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  • 121 Windsor Avenue
    Narbeth, PA 19072
    Direct: 610-909-1411


Darden Executive Education Profile

Team Concepts is a leadership development and consulting company focused on creating high-performance teams. Founded in 1995 by Olympian Dan Lyons, our mission has been to spread the Olympic spirit of excellence and noble purpose through the corporate world. The cornerstone philosophy of Team Concepts is a process for creating and maintaining high-performance teams, the foundation of inspirational leadership. Our training programs rally groups together and give them a common language and a shared experience. Team Concepts has worked with Fortune 500 companies and the top business schools in the world to transform organizations through leadership that inspires and draws the best from people.

Our passion lies in helping organizations find their greatest strengths. By working with clients to define their needs and to articulate an inspiring corporate vision, we create comprehensive leadership training programs that take companies to a higher level. The most effective training happens when participants are as fully engaged as possible. We achieve this by integrating academic and motivational elements with experiential events that take clients out of their comfort zones and engage them in a challenging atmosphere.

Visionary leadership gains value over time as an organization develops a culture of valuing its people and uniting around a strong common mission. When employees are motivated by the noble purpose of their work and the people surrounding them, performance becomes easy. By speaking directly to the hearts of the people they lead, inspirational leaders are able to leverage the strengths within their teams and create an environment where champions are inevitable.

“To lead people, walk behind them”
-Lao Tzu

Our Leadership Philosophy

The Eight Secrets of Inspirational Leadership are designed to develop team building and leadership skills necessary to effectively lead your organization. They are a philosophy used to educate participants on specific elements of coaching, high-performance teams, and inspirational leadership, while at the same time building camaraderie, trust, and team unity.

Ultimately, what differentiates Team Concepts’ approach to teaching leadership is our desire to help our clients become team builders. Not only do our programs bond participants and engage them in an active process of practicing leadership, but our Eight Secrets of Inspirational Leadership teach participants precisely how to create high-performance teams themselves among the people they lead.

Secret 1:

Everyone wants to be a Part of Something Bigger

 A skill to understand the impact of our Every individual wants to participate in a greater mission and identify with a larger organization, something important that will make a difference in their lives.

Secret 2:

Everyone Wants to Feel Valued

Inspirational leaders generate high levels of commitment, loyalty and performance by actively valuing each member of the organization, their views, opinions and efforts.

Secret 3:

Define the Performance Objective

While creating a high performance team, inspirational leaders must give members the opportunity to work toward their potential. Team focus will often wane if the individual or team goals are set too low and teams will quit if the goal is considered unobtainable. High performance teams need appropriate benchmarks or milestones to determine if they're moving successfully.

Secret 4:

Ennoble the Effort

Inspirational leaders must convey a compelling vision of the future. This can be done effectively using stories and symbols to communicate and explain the value of a strong sense of purpose and collective mission.

Secret 5:

Empower Individuals within Team Synergy

Provide the framework for individual accomplishment that supports the team's objectives. Inspirational leaders should encourage subordinates to lead and initiate within an agreed construct of delegated authority. Empowering individuals engenders trust, respect and responsibility among team members. This allows and encourages each team member to do what's best for the whole, even when the leader is absent. For this leadership skill to be successful, the leader must consider each individual's needs, abilities and aspirations.

Secret 6:

Emphasize Personal Responsibility

Inspirational leaders must always consider the moral and ethical consequences of their decisions. They build trust by acting with determination, consistency and integrity. An effective inspirational leader should not be afraid to address poor performance, report bad news or admit to personal mistakes.

Secret 7:

Celebrate the Journey

Inspirational leaders instill pride in team members by publicly announcing the achievement of milestones. Public reward and recognition further ennobles everyone's effort.

Secret 8:

Positive Engaged Energy

Positive Engaged Energy
Inspirational leaders need to learn to use positive energy to their greatest advantage. When talent, knowledge and resources are equal, team energy will be the deciding factor. Negative leadership energy is destructive and breeds fear rather than motivation. A leader with neutral energy will fail to inspire his team. Positively engaged energy is the most effective way to tap into individual potential, emphasizing the individual's value and actively including them in the overall vision.

Company History

Founded in 1995 by former naval officer, World Champion, and Olympic oarsman Dan Lyons, Team Concepts, Inc., is a leadership development and team building company focused on providing experiential learning programs to corporate and government organizations looking to build leadership capacity and high performing teams.

Using in-house curriculum design professionals, program managers and facilitators, Team Concepts designs professional education programs that bridge the gap between skill development and practical skill application toward meeting organizational mission objectives. These programs combine an experiential activity, seminar or classroom instruction, and break out learning in a team-based format. Continue Reading –> Click to Hide

The popularity and outstanding success of our programs have been recognized within both the corporate and academic worlds by being consistently rated for effectiveness at the top of our clients training programs and experiences, bar none. We have a long track record having served hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies in many different industry groups. Team Concepts has contracted to MBA or executive education programs at 15 US business schools including Wharton (Pennsylvania), Harvard, Booth (Chicago) Darden (Virginia), McDonough (Georgetown), Columbia, Haas (California), Kenan-Flagler (North Carolina).

