We’ve helped more than 300 companies—and counting—succeed with ACEs.
ACE stands for Accountability Creates Excellence, and when you join one of our ACE Peer Groups you’ll discover why.
Designed to act as your board of advisors and facilitated by a McFarlin Stanford and a Grow Group executive coach, your ACE Peer Group will help you with the high-level decisions you need to make to control and grow your business and the best practices you need to implement to consistently come out on top. With three in-person meetings a year, an annual ACE Summit, and monthly check-ins with an accountability partner and your group facilitator, our ACE Program drives progress and delivers results.
ACEs can literally change your business—and your life.
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HOW OUR ACE PEER GROUPS WORK
WE FIND THE ACE PEER GROUP THAT'S RIGHT FOR YOU
All new peer group members start by attending an ACE Discovery Meeting, where you get a taste for our program and we gain a better understanding of your business. After completing a short survey and speaking with the ACEs Peer Group coaching team, we’ll work with you to find the group that’s the best match for you and the type and size of company you run. There are 8–12 members in each group.
YOUR ACE PEER GROUP IS FACILITATED BY AN EXECUTIVE COACH
Our peer groups are led by James Cali, Jason New, Chris Psencik and Tommy Cole of McFarlin Stanford and Vince Torcia and Marty Grunder of The Grow Group —an accomplished team with a long track record of success in green-industry management and operations. Our peer groups also have a special Financial Metric focus led by CPA and CFP, Liz Helton. They don’t traffic in theory; they show you what they know actually works.
YOU’LL MEET IN-PERSON THREE TIMES A YEAR
The initial kick-off is held at ACE Discovery, with the other two meetings held at members’ companies or at a leading landscaping company. With a curriculum focused on a specific area of business, these 2.5-day meetings are structured and optimized to make the most of your time so you can get back to your company with the methods and mechanisms you need to excel.
YOU’LL HAVE THE OPTION OF JOINING ALL ACE MEMBERS FOR OUR ANNUAL ACE SUMMIT
This is a unique opportunity to take a deep dive into a particular topic and to network with an incredible group of leaders who’ll dramatically broaden your perspective. In 2017 we met at the Four Seasons Vail to focus on the client experience; in 2018 we gathered at the Four Seasons in Whistler, British Columbia, where we examined how to maximize operational efficiency; and in 2019 we headed to the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City, Canada, to learn new ways to build a winning team. In 2020 at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota, Florida we learned about how to build and work with leadership teams. In 2021, we worked ON the business in Beaver Creek, CO, and in 2022 we are meeting in Napa, CA.
YOU’LL TAKE PART IN ACCOUNTABILITY CALLS
To help you continue to develop and improve all year long, we’ll pair you with another member of your peer group to serve as your accountability partner and you’ll take part in a scheduled monthly call with this partner and your facilitator during months when your group does not meet. These check-ins drive progress in your business between meetings and propel you to get done what you need to do.
YOU’LL HAVE AN ALL-ACCESS PASS TO OUR EXECUTIVE COACHES
You can call or e-mail your group facilitator at any time for short answers to quick questions, or when you need to know if you’re on the right track.ACE CALL PORTAL
As an ACE peer groups member, you’ll also receive:
- ACE Confidential, a monthly e-newsletter exclusively for ACEs
- The Grow Group Forms Kit and free access to Grow Group webinars
- Discounts on Grow Group events and products for you and your team, including the GROW! Annual Conference and Grunder Landscaping Co. Fall Field Trips
- Discounts on equipment through our extensive vendor network
- Discounts on bookkeeping and recruitment services from McFarlin Stanford
- Discounted personalized coaching from your group facilitator should you want or need more time