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Venture Up is #1 in team building in Houston

Team Building Activities Houston

Creative Houston Team Building activities begin with Venture Up. Since 1983, we've offered a wide range of team building events in Houston. More than 250,000 execs have been in our programs -- people of all shapes and sizes. Today we are America's top team building provider. Our leaders are well-traveled and experienced with culturally diverse teams. We travel throughout Texas, to Galveston, San Antonio, Dallas, Midland Odessa and across the border to Hobbs, New Mexico. Our team building activities and events are suitable for all professional levels.

A high percentage of our team building business is generated from repeat clients and referrals. We are driven towards innovation. We're constantly developing new activities and sequences to meet the ever-changing needs of our clients. Today, team building activities are not a luxury, but essential in maintaining effective teamwork and building a strong corporate culture.


Houston Team Building Clients

We are honored to have provided team building activities with these Houston-area companies, many of whom we work with several times a year: Anadarko Petroleum, Apache, BMC, BP, Cabot Oil & Gas, Citgo, Cooper, Cornell, Cybersoft, Direct Energy, Exxon, Frontier, Phillips 66, ConocoPhillips, Sysco, Plains All American Pipeline, Halliburton, Baker Hughes, Helix, Insperity, Noble, Shell, Schlumberger, Marathon Oil, Waste Management, KBR, CenterPoint, Enbridge Energy Partners, FMC Technologies, Spectra Energy, Southwestern.

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Venture Up staff return calls immediately and deliver proposals within a few hours. We work on short notice, or plan months ahead. You can expect us to handle the details and stay in touch, so you have peace of mind and the freedom to tend to other matters of your team building event. Our aim is to exceed your expectations, and history shows we can.


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About 80 percent of our team building business is from referrals. Our corporate clients prove that word of mouth is the greatest advertising, even in the age of social media. We team up with small companies as well as larger groups, such as government agencies -- from school districts to federal agencies, such as the FBI, U.S. Secret Service, and U.S. Special Forces. Many of our team building clients are also winners of the J. D. Power & Associates Award -- and J. D. Power & Associates itself is on our client list. Venture Up also has a long-standing track record working with Fortune 100 firms, and with people of all shapes, sizes, physical abilities and cultural backgrounds. Team Building groups range in sizes range from 8 to 1,000 or more.

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Top Ten Houston Team Building Event Sites

