John Connelly, Vice President of Consulting with Enterprise Minnesota

John Connelly

Vice President of Consulting

About John

John Connelly is Enterprise Minnesota’s vice president of consulting and manages Enterprise Minnesota’s connection to the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) national system and its nationwide network of industry resources.

Through his connection with NIST/MEP’s national system of 60 independent centers and 1200 field staff, John is well positioned to understand the challenges and opportunities facing manufacturers. This combination of experience and resources enables him to refine and add to Enterprise Minnesota’s service offerings and methodologies so that Minnesota manufacturing companies have the strategies they need to compete and grow.

John is a frequent speaker at industry events and a published writer on manufacturing trends and best practices. Connelly started his career as a regional sales manager and sales/marketing manager for a manufacturer of automotive wheel service equipment. He has served as a regional sales manager and customer service manager for a manufacturer of engineered motion controls, as a director of program management for a gear systems manufacturer serving the aerospace industry, and as a general manager for a tooling and machining company.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration – Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
  • Mini-Masters of Business Administration – University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
Additional resources:

Enterprise Minnesota consulting services

State of Manufacturing® survey results

Enterprise Minnesota® magazine