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  • Posted on Thursday, May 08 th, 2014 at 4:50 pm by

    Creating Great Programs, Scratching Our Noodles

    Sometimes, the best ideas are born from happy mistakes.  In life, in jazz, or in team building program creation, that one off-note may push you in a whole new direction. For example, our Food Truck Challenge was conceived after I answered a wrong number.  My friend Karen was on the other line, but she had confused me with another Ryan, who happened to run a little food truck operation. “Hey Ryan, it’s Karen.  How are you?” “Awesome, Karen.  What’s up? “Can...

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  • Posted on Thursday, May 01 st, 2014 at 2:56 pm by

    Carving Your Niche

    I love my job.  There…I said it!  I actually look forward to waking up every morning and learning, helping others, and going through the creative process of creating experiential programs for clients.  But it certainly hasn’t always been that way. My resume looks like a Gypsy in a blender.  Suit sales, restaurants, paralegal, music performance and promotion, high school teacher, Director of sales and marketing, event planner, team builder…my Linkedin Profile is an ongoing j...

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  • Posted on Saturday, April 19 th, 2014 at 1:46 pm by

    My Band, My Team, My Story

    I grew up addicted to team sports…Watching them, playing them, and obsessing over statistics and standings.  I learned to read by scouring the sports section of the LA Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (RIP…the print version, anyway.) My neighborhood was populated by about 15 kids that were within 3 years of each other.  And DAMN if there weren’t some great athletes in the mix.  One of them was a 2-time Washington State Player of the Year in basketball, another (who w...

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  • Posted on Tuesday, April 08 th, 2014 at 10:22 pm by

    Choosing a Great Team Building Venue

    As a member of the San Francisco Bay events community, I am privileged to work at some of the finest hospitality venues in the world. Our diverse landscape includes world-class hotels, resorts, wineries, parks, and event centers that are virtually unmatched in terms of their amenities and physical beauty.  With the confluence of so much high-level corporate business happening within 15 minutes of our office in San Jose, the competition for your all-hands meeting or 5 day retreat is fierce. When...

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  • Posted on Monday, March 31 st, 2014 at 4:34 pm by

    NCAA Final Four = Team Building Success!

    As a lifelong athlete and somewhat obsessive sports fan, I am always fascinated with the NCAA tournament.  This year, like most, has been an amazing collection of twists and turns and Cinderella stories. I went to the University of Arizona for a couple years, so that really is the team I follow the most.  Unfortunately, they lost in overtime to Wisconsin in one of the best college basketball games I have ever seen.  For those who aren’t so into it, the Final Four teams play next weekend...

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  • Your Legacy at Work

    On March 21, my oldest surviving relative, Albert Schwartz, passed away. He was 94. Albert leaves behind a legacy that is unique and inspiring. As a Jew during World War II, he helped liberate concentration camps while having to hide his religious heritage for fear of being captured and immediately executed.  He also led the fight in 1962 to make El Paso, TX the first desegregated city in a former confederate state.  Needless to say, he was a brave and brash man who took risks. But there was a...

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  • Dad…what do you DO?

    My kids are curious about everything.  Always have been, probably always will be.  Intellectual curiosity is certainly something I was taught to value, so I have generally tried to instill the same thing in my children.  So, when I started TeamBuilding ROI with a couple friends in 2011, they asked me: “What do you DO for a living?” The short answer was (and is) that I help people work together and find common ground, away from the office.  But do I really?  I mean, that sounds r...

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