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Interested in land based experiential training or workshops?

"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

Thomas Magness

Program and Seminar Leader


Since first entering the U.S. Army as a cadet at the United States Military Academy, Tom has led military organizations from Platoon to Brigade. His unique background combines his service and education as an engineer with the confidence and professional development that comes from being an Airborne Ranger.  As a commander with the US Army Corps of Engineers, he completed numerous multi-billion dollar construction projects ranging from locks and dams, to the border fence in Southern California and Southern Arizona, to large infrastructure projects in Afghanistan. He taught at the Military Academy at West Point and served as a mentor/ coach / consultant at the Army’s National Training Center. Tom currently serves as COO for an international construction company and conducts leadership seminars and keynote addresses to clients such as GE, Proctor & Gamble, Energizer, Los Angeles & Orange County (CA), EMCOR, Iron Mountain, VF Corporation, and API Group. 

As an Army veteran, engineer, and Airborne Ranger, Tom’s experiential events are focused on the ground for those of you who prefer the land to the sea. Drawing from his extensive training and coaching expertise, based on both his military and private company careers, Tom will provide you with proven strategies that will show you how to be a leader, take charge, and make things happen. Retired Army Colonel Thomas ‘Tom’ Magness, author of Leader Business, motivational speaker, trainer and consultant, brings over 30 years of battle-tested leadership skills to action-packed, experiential leadership events and seminars to address the leader development needs of your organization.