David Ahlquist, Enterprise Minnesota

David Ahlquist

Business Growth Consultant

About David

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. In his free time, David enjoys golfing and skiing.


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

  • ISO 9001 Lead Auditor
  • AS9100 Lead Auditor
  • Lean 101
  • Office value stream mapping
  • 5S
  • Value Stream Implementation
  • ISO Certification
  • Lean Product Development
Additional resources:

Enterprise Minnesota consulting services

State of Manufacturing® survey results

Enterprise Minnesota® magazine