What could your business do with 223 percent improvement in efficiency?
Performance Instruction & Training (PIT) offers a variety of corporate training programs from the one-of-a-kind team building offered by Team Performance U to the lean transformation initiative Lean Performance U. PIT can also bring these services to your next conference or even teach everyday fans about the intricacies of pit stops.
Many marvel at the way pit crews operate. Take those concepts to your business by learning from the professionals at PIT. Each program is customized to meet the specific needs of the business to maximize effectiveness. Put yourself ahead of the competition in an increasingly difficult marketplace - begin working today with a PIT Crew Member to create a program that will improve the way you do business!
Lean Performance U is an experiential learning program using motor sports racing and pit stops as tools for teaching the concepts of continuous improvement, efficiency, preparation and teambuilding. Using a combination of classroom education and hands-on experiential learning, Lean Performance U addresses such topics as communication, role responsibility, creative thinking, and work performance through the easy to understand examples provided by the pit stop experience.For years, businesses from around the country have sent their executives to Performance Instruction & Training (PIT), located deep in the heart of NASCAR country to learn the concepts of lean manufacturing. Businesses have increased productivity by as much as 200% through the application of Lean tools.
A one-of-a-kind combination of classroom presentation, discussion, and actual pit crew activities, drive home vital lean concepts.
Imagine how efficient your business would be if it operated like a motorsports pit crew. Lean Performance U will teach you how to do just that by relating the concepts of the pit crew back to your business. The program challenges employees to look at Lean work modes in an entirely new way that is easily understandable
When entering into a Lean transformation within your company, Lean Performance U can jumpstart your efforts and carry employees through Lean learning whether line workers or top executives. The combination of classroom and hands-on learning utilizes pit stops as scenarios that speak to the challenges within your industry. The program is fully customizable to your company’s goals and learning needs.
Lean Performance U can be conducted at the Performance Instruction & Training campus or on site at your facility. Hundreds of companies have participated from the computer chip manufacturers at Intel to the ramp supervisors at United Airlines, all with the goals of becoming more effective, efficient, and profitable by adopting the concepts afforded by pit crews.
Whether you are a new employee or an executive- all levels of the corporate ladder are welcome to participate. Individuals from a wide variety of industries (manufacturing, maintenance, healthcare, management, administrative/office, sales, military) who seek unique perspective on introducing or re-implementing lean initiative and teambuilding are encouraged to register.
Learn and understand the elements of lean and how it can improve your operations
Understand value-added and non value-added activities, and how the value stream map can charter your course towards lean improvement
Participate in a pit crew activity, apply lean principles and observe their impact on performance
Discover the importance of developing a lean culture in your organization
Team Performance U is a team building experience using the concepts of the motorsports pit crew to understand team work and communication in the world of business. This is your chance to experience one of the most unique team building programs available combining hands-on, experiential learning with interactive classroom sessions and all out fun! No matter what industry your team’s focus, you will leave with clear action items to make your team better communicators with a renewed sense of achievement, pride, and enthusiasm.
This one-day event begins by hearing from and working with experts in high performance motorsports and team building and learning how team concepts are implemented to create a winning effort at the track.
During the second part of the day you will experience going “over-the-wall” by performing a series of pit stops using the same cars and equipment as the pros! And each stop provides another opportunity for learning you can put into action within your team. After each pit stop, watch video footage of your performance with your team coach, who is also a professionally trained pit crew athlete. Then, end the day with a discussion of your performance with a team building expert to drive the concepts home.
Performance Instruction and Training (PIT), a pit crew and corporate training center based in Mooresville, N.C. is proud to announce that they have received official licensing through the state of North Carolina's Board of Community Colleges as the first and only state licensed pit crew training school in North Carolina. PIT General manager Bob Plott made the announcement today and issued the following statement:
"We are excited to receive official state licensing for our program in that it officially validates the success that we have enjoyed as a company for over a decade. Moreover, the licensing provides additional scholarship financial options and protection for our students whom we feel are the future of the sport. Since its inception in 2002, PIT has trained students 99 classes from 48 states and four foreign countries at our state of art 10 million dollar training facility. Registration is now open for our landmark 100th class which begins April 28th, 2014. Our ownership (Tom DeLoach and Jeff Hammond), internal staff and our coaches are second to none. Most PIT coaches hold advanced college degrees in training related disciplines, and all of them have worked, or are currently working for top NASCAR teams as pit crew athletes or coaches. More than 70 of our graduates have won individual or team championships at the highest levels of NASCAR completion, at least three of our graduates are coaches at the Cup level, and almost 80% of our graduates are hired for jobs in the racing industry. And PIT is also the official developmental team for Joe Gibbs Racing. We are proud of these past and present accomplishments, and prouder still of the bright future ahead of us that has been further enhanced by this state accreditation."
