About RLO Training


RLO Training was founded in 1985 in response to an immediate need for highly effective, industry-specific, and top quality training for automotive service professionals. RLO Training began offering workshops in 1988, and in 1991 Bottom-Line Impact Groups (BLIG) was created. BLIG provides auto repair shop owners with a continuous improvement process and a support network.

In 2004, RLO Training began instructor-led live automotive training online. This is not a recorded video: this is a live auto consultant speaking to multiple students in different locations. Over a decade of experience in this field of information delivery allows our expert automotive consultants to provide the same high quality and in depth auto repair shop training, be it online or in person.

Today, RLO Training is well known throughout the North American automotive service industry for cutting edge, industry specific training, auto consulting and products. Workshops and courses are constantly reviewed and updated to ensure relevancy and current industry trends. RLO Training is continuously researching and developing new ideas, products, and services to share in our automotive management training and service advisor training sessions.

While most of the coaching principles and teachings can be applied to any business, RLO Training specializes in the automotive repair industry. Auto shop owners come to RLO Training to become more efficient in their operations, more effective in their leadership and management, and more secure in their finances.

Our Team

Dan Gilley

Background: Dan’s automotive career began when he bought, repaired and sold a 1959 Cadillac convertible at age fourteen. Since that time Dan worked as both a technician and service advisor at several independent repair shops and new-car dealerships
Dan’s real skills were developed as an independent auto repair shop owner for over twenty years. Early in his career Dan became passionate about learning all he could about the auto repair business. He attended seminars, business schools and was a member of RLO’s Bottom-Line Impact Groups™. Dan joined the RLO team in March of 2003 as a full time instructor and coach sharing his passion with others.

RLO Training: In 2010 Dan became President and owner of RLO Training. He continues to passionately work to further the automotive industry and encourage shop owners and their teams in achieving personal and professional best. Dan and his team are continually updating their multiple workshops and creating new, different and specific courses for the industry. Dan strives to maintain RLO Training as the unsurpassed training company to provide the most profound impact on the automotive industry.

Hobbies: Spending time with family and reading

Favorite famous vehicle: 1968 Ford Mustang GT from “Bullitt”

Favorite food: Chicken enchiladas made by Paula

John Wafler

Background: John Wafler has spent all of his working career in the automotive industry and has experienced most every position in an automotive repair facility (yes, he started as a technician back in 1982) and has also owned his own automotive repair business for several years. This background, in addition to the post-secondary education he received in Business Management, Marketing, and Computerized Management Systems, gives him a unique perspective on what it takes to be a successful business owner in today’s challenging automotive aftermarket service industry.

John also worked as a Systems Integrator/Franchise Consultant/Management Trainer for Pace Automotive Systems in Canada for seven years and for Horizon Training and Management for the next five years, where he was introduced to RLO Training and the “Series One” Automotive Management Workshops developed by Bob O’Connor.

RLO Training: John started as a Bottom-Line Impact Groups Facilitator with Bob O’Connor back in 2001, and since then has helped hundreds of shop owners achieve high levels of success through his training, facilitation, and coaching.

Hobbies: Outdoor activities, basketball, golf, RC helicopters and airplanes (real and RC!)

Hidden talents: Play piano, orchard/vineyard skills

What or who inspires you: Shop owners that “get it”, “implement it” and “have success with it!”

Pets: 6 lovely hens and 2 dogs.

Favorite food: Seafood…mmmm!

Barry Barrett

Sales Trainer
Background: For fifteen years, Barry has been in sales. This has allowed him to converse with many different people which is his passion. He loves talking with people; he loves listening to people. Barry’s background was dedicated to the automotive industry for four years when he thrived as a Service Advisor. During this time, Barry mastered the skills necessary for a good service advisor: communication, patience, and of course more sales!

RLO Training: Barry joined the RLO Training team in 2014, and he loves it! Barry is the Director of Sales and is responsible for all Service Advisor training. Additionally, Barry is in demand as a keynote speaker and presenter, and he leads workshops at events all over the country. Barry challenges his audiences with greater vision and the encouragement to make changes and to leave fear behind.

Hobbies: Golfing with his son and attending his daughter’s gymnastic events.

What or who inspires you: Zig Ziglar, the biggest sales inspiration and most important person Barry has never met.

Paula Gilley

Job at RLO Training: Paula keeps the books, coordinates training, and does whatever Dan tells her.

Favorite food: Chocolate

Hobbies: Reading, cooking

Hidden talent: Embarrassing my daughters

Ron Andrade

Logistics Director
Job at RLO Training: Ron directs the IT department and is in charge of all creative services.

Hidden talent: Photography- published a “how-to” book on improving photography abilities

Dream: Live in Phoenix

Fun Fact: Has traveled to six of the seven continents

Rebekah Gilley

Group Admin
Job at RLO Training: Rebekah is responsible for Group billing and the smooth operations of the RLO office.

Favorite food: Homemade tacos

Hidden talent: Crocheting

Favorite famous vehicle: Mini Coopers from “The Italian Job”

Linze Bard

Group Support
Job at RLO Training: Linze supports John Wafler and the Bottom-Line Impact Group members.

Favorite car: 2003 Ford F100

Hidden talent: Shockingly good at “Guess Who?”

Pets 17 horses, 1 dog, 3 cats

Rebecca Maiten

Member Services
Job at RLO Training: Rebecca takes care of all the details related to training courses.

Favorite food: Ice Cream

Hidden talent: Musical theater, Historical costuming

Pets: 1 dog

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