Tara Marcus

Tara Marcus is an undeniable expert in designing and leading corporate retreats.  She has a knack for listening and knowing exactly what is needed to help bring a leader's vision to life.  Blessed with the rare ability to be both strategic and tactical, Tara finds great joy in seeing a future and helping to 'make it happen'.  She spent the formative part of her professional career bringing GE's ideas to life creating a highly acclaimed innovative strategic sharing day for GE Capital Mortgage Services (the forest) and leading countless Work-Out process improvement sessions (the trees).  During that part of her career, Tara earned GE's prestigious Presidential and Summit Club awards in recognition of her contributions. 

As Vice President at Knutson Mortgage Corporation, Tara built inside sales center with annual production of $820 million, serving 500 nationally based Wholesale and Private Label accounts.  She also advised the President regarding corporate vision, organizational structure and strategic planning efforts.  She successfully led transition team activities for business acquisitions involving systems integration, personnel management and maintenance of marketplace continuity. 

Yes, she is a strategic thinker and a savvy business woman, yet it is her communication skills that have garnered her accolades. Tara is a stand-out keynote speaker, expertly weaving stories and audience interactivity into her talks.  

It's sort a well-kept secret that Tara is an award-winning instructional designer.  Upon request, Tara creates custom-built leadership curriculums that stand-out from off-the-shelf varieties both in impact and in the overall experience.   

Co-founder of DillonMarcus Executive Retreats, Tara's breadth and depth is impressive.  She spent a number of years as an Adjunct Professor teaching Business Communications in Rutger's MBA program.  She has also led the iconic Dale Carnegie® course along with Achieve Global's signature Customer Service Course.  Tara holds a Master’s degree in Training and Organizational Development from St. Joseph’s University and received her undergraduate degree in Communication from Douglass College.  She is past president of the 6th largest ASTD chapter, is a certified Myers-Briggs Typological Instructor and volunteers her time as a DECA judge for high school students.  Tara’s book, "It’s O.K. to Play, 30 Days to a Ridiculously Wonderful Life" is available on Amazon.com or www.30DaysofPlay.com.

Click here to listen to her being interview on Executive Leader's Radio.   Once there, advance to minute 14.

A Mom of three boys, Tara spends her free time perfecting her 'downward dog', going to the movies with her Mom and searching the country for new ziplines to try.



Evan Marcus

Evan Marcus, an iconic retreat leader, is sought out by clients who are seeking new approaches to fundamental business challenges.  A co-founder of DillonMarcus Executive Retreats, he has spent the last 25 years working hand-in-hand with leaders, helping them to clarify strategy, build powerful teams and overcome barriers to success.  A natural coach, Evan advises leaders on an individual and group basis. 

Early in his career, Evan studied with a number of world-renowned scholars in the field of personal transformation & group dynamics. Evan’s master’s thesis, "Mental Preparation in Elite Athletes" convinced him that setting intentions and cultivating focus are essential ingredients for unleashing potential.

Evan consults with leaders who are interested in taking their company to the next level or who are seeking to find more meaning in their work and lives. A true teacher at heart, Evan was a recent guest professor at the Wharton School of Business and he has been an adjunct faculty member for MBA students at Rutgers University for almost a decade.  While there, he developed and delivered a groundbreaking course on Spirituality and Business.  Evan’s greatest joy is bringing a compassionate ear, an artistic eye and practical solutions to the concerns and aspirations of the people he works with. At the core, he is on a mission to help leaders and their organizations transform the world through business.

With a MA in Psychology from Antioch University, a BA in Judaic Studies from Hofstra University and three and a half years at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Evan draws upon his rich educational background and broad work experience to help his clients determine and address critical issues impacting themselves and their organizations.

Evan is co-author of "It’s O.K. to Play: 30 Days to a Ridiculously Wonderful Life."  His next book, ‘Addicted to Struggle: Learning to Play a Winning Game’ sets the foundation for exploring worthiness and spirituality in the workplace, is due to be published in 2016.


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