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iMpact Utah hosts leadership training in Kanab

When was the last time you worked on an authentic NASCAR car as part of your job? For teams from Best Friends, Kanab City and Stampin’ Up!, it was just last week, right here in Kanab, when iMpact Utah brought its Pit Crew Challenge training to Southwest Technical College.



Left to right, photos courtesy of Pat Guerrero:

  • iMpact Utah brings training to Southwest Technical College.

  • Kanab City team - a job well done.

  • Stampin’ Up team taking the pit crew challenge.

  • Best Friends team racing to beat their previous time.


One of the many full-service trainings and consultation services offered by iMpact Utah, the Pit Crew Challenge is an event in which teams learn continuous improvement principles, the value of clear communication and how the thrill of true teamwork is used to deliver results.


The teams experienced a half-day of fast-moving fun and education. This training was a combination of hands on in a pit crew and classroom learning, and the participants gained skills in problem solving, incremental improvement, team strategy, team leadership, coaching, team dysfunctions and successes, as well as the roles of recognition and feedback.


Stampin’ Up! production supervisor, Brittani Holder, said of her Pit Crew Challenge experience, “As a leadership team at Stampin’ Up!, we strive to continuously improve the way we do things in our facility. This was the most fun team building training we have participated in! We broke down barriers and improved our communication with each other. This helped us overcome the challenges that we faced by collaborating with each other as a team to help us improve our process on every run!”



Jarad Brinkerhoff, Best Friends senior manager of Canyon Operations, brought some of his team to this training and said, “This proved to be an exceptional team building opportunity. You wouldn’t think that changing tires would get everyone excited, but it did. And it created a friendly competition amongst the teams. It enhanced our communication skills, taught us to refine processes and streamline sequences to achieve greater speed and efficiency. It was definitely well worth the time.”


iMpact Utah’s regional director, Jared Nielson, was in attendance and shared, “Impact Utah loves to work with companies that want to improve their operations and leadership capabilities. In bringing this training to Kane County, we were happy to partner with the Kanab Area Chamber of Commerce, and Southwest Tech, who also share the same desire to be valuable resources for business. Our Pit Crew training does a great job at allowing teams to work together in a fast-paced environment, while learning skills they can take back to the workplace. Thank you for letting us spend time in beautiful Kanab!”


Southwest Tech and iMpact Utah may offer this training again in Kanab in the Fall, if there’s enough interest from the local business community. If you’d like to find out more about having your team participate in the Pit Crew Challenge, please contact info@ kanabchamber.org. You do not have to be a Chamber member to take part in this unique experience.

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