The Gemba Academy team operates out of offices in California and Texas. We work hard to practice what we preach, especially with regards to the "respect for people" principle of lean, and have developed an innovative Culture Code.
The founding partners of Gemba Academy come with lean consulting, lean and six sigma training, and executive level lean transformation experience. This is the Gemba Academy difference: we're lean and six sigma experts first, who then learned how to create great training videos.
Co-Founder and Partner
Ron has more than 20 years 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 bachelor's degree in automated manufacturing and an MBA in technology management.
Co-Founder and Partner
Kevin has over 35 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.
Co-Founder and Partner
Jon has dedicated his 25+ year career to the field of kaizen, continuous improvement and lean management. Jon spent the first eighteen years of his life in Japan, then graduated from McGill University with a bachelor’s in linguistics. He worked as an interpreter with the Shingijutsu company for eight years, traveling the world as they taught kaizen and the Toyota Production System.
In 1998 Jon co-founded the consulting and training firm Gemba Research and served as its President and CEO. Jon led dozens of Lean transformation projects in a wide range of organizations, large and small across more than 20 countries. While collaborating on projects with Ron Pereira and Kevin Meyer, the three co-founder saw a common vision of transforming continuous improvement learning and established Gemba Academy in 2009.
In 2011 the Gemba Research consulting operations merged with the Kaizen Institute. Jon served as its global CEO and board member, leading the firm in the application of kaizen into new markets and sectors. In 2015 Jon left the consulting field to support the Gemba Academy startup full-time.
Today Jon applies his experience in continuous improvement to advise clients on their deployment strategies, and in developing learning solutions for Gemba Academy.
Tiana is responsible for post-sale support of Gemba Academy customers. She has over 17 years of experience in the financial industry and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas.
Jessica is responsible for the editorial aspects of Gemba Academy’s content, focusing on course materials, podcast production, social media, and other copywriting efforts. An avid advocate of entrepreneurship, Jessica has worked with two technology startups as co-founder and head marketing strategist. Jessica received her BS in Business Administration from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, with a minor in Music.
Elaine is responsible for post-sale support of Gemba Academy customers. She has over 20 years’ experience in customer service in the fields of retail, residential leasing, insurance, and public and school libraries. Elaine holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (Marketing) from the University of Florida, as well as a Master of Science degree in Library Science from the University of North Texas.
Manager - Gemba Academy en Español
Ana is a two-time Emmy and NAB Marconi Radio Awards winner with over 15 years of experience as a radio personality, TV presenter and producer. She has worked with broadcasting companies such as Televisa, CBS Radio, Azteca America and Telemundo. Ana has also developed digital marketing strategies and campaigns with global companies in support of local and national activities for Toyota, Sam's Club, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, McCormick and more. For the past 5 years, Ana has led the development of Spanish Content for Gemba Academy including online training courses, blog articles and social media. Ana currently leads Gemba Academy's Sales and Marketing for Latin America.
Director of Information Technology
Tony is a 20 year veteran of the computer and software engineering space. Today, Gemba Academy's IT infrastructure relies on his knowledge and experience to produce meaningful experiences for our customers, and a smooth day to day working environment for our staff.
Director of Coaching and Certification
Steve is responsible for Gemba Academy's lean coaching and certifications. 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.
Business Development Manager
Leslie joined Gemba Academy in 2013 and is part of our Business Development team. She specializes in helping customers around the world identify the Gemba Academy solutions that will progress their journey in continuous improvement. Leslie is currently working towards a Black Belt certification. Prior to joining our team, she held administrative and accounting roles within the SAAS and call center industries.
Director of Studios
Greg has over 25 years of experience in Operations, Quality, and Engineering. In 1998, he developed a media center within a corporate setting and began to train his employees with the use of in-house produced video. Training expanded company wide and he began receiving requests for larger and larger projects. In 2006, Greg started his own media production company where later, Gemba Academy became a client. In 2013, Greg became a full-time Gemba Academy staff member. His current responsibilities focus on pre-production, production and post-production of all Gemba Academy media products.
Brita is responsible for post-sale support of Gemba Academy customers. She previously held positions in Human Resources for both large and small companies. Brita has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration; major in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management.
Carlos Rivero has over 25 years of advertising experience focusing on creative direction and broadcast production. After receiving a B.A. degree in Film from The Ohio State University, Carlos began his career as a producer for Univision. He has gone on to lead campaigns with clients ranging from Daimler-Chrysler, McDonald’s and Southwest Airlines. He is also the founder of The Creative Exchange, a creative/production/post-production agency with clients from AutoZone, Conn’s, Academy, and USA Network.
Business Development Manager
Jennifer is responsible for business development activities with enterprise level and global customers. She has over twenty years' experience developing such relationships. Prior to joining Gemba Academy, she held positions as an Enterprise and Strategic Accounts Manager.
Holley is responsible for the back-office business activities of Gemba Academy, including invoicing, accounts payable/receivable, contracts management, and asset management. She has over twenty years of customer service experience. Prior to Gemba Academy, she obtained executive leadership experience as the Customer Care Manager at a medical device manufacturer.