By Jen Bakken
A new business in Delano, T Mat Consulting, specializes in quality improvement services, helping companies to achieve greater customer satisfaction and bottom-line results.
Tamra Matsuda has more than nine years experience in the quality and process improvement fields and, after moving to Delano about a year ago, she is excited to be a part of the Delano business community as well.
“I’ve felt very welcomed here. It’s a nice community, and I’m impressed with the networking opportunities Delano has to offer,” Matsuda said. “And, like everyone else, I’m excited for the bridge to be done.”
After graduating from Minnesota State Moorhead with a major in mass communications with an emphasis in Chinese, Matsuda moved to China.
Teaching English to 600 first and second grade Chinese students was a wonderful experience for her, but it is not the only reason China is near and dear to her heart.
China is also where she met husband, Ken Matsuda, years later while they were both there on business.
“When I met him, I asked him out to dinner, which was not something I would normally do,” she said with a smile. “We enjoyed a four-hour dinner. He gave me his card, then I lost it and didn’t think I’d ever see him again, but he found me and the rest, as they say, is history.”
While searching for a nice place to start a family, they decided Minnesota was the place to go, and ended up moving to Delano because of the school district and access to the metro area.
She spent a little over six years working at the Donaldson Company in quality and manufacturing, with a focus on China and Mexico, before starting her own consulting firm in Delano in June.
Trained in Six Sigma Black Belt methods, she is a professional who can explain Six Sigma philosophies and principles, including supporting systems and tools.
She is on a mission to help smaller companies, and believes strongly that if one spends a little it will help save a lot.
“If a company is wondering how they can have the same problem over and over, I can help them with that,” she said. “You can improve and manage problems, and hopefully eliminate them.”
To find out more about T Mat Consulting, visit www.tmatconsulting.com or call (612) 910-5515.