 

Included in the trip is fishing gear (including bait and tackle), water bottles and coffee.  They will also clean and bag your fish. 

Lake Tahoe contains Mackinaw Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Kokanee salmon. 

If you would like to eat the fish you catch, they have partnered with MacDuff’s Pub.  

Note: This company is very good even if you are not really an Angler but would enjoy trying something new.  They will instruct you on what to do and will even bait your hook.

We need a minimum for 6 people to register prior to 09/26 for this opportunity.  If we are unable to meet this minimum, we will refund your reservation. 

Please contact Catherine Nigra or Anastacia Melendy if interested.

Evening Event (Wednesday, October 12, 2022)

Join us for a fun night of networking, Mini golf and local beverages at Flatstick Pub

Flatstick Pub is a local beer focused pub that features a unique and challenging indoor miniature golf course.  They also offer Duffleboard (a table top version of miniature golf), Giant Jenga and Cornhole.  

If you’re new to the game, don’t worry you’ll have a GREAT time. They are family owned business committed to locally sourced ingredients, specifically beer.

Cost: $50.00