Combining the high-performance history of RLO Training's Bottom Line Impact Groups and the Institute's SMART Groups, the GEAR Performance Groups (GPG) are so much more than your traditional automotive 20s groups. The Institute's groups are focused on creating a community of elite automotive professionals backed by industry-leading education and training.
When you're a GPG member, we'll help you:
Increase your profits
Create custom strategies for your business
Have support for every decision
How do our Groups make this happen? By working off the three pillars essential to any automotive support group:
For Shop Owners, Managers and Leaders
To build stronger management and leadership skills so that you can inspire, engage, and drive your team toward success
INCREASE TO GROSS PROFIT
AFTER 1 YEAR WITH THE INSTITUTE
That's after increasing their net to 22% and improving every employees pay by over 40%!
They are currently building a new facility for their growing business.
the Knights, Ultimate Bimmer Services, NH
Some seriously awesome people.
Hear what members say
Ryan Baxter, Owner of Modern Auto Service
It's not rocket science. They (the Groups) are helping you identify the things that will make the biggest impact and giving support. You keep repeating the cycle and your business changes really quick.
AJ Nealey, Owner of
Now we’re at 3 locations, 31 employees, and on track to do a little over 5 million this year…If it wasn’t for this group, we certainly wouldn’t where we are at today.
Performance and Financial Reviews
Monthly online peer reviews of business and financial performance. Compare strategies, get effective solutions to current obstacles, and gain valuable support for achieving higher performance.
Access to The Institute Summit & Workshops
Members are permitted 1 seat per workshop for any member of their staff to Institute Workshops. This includes The Institute Summit, an annual Group celebration and training.
Individual Coaching & Education
Group members have access to one-on-one coaching with their facilitator and online courses. Coaching is available by request and not to exceed 1 hour per month.
Performance Management Dashboard
Access to the GEAR for Shops Dashboard, an API integration that tracks KPIs and business management metrics for in-depth shop performance reporting and training.
Peer Masterminds & Roundtables
Monthly online group meeting of requested topic discussions with your peers. Group facilitators also conduct routine roundtables to further discuss topics with members.
Financial Compositing Tool & Resources
Access to our financial compositing tool to give members a full-performance review and analysis. Not hitting a certain metric? Browse our library of courses and resources to help your shop!
Group Meetings with Shop Visits
Meet with your Group in-person 3 times per year. These 3-day Group meetings are led by your facilitator and include shop evaluations to further your business.
And so much more!
The GPG is the most comprehensive and extensive group program in the industry. Talk with our Group expert to find out how the GEAR Performance Groups can take you to the top.
THE GEAR PERFORMANCE GROUPS ARE THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE AND EFFECTIVE IN THE INDUSTRY
Actual Financial Reviews
Our facilitators and coaches take the time to go over your business’ performance. Every month, your finances and performance will be reviewed – making it easier for you to identify any problems, make the changes, and see that growth.
THIS ISN'T JUST A FEEL GOOD PROGRAM, WHAT FEELS GOOD IS TRUE SUCCESS. OUR GROUPS USES REAL DATA, ACTUAL SHOPS, DRIVEN PEOPLE, AND HARD WORK TO HELP YOU REACH YOUR POTENTIAL.
Why not reach out and set up a complimentary business analysis from one of our consultants?
GPG Members get special offers on the items below.
ADVISOR PERFORMANCE GROUP PROGRAM
Save over $250 a month on expert-level sales training and peer performance community.
MANAGER PERFORMANCE GROUP PROGRAM
Save over $250 a month on operations management training for Multi-Shop Growth.
ATTENDANCE TO INSTITUTE WORKSHOPS
We include attendance to members in the program at no additional charge. 1 seat per workshop for any of your staff. Find a list of workshops on our events page.
SAVE ON INSTITUTE CONFERENCES
Save over $200 per seat at any Institute Conference outside our annual summit!
SAVE ON A FULL SHOP EVALUATION
Save up to $2,000 on a 2-day, on-site evaluation of your business from top to bottom.
AND ENTERPRISE LEVEL PRICING FOR GEAR DASHBOARD INSTALLATIONS
Get tiered pricing on additional installations to cover all your locations. Speak to a rep for details on our stepped pricing structure. 1-385-238-4534
GET WHAT YOU NEED FOR THE ROAD AHEAD
Schedule a call with our team and find the group for you
Book an interview with our group expert to determine whether the Groups are the right fit for your needs.
Once your application is accepted, our Head Facilitator will schedule a meeting to place you in the right group.
You'll meet your group and start your path towards success!
How much time does this program require from me?In-Person Meetings This program requires a minimum of 3 group meetings per year. Attendance is mandatory unless otherwise determined by the facilitator. Each group meeting will be partially on-location at a member’s shop, with the rest of the time being spent at a high-quality venue. Meetings are 3 days long, typically held on Wednesday-Friday to give you the opportunity to adventure in the local city. Online Meetings Online financial performance reviews are 1.5-2 hours long and happen during months where there are no in-person meetings (8 per year). Coaching sessions can be utilized whenever necessary, but an hour a month with your facilitator is preferred. Workshops & The Institute Summit Attendance at The Institute Summit and workshops are not required. However, members do have a seat included in their membership and we encourage attendance to foster community and further support your education. The Summit is typically 4-5 days in length, held Tuesday-Saturday. Workshops are typically 2 days, held Thursday-Sunday. Remember that the GPG isn’t just a feel-good program – what you get out of it depends on the time and effort you put into it.
