FORUM acquires Gemba Academy

German media company FORUM MEDIA GROUP GMBH has acquired majority shares in US training provider Gemba Academy LLC, based in Keller, Texas. The founders and current owners Ron Pereira, Kevin Meyer and Jon Miller will remain on board as managers and minority shareholders. The acquisition presents exciting opportunities for both FORUM and Gemba Academy.

Gemba Academy specializes in Lean and Six Sigma training. Lean is an operating philosophy based on maximizing customer value by minimizing waste. Six Sigma is an improvement methodology based on sophisticated statistical analysis. Both contribute to building a corporate culture of continuous improvement.

Gemba customer team

The Gemba Academy customer team is located in Keller, Texas, United States. ©Gemba Academy

Since its establishment in 2009, Gemba Academy has become a leading training provider in the continuous improvement space, offering online courses, in-house training, and expert coaching as enterprise solutions for a wide range of industries. Among its more than 3,000 customers are many well-known companies such as Starbucks, FedEx, and John Deere. The steadily growing online library already includes more than 2,000 on-demand videos. The company also offers certifications.

Logo GembaWe are pleased to be able to expand our portfolio in the area of online further education through the acquisition of Gemba Academy,” said Ronald Herkert, founder and Chairman of the Advisory Board of FORUM MEDIA GROUP. “The professional training market has long been an important pillar of our group. The topics of Lean Management and Six Sigma represent an exciting addition to our existing subject areas and promise international marketing potential.” 

“We are excited to join FORUM to leverage the group’s global network and specialized industry content to further expand Gemba Academy’s reach,” said Kevin Meyer, co-founder of Gemba Academy.  “We share a culture of empowering people and a mission to improve the world by making knowledge and information more accessible.”