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

Odyssey – Definition: A journey marked with notable occurrences.

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 from around the world, we have built and donated over 20,000 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.

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.

Who We Are

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. More on Bill John.

COO / Co-Founder and Head Dream Chaser

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 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. More on Lain Hensley.

Lain Hensley
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. More on Todd Demorest.

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. More on Kim Clary.

Kim Clary
Jonas Herzog

General Manager

Jonas started as an intern with Odyssey Teams back in the 1990’s. After over a year traveling, the road of life brought him back to us and we couldn’t be happier! Jonas does it all and as general manager of Odyssey HQ he does it all with a huge smile and an easy-going attitude.

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.

Scott Amick
Sandra Swanstrom

Marketing Administrator

Sandra dreams in full color. Tasked with finding the young people who will receive the items to be donated at our events, her work is never ending, and she couldn’t be happier. After graduating from Chico State with a degree in journalism and communications, she was ready to accept the challenge.

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.

Ross Field
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.

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.

Jen White
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.

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.

Derek Duong
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.

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.

Jeremy Bates

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


Live Events Logistics Coordinator

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

Allison Willis

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.