Odyssey – Definition: A journey marked with notable occurrences.

We’ve changed the team building industry and keep pushing the envelope with our latest projects.  Rewarded with raving fans as clients and a generation of giving, we flat out love what we do and you will too. We are ordinary people with an extraordinary dream of what is possible when people learn to give their best. Together, we have built and donated over 18,000 bicycles, 25,000 prosthetic hands, hundreds of playhouses, a “rad” amount of skateboards and we are just getting started. Our friends and clients are all over the world and our worthy recipients are in more than 75 countries. We hope you enjoy learning more about our passions and decide to become a part of the movement. Make your meetings matter and go beyond the training room walls and into the hearts and minds of a world in need!

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The entire room including me was in tears. It was just an awesome experience and all of the managers involved just loved it. I know it did a great thing for our company and the kids.

William Stanley - Neuroscience Distirict Manager, Solvay Pharmaceuticals

A sincere “Thank You” for providing us with such an emotional and enlightening experience last Thursday afternoon. Absolutely one of the best “training” events I have had in my career. I have already related the experience and lesson learned to numerous people, both internal and external to Qualcomm. I am sure I will be talking about this most memorable episode for quite some time. What an impact – Thank you!

Ty Stewart - Qualcomm

I must say that I may not be able to top the experience we had with Odyssey.

Kristen Mucleroy - Fiberlink Communications

I cannot begin to tell you how valuable this event was for our Team.

Karen L. Henry - Merck & Co., Inc.

This is the most powerful customer service program I have ever attended!

James Terry - Sr. Leadership Team, Honeywell

This unique event brought us closer together on many levels, especially as partners in delivering value to our clients.
And Just want you to know that there hasn’t been ANY negative feedback (out of 200 participants) which is rare with this group, so consider it a huge success on our end, as well as yours.

Merrill Lynch

Great investment in my team!

Jim Hoffmans - Centex Homes

Seeing the faces of the kids – and the adults too – when they receive the bikes was priceless.

Bob Glotch - Boys and Girls Club of San Leandro, Saturn Helping Odyssey

I continue to be completely impressed with our event and have some excellent memories.

Gretchen Kaufman - IBM Business Consulting Services, UCLA Executive MBA program

This experience is one they won’t forget.

Kelly Sears - Boys and Girls Club of Omaha

Extremely professional and effective.

Gabriel Mesa - Amgen, UCLA Executive MBA program

Very professional and well directed.

Dan Greene - UCLA, Executive MBA program

The last couple of days were unforgettable, inspiring, and truly thought provoking.

Richard Cracraft - UCLA Executive MBA program

I couldn’t be more pleased with the training team you assembled, the content and how the material was received by the participants.

Christine Stout - Premier Retail Network

The look on the children’s faces was incredible. I’m very rarely speechless, but I certainly was then.

Evening Advertiser – UK, Lucent Technologies

Your session was truly phenomenal!

Marsha Firestone - Ph.D., Women Presidents’ Organization

We have come a long way in 3 years, and are building a strong foundation for our students to take the Odyssey experience to the next level.

Chris Reitan - Galena City School District, Alaska

Could you tell your co-workers that we appreciate the wonderful gift you offered seven of our most needy children.

Alan Roden - Cite Joyeuse

This year’s annual conference was a raving success and the Odyssey team was integral to that success.

Cyndi Pittman - Harolds Corporation

Yet another success!

Craig Moraes - Solvay Pharmaceuticals

I really enjoyed the “break-through” session last week!

Moez Seraly - Lucent Technologies

The team building was probably the highlight of the retreat.

Lisa Olsen - Owens Healthcare

It was amazing the impact you had on 800+ Sun employees. The response and feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and many have described the program as “the best team building experience they have ever participated in.

Laura Moraros - Sales Training Curriculum Manager-SunONE Sales

This thinking (Odyssey PEN) has propelled our team to the number one position in our franchise for the past three years. I can’t state my opinion of your company enough-your professionalism, your creativity and your passion for what you do comes through loud and clear.

Craig Moraes - Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

They (Odyssey P.E.N.) are very bright and insightful and brought out the best in all of us. Our entire group couldn’t believe how much fun and how much team building we did.

Mary Sheldon - WebTV Networks, Inc.

I just wanted to send you a note to say thank you for the outstanding day we had yesterday.

Gretchan Chismar - US Payroll Manager, Honeywell

Odyssey is the ideal partner to organize and execute this kind of an ambitious undertaking that brings civic organizations and Claremont Graduate University together to benefit the children of Claremont.

Cornelis A. de Kluyver - Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University

Thank you for putting on such a great program for our team! We had a ton of fun and I think everyone learned a lot about themselves and the team! Thanks again, I really appreciate everything you did for our team! Fight on!

