TQM Partners offers project strategy, strategic advisement, public relations, and branding solutions around economic development and infrastructure projects.
Our approach is to bring our clients and stakeholders to the same conversation early in the life cycle of a project to develop rapport and mitigate or minimize surprises that arise from miscommunication or no communication.
We help our clients develop messaging and identify the best communication methods to ensure all voices are heard throughout the delivery of projects in a way that honors communities and their history.
The name TQM Partners was born from a thread of text messages between Avygail and her father. Her late father would sign off from each text message conversation with the letters TQM which stood for “Te Quiero Mucho” or “I love you very much”. Her father was a business owner who was committed to his clients’ success, brand, and bottom line. At the core of success were loyalty, inclusion, service, and high-quality deliverables.
Built on the same principles, we are dedicated to partner with our clients to transform their ideas into reality. TQM Partners ambitiously aims to be your champion.
Avygail L. Sanchez, Founder & CEO, brings over 20 years of experience in facilitating leadership development programs and project coordination in the areas of government and community engagement & advocacy, multi-agency coordination, and community planning. Her experience includes AB939 annual reporting, solid waste management, and CEQA document preparation. Avygail has served in the public sector as council staff for the City of Los Angeles and is well adept with the city, state, and federal agencies and functions. She is a former instructor of leadership studies at Mount St. Mary's University in Los Angeles.
Avygail has worked for three major, global Architecture and Engineering firms specializing on the delivery of multibillion dollar infrastructure projects with diverse funding sources while designing and building to LEED and Envision standards as required, incorporating the use of P3s, and the application of adjacent technologies to address regional mobility, connectivity, and security challenges.
Her expertise in the development and implementation of regional business plans, client relationships management, and ability to weave together comprehensive, strategic plans has resulted in wins, increased KPI’s, and ROI’s for her teams.
Her policy and community engagement efforts have been focused on emerging communities and small business procurement opportunities as well as training programs. Avygail recently served as a corporate-level policy advisor and as a liaison to the Republican Governors Association (RGA), Democratic Governors Association (DGA), and the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM). She was appointed the USCM Steering Committee during her time as member of the Mayors Business Council. Previously, she served on the Historic Preservation and Planning Commissions for the City of Huntington Park and was appointed Chair of the Planning Commission shortly after beginning her service.
She earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles in 2001 and her Master’s in Urban Planning from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs in 2004.
Avygail’s Board Service Experience
Antonio G. Lopez, President & COO, brings a strong background in both public and private sector experience. He has served the architectural industry since 1998 as national Director and Senior Advisor on key projects including the re-imagined Southern California Gas Company workspace and corporate offices in Downtown Los Angeles. Under his leadership, commercial interior design projects have been recognized and achieved notoriety for their architectural design and innovation including an Urban Design and Architectural Award for the project known as the "Sidewalk Cafe" in the City of Glendale.
As a dedicated public servant, Antonio was first appointed to the Planning and Preservation Commission in the City of San Fernando where he later served three terms on the San Fernando City Council beginning December of 2011. Antonio served as Mayor from 2012 to 2014 and as Vice Mayor in 2012 and from 2017 to 2018 during his tenure on the Council.
Through his dedication and ability to bring others together, he helped secure a $5M grant from the State of California for the rehabilitation of vital above-ground water storage for the residents of San Fernando.
In collaboration with Metro staff and leadership, Antonio led the City in negotiations resulting in a transit station in the City along the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor and is currently in the Planning phase. The stop at this proposed station is expected to benefit the economic development of the City's Downtown and Civic Centers.
The San Fernando Downtown Corridor Specific Plan adopted a TOD component in 2017, a City of San Fernando led and Metro funded initiative. Antonio was the lead elected official representing the City working closely with Metro to develop the component. The TOD plan earned recognition in 2018 receiving the "Against All Odds" award by the Southern California Association of Governments at their annual general session conference as part of the "Sustainability Awards". Antonio retired from the City Council in September of 2019.
Antonio brings 21 years of private sector and 12 years of public sector experience to TQM Partners. He is a graduate of Woodbury University and earned his Bachelor’s in Architecture in 1998.
In addition to his private and public sector experience, Antonio has been committed to Board Service experience:
• The Valley Economic Alliance
• San Fernando Valley Metro Service Council
• Southern California Council of Governments, Regional Council District #67, San Fernando and Santa Clarita
• Los Angeles County Library Commissioner