Odyssey Teams: The Industry-Leaders In Corporate Team Building With Unparalleled Keynote Speakers

Become a part of the movement and go beyond the training room walls and into the hearts and minds of a world in need! Welcome to Odyssey Teams.

The Odyssey Teams journey began in 1991 and we are still breaking the rules and creating the future of experiential training and team development. We changed the team building industry forever by delivering the first ever bike building program and we keep pushing the envelope to pack more purpose and value into all of our sessions.

We are ordinary people with extraordinary dreams of what is possible when people learn to give their best. Not by just giving the best bikes, prosthetic hands, skateboards or other physical items, but how to give the best of themselves in changing times and stressful environments.

With thousands of clients around the world, Odyssey Teams has built and donated over 23,000 bicycles, 50,000 prosthetic hands, hundreds of playhouses, and thousands of skateboards. Rewarded with raving fans as clients, we flat out love what we do and you will too. Our worthy philanthropic recipients are in more than 78 countries and we hope you enjoy learning about who we are and why we think traditional team building sucks.

Our Team Building Providers

Based in beautiful Chico, California, we are team building providers who love the outdoors. Our team leads active lives. And we’re determined to be your favorite vendor. Odyssey Teams gets results. In loyalty. Teamwork. Productivity. Profitability. See for yourself. Get in touch with Odyssey Teams today!

BILL JOHN
President / CEO/ Co-Founder

Bill cooked up this Odyssey many moons ago and has found a way to keep improving with every client and group with which he engages. Challenge him, trust him and then get out of the way and let him do his thing. You won’t be disappointed.

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Lain Hensley, COO/Co-Founder and Head Dream Chaser

LAIN HENSLEY
COO / Co-Founder and Head Dream Chaser

Everyone wants to be Lain Hensley’s friend and listen to his podcast You Go First. Lain is one of those rare people who sees what people often don’t see in themselves. The beautiful beginner. The sacred wonder. He’ll reveal your magic and he’ll get you to believe. He is generous, smart, and oriented to making things better.

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TODD DEMOREST
Chief Facilitation Officer

Todd Demorest has shared his wisdom with the top brass of almost every company out there, showing them that even if life is challenging, it has a brilliance that must be celebrated. He has seen it all and talks straight about life, work, and business to some of the best.

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Kim Clary, Directory of Client Success

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 best in you that is her real gift. She is flat-out fun from start to finish. But her passion for giving and depth of experience is why she is our Director of Client Success.

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JONAS HERZOG
General Manager

Jonas is on his second Odyssey with us! As a student intern while studying at Chico State and now as the General Manager. He loves the variety in his work here and the people he works with. Travel is a passion of his. This job has taken him anywhere from the Dominican Republic to Squaw Valley, but he and his family renovated an old school bus and took a one year and 22 day road trip across the USA and Western Canada. We can always count on Jonas for positive leadership and to keep things “rad!”.  

SCOTT AMICK
Odyssey for Youth Program Director

Scott holds a master’s degree in Advanced Biomechanical Analysis from Chico State. He works to bring the BEST out of each participant and sets a high standard. Scott’s love for people is evidenced from his dedication to family, to his Odyssey clients, and our team. Check out Odyssey For Youth.

Odyssey Teams Staff

JEREMY BATES
Program Facilitator

A unique blend of live, interactive music and personal stories filled with humor and humility. Jeremy is the Hope Dealer and is able to create an environment cloaked in authenticity where it is cool to HOPE more, LEARN more, LOVE more and DO more, regardless of your past.

WHITNEY DEMOREST

Whitney has been working with Odyssey since 2007 in an assistant facilitator role and more recently an outreach specialist as well. Her background consists of a Masters in clinical psychology and has worked in personal growth and transformation field for over 25 years. She loves going on adventures with her husband Todd (yes THAT Todd) and her 2 daughters, doing yoga, and savoring a good cup of tea.

DEREK DUONG
IT Systems Specialist

Animation and construction with Habitat for Humanity are just a few of the pursuits that fill Derek’s time away from the Odyssey office. He has a “big brain” and while at Odyssey he is nothing if not focused. Arriving via skateboard, Derek checks in and then plows through projects like a snowblower.

