Jason Caldwell is a world-class athlete, a trainer in leadership and high-performance, and keynote speaker. For the past nine years Jason has used the lessons learned from the sports arena to teach what it takes to be a leader in the competitive and ever-changing environment of the professional arena.
Jason rowed and received his bachelors degree in business from Sonoma State University. Upon graduation he was invited to row for Vesper Boat Club’s elite rowing team in Philadelphia where he won two gold medals, one silver, and one bronze at the National Championships over a three year period. In 2015 Jason went on to captain and represent the United States in a rowing race 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean (Taliskerwhiskyatlanticchallenge.com). Despite a dramatic and treacherous 51 day row, to include the emergency evacuation of two of his team members, Jason led his remaining crew to the finish line in Antigua resulting in the American Record for the fastest US four to ever cross the Atlantic. One year later, unsatisfied with an 11th place finish, Jason recruited a new team to re-enter the race. On January 19th of 2017 Jason and his crew crossed the finish line once again, not only winning the race, but breaking the World Record as the fastest team to ever row across the Atlantic Ocean.
Today, Jason is the President and Owner of Latitude 35 Leadership, which uses experiential training to explore the finer art of leading and maintaining high performance teams. He has worked with advanced managers in over 30 Fortune 500 companies, and has taught at the Executive Education department of some of the top Business schools to include Wharton, Darden, Emory, Columbia School of Business, and the Thayer Leadership Development Group at West Point Academy. Jason currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife.
Tom Magarov was born in Azerbaijan in the former Soviet Union in 1985. A competitive rower and swimmer, Tom competed through high school before leaving the country in 2002 and emigrating to the United States. After attending Baku State University, Tom attended University of West Chester for a degree in international business with a minor in psychology, an education he has used extensively to leverage himself into an immediate leadership roll at Home Depot, managing stores and on-boarding new employees into leadership positions.
Tom is a seasoned rowing coach at all levels, having worked with physically disabled middle school youth in Azerbaijan, and masters-level rowers at Boathouse Row in Philadelphia. Tom has also leveraged his knowledge of rowing to coach executives and other advanced managers for the purpose of teaching leadership. An engaging personality, Tom is known for his enthusiastic nature, positive attitude, and resourceful approach to challenges.
Among Tom’s greatest achievements stands his successful crossing of the trans-Atlantic Rowing Race in 2015 where his team sustained a loss of two crew members but still managed to complete the crossing in 51 days, setting the American Record for the fastest Atlantic crossing by a four-person crew.
Tom has since continued his services as the Operations Officer for Latitude 35 Leadership, running logistics and coaching for all programs world-wide. Tom has also partnered with Jason Caldwell at Latitude 35 Racing where he manages the crew’s trans-ocean crossings by repairing, supplying, and trimming their racing shells. Tom also is the crew’s main land contact during each race, providing critical information on weather, routes, and competition.
Greg joined Latitude 35 Leadership in August of 2016. As VP of Client Services, Greg is responsible for our assessment, consulting and professional/executive coaching services. In addition to his role with Latitude 35 Leadership, Greg is principal and managing director of Direct Bearing Business Consulting, which focuses on the identification and removal of obstacles hindering top performance within organizations, teams, and individuals. He has worked as a leadership development trainer, facilitator, internal consultant, and human resources director in a number of industries, including healthcare, financial services and energy. As a consultant, Greg has worked directly with top-tier companies such as Nike, GE, HSBC, American Express and Genentech.
For close to 25 years he has focused on helping teams achieve their business objectives, and individuals achieve personal and professional goals. He has extensive experience with team dynamics, human capital management practices, and organizational change initiatives. Greg holds a master’s degree from Indiana State University and an undergraduate degree from Marietta College.
Marije Roozendaal is an elite athlete and outdoor enthusiast who has spent a majority of her career being a part of, and leading high performance teams.
Marije received her education and a General Sciences degree at the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands where she studied leadership, organizational design, and information management. Marije then went on to ply her skills at a number of different institutions to include the World Wide Fund for Nature, Geodis, and Deloitte amongst others. Today, in addition to running leadership and Team Building programs with Latitude 35, Marije owns a company called Beweging (Moving) Beyond Business which teaches and encourages business professionals to create processes for their companies that are both collaborative and sustainable, positively affecting the environment around them.
Outside of her professional career, Marije has established herself as a fierce and successful competitor in a number of sports to include rowing, ice skating, and ballooning. Marije has spent a number of years representing the Dutch as a member of their National Team, and rowing for them internationally, accruing many medals to her name. She has also become a recognized ballooning competitor around the world, receiving her commercial ballooning pilot's license in 2010 and competing in places such as Portugal, Spain, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Sweden. Currently Marije is a board member of Dutch Ballooning Competition Club, the Royal Dutch Aviation Club, and the Ballooning European Championships for Women. Marije currently resides in Amsterdam.
Ben's athletic career started in 2000 when he joined one of the preeminent rowing programs in the country at the University of Washington. His experiences rowing for Washington nurtured his passions for elite performance, leadership, and competition. Upon his graduation in 2004 Ben had earned a degree in Political Science as well as two National Championship Gold medals.
Inspired to share his passion for rowing and competition, Ben began coaching. He coached both high school athletes and adults in the San Diego area for two years before returning to the University of Washington as an Assistant Coach in 2008. In the three years of coaching Ben led his athletes to three more National Championship Gold medals.
In 2011 Ben was inspired by the commitment, enthusiasm and perseverance of his athletes to continue to push his own athletic limits by taking on the challenge of Ultra-Distance trail running. Over the past six years, Ben has finished seven 50 mile trail races and five 100 mile trail races in some of the most unforgiving locales in North America. The most challenging completion came in 2017 with the finishing of the Fat Dog 120 mile race (voted one of the nine most challenging Ultra Runs in North America by Outside Online). Today Ben shares his passion for leading high performing teams and taking on challenging goals as a member of the Latitude 35 leadership team. He lives in the San Francisco bay area where he continues to train his body and mind.
Dr. Ryan Lazarus Team Nutritionist & Performance Expert
Dr. Ryan Lazarus is a Board-Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner through the Institute for Functional Medicine and Board-Certified Nutrition Specialist. He holds a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition, Functional Medicine and degree in Exercise Physiology.
Dr. Lazarus provides personalized performance nutrition, exercise and recovery protocols for each team member. He lectures internationally to the medical community on functional nutrition and shares the teams performance and wellness strategies to Lat35 Leadership clients.