The St. Regis Houston
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Nestled between the upscale neighborhood of River Oaks and Galleria Houston shopping and entertainment mecca, the St. Regis Houston offers legendary butler service and is one of only a few five-star hotels in the city. Guest rooms are decked out in hardwood and leather furniture and stocked with deluxe amenities such as Italian bed linens and Bose Wave music systems.
Hotel Granduca, Houston
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Old-World Italy comes alive at Hotel Granduca, a hidden gem in the uptown Galleria area. The hotel envelops guests in Italian charm, in a sumptuous setting where time slows down. The rooms are luscious, with plush beds, Italian linens and antique furnishings and artwork. The Residenza Imperatore has its own separate entrance and 2,100 square feet of space. Pets are also welcome at the Hotel Granduca, and they can expect to be pampered with treats and luxury pillows.
Four Seasons Hotel Houston
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The five-star Four Seasons is downtown in easy access to Minute Maid Park and the Convention Center. The rooms have giant windows plus large luxurious bathrooms. The in-house spa offers seaweed masks and a hot stone massage, as well as an outdoor deck with a pool with a hot tub and a fire pit.
Hotel ICON
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Hotel ICON is delightfully decadent and caters to a trendy crowd. The Hotel ICON is known for its ornate baroque interior, with rich fabrics colorful fabrics and a lobby filled with intriguing objets d’art. Room amenities include soaking tubs. Some rooms include a private whirlpool.
Hotel ZaZa Houston
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Houston’s eclectic ZaZa Hotel prides itself as a fashioned-focused trend setter. Decked out with animal-print chairs, flashy crystal chandeliers, and exotic rich carpets and original artwork, ZaZa is trendy, comfortable and luxurious. Guest rooms come with private bars, rainfall showers, and high end bath products and amenities. The hotel was renovated in 2007, bringing to life its former namesake, the historic Warwick Hotel built in 1926.
Hotel Sorella
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The Hotel Sorella gets raves for its rooftop infinity pool, and vast panoramic view of a city in motion. Sleek and modern in a comfortable way, the Sorella is also popular for the Monnalisa bar, with a fireplace and a star-lit ceiling. Next to the city center in west Houston, its smack in the middle of Houston’s nightlife scene, packed with trendy dining spots, entertainment and shopping. Guests seeking peaceful nights may choose a room on the quieter side of the hotel. Rooms are all well equipped with Italian-inspired design.
Magnolia Hotel Houston
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The Magnolia is a renovated historic landmark dating back to 1926. The rooftop pool and Jacuzzi gives a bird’s eye view of the Houston skyline and offers conference teams a chance to build relationships in a casual setting.  Named “Best Boutique Hotel” by the Houston Press, the hotel offers many freebies; a complimentary breakfast buffet, free happy hour reception and bedtime cookies to name a few. Rooms have bright quirky accents in contrast to the hotels historic architecture. Located near the Minute Maid Park, the Magnolia is a delightful addition to Houston’s sports and entertainment scene.
The Lancaster Hotel
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The Lancaster Hotel is in a prime spot for arts, culture and entertainment in downtown Houston. The hotel offers evening wine hours on Mondays through Thursday, and a daily hot breakfast buffet. For some reason the hotel charges an additional $12.95 hotel fee, which covers these services, as well as valet parking and day passes to a nearby gym, and car service within a 3-mile radius of the hotel. Why not include such a nominal fee in the room price and label these amenities as “free”, since at $12.95 they practically are anyway?
Hilton Americas-Houston
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Hilton Americas-Houston offers spa facilities and the signature Serenity beds offer a night of comfort for an active day ahead. Set near the Convention Center and Minute Maid Park, the Hilton’s 1,200 guest rooms give conference planners an easy hotel choice for large-scale meetings and events. The spacious luxurious bathrooms make these rooms stand out. The Hilton list of fees, however, are a turn-off for newcomers, and a negotiation point for meeting planners. Hilton Honors members don’t get hit with all the fees, but any customer dislikes being nickeled and dimed. Raising the room rate, and offering things “free” may be better sales psychology.

Sheraton Suites Houston
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The Sheraton Suites is a newly renovated full service hotel with 281 guest suites with signature Sweet Sleeper beds and state-of-the art 24-hour fitness facility. A complimentary guest shuttle operates within 3 miles of the hotel. With the heavy competition for conference business, this hotel is known to be flexible and negotiable. The downside to this hotel may be that it is it is seven miles from downtown. Otherwise it is good find, considering its proximity to the Uptown Plaza, Galleria Mall and Williams Tower.

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What clients say...
  • "In two short hours Venture Up was able to break down barriers, get our group interacting in a productive way, and most importantly, taught them applicable team and communication lessons along the way. As an academic program, I appreciated that after each activity, or group of activities, the Venture Up leader would tie back the lesson to credible research including Harvard Business Review cases and current MIT research. I highly recommend Venture Up to any organization looking for a way to get their teams engaged and thinking about collaboration and communication."

    - Nikkole McCartin Director, Executive MBA Lee School of Business UNLV
  • "Thanks again for such a wonderful team building experience! Both our instructors were incredible. Our team has taken part in various team building organizations and activities but Venture Up's program was by far the best we have participated in."

    - Laura L. Ollis Marketing Coordinator SAP America
  • "Thank you for all your efforts in making the recent National Leadership Conference/Dealer/Press Meeting a success. The evaluation summary indicates this meeting