Jeff Backal, an entrepreneur, management consultant and trainer, co-founded Team Builders Plus in 1991 and now leads its’ parent company Take Flight Learning.
Jeff’s passion for helping groups of individuals truly develop into cohesive teams; was his driving force to create Team Builders Plus and Take Flight Learning. Early in his career, he realized many individuals and companies have a strong desire to grow and Jeff wanted to find a way to help. This led Jeff to spending much of his time working closely with clients to understand their culture, identifying their development needs and recommend solutions to help them achieve their goals. Since co-founding both companies, tens of thousands of individuals, teams and organizations from around the globe have benefited from Jeff’s dedication to creating better work environments. His clients range from small businesses to 60% of the current Fortune 100 Companies.
Not only was Jeff the recipient of The HR Consultant of the Year (voted on by 8 SHRM chapters throughout NJ, PA & DE), his company has been honored with a variety of distinguished awards, including Fastest Growing Company and Best Places to Work in the Philadelphia Region, as well as NJ and was voted the Business of the Year in New Jersey. He received his MBA from Drexel University who selected him (jointly with his partner Merrick Rosenberg) as the Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year.
Jeff’s ambition and talent for building trusting relationships led to the creation of many mutually beneficial strategic business alliances. He is also very active member of multiple business associations, such as Business Clubs of America (BCA), Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Delaware Valley Business Leaders Alliance (DVBLA), Helm Society, The Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce (PICC), and Vistage International.
Throughout Jeff’s career, he has and is currently serving on several Boards of Directors and Executive Advisor Boards including: The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Steininger Behavioral Care Services, Twin Oaks Community Services, DVBLA, Performance Support Systems and Vital Learning.
You might be surprised to know that while leading his company and spending quality time with his wife and 3 children, Jeff also found the time to coach all types of youth teams include: soccer, wrestling, basketball, baseball and softball. Jeff is an avid Philadelphia Eagle’s fan and has been a season ticket holder his entire life!