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John Chen is a recognized corporate team building expert specializing in the use of technology and adventure. He is the CEO of the consulting and team building company, PlayTime Inc., creating life-changing adventures for clients such as Microsoft, Boeing, Adobe, Nokia, Sony, and Sun Microsystems. Recently selected as one of the top 40 entrepreneurs under the age of 40 by the Puget Sound Business Journal, John approaches transformational learning by teaching time-tested wisdom through playful technologies and adventures ranging from online facilitation to high-tech treasure hunting to the extreme ascent of 14,410 ft. Mt. Rainier.

John has 10 years of Microsoft experience shipping 8 world-class products including the world’s fastest selling client-server application, Microsoft Exchange, earning him 2 US Patents. Although his technical work was excellent, it was his group interaction skills that distinguished John. John has a knack for getting disparate groups to work together in a short amount of time and now he shares those techniques in innovative ways. Combining his corporate knowledge with extensive leadership training, personal development and experiential education, John accelerates teams with cutting edge techniques that work in the real world.

John delivers unique team building programs using technology such as email, chat rooms, discussion boards, teleconference and video conferencing and adventures such as ropes courses, whitewater rafting, bungee jumping, board breaking, scuba diving, high-tech treasure hunting known as Geocaching, and his flagship product, The Journey, a 9 month leadership course where you summit 14,410 ft. Mt. Rainier. This extreme course uses leaders such as Stu Mittleman, an ultra-marathoner who ran 52 miles for 56 days, Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, a Kundalini yoga expert who turns the climb into a walking meditation, and Peter Whittaker, CEO for Rainier Mountaineering Inc. and has over 195 summits of Mt. Rainier. John’s goal is to make every event a “Life-Changing Adventure!”

John volunteers his time and resources to many innovative charities focusing on the environment and children as well as being an active member of his community. John is a member of the Association for Experiential Education, Employee Service Management, The Rainier Club, Seattle’s Chamber of Commerce, The Better Business Bureau and resides in Seattle, WA with his wife and three children.

Interests

experiential education, mountaineering, poker, parenting, yu-gi-oh (because of my son), geocaching, gps, incredible cool combo-cell phones (current is Treo 650), the Seattle Supersonics, business, personal development, stock investing and computers.