Manager – Certification Programs/Quality Assurance
From its founding in 2001, ACS has distinguished itself in the compliance testing industry with the caliber of its people, the depth of their experience, and their shared commitment to delivering exceptional service and results. As Manager of Certifications Programs and Quality Assurance, Randy Abernathy ensures that ACS meets and exceeds our own high standards, streamlining the certifications process for customers.
Randy joined the ACS team in 2007, bringing over two decades of intensive industry experience with him. After earning a diploma in Electronics Technology from North Georgia Technical College in 1983, he took a job with the Rockwell International Missile Systems Division. He spent his days as a Test Technician and his nights as a student.
When he graduated with a BS in Computer Science from Brenau University in 1988, Randy was promoted to Quality Engineer, a role which encompassed training new technicians, integrating new test equipment, and supporting R&D in the development of several military defense products.
During his time with Rockwell, Randy’s responsibilities grew to include developing a new database to maintain location, calibration, and repair records for over 10,000 pieces of electronic and mechanical Measuring and Test Equipment, serving as a member of the ISO 9001 implementation team, integrating automated test stations utilizing National Instruments LabVIEW software to control rack-mounted RF testing equipment, developing functional test software for these stations, and developing automated test equipment for R&D programs using National Instruments LabWindows/CVI software.
In 1996, Randy joined Panasonic Wireless as a software test engineer. Quickly promoted to Staff Test Engineer, he assumed responsibility for software and hardware testing and field-testing pre-production cellphones. When Panasonic closed its Wireless Design Center in 1999, Randy took a position with Cingular, where he was charged with increasing the effectiveness of RF parametric tests.
Joining ACS as the Quality Assurance Manager, Randy was integral in leading the new company through regulatory agency accreditation audits – and helping us grow. ACS acquired two additional test laboratories, located in Florida, and Randy implemented the same Quality Management system in each. Both labs now have full ISO/IEC17025 Accreditation. In addition, he is responsible for all certifications, including those for the Telecommunication Certification Body and the ENERGY STAR certification body.
Randy’s extensive experience and proven ability to develop innovative solutions ensures ACS’s customers receive the highest quality testing and certification service – and the best service in the industry.