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"I didn't realize how challenging, inspiring and just plain fun our time on the water would be. This ranks as the best leadership training exercise we've done by far."


"The parallels between what goes on on land — i.e., our working environment — and what went on on the water were uncanny."

Ernst & Young

"Merging two large, geographically dispersed organizations offered some unique challenges. Jay and GEL were tremendous."

Partner, Booz Allen Hamilton

"Jay and his team put together one of the most effective and enjoyable days of team-building activity that it has ever been my pleasure to participate in (and I've been in far too many)."

IFC/World Bank

"Most of our leadership program participants have never sailed before. Trepidation? Sometimes. Positive feedback? Always."

The Symphony Group

Jay Palace

Founder and Facilitator/Speaker

Jay Palace, Founder and CEOJay brings over 20 years of experience leading high tech sales and marketing organizations to help GEL's clients develop their own high performing teams. While in the corporate world, he utilized sailboat excursions to build esprit de corps within teams of employees, partners and clients. In between GEL experiences, he still assists early and late stage start-ups with go-to-market research, alliance development and execution consulting services.

Our founder admits to being passionate about sailing. He served on the Louis Vuitton Race Committee and as a commentator for the America's Cup. He serves on the boards of the Treasure Island Sailing Center, Reach The World Chicago, and the National Maritime Heritage Foundation. On winter weekends, he's a PSIA Level II ski instructor on the slopes of Northstar-at-Tahoe in Northern California. He writes a blog entitled This Mountain Life about his experience on the slopes.

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