USC Women’s Swimming & Diving Team

As for the main benefits/take-aways, it’s hard to narrow it down to a few. Of course there were huge ‘Aha’s” for the group with regard to thinking outside the box and creativity. But there was also a vastly increased level of team cohesiveness. We really had an opportunity to know each other better and to have some fun together in a way that increases our commitment to work together effectively. But the biggest payoff of all was the combined feeling of having accomplished something with such an impact to people around the world. Knowing that we actually made a significant positive difference in the lives of people who so badly need it, was astonishing! Jean E. Jean Deering, AVP Learning & Development Manager BD/SBS L&D Wells Fargo Bank.

Helping Hands – Wells Fargo

I am equally impressed and humbled by what you can accomplish with a new team in a short time. I honestly don’t know how you do it but everything you said and did provided the perfect foundation and jumping off point for what our meeting was designed to accomplish. Helping Hands became over the course of the few days we were together the metaphor for how our team aspires to work together. Thank you again and I look forward to the opportunity to partner again in the future.

Julie Person - Head of HR Planning and Service Delivery - Shire

Meet the Team

BILL JOHN
President/CEO/Founder, Odyssey Teams, Inc
There ain’t nothin’ Bill John can’t do. Seriously. If you asked him to make a rocket out of a palm tree, it might take him Read More
BILL JOHNPresident/CEO/Founder, Odyssey Teams, Inc
There ain’t nothin’ Bill John can’t do. Seriously. If you asked him to make a rocket out of a palm tree, it might take him Read More
LAIN HENSLEY
President of Innovation & Delivery | COO/CO - Founder
Everyone wants to be Lain Hensley’s friend. Lain is one of those rare people who sees what people often don’t see in themselves. The beautiful Read More
LAIN HENSLEYPresident of Innovation & Delivery | COO/CO - Founder
Everyone wants to be Lain Hensley’s friend. Lain is one of those rare people who sees what people often don’t see in themselves. The beautiful Read More
TODD DEMOREST
Todd Demorest has had a life-long affair with the mischievous ingenuity of his own intention. He wakes up with it every morning. Takes it dancing Read More
TODD DEMOREST
Todd Demorest has had a life-long affair with the mischievous ingenuity of his own intention. He wakes up with it every morning. Takes it dancing Read More
KIM CLARY
Director of Client Success
Kim Clary’s smile and infectious laugh will be the first things to make you gravitate towards her, but it’s her ability to bring out the Read More
KIM CLARYDirector of Client Success
Kim Clary’s smile and infectious laugh will be the first things to make you gravitate towards her, but it’s her ability to bring out the Read More
CYNTHIA MCNEIL
Consultant, facilitator, coach… Cynthia McNeil will tell you what experience has told her: a healthy culture is at the heart of any successful organization. She Read More
CYNTHIA MCNEIL
Consultant, facilitator, coach… Cynthia McNeil will tell you what experience has told her: a healthy culture is at the heart of any successful organization. She Read More
DAVID FERRERA
David Ferrera is a giver. He’s smart as a whip, humble and gracious in all his efforts to make things work well for Odyssey and Read More
DAVID FERRERA
David Ferrera is a giver. He’s smart as a whip, humble and gracious in all his efforts to make things work well for Odyssey and Read More
SHAWN VOLLAND
Shawn Volland is a charmer. He sports a perpetual grin and is quick with a wink and a joke. It’s easy to see why he Read More
SHAWN VOLLAND
Shawn Volland is a charmer. He sports a perpetual grin and is quick with a wink and a joke. It’s easy to see why he Read More
KRISTINA BRANDT
This bold blond takes the stairs THREE at a time. Her strong suit you ask? Enthusiastic leadership. Her heart for others, passion for living and Read More
KRISTINA BRANDT
This bold blond takes the stairs THREE at a time. Her strong suit you ask? Enthusiastic leadership. Her heart for others, passion for living and Read More
WHITNEY CALLENDER DEMOREST
With a master’s degree in psychology, Whitney Callender Demorest understands the impact our perspective has on influencing our success and happiness. She incorporates that philosophy Read More
WHITNEY CALLENDER DEMOREST
With a master’s degree in psychology, Whitney Callender Demorest understands the impact our perspective has on influencing our success and happiness. She incorporates that philosophy Read More
TEVRA BLANKENSHIP
Tevra’s love of exploration and lifelong learning has taken her around the world and back again. Her background in wilderness adventure therapy sent her skillfully Read More
TEVRA BLANKENSHIP
Tevra’s love of exploration and lifelong learning has taken her around the world and back again. Her background in wilderness adventure therapy sent her skillfully Read More
LAUREN BALL
Lauren Ball is extraordinary in whatever role she’s been assigned. She has decades of experience with Odyssey and in the training and development industry. She Read More
LAUREN BALL
Lauren Ball is extraordinary in whatever role she’s been assigned. She has decades of experience with Odyssey and in the training and development industry. She Read More
FRANK HACKNEY
  Frank Hackney. By the age of eight Frank had learned the difference between watching from the sideline and being on the field. From that Read More
FRANK HACKNEY
