We Build Better Teams
We provide unconventional team-building events for companies based on our collective experiences of Special Forces and intelligence professionals.
About GORUCK Solutions
We build better teams and better leaders. We do this by teaching the best practices of Teamwork, Leadership, and Communication, learned in the most hostile, unconventional and harsh environments imaginable. Our seasoned Cadre understand first-hand what it means to stay cool under fire, whether it be negotiating a ceasefire or running a sensitive operation.
GORUCK Solutions events are accessible to all. We operate in both domestic and international locations. There are no physical requirements for participating. We customize each Solutions event to ensure that each team member is able to take part in all aspects of the training.
Your custom Solutions event will be designed and led by Cadre with extensive Special Operations and Intelligence backgrounds cultivated from years working as CIA case officers, Army Special Forces soldiers, Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, and operators from various Special Mission Units.
GORUCK Solutions events are 100% custom-made to suit your training objectives. Therefore, the cost of an event varies depending on:
- goals of the event,
- amount of time it takes to design your custom event,
- length of the event,
- and the size of your group.
We are happy to work with you to design an experience that is both beneficial and within your budget.
This Alternate Reality Environment (ARE) exposes teams to the underground world of spies and operators. Participants learn to employ the basic tools of the trade, working individually and as a team, to complete mission-based scenarios. This event is designed to meet your team’s training goals and is highly customizable. They learn skills that are transferable from this event to the corporate world, all while having a fun and memorable experience. This event requires a minimum of 1 day.
Groundtruths is an interactive lecture on the fundamental principles of Teamwork, Leadership and Communication. Participants learn how these concepts directly relate to your team’s specific objectives and challenges. Our Cadre lead a discussion, based on their combat or undercover experiences, that engages participants in role-playing exercises based on real life case studies such as Operation Neptune Spear.
Scavenger is part team-building, part city tour, and all fun. If you are looking for an activity to reward your team’s performance or to simply serve as a team-bonding experience, our Custom Scavenger is for you. It offers a different take on the classic hunt model. You and your team get a “Hit List” from your Cadre and then seek out the best spots around while completing challenges along the way. Rest when you want, hydrate how you want, and hang with your Cadre - whose main job is to make sure you’re having a blast.
U.S. Marine Corps, Senior Director of GORUCK Events
John is currently an Active Duty Master Gunnery Sergeant (E-9) with the United States Marine Corps. A Reconnaissance Marine by trade, he is a Subject Matter Expert in Reconnaissance Operations and he has deployed in combat in every leadership position within the Reconnaissance Battalion. His qualifications include: Marine Scout/Sniper, Static Line Jumpmaster, Military Freefall Jumpmaster, Marine Combatant Dive, CQB Team Member, Urban Recon and Surveillance. John has deployed to over 42 countries and completed 12 Operational deployments. Of those deployments, he has spent 22 months in Iraq and 7 months in Afghanistan. Additionally, he is working on an Associates Degree in Supervision and Management. John has been a member of GORUCK since May 2013 and is the Senior Director of GORUCK events.
During Chris’ 24-year tenure in the FBI, he was the Lead International Kidnapping Negotiator, as well as the FBI Hostage Negotiation Representative to the National Security Council’s Hostage Working Group. He served as the U.S. Government’s expert on kidnapping at two international conferences sponsored by the G-8 and is a recipient of the Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement and the FBI Agents Association Award for Distinguished and Exemplary Service. In addition to working with GORUCK Solutions, Chris is currently the President and CEO of Black Swan Group Ltd., a strategic business advisory firm focused on negotiation. Chris teaches Business Negotiation for Georgetown University McDonough School of Business and previously taught several top academic institutions, including Harvard University. Chris has a B.S. from Iowa State University and an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Val spent 20 years as a CIA operations Officer followed by 4 years as a State Department Diplomatic Security Special Agent. He previously worked with MITRE Corporation is now an independent security consultant based in Washington, DC. Val is fluent in French and has a BA in political science from Randolph Macon College, an MS in Systems Management from the University of Southern California and an MBA in International Business from Thunderbird School of International Management.
U.S. Army Special Forces
Joe is an Active Duty Major in the Special Forces with 21 years of service, having served as an interrogator in Military Intelligence and an Infantry officer before becoming a Green Beret. Joe’s deployments include multiple tours in Iraq and several locations throughout Southeast Asia. He currently serves as the Executive Officer of the Special Operations Recruiting Battalion. Joe regularly instructs on the topics of first responder medicine, survival & preparedness, and leadership under fire. Joe’s awards and qualifications include two Bronze Star Medals, the Purple Heart, Airborne, Ranger, Air Assault, Special Forces, Survival, Evasion, Resistance & Escape (SERE), Special Operations Combat Diver, Static Line Jumpmaster, Mandarin Chinese and Japanese Linguist, and Recruiter. He is a West Point graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Military History and a Master’s Degree from the U.S. Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College.