How much does this program cost?Members are billed $1,400 each month on either the 1st or 15th. Special rates may apply to participating alumni. Have questions about the details of our comprehensive program? Set up a meeting with one of our consultants and get more information. The $1,400 includes everything listed below Business Financial Reviews Monthly online review of business financial performance with peers. Individual Coaching One-on-one coaching as requested not to exceed 1 hr each month. Peer Masterminds Monthly online group peer meeting of requested topic discussions. Group Meetings, Shop Visits 3 group meeting/shop evaluations per year, 3-day in-person, facilitator lead. Institute Workshops Member is permitted 1 seat per workshop for any member of their staff. Annual Institute Summit When you purchase a ticket to the summit get a plus one (1+) for free! Financial & Performance Tracking Dashboard Access to Shop Dashboard, API integration for shop performance reporting. Financial Compositing Tool Access to financial compositing tool for full-performance review & analysis. Resource LibraryAccess Access to a library of document resources created by successful shops. Course LibraryAccess Access to a library of online courses, user access for entire shop. Business Evaluation and Assessment Business evaluation, assessment & action plan provided by group facilitator. Marketing & Business Strategy Planning Regular marketing and business strategy sessions with peers and facilitator. 10%-20% Discounts on Other Institute Products Discounted rates for other Institute programs/products not included here. Private Group NetworkApp Private group networking application to share resources, events, tools, etc.
Is there a contract?Heck-no! The GEAR Performance Groups are no-contract. That means you may attend and participate as long as you’d like without a long-term commitment. We know that once you experience what it’s like to be a part of the GPG, you’ll never want to go anywhere else.
How do I join a group?Joining the GEAR Performance Groups follows a simple 1-2-3 structure: 1 – You’ll book an interview and speak with our Group expert to determine if the program is right for you. We want to make sure you have the most relevant solution to your situation. 2 – Once it’s determined the GPG is the best solution for you, you’ll submit an application form to be reviewed by our Head Facilitator. You’ll meet with the Head Facilitator to identify your strengths, weaknesses, personality, experience, and a variety of other criteria to make a determination as to which group would best suit you. 3 – Current members of the chosen group will also deliberate on your application and ensure a proper fit for everyone. Once accepted, you’ll be introduced to your new facilitator and group members to begin your journey. To get started, click here to schedule a meeting with one of our consultants, or call us at 1-385-238-4534.
Why do I need an interview to join?We want to make sure you have the most relevant solution to your situation, and that’s not always our Group program. The interview helps our team get a better idea of where your business is currently and where you want to be. That way we can place you in the program or Group that will get you the most results! You can also get a complimentary business analysis! Schedule a meeting with one of our consultants here.
What tools do I have access to as a member?As a GPG member, you’ll have access to a wide range of tools developed by The Institute. And since we believe in having the most comprehensive program in the industry, any new tools or resources developed will be included within your membership in the future. Currently, these tools include: GEAR Course Library – Videos on marketing, finances, management, and more that you can watch anywhere and anytime! GEAR Resource Library – Resources like financial documents, hiring templates, and more available when you need them. GEAR for Shops Dashboard – A KPI and business management tracking dashboard that integrates directly with your point-of-sale system. GEAR Financial Composite – Financial tracking tool for your monthly performance reviews. GEARheads Network – A private group on the Network for GPG members to share your wins, ask questions, and get help when you need it. And more... We like to make sure our members have access to our entire GEAR Platform building a community of automotive professionals supported by Great Education And Resources.
Who are the facilitators and coaches?Coaches include Cecil Bullard, Jennifer Hulbert, Aaron Woods, Kent Bullard, Fred Hules, Mark Seawell, Mike Pasman, Kevin Clark and Bj Lee from The Institute. Any other coaches or facilitators that present or attend the meetings will be hand-picked by our team to ensure they’re only providing the best education for our members.
What events can I attend as a member?We strive to create an all-access comprehensive program, so GPG membership includes access to nearly every event held by The Institute! We have resources that can help you, so why not include them. Events Include: Group Meetings Institute Workshops (2-day only, special rates apply for alternate workshops) Webinars & Online Training The Institute Summit Members receive 1 ticket for each of these events at no cost, with additional tickets available at a 20% discount. Special pricing will be given for any additional conferences (the ITTC, Marketing For Auto Repair Shops, etc.) 1 free seat with the purchase of a ticket. Free Plus 1+
What if I have more questions?Great! We know that your business is important to you and would be surprised if you didn’t have more questions. You can email our team at firstname.lastname@example.org or book a call with our team. Click here to schedule a call or call our office at 1-385-238-4534.