About ATI

We Care About Your Success

The Automotive Training Institute (ATI) has grown into the leading coaching and consulting automotive management company in the nation, with more than 1,600 active members who represent the best shops in the US and Canada.

Since 1980, we’ve been helping independent auto repair and collision repair shop owners improve their businesses and their lives, with proven, measurable and field-tested strategies and practices. Our performance coaches are direct employees of ATI and are certified by the Center for Executive Coaching. Our motto, Driving Profits and Dreams Home, represents the desire we have for our members to be happy and achieve their goals. Dreams are usually different for each person and at ATI we understand those differences. No matter what type of shop owner you are at this point in your life, we understand you. Join us at one of our shop owner events held each year all over North America and we’ll help you get what you want out of your business.

Our Mission

Driving profits and dreams home for members and associates through honest coaching and integrity.

Re-engineering misguided belief systems by focusing on successes and learning from mistakes.

A Message From Our Founder

“For more than 40 years we’ve been helping thousands of automotive repair and collision repair shop owners just like you increase profits, reduce stress, and grow their businesses into the companies of their dreams. Whether you need training, coaching, or a state-of-the-art business model, we’ve got systems to help make the changes you want, right away.

I want you to know that ATI doesn’t sell silver bullets and we are NOT a do-it-for-you program. We’re all about helping you become a better businessperson and leader. Your shop can only reach its true potential when all areas perform successfully in concert. That’s not nearly as hard as it sounds, but it does take focus, experience and ongoing mentoring. Simple online videos and part-time coaches can only take you so far. If you’re looking for free tips our website is loaded with them. But, if you’re really looking to take your shop to the next level, our one-day shop owner events and our Re-Engineering program will expose you to a complete solution to your long-term success.”

Christopher “Chubby” Frederick, ATI Founder and CEO

ATI Founder and CEO, Chris 'Chubby' Frederick

What our members say...

Eddy Wooten | TNT Automotive

“If you want to make a lot more money, sign up with ATI. Learn things you may have forgotten or never even knew! Have fun and work smarter! Do it, don’t wait, the money will come!”

Eddy Wooten, TNT Automotive
Keith Greene, Old Town Tire & Service

“ATI is the vehicle needed to break bad habits and start new good habits. The successes aren’t magical. A shop owner is still the one to do the work and implement the changes. But if you follow the model and have the courage to change, I cannot fathom anything but an improvement to your business.”

Keith Greene, Old Town Tire & Service
Chris Lanning, Lanning Automotive

“We enrolled in ATI’s program and six months later we’re banging out about 40-50% more production than what we were prior to that. ATI made me realize that the structure that I needed wasn’t there and they helped build a plan to get that structure.”

Chris Lanning, Lanning Automotive & Tire

We've got great industry connections

  • Society of Collision Repair Specialists
  • Automotive Service Association
  • Automotive Management Institute
  • Women's Industry Network
  • Auto Care Association