Gardien Group Announces Certification to ISO 9001:2015

The Gardien Group is happy to share the good news with its past and present clients who helped us in our successful journey – we have been awarded the ISO 9001:2015 certification. To all future clients – this certification just affirms why we are the largest global independent testing and quality assurance providers.

A worldwide accepted accreditation, the ISO 9001:2015 is the most up to date certification available and one that recognizes the standards required for quality management systems. Published in September 2015, it places significantly higher requirements on businesses than the previous versions, focusing more on performance.

This accreditation asserts our ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer requirements and conform to regulatory and statutory requirements. We, at Gardien, lay a huge emphasis on designing, developing and enhancing new products, services and technologies. The ISO 9001:2015 certification just reiterates this aspect.

The certification was received after rigorous external audits of our business processes and product quality, performed by independent registrars and carried out in our offices in Canada, China, Japan, Taiwan and the United States.

.This perfectly aligns with our own in-house high set of standards alongside our business strategy. The certification also fits in perfectly with our commitment to continually improve and enhance our services.

We would like to take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to our clients for their continued support and loyalty. We truly believe that our success depends on your success.

After receiving confirmation, Rick Meraw, Gardien’s Vice President, Quality/R&D shared with us “In late 2017, we at the Gardien Group took a step forward to focus on the implementation of the ISO 9001:2015 standard. To that effect, we consolidated and aligned all QMS processes throughout our global locations. We now have one comprehensive, multi-lingual Quality Policies Manual which creates synergies between all our locations worldwide. The tracking of all QMS processes and KPIs have been simplified and centralized under the Gardien proprietary system, aptly named OnTrack. The global sharing of knowledge, stable processes and consistencies from location to location has made the system seamless in operation. Our clients now have the ability to effortlessly transfer their products and jobs across any of our facilities throughout the globe.”

Our Group Chief Operating Officer, Roland Valentini, who is very proud of the accreditation said, “Quality is crucial for us at the Gardien Group. The ISO 9001:2015 certification is a testament to that fact and demonstrates our strong commitment to offer high quality standards to our esteemed customers. We are continually enhancing our systems to meet today’s rapidly changing product requirements and increasing quality demands. OnTrack is a result of this very commitment. It is a consolidated process, which synchronizes all our locations – effortlessly handling all relevant data and documents.

This certification requires an investment of time and commitment. To get this certification, each company must invest a lot of time and commitment. We have made the transition from ISO 9001:2008 to ISO 9001:2015 in a very short span and full credit for this spectacular achievement goes to our competent team members, who work tirelessly ensuring quality and processes are always maintained. At Gardien, we take pride in what we do. ”

About The Gardien Group

Gardien (www.gardien.com) is the world’s largest provider of independent testing and QA solutions to the PCB industry with a global footprint across 24 service centres in 5 countries. We cater to the testing and QA needs of the entire spectrum of customers from small family owned PCB shops to large international fabricators.

Media Contact:
Bao Chau Lu
E-mail: marketing@gardien.com

Business Contact:
Roland Valentini
Group Chief Operating Officer
The Gardien Group
Email: info@gardien.com

We look forward to partnering with you.

 

 

KEVIN SYVRET

FINANCE DIRECTOR, NORTH AMERICA

Mr. Syvret joined Gardien Services Canada as Financial Controller in 2001 and assumed the role of Finance Director North America in 2007. Over the past 20 years, Mr. Syvret has held senior finance and accounting roles, including with Canadian Pacific Ltd and Sprint Inc.

NIRAJ PATEL

VICE PRESIDENT, GARDIEN NORTH AMERICA

Mr. Niraj Patel joined the company on a part time basis in 1993 while attending college full time. He worked in various positions until he graduated from the Centennial College Computer Systems Technology program, whereupon he was hired full time. He progressed through several testing and CAM department positions and was appointed North American CAM Manager in 1998. After 18 years with the company, Mr. Patel was promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations, Gardien Services Canada Inc. in 2011. In January, 2015 Mr. Patel became Vice President NA of the newly combined organizational unit North America which includes the Canada and USA.

TODD KOLMODIN

VICE PRESIDENT QUALITY, NORTH AMERICA

Mr. Todd Kolmodin, a native to the Pacific Northwest was born in Seattle Washington. At a young age he moved to the Portland Oregon area. In March of 1986 he graduated from ITT Technical Institute with a degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. Todd began his tenure in the Electrical Test field that same year.  Todd spent eight years working in an independent testing facility in Wilsonville Oregon where he built skills in all aspects of Electrical Test and Quality Assurance. 

Todd then spent a short term with Yamamoto Corporation on their Engineering staff covering PCB drill, finishing and Electrical Test before joining Probe Test Fixtures in 1995. His charge was CAM and Fixuring Manager.  Todd joined the Gardien Group in September 1998 continuing the same roll and taking on the responsibilities of Quality Manager for Oregon operations. In 2008 Mr. Kolmodin was promoted to Vice President Quality USA. In this position Mr. Kolmodin oversees and maintains the Gardien ITAR registration, ISO Multi-Site registration and multiple site Lab Suitability with the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime. Now also maintaining the Gardien QMS system Todd now serves as Vice President Quality North America.

Mr. Kolmodin is also a published columnist and Technical Presenter with multiple appearances at the IPC Apex Expo Conferences in both San Diego and Las Vegas. 

ROLAND VALENTINI

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Mr. Valentini was appointed COO in July 2010 after successfully serving as head of North American operations since 2005.

Roland has over ten years’ experience in the PCB industry, including sales, service, and project management at Atotech GmbH, Germany mainly relating to PCB plating equipment.
He has significant sales experience from his tenure at Mack Rides GmbH and headed up worldwide installations for Lurgi Bischoff GmbH.

Mr. Valentini received a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mannheim, Germany.

RICHARD HORSMAN

EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN

Prior to Richard joining Gardien in September 2014, he was Chairman/CEO of tool chain vendor Atego Group Systems Limited which was sold to PTC Inc.

Prior to joining Atego, Richard held a number of Executive and Non-Executive roles including Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Plethora Solutions, an AIM listed Pharmaceutical Company and CEO of AIM listed Cybit Holdings plc. where he grew the company from inception to revenues of over 25 million and took the company through multiple acquisitions before managing a sale of the business to Francisco Partners.

Richard previously held a number of senior roles in the Software industry.

RICK MERAW

GROUP VICE PRESIDENT QUALITY

Mr. Meraw was appointed Group Vice President of Quality in Jan 2015 after successfully  serving as Senior Vice President of USA operations since 2011.  Prior to being responsible for USA operations Mr Meraw was responsible for Canadian operations since 2001.

Rick has over twenty years’ experience with Gardien Group and has various roles including, service technician, customer liaison, Quality manager, technical support, project management, and software design/ implementation.

In June 1992 he graduated with an Electronic Engineering Technologist degree, with honors from a local community college.

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ROLAND VALENTINI

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Mr. Valentini was appointed COO in July 2010 after successfully serving as head of North American operations since 2005.

Roland has over ten years’ experience in the PCB industry, including sales, service, and project management at Atotech GmbH, Germany mainly relating to PCB plating equipment.
He has significant sales experience from his tenure at Mack Rides GmbH and headed up worldwide installations for Lurgi Bischoff GmbH.

Mr. Valentini received a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mannheim, Germany.