Who we are

Dynamic, fun and motivated people with the business chops to deliver on your vision and produce the return on investment from your corporate social responsibility event.

About Odyssey Teams

Odyssey – Definition: A journey marked with notable occurrences.

Our 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, 30,000 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 Inc.

Our Team Members

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 he stares down. Challenge him, trust him and then get out of the way and let him do his thing. You won’t be disappointed. 

LAIN HENSLEY - 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.

TODD DERMOREST - 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.

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.

Jonas Herzog

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.

Scott Amick

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.

Sandra Swanstrom

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 marketing, she was ready to accept the challenge.

Ross Field

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.

Carol Jones

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.

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 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.

Holly Hoeksema

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.

Derek Duong

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.  

Kelly Upson

Kelly keeps the Odyssey moving. In the warehouse or on the road, she brings fun and detail to all she does. A sincere person who always has time to give of herself to her teammates or our clients. When the world says JUMP, Kelly says, “how high?”

Jeremy Bates

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.

Frank Hackney

Frank brings over 30 years of experience working with executive leaders.  Ranging from the “super-speedway world” of NASCAR to banking to the NASA Manned Space Flight Center. Frank has a MS in Organizational Development and Knowledge Management and he’s not afraid to use it.

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