About Gemba Academy Consulting Group
Gemba Academy was established in 2009 by Ron Pereira, Kevin Meyer and Jon Miller with the aim of using e-learning to make lean knowledge more accessible. The co-founders leveraged and built on the brand and intellectual property developed since 1998 by the global lean management consulting, training and benchmarking company Gemba Research.
Meet our Team
Gemba Academy Consulting Group
Jon co-founded the lean consulting and training firm Gemba Research in 1998, which became part of Kaizen Institute in 2011. Jon served as CEO and board member of Kaizen Institute for 4 years. Jon has led dozens of lean transformation projects in a wide range of industries. He has helped thousands of people across 20+ countries understand and apply Toyota Production System principles. Jon co-authored the Shingo Prize-winning book, Creating a Kaizen Culture. He contributes to a variety of publications. Jon is a co-founder and Partner in Gemba Academy.
Ron has more than 15 years of experience in various manufacturing, supply chain, and senior leadership roles. Ron has held the titles of process engineer, engineering manager, master black belt, and director of manufacturing & continuous improvement. In 2002 Ron was the first American to win the Nokia Global Six Sigma and Overall Quality award in Helsinki, Finland. Ron holds a bachelors degree in automated manufacturing and an MBA in technology management.
Kevin has over 30 years of manufacturing leadership experience in the automotive lighting, telecom electronics, and medical device industries. He has been responsible for lean transformations at Sylvania, Abbott Laboratories, Newport Corporation, and most recently as President of Specialty Silicone Fabricators. He guest lectures on business, manufacturing, and leadership topics at his alma mater Rensselaer as well as CalPoly. Kevin is on the board of directors of two technology companies and two regional public policy councils, and actively supports early stage.
Director of Customer Success
Prior to Gemba Academy, Steve had a diverse career ranging from being responsible for a large medical device sales territory, plant manager where he leveraged lean methods to drive improvement, and VP Operations at Specialty Silicone Fabricators where he led the lean efforts of the company. He has served on the western region board of The Association for Manufacturing Excellence and has worked with the Michigan Lean Learning Consortium and the California Central Coast Lean Forum.
Mike has over 30 years of experience in production management, engineering and operational excellence. He led several very successful global lean transformations, recognized by winning three Industry Week Top 10 Plant of the Year and 2009 Assembly Plant of the Year awards. Mike has over ten years of consulting experience as a global senior consultant for Gemba Research, and as a global Director for Kaizen Institute. Mike served as Lean Sensei for Batesville Casket Company and in a variety of engineering, operations and quality roles in manufacturing.
Mike holds a Master’s Degree in Manufacturing Management from GMI Engineering and Management Institute, a Bachelor’s Degree in Production and Operations Management from Miami University, and a Six Sigma Black Belt from Milwaukee School of Engineering. Mike trained directly under Shigeo Shingo.