JAMIE ENGEL
Office Logistics Assistant

Whether it is a mountain or a mountain of work, there isn’t anything Jamie Engel can’t conquer. She’s committed to improving Odyssey HQ’s efficiency and works with a positive team-oriented attitude. She loves meeting participants at Odyssey’s programs and her co-workers. Jamie is a rock for the team and we are so lucky to have her!

ROSS FIELD
Visual Production Specialist

After twelve years filming and reporting sports and news for a local news station, Ross Field is a household name and face for most of Northern California. Ross is a walking comfort zone. He is a continual learner, ever-curious and has the humility to ask great questions and listen for the answers.

SARA HEALY
Program Facilitator

Facilitator Sarah Healy lives out Odyssey’s love of transforming others’ lives. She loves working with her fellow team members! Her background in Psychology helps her lead others to breakthrough and the other side of their fears. If she isn’t leading a program, you will probably find her grooving to a tune or spending time by the ocean.

FRANK HACKNEY
Program Facilitator

Frank has experienced the world!  From above the clouds of Machu Picchu to beneath the blue waters of Bora Bora to the pyramids of Egypt and the magical Okavango Delta of Botswana!  He stretches the limits of seeing the world with the same vigor that he stretches for the very highest levels of individual and team performance in others. Frank has worked with high-performing teams ranging from the “super-speedway world” of NASCAR to the “out-of-this-world” NASA Manned Space Flight Center – and a whole lot of places in between. He has a MS in Organizational Development and Knowledge Management, and is driven by an intense desire to see people create an extraordinary experience for themselves and for others! More on Frank Hackney

BOBETTE HETTS
Administrative Assistant

Bobette started as a client and jumped into the Odyssey HQ after retiring from her first 35-year career with Tri-Counties Bank. A valued client for 15 years, Bobette knows Odyssey from both sides of the phone. She worked with us to pioneer one of the longest and most successful training programs in the history of her previous company. She was the training and development guru and basically the heart and soul of one of the fastest growing financial institutions in California. She helped grow their team from 20 to over 1,000 team members and from 1 branch to 80. Bobette knows people and people love her. Bobette is very passionate about helping people succeed and work together as a high performing team. Her talents and strengths align perfectly with the Odyssey Teams mission and values.

HOLLY HOEKSEMA
Team Development Coordinator

Holly seeks adventure at every turn. She brings over twenty years of experience in the team building industry home to the Odyssey Headquarters. After a decade as Team Development Coordinator, Holly continues to work to help others and make the Odyssey Team a team.

CAROL JONES
Office Logistics Coordinator

Carol Jones is relational to the core. Whether she is camping with her family of five, on a bike ride with friends, or working to provide excellence for Odyssey’s clients, Carol is driven by her love for people. She juggles incoming calls, emails, shipping orders, inventory, and whatever else falls on her desk.

CYNTHIA MCNEIL

Cynthia is soulful and spirited! She walks the path of honesty with an open heart, a curious mind and an authentic experienced voice. Cynthia does just about everything, from high ropes courses to leading one of our philanthropic programs. The incorporation of a philanthropic approach to the training room is her favorite part of Odyssey.

TANNER RICHARDSON
Odyssey Teams Assistant

You likely won’t see Tanner without his guitar or a Helping Hands prosthetic hand. The Modesto native has been working at Odyssey since 2017 and is an integral part of processing the LN-4 hands that are donated to amputees all over the world. He is also a talented vocalist and can be seen doing events all over Northern California.

SANDRA SWANSTROM
Marketing Administrator

Sandra dreams and lives in full color. After serving as Logistics Coordinator for Odyssey Teams, she was ready to accept the challenge of Marketing Administrator. Drawing from a degree in Journalism – Public Relations from Chico State, she enthusiastically shares the story and message of Odyssey Teams with the world. Follow us on social media!

JEN WHITE
Accounting Services

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 the year of her Camaro. 26.2 is the miles she raced in Paris last year. Keeping a sharp pencil and a watchful eye on all the numbers, Jen keeps pace.

ALLISON WILLIS
Live Events Logistics Coordinator

Allison was born and raised in Chico, CA. She studied at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo before returning to Chico to work with Odyssey Teams.  Allison loves to travel, make delicious meals from scratch and do all things outdoors.

If you’re looking for team building providers for your next offsite or corporate event, look no further than the amazing team at Odyssey Teams.

Give us a call at (800) 342-1650 or send us email.