: Robyn Benincasa
: Dec 31, 1905
: San Diego
: Robyn Benincasa was born in Long Island, NY, but spent most of her youth in Tempe, AZ, where she competed at the state and national level in gymnastics, diving, and cross country. After graduating from Arizona State University with a B.S. in Marketing, Benincasa accepted a pharmaceutical sales job in the San Diego Territory and earned honors as “Rookie of the Year” in 1990.
Benincasa was shortly thereafter caught by the triathlon bug , and ultimately went on to complete six Ironman races, with two podium finishes in her age group in Kona, Hawaii. By 1995, however, she was really really tired of triathlon AND wearing panty hose to work, so she embarked on a mission to live her dreams of becoming an adventure racer and firefighter.
In the past 13 years, she has completed over 36 "expedition length" Adventure Races(7-10 day non stop multisport events), and has earned World Champion honors in both the EcoChallenge and the Raid Gauloises. In 2004 Robyn organized some of the best racers on earth to form Team Merrell/Wigwam, ranked among the top three teams in the world.
Ever in search of a way to spread the luuuuuuv, Robyn launched a corporate teambuilding company in 2000, called World Class Teams, which brings the teamwork lessons of Adventure Racing to the corporate world. In the past 7 years, her "Extreme Teams" keynotes have been embraced by Starbucks, Boeing, Amgen, Tony Robbins, Coldwell Banker, Schering Plough, Earthlink, Nestle, The Four Seasons Resorts, Honda, and the US Cycling team,
just to name a few.
When she is not out playing all over the world with her teammates or creating World Class Teams for Fortune 500 companies, Robyn is at her "real" job as a full time Firefighter for the City of San Diego. In 2006, she became a member of the only all-female fire crew in the US, Engine 22 in Point Loma. In January 2006 they were featured in the New York Times and on Good Morning America, and the media whirlwind hasn't stopped since!
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: Robyn Benincasa
Director of Fun
2843 Cape Sebastian Place
Cardiff, CA 92007
Business Client Experience
: "...It's been just over a year since we did that meeting with you and people still talk about being the best teambuilding meeting we've ever held."
- Irwin I. Golub, Northrop Grumman IT Solutions Team
For more Info and Testimonials, visit: WorldClassTeams.com
: "The Secret is to play less as individuals and more as a team. As a coach, I play not my eleven best, but my best eleven"
---- Vince Lombardi
Although Vince Lomabardi’s wisdom is derived from football, his statement about teamwork is a universal truth—simply put, it is the greatest teammates that create the greatest teams, not necessarily the brightest stars. This is especially true in the sport of adventure racing, and in a larger sense, the sport of life. World Class Teams choose to work together because they are better, stronger, faster, more productive, and more successful because of one another versus in spite of one another. Together they are able to generate a driving force that is greater than the sum of their individual strengths—a “magic” that bonds them to one another and brings them to the finish line together. It is from my Eco-Challenge teams’ experiences with this magic that I have developed this “Building World Class Teams: The 8 Essential Elements of Human Synergy” program.
For the past 10 years, I have been hurting myself in foreign countries with four of my closest friends in search of the key to successful teamwork. I’ve seen the good, the bad, and the not-so-pretty in both my teammates and myself. But among the most important things I have learned is that by helping one another we help ourselves, that success comes from mentoring one another unselfishly, that in the long run we will all be the weakest link AND the strongest one, and that coaching is far more impactful than criticism.
I am still on a journey to become the best teammate and leader I can be. And it is definitely a process that takes awareness and commitment. But I am loving every minute of it. Especially when I can help others to find the great teammate within themselves. I still get chills very time I give my presentation or watch the amazing transformation of groups of individuals to World Class Teams right before my eyes in one of our AdventureTeam building programs or Mini Eco-Challenge events. I hope you will, too…
Adventure Always, Robyn Benincasa
PS: Important Disclaimer! World Class Teams programs are so life-affirming that afterward, you may find yourself doing all kinds of things you may never have dreamed possible. Past clients have climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, started their own companies, run their first triathlon, won the biggest contracts in their company’s history, and (gasp!) started their own adventure racing teams.
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