Our business school partnerships allow us to utilize academic faculty to cover a wide range of subject matter topics related to the business functions of teams and complementing leadership skill development. Team Concepts subcontracts program facilitators as needed (depending upon group size and subject matter expertise) from among a list of qualified academics, trainers, and coaches, many of whom have been working with Team Concepts clients for over ten years.

We serve groups ranging in size from 6-800 with a typical group size of 25-60. Programs are held at client-selected venues. Over the last 20 years, Team Concepts has delivered leadership development and team building programs to audiences from 22 different countries at venues in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

Our Team

Dan Lyons

Founder, CEO

Dan Lyons is the Founder and President of Team Concepts, Inc. As an oarsman, Dan rowed on seven US National Teams, during which he competed in the World Championships in England (1986) in the straight four, and the Seoul Olympics (1988) in the coxed pair. He has won 11 National Championships in various events. His coaching career includes coaching at the US Naval Academy, Oxford University, Stanford University, Drexel University, Georgetown University, and is now an elite coach at Penn Athletic Club in Philadelphia. His remarkable rowing career was recognized in 1997 with his induction into the US Rowing Hall of Fame.

Dan‘s leadership is also a product of his training in military history. He received his BS from the US Naval Academy, MS from Oxford University and from Villanova University in 1989. The genesis of Team Concepts leadership model, The Eight Secrets of Inspirational Leadership, is based upon Dan‘s 20 years of high–performance athletic achievements, academic training, and military experience. Through these endeavors, Dan has had the opportunity to work with several high–performance teams. Based on careful research and execution, Dan‘s expertise has demonstrated the powerful impact the eight secrets has had on dozens of Fortune 500 companies.

Dan is noted for his intelligent, witty and thought–provoking seminars on a wide range of topics related to teams and leadership.

Rear Adm. Woods, a native of Ogden, Utah, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1981. He was designated as a naval flight officer in April 1983 and received his master's degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from Naval War College in 1997.

His shore assignments include: Naval Surface Weapons Center; Bureau of Naval Personnel; EA-6B Fleet Replacement Squadron, Early Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129; Electronic Combat Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet; OPNAV N88, Air Warfare Division, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO); Navy Quadrennial Defense Review; CNO Warfare Integration Group (N00X).

His sea duty assignments include: VAQ-131 deploying aboard USS Independence (CV 62) and aboard USSRanger (CV 61); VAQ-138 deploying aboard USS Nimitz(CVN 68).
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Woods’ commander command was VAQ-132 completing a Mediterranean/Arabian Gulf deployment with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). He also led the Scorpions on an expeditionary deployment to Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Under his leadership VAQ-132 earned the Commander Naval Air Force Atlantic Battle "E", CNO Safety "S", CNO Rear Admiral Arthur W. Radford Award, and the Commander Electronic Attack Wing U.S. Pacific Fleet, "Prowler Maintenance Squadron of the Year."

His bonus commander command was VAQ-129, the Navy’s EA-6B "Prowler" Fleet Replacement Squadron. Under his command the Vikings earned - for the first time - the Commander, Naval Air Forces "Commander Theodore G. Ellyson Award" for aircrew production excellence.

Woods’ major command was as commander, CVW 11 for two deployments aboard USSNimitz (CVN 68) to the Western Pacific, North Arabian Sea and Arabian Gulf in combat support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

His pre-flag joint assignments include: deputy director, Combined Air Operations Center, Joint Task Force Southwest Asia, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar; and commander, Joint Crew Composite Squadron One leading the Multi-National Corps Iraq Electronic Warfare fight against improvised explosive devices.

His flag officer assignments include director, Strategy and Policy Division (N51), Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy (N3/N5); and commander, Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF GTMO). Woods began his current command tour in August 2012 as commander, Strike Force Training Pacific.

Woods’ decorations include Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Strike/Flight Air Medal (five awards), United States Air Force Aerial Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards) and various other service and unit awards. He also received the National Navy League’s Vice Admiral John Perry award for excellence in Electronic Warfare.

Rear Adm. David B. Woods

Logistics & Operations

Richard Kennelly


Richard Kennelly, Chief Teambuilding Officer at Team Concepts, Inc., is an environmental attorney specializing in sustainability, renewable energy and climate policy.  Richard has extensive public speaking and leadership experience in the business world and in the sport of rowing.

Richard was a founder of BigBelly Solar in 2003 and served as Vice President of Marketing through 2012.  The pioneer and industry leader for delivering financial and environmental savings to the public space waste and recycling collection process, BigBelly Solar is the maker of the award-winning BigBelly intelligent waste & recycling collection system, which combines solar-powered remote monitoring and on-site compaction to empower municipalities, universities and other organizations to reduce their collection frequency and increase public space recycling.
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From 1996 until 2002, Richard served as Director of the Energy Project at the Conservation Law Foundation in Boston, the region’s leading non-profit environmental organization.  At CLF, he concentrated on electric utility deregulation, renewable energy, energy efficiency, green design, air quality, and climate change.  He worked extensively with New England electric utilities and other stakeholders on the development of large-scale renewable energy commercialization and energy efficiency programs.  At CLF, Richard actively engaged in various legislative and regulatory proceedings to help shape clean energy policy in the region.

