Amy Thimmesh and Ryan Steinert have recently joined the staff of Enterprise Minnesota as business growth consultants. Amanda Baumgart recently joined the staff at Enterprise Minnesota as a research analyst & supply chain specialist, a new position within the organization.

Thimmesh specializes in helping Minnesota manufacturers build, implement and sustain ISO business management systems. Amy utilizes her decades of quality management experience to guide clients in developing process controls and operational best practices in pursuit of their ISO 9001:2015 certification. Her experience includes manufacturing operations, programming analysis, and leading QA and QMS teams through management, customer, and supplier audits.

Prior to joining Enterprise Minnesota, Thimmesh served as lead auditor and ISO implementation specialist at Alexandria Industries in Alexandria. She achieved an Associate of Applied Science in computer programming and supervisory management from Alexandria Technical & Community College. She received an ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor certificate through Exemplar Global.

A resident of Alexandria, she is an active runner and competitive weightlifter.

Steinert is a continuous improvement and lean manufacturing expert. His nearly 13 years of experience in managing and practicing Continuous Improvement with Minnesota manufacturers enables him to integrate business and operational systems for a wide variety of manufacturers. Ryan brings a practical approach to Continuous Improvement and Lean, engaging employees to drive business results through their own ideas to improve safety, reduce costs, reduce lead times, and improve quality. Steinert also works with manufacturers to identify where automation solutions, both through robotics and software, can make their employees’ day easier and more productive.

Prior to joining Enterprise Minnesota, Steinert served as continuous improvement manager for Lakeshirts in Detroit Lakes. He also served in various roles in Quality, Lean, Engineering, Scheduling, and Plant Supervision for Team Industries and Lamb Weston (ConAgra Foods) in Minnesota.

Steinert received a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering & management from North Dakota State University. He has achieved master black belt certification in Lean Six Sigma.

Baumgart works to support Enterprise Minnesota’s efforts on MEP’s Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN) project. This nationwide effort supports comprehensive supplier scouting services; research and analysis of manufacturers’ capabilities and capacity; categorizing current and future requirements of the connections between Minnesota OEMs and suppliers; and identifying consulting services that will foster greater productivity within supply chains.

Amanda most recently worked on sales and marketing data analytics for a producer of plant-based foods and ingredients. Before that she supported research and strategy in several early-stage companies. Amanda earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics from the University of St. Thomas and went on to earn her master’s degree in entrepreneurial leadership from Babson College in Massachusetts.

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