U.S. Army Special Forces
Dan served in the Special Forces for 14 years and was deployed to South Korea, Iraq, Germany, the UK, El Salvador, Honduras, and Peru. In addition to being a GORUCK Cadre, he currently works for SRA International, a company that solves complex problems relating to defense, intelligence, civil government, and health. Dan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from American Military University.
U.S. Army Special Forces
Marcus is a U.S. Army Special Forces Major and throughout his 19-year career has served in various Officer and Enlisted positions in Special Forces, Infantry, Cavalry, Recruiting and Field Artillery units. Marcus has multiple deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq as well as Joint Combined Exchange Training programs in the Middle East, where he has conducted both combat and non-combat operations. Marcus is completing a Master of Arts degree in Strategic Securities Studies from the National Defense University and is attending an Intermediate Level Education program at the United States Army Command and General Staff College. He participated in a Joint Business Exchange Training at General Electric where he worked closely with senior executives. Marcus, who is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, also assists with consulting and instructing for GORUCK as well as volunteering to support Wounded Veterans with Team Red, White, and Blue.
U.S. Special Operations
Darrin served in the U.S. Army for over 25 years. His duties ranged from a light Infantry platoon sergeant to an Apache Longbow Attack Helicopter Pilot and Air Mission Commander. Darrin has received many significant awards throughout his conventional and Special Operations Army career, including Air Medals, the Bronze Star, the Legion of Merit, and a lifetime induction into the U.S. Army Aviation Order of Saint Michael. Serving as a special advisor and subject matter expert for the Apache Project Manager’s Weapons and Test Branch, he manages several attack aircraft test fleet assets. Darrin is also the owner and head coach of CrossFit Xiphos and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. He is currently a Department of the Army civilian in the Business Management and Technical Management professional track.
U.S. Army Special Forces
Leonard is a former Special Forces Master Sergeant, having served in Japan, Iraq and Southeast Asia. In over 2 decades of military service, Leonard managed six leadership education departments and, in recognition of his superior cross-cultural and language skills, Leonard was recognized by US Special Forces to be the primary interface to foreign military and diplomatic elements during joint combat missions. Leonard is currently a Program Manager for Advanced Mission Systems where he managed a multi-million dollar experimental intelligence collection program, among numerous other accomplishments. He also founded Vertical X LTD, which develops cross-cultural programs for multinational corporations in high-threat markets. He has a B.S. from Excelsior College, a degree in Modern Standard Arabic from the Defense Language Institute and is currently working on his MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Logan has served in the US Army for nearly 2 decades and has been deployed to Africa and Southeast Asia. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and numerous other decorations. For the past 10 years, he has worked as a Senior Marketing Manager for mobile and tablet strategy. Additionally, he founded Rogue Dynamics LLC. Logan has an Associate Degree in Business Management and a BA in Business Management.
Featured Client Testimonials
“Since the Solutions team left, several of my guys have called it a “life-changing event.” The lessons my team learned have led to significantly better communication. GORUCK Solutions taught me to see what was great about my employees and gave me much food for thought on how to improve. What I spent on GORUCK Solutions was paid back to me already! So return on investment that fast - who can complain?”
“The GORUCK Solutions Scavenger was the most applicable leadership training I have ever received and I plan on using what we learned going forward. There were so many similarities for the challenges we face, especially the importance of brief backs and keeping us all aligned.”
“Urban Ops was far more memorable versus previous team-building events. From a business perspective side, I’m very pleased with how the Solutions event was set up, executed and now how we’re looking at the follow up.”
“GORUCK's Groundtruths and Scavenger combined to create an awesome event. 72 hours later, we are still talking about the great lessons learned. Thanks for everything. Special thanks to Cadres John and Dan!”
“When planning an annual leadership meeting we wanted to go in a different direction than the typical review and goal setting session. Having several GRT's on staff we decided to bring our GORUCK experience in to the boardroom and introduce the leadership and teamwork mindset of the Challenge to the rest of our team. We were fortunate enough to get John "Big Daddy" Croft on short notice and he did not disappoint. His presentation far and away exceeded our expectations. Everything about the experience was incredible. It was thoroughly engaging, entertaining and thought provoking. You have to do this.”
“The business and military arena are very different, but the same themes run throughout. You are trying to work with other people to achieve an objective. …it was a fun afternoon, the Cadre were fantastic and it was a catalyst for change that carried forward into our boardroom.”
“Solutions Scavenger was a fun and unique experience for our HR team. We were able to work together and compete, with live feedback throughout the event. The GORUCK team was professional and organized, and our participants were engaged in the event from the beginning to the end.”