Latitude 35 Leadership, an International Leadership and Team Building Company, Announces the Opening of Its New Business

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Former elite rower Jason Caldwell, whose racing team set a U.S. world record for the 3,000-mile Talikser Whisky Challenge this past year, and his business partner Jeff Fautt, a former Fortune 500 company president, recently launched a global leadership and team building company which applies a pioneering approach to help businesses achieve sustainable financial growth.

Captain Jason Caldwell and crewmate Thomas Magarov celebrating after completing the 3,000-mile Talisker-Whisky Challenge.

Rowing and the other exciting sport-related activities are a metaphor for team building and leadership

Jason Caldwell, an elite rower and former gold-medal winning at U.S. Nationals, and Jeff Fautt, a former president of a Fortune 500 company with years of leadership experience, recently launched a global leadership and team building company which applies a pioneering approach to help businesses achieve sustainable financial growth.

Latitude 35 Leadership offers unique team-building and leadership seminars globally for startups to Fortune 100s as well as offering classes at leading MBA programs such as the Wharton School and the Darden School, among others. Caldwell said his direct experience as a professional rower when combined with dynamic classroom instruction led by respected professionals in various academic and sports-related disciplines is a game-changer when it comes building unity in a company to achieve greater financial success.

“To my knowledge, there is nothing more thrilling then to learn team building and apply leadership techniques by doing exciting collaborative physical activities like rowing or balloon racing. Our clients incorporate skills in these activities that can be applied right away, whether the participant in our seminar is a C-level executive, company VP or high-level manager,” Caldwell explained.

“Rowing and the other instructional sport-related activities," Fautt added, “are a metaphor for team building and leadership, but they provide a lot more: real-world lessons to build professional growth and a way to achieve sustainable professional success.” The training courses embed the content in a lasting way, he explained, "because we utilize various teaching styles for maximize retention.”

Caldwell knows from firsthand experience what it means to build a team, face seemingly insurmountable odds, and come away with great success after setting a U.S. record in the Talisker-Whisky Challenge. Indeed, Team Latitude 35 Racing endured two shocking hardships that could have easily derailed them: two crew members dropped out due to illness and exhaustion. But with 2,600 miles to go, his two-man team rowed on with steely determination. It took 51 days, 8 hours and 32 minutes and we covered 2,832 nautical miles, from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean " Caldwell remarked. "But we were determined not to give in."

Similarly, Fautt explained, the lessons that emerge during corporate team building activities when you work with companies of all sizes, are remarkably similar to the ones found in professional racing. “Latitude 35 leadership’s corporate team building activities such as The Rowing Experience and The Impossible Race, promote professional skills that can bring value to individuals and their companies for a lifetime.” These two team building activities focuses on collaboration in distinct environments—one while at sea and the other while piloting a balloon at exceptionally high altitudes.

Additionally, fifty percent of a Latitude Leadership program, Fautt emphasized, is spent in a classroom to debrief and review the latest research in leadership development and team-building practices. "We are fortunate to have a great professional group that comprise the training team -- leaders in various industries and academic disciplines.

Latitude 35 Leadership is a company dedicated toward raising managers to leaders and thus elevating their teams from average producers to high-impact groups, using sustainable high performance techniques. The firm is built around elite athletes, CEOs, Ph.D.'s, and other industry professionals. President Jason Caldwell is a retired, elite-level rower, a winner of two gold medals at nationals. As well as being a gifted rower, Thomas Magarov, the Global Operations Officer, has experience working for a large-cap company. And CEO Jeff Fautt has managed several successful businesses over the past 30-plus years, including serving as president of a Fortune 500 company for more than 12 years.

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