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David Ahlquist

David Ahlquist
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Business Growth Consultant

David Ahlquist is a business growth consultant who helps manufacturing companies build cultures of continuous improvement that contribute to overall operational excellence. Manufacturers across Minnesota have yielded significant increases in productivity from David’s expertise in lean enterprise, lean product development, and quality management systems.

Prior to joining Enterprise Minnesota in 1996, David served as a manufacturing engineer for Westin Automotive, a manufacturing systems consultant for AMCI Computers, and as an operations manager for Gunnard Company.

David lives in Minnetrista, MN and is a frequent speaker at industry events on lean manufacturing, workplace organization, and ISO certifications. He enjoys golfing and skiing and serves as an avalanche instructor for the National Ski Patrol.


  • Master of Business Administration - University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management, Minneapolis, MN
  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, industrial engineering operations research - University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Certifications and Training
NIST/MEP certified in:

  • Lean 101
  • Office value stream mapping
  • 5S
  • Value Stream Implementation
  • ISO Certification
  • Internal Lead Auditing
  • Lean Product Development
 “The best part of my job is getting to work with so many different companies doing all different kinds of manufacturing. Getting a chance to take the best practices I have learned from such a huge variety of manufacturers and teaching them to new companies is a lot of fun.”