Lake Norman News - by Deb Williams
"Retired Mobil executive Tom DeLoach's affinity for racing didn't end when the Statesboro, Ga., native left the company in 2000. He simply channeled his passion for the sport in a different direction.
A year after retiring, DeLoach realized the over-the-wall crews were attaining a new level of professionalism and a training facility was needed for those seeking that type of motorsports career. The Mooresville resident partnered with NASCAR championship crew chief Jeff Hammond, who had recently accepted a TV analyst job with FOX Sports, and together they implemented the training facility the personable DeLoach envisioned.
They purchased the pit crew school known as 5 Off 5 On, created the Performance Instruction and Training facility, and constructed a state-of-the-art complex in Mooresville. Earlier this month, school officials were notified they were now licensed by the North Carolina Board of Community Colleges, an objective that took at least five years to achieve.
"I had to go over there and rub my hand over the license itself and say, ‘Whoa! This is wonderful,'" said an excited DeLoach, whose NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team Red Horse Racing is based across the street from PIT. "It has been such a torturous process of trying to get to that point, because frankly, we are the one and only pit school training facility licensed by the state of North Carolina. When you are a pioneer, it takes longer to figure out where the trail is. And when it's that painful to get, the victory is that much sweeter."
Figuring out the correct business path is something DeLoach has done throughout his professional career.
After receiving a bachelor's degree with honors in chemical engineering from Georgia Tech in 1969, DeLoach joined Mobil Oil at its Beaumont, Texas, refinery. He progressed through the company and became manager of crude oil supply for U.S. marketing and refining in 1980.
In 1981, he was liaison with Mobil's diversified businesses. Three years later he became vice president of U.S. supply and in 1986 he was appointed vice president and general manager of U.S. marketing.
DeLoach was elected vice president of corporate planning and economics for Mobil in 1990. The following year he was elected to the Mobil Oil board of directors and named vice president of worldwide supply and trading. In 1993, DeLoach was named executive vice president in charge of international marketing and refining. In 1994, he was appointed chief financial officer for Mobil Corp. In 1998, DeLoach became president of Global Midstream.
From 1993 until his retirement in 2000, he also was the worldwide coordinator of Mobil's motorsports programs.
Four years after DeLoach retired from Mobil, PIT opened its 33,000-square-foot facility on slightly more than five acres in Mooresville. The facility includes a 24,000-square-foot building, a 9,000-square-foot garage and a quarter-mile track.
In addition to pit crew training for individuals and teams, PIT provides corporate team building initiatives and lean performance programs. Bob Plott is the facility's general manager and Toni Thomas handles the financials.
"We kinda grew into the business and we feel we have a state-of-the-art facility that's second-to-none," DeLoach said. "It has the ability to give as (much of) a real life training experience to the young men and women as anything out there. We have a quarter-mile track around the building, we have pit stalls, we can simulate pit road traffic, we can have you blocked in and we can have you slide out of the (pit) box. If you practice as close to reality as you possibly can, then it's going to work."
Pit Crew U, an eight-week course that involves classroom and hands-on training, recently graduated its 98th class. In addition to learning pit stop choreography and each of the six positions on an over-the-wall crew, the students studied race-day preparation, equipment maintenance and selection, and pit road rules. Those who excel in that course receive an invitation into PIT's 5 Off 5 On Race Team Performance program. In that program the person receives athletic training, skills coaching and the opportunity to serve on an over-the-wall crew in stock car racing.
"I want to see the fight in the dog," DeLoach said in explaining what he looks for in people. "Not necessarily the most spectacular physical specimen, but I want to see somebody that has the heart. That heart will persevere when it's cold and rainy and uncomfortable and rain delays. The other attributes may or may not, so that's what we try to coach them into."
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