James Holthaus, Enterprise Minnesota

James Holthaus

Business Growth Consultant

About James

James Holthaus is a business growth consultant who was “born an engineer”. He brings to Enterprise Minnesota over 20 years of experience and a passion for Continuous Improvement. James has spent his career working with companies implementing lean principles and improving overall operational efficiency.

Before joining Enterprise Minnesota, James was Director of CI at Kaplan Professional, an online education company, where he led the organization’s lean transformation. Before Kaplan, he was the CI Manager at Watlow, an electric heater, sensor and electronics manufacturer. Prior to his continuous improvement efforts, he was an Embedded Software Engineering manager and engineer working with companies in the automotive, aerospace, climate control, medical, and OTR areas.


  • Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from St. Cloud State University


  • Certified Scrum Master (CSM)
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
  • Lean Silver Certified
Additional resources:

Enterprise Minnesota consulting services

State of Manufacturing® survey results

Enterprise Minnesota® magazine