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ACE Peer Group Program

We’ve helped 96 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 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.

We have new ACE groups forming now, with a kick-off meeting in New Orleans on March 25–27.



In the world of business seminars, consults, books, apps, and the like, many times we hear the phrase ‘life-changing.’ When you become involved and engaged in the ACE Program, I’ll commit to you that this is absolutely the truth. If not for our ACE family, my brother and business partner, Ryan, and I would never get the candid, tell-it-like-it-is feedback every business our size needs to hear. We owe many of our successes to the ACEs.”
— Benton and Ryan Foret, Foret Group, New Orleans, LA

How It Works

We Find the ACE Peer Group That’s Right for You

After completing a short survey and speaking with The Grow 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 Marty Grunder, Jim Cali, and Jason New—an accomplished team with a long track record of success in green-industry management and operations. 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 in New Orleans, 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. Last year we met at the Four Seasons Vail to focus on the client experience; in 2018 we’ll head to the Four Seasons in Whistler, British Columbia, where we’ll examine how to maximize operational efficiency.
 

You’ll Take Part in Monthly Accountability Calls

During the months when your group doesn’t meet, you’ll have a scheduled call with another group member, who functions as your accountability partner, and your group facilitator. These one-hour 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.


Joining our ACE Group has been the smartest thing we’ve done for our company and ourselves. We are so grateful to be in a group with successful, motivated people who genuinely want to help and support each other as much as they want to grow their own businesses. We’ve already seen the culture of our company and the bottom line improve as a direct result of things learned and implemented from our group.”
— Claire and Charlie Goldman, R&R Landscaping, Auburn, AL

Additional Benefits

As an ACE member, you’ll also receive:

  • ACE Confidential, a monthly e-newsletter from Marty 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 our 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


The ACE Peer Group program provides a sounding board that is unwavering and will give you honest feed back on any situation in your business. It has not only helped me get through tough situations in business and life, but it has also pushed me make decisions that I would not have done without the support and encouragement of my fellow ACEs.”
— Joe Chiellini, Ameriscape Services, Tampa, FL 

Get STarted

The best way to learn if our ACE Peer Group program is right for you is to take our short survey. It only takes a minute. After that, we’ll get right back to you.


“The ACE Peer Group program has enabled me to see the way other companies operate on a day-to-day basis. No matter if you are a $1-million or $10-million company, there are issues we are all going through industrywide that your fellow ACE members can help you overcome. Taking yourself away once a quarter isn’t a vacation, but what it does do is help you reset and refocus on exactly what you and your business need to be successful.”
— Josh Springer, Property Pros, Indianapolis, IN