  Frank Hackney. By the age of eight Frank had learned the difference between watching from the sideline and being on the field. From that Read More
SCOTT AMICK
  Scott Amick once spent 80 days straight in the wilderness. While working with Odyssey Teams Inc., he is most often found outdoors as well. Read More
SCOTT AMICK
  Scott Amick once spent 80 days straight in the wilderness. While working with Odyssey Teams Inc., he is most often found outdoors as well. Read More
JOSEPH CRUDUP
During the past two decades Joseph Crudup has facilitated programs and built Ropes Courses for Odyssey and other companies around the globe. He has made Read More
JOSEPH CRUDUP
During the past two decades Joseph Crudup has facilitated programs and built Ropes Courses for Odyssey and other companies around the globe. He has made Read More
MICHAEL CUTBURTH
Program Facilitator Michael Cutburth believes in the magic of the moment. He walks through his life fully awake, completely present and absolutely available to whatever Read More
MICHAEL CUTBURTH
Program Facilitator Michael Cutburth believes in the magic of the moment. He walks through his life fully awake, completely present and absolutely available to whatever Read More
SCOTT MORRIS
Scott Morris is a trailblazer. Literally. For 10 years he’s poured his time, sweat and creativity into developing more than 40 miles of multiuse trails Read More
SCOTT MORRIS
Scott Morris is a trailblazer. Literally. For 10 years he’s poured his time, sweat and creativity into developing more than 40 miles of multiuse trails Read More
SARAH HEALY
If Greek mythology had not been dreamed up a few thousands years ago, Sarah would have inspired it. A blend of Athena and Zeus, she Read More
SARAH HEALY
If Greek mythology had not been dreamed up a few thousands years ago, Sarah would have inspired it. A blend of Athena and Zeus, she Read More
JESSICA SOUDER
Jessica Souder. Running and winning races at every age is just one of the ways Jessica has pushed herself to excellence. She has raised amazing Read More
JESSICA SOUDER
Jessica Souder. Running and winning races at every age is just one of the ways Jessica has pushed herself to excellence. She has raised amazing Read More
EMILY HUGHES
For better or worse, the word ‘no’ has never been of regular use in the vocabulary of Emily Hughes. Saying ‘yes’ has led to everything Read More
EMILY HUGHES
For better or worse, the word ‘no’ has never been of regular use in the vocabulary of Emily Hughes. Saying ‘yes’ has led to everything Read More
CAROL JONES
Carol Jones is relational to the core. Whether she is camping with her family of five, a bike ride with friends, or working to provide Read More
CAROL JONES
Carol Jones is relational to the core. Whether she is camping with her family of five, a bike ride with friends, or working to provide Read More
RYAN GREEN
“You can learn to do anything.” A statement that Ryan Green lives by, there is no new task or project too big and abstract for Read More
RYAN GREEN
“You can learn to do anything.” A statement that Ryan Green lives by, there is no new task or project too big and abstract for Read More
JEN WHITE
Jen has always had a penchant for numbers. 15 is the number of years of experience she has in the field of accounting. 1969 is Read More
JEN WHITE
Jen has always had a penchant for numbers. 15 is the number of years of experience she has in the field of accounting. 1969 is Read More
CRAIG COOPER
Craig Cooper is Odyssey’s “bike guy.” He owns a bike business in southern California and supplies the products for our Life Cycles programs. Craig has Read More
CRAIG COOPER
Craig Cooper is Odyssey’s “bike guy.” He owns a bike business in southern California and supplies the products for our Life Cycles programs. Craig has Read More
JEFF CHRISTIAN
Jeff lives life in line with his C4 philosophy – communication, chemistry, consistency and creativity. Communicating with an emphatic ear, achieving chemistry through connection with Read More
JEFF CHRISTIAN
Jeff lives life in line with his C4 philosophy – communication, chemistry, consistency and creativity. Communicating with an emphatic ear, achieving chemistry through connection with Read More
DEREK DUONG
Pre-nursing, animation, and construction with Habitat for Humanity are just a few of the pursuits that fill Derek’s time away from the Odyssey office. And Read More
DEREK DUONG
Pre-nursing, animation, and construction with Habitat for Humanity are just a few of the pursuits that fill Derek’s time away from the Odyssey office. And Read More
HOLLY HOEKSEMA
Be it hiking and exploring or backpacking and whitewater rafting as a professional guide and trainer, Holly seeks adventure at every turn. She brings over Read More
HOLLY HOEKSEMA
Be it hiking and exploring or backpacking and whitewater rafting as a professional guide and trainer, Holly seeks adventure at every turn. She brings over Read More
ZACH KORTE
Zach brings the passion and dedication he has for baseball off of the diamond and into the office as he quality checks hands shipped in Read More
ZACH KORTE
Zach brings the passion and dedication he has for baseball off of the diamond and into the office as he quality checks hands shipped in Read More
NATHAN URNESS
Whether it’s nailing a spike on the sand volleyball court or logging several miles on a run through Bidwell Park, Nathan prefers to spend his Read More
NATHAN URNESS
Whether it’s nailing a spike on the sand volleyball court or logging several miles on a run through Bidwell Park, Nathan prefers to spend his Read More

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