Keith M. Gardner

President, eMRI


Keith Gardner has been consulting and training in the area or quality and productivity improvement for the past eighteen years.  Currently he serves as the President of eMRI, a full service training and consulting firm that has served clients in 26 countries around the world.  eMRI partnered with MTC in 2001 to create the MTC Center for Quality.

Gardner’s primary training/consulting focus has been in the area of Lean Six Sigma and the use of continuous improvement tools to drive improvements to productivity and quality.  He regularly teaches Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Green Belt classes and consults with managers and senior executives in the implementation and enhancement of organizational Lean Six Sigma programs.  In 2012, he published a book titled “Successfully Implementing Lean Six Sigma: The Lean Six Sigma Roadmap.”

In addition, he also consults and trains in the areas of failure mode and effects analysis, project management, lean tools and techniques, statistical process control, measurement system assessment, design of experiments, and applied statistical tools.  

Over the past sixteen years, Gardner has worked with scores of companies in the implementation of quality and productivity improvement programs and methods.  He has worked with multiple types of organizations including services companies, manufacturing companies, and government agencies.  A sampling of industries with which he has worked include automotive, metals, electronics, coatings, paint, chemicals, logistics, real estate, telecommunications, call centers, staffing services, social services, engineering services and health care.  Firms have ranged from as few as 7 employees up to Fortune 10 clients.

Prior to joining eMRI, Gardner most recently served as the Director of Engineering for an engineering and construction firm serving Fortune 500 clients.  He has also served as a Manufacturing Supervisor, Process and Project Engineer, Plant Manager, Product Manager, corporate Quality Assurance Manager and Director of Operations.

Keith received a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Michigan where he graduated with high distinction (highest possible honors).  He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and is certified by the American Society for Quality as a Six Sigma Black Belt.