RR 437: Recruiters Round Table with Kyle Holt & Jay Goninen

Kyle Holt is the President of S/P2 (sp2.org). S/P2 serves businesses and career tech schools in the automotive service, collision repair, heavy-duty/diesel, welding, construction, cosmetology, and culinary industries. S/P2 is used by over 175,000 students and employees every year across North America.

S/P2 provides industry-specific, online training in safety, environmental, ethics, human resources, and soft skills. S/P2 also works to help entry-level technicians enter and stay in the industry with S/P2 Careers – the largest resume database of entry-level technicians – and S/P2 Workplace Mentoring – a systematized mentoring system to train and track the progress of entry-level techs.

An entrepreneur with a strong background in e-learning and web-based systems, Kyle is passionate about providing businesses and career technical schools the ability to utilize technology to improve the lives of students and employees everywhere. Listen to Kyle’s previous episodes HERE.

Jay Goninen is president of Find A Wrench, which is a recruiting service used by shops around the country to assist them in finding Technicians. Jay’s company purchased a popular niche job board called FindAMechanic.com.  Jay has a passion for promoting the industry and the many talented people we work with, and to be a voice for ‘those who don’t like to promote themselves.  Listen to Jay’s previous episodes HERE.

Key Talking Points:

  • Recruitment
    • Daily recruitment
    • If you’re only recruiting when you need a technician you are too late- lead to bad hires and unrealistic expectations
    • Investment not expense
  • Growing your own technician- finding entry-level technicians, mentor them, have a career plan
    • Poaching technicians from other companies is not adding new technician into industry
    • S/P2 Careers Online- 45,000 entry-level technician database, pilot mentor program free access   
    • A diverse plan tailored to your own shop- defining and having a plan
    • Involved with local schools and colleges
    • Financial plan for entry-level- career path
    • Be patient- takes 10,000 hours of experience to reach mastery level, entry-level technicians need to be mentored
  • Biggest competition are companies that are the best at recruiting
    • Offer better pay and incentives.
  • Retention
    • New hires and existing employees
    • Pay and business culture key components- if tech is leaving for $1/hour more then it’s not just about the money  
      • A warning sign that there may be a problem in the company


  • Thanks to Kyle Holt and Jay Goninen for their contribution to the aftermarket’s premier podcast.
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