CEO and Co-founder, James Bennett FireFly Team Events Interview with USA Weekly

USA Weekly recently did an interview with James Bennett, CEO and co-founder of FireFly Team Events. Check out James’ FireFly Team Events interview session below.

Starting a business is a big achievement for many entrepreneurs, but maintaining one is the larger challenge. There are many standard challenges that face every business whether they are large or small. It is not easy running a company, especially in a fast-paced, ever-changing business world. Technology advances, new hiring strategies, and now, political changes coming with the new administration, all add to the existing business challenges that entrepreneurs, business owners, and executives have to deal with.

Maximizing profits, minimizing expenses and finding talented staff to keep things moving seem to be top challenges for both SMBs and large corporations. We have been interviewing companies from around the world to discover what challenges they are facing in their businesses. We also asked each company to share business advice they would give to a younger version of themselves.

Below is our interview with James Bennett, Founder and CEO at FireFly Team Events:

What does your company do?

We design interactive team building events for companies who want to improve their culture and engagement. We use play as a vehicle for teams to explore communication, trust, vulnerability, collaboration, and leadership. Our events allow your employees a safe space to explore new relationships and ideas. They also create opportunities for employees to show talents in previously unrecognized areas. Each event is designed for maximum participation so that every person has a way to meaningfully contribute to a win.

What is your role? What do you enjoy most about your role?

I’m the CEO and I take a large role in creating new programming for our clients. I LOVE that I get to shape the vision of both our company and create new experiences for our clients. My favorite client is the one who challenges me to get more out of an existing program or to create a new idea for their specific needs. We often have to be agile with both concepts and implementation but I thrive in those circumstances. I get to be creative, technical, and help other people realize their goals.

What are the biggest challenges in your business right now?

The biggest challenge we face right now is scale. We’re at a growth point where we need to invest in infrastructure in just the right amount to stimulate growth. For our company that means finding the right people for the right positions. Where can I apply my efforts to see the maximum amount of return. As a small company we have to say “no” often to insure we’re focused on the right tasks, clients, and outcomes. I haven’t found a magical solution to that yet but I have found great sources of advice.

If you could go back in time, what business advice would you give to a younger version of yourself?

There are people out there that have the business knowledge you need and will give it to you for the cost of lunch. Reach out often and be humble. Surround yourself with positive people and find a group of people going through similar business struggles. It doesn’t matter if they’re the same industry. What matters is that they understand what it means to own a business and the attached struggles. Also, don’t worry about being first just focus on being great at what you do. Often time the innovators see success that creators might miss.

3 Great Fraternity & Sorority Team Building Events

Orange County Team BuildingTeam Building is the FUN way to build brotherhood and sisterhood! Our events challenge your sorority or fraternity to work together, play hard, and overcome obstacles. We LOVE the energy that greek groups bring to the starting line! Whether you’re working toward greater cohesion within your house or helping a new class bond, we can help. We also understand that sometimes you want to do something CRAZY FUN – just cause.  Read through these Orange County team building ideas below and get EXCITED for your next brotherhood event, sisterhood retreat, bonding, social, or Greek Week Competition! Contact James at james@fireflyteamevents.com for more information. 

Iron Team Challenge

Orange County Team BuildingYou’ll need your brain, your brawn, a whole lot of trust and the ability to Kick Awesome to walk away with top honors in our Iron Team Challenge. Organize you Greek brothers and sisters into teams and see who comes out on top. Teams will rotate through a series of team challenges facing different teams on each rotation. After you’ve had a chance to put points on the board for your team… we’ll throw you into the final showdown… the Gauntlet. This is a multi-team relay where the Winner takes all!

A-Team Tactical Challenge

Orange County Tactical Team buildingThis has NEVER been available to the general public. We’re giving you an experience that was previously only accessible by lawn enforcement and military. Grab your fraternity brothers or sorority sisters and step into Orange County’s only high tech tactical weapons simulator. You’ll face fully interactive armed assailants, foil robberies, and save the day as you take on the bad guys. This is an adrenaline filled event that will elevate your heart rate and show you how you perform under pressure. Will you take the shot? Can you handle the stress? Don’t mistake this for a boys only event! Some of our top shots are females and we love it. For an an even bigger experience ask us about hand to hand combat modules. This is the ultimate bonding experience for your fraternity or sorority!

Throwdown Rally!

Grab your fraternity or sorority team and battle your competition in the ultimate Greek race combining technical, mental, and physical challenges. We’ve pulled together game play elements from shows like Amazing Race and Survivor. Your team will race to answer trivia, solve clues, and out think the rest of the teams. Along the way you’ll tackle some of our specially designed team physical challenges for huge points. It’s like a scavenger hunt that’s been pumped full of Red Bull that’s watched too much reality TV. Will your team rise to the top?

 Let your Panhellenic Council or Interfraternity Council know about us for your next Greek Week!!!