Richard holds a B.A. with honors in English and American Literature from Harvard University, a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, and a Master of Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia School of Architecture.  Richard is also an Olympic silver medalist in rowing, having competed in the 1988 Seoul and 1992 Barcelona games, and the 1989 (silver) and 1991 World Championships.

Dr. Mary Ann Wangemann, PMP, CPCM currently serves as an instructor for Team Concepts and as the Statewide Director for the Procurement and Contracts and Federal Acquisition Certificate programs at UVA. She also manages her own consulting practice helping companies with strategy, human resource development, and federal contracting.

Prior to these positions, she has spent the majority of her career as an executive managing contracts up to $8B. As an EDS Fellow, she focused on critical accounts, strategic sales, innovation, and intellectual property development. She began GovWin to help businesses be successful in the government marketplace. She served as Management Concept’s Program Director for a line of project management products and services to help government employees achieved federal certification (FAC-P/PM).
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She holds professor positions at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels and teaches across companies and federal agencies. Her teaching expertise is in business, contracting, human resources, writing, communication, and leadership. She has written 14 books on federal government contracting and program management. She serves as a fellow for ACT-IAC and NCMA.

Dr. Mary Ann Wangemann


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Currently coaching the highly successful Wilmington (Del.) Youth Rowing Association, Swinford rowed on six U.S. National Teams, including the 1988 Olympic Team. He won the gold in the 1986 World Championships with Lyons.

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Commander Bob Alpigini

Team Member

Pete Strickland

Basketball Program Director

A veteran basketball coach with 31 years experience, Pete Strickland thrives on turning disparate collections of individuals into high performance teams. He has mastered the ability to connect through demonstrations, anecdotes, and lessons, landing important messages with an apt and memorable quote.

Pete’s career has spanned the professional, collegiate and high school basketball ranks. After completing his collegiate career as the all-time leader in assists, Pete graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1979 and headed across the ocean. He cut his teeth as a professional European basketball player/coach at age 23, later returning to coach NCAA Division I basketball for 25 years and in the high school ranks for another five.
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Pete held coaching positions at New York University, Virginia Military Institute, Old Dominion University, The University of Dayton, Coastal Carolina University, North Carolina State University and The George Washington University. Once named conference NCAA Division I Coach of the Year, Pete had a significant hand in recruiting and developing stellar NCAA Tournament teams.

Pete’s skills are not limited to coaching basketball.  His teams were characterized for excelling off the court as well. Pete is most proud of having mentored, tutored and served as an extraordinary model to countless student athletes, their families, friends and associates. This is the "evidence" - as Pete calls it - where he feels he has left his most indelible mark.

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Art Balzereit

Team Member

As Director of our Golf Leadership Programs, Grant Griffiths is renowned for his unmatched work ethic and ability to connect with business leaders and golfers of all backgrounds and ages. Grant immigrated from South Africa, and was awarded exceptional ability in sports coaching due to his significant contributions that have substantially benefited the national economy of the United States. Grant has proven his coaching and managerial skills at the highest level and offers a unique approach to leadership and high performance teams. Grant has developed some of the top junior summer golf programs in the United States, and continues to work as a consultant for companies that require his golf expertise.
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Grant also has a computer science background and continues to advance his qualifications through Microsoft, Apple and Google, applying highly skilled IT and Cloud solutions to various industries. What distinguishes him from others in their field of expertise is the enjoyment of continued education and the ability to apply these life's lessons to leadership programs. Grant has a special interest in personal branding and believes that the road to success is 10% talent and 90% hard work. Based in Philadelphia, Grant is determined to uncover the secrets of how successful people and companies communicate and deliver results consistently. Grant Holds master qualifications in organizational leadership from Villanova University, Master teaching qualifications from the United States Golf teachers Federation and European Golf Teachers Federation and Electronic Engineering from Wits in South Africa.

Grant Griffith

Golf Program Director

Dave kern


Entrepreneur, researcher, and consultant with a unique talent for technological innovation. Specializes in human system innovation - creating new ways for your organizations to employ technology to get your job done better, quicker, and easier. Excels in leading research teams across the valley of death.
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As the Director of Leadership Development and Curriculum Design, Michael brings an attitude of high expectations for everything that he does. He has a served as a college instructor, coach, consultant and business professional. Michael‘s combination of unique academic and business skills have been tested through his work in the corporate and governmental environments.

As an independent consultant he has worked on high profile projects for The World Bank, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Energy and American Express. He previously served as the Director of Research for MIG Companies, a nationally ranked pension advisor.
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Like many Team Concepts employees, Michael also maintains a history of high performance as an athlete and as a coach. His service and commitment to student life, leadership and the sport of rowing was recognized in 1998 when the University of North Carolina named their boathouse in his honor.

Michael received his B.S. in Political Science and Geography from the University of Minnesota. He earned his Master‘s degree and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Economic Geography. He has taught at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Michael Nicholls, Ph.D

Director of Leadership Development &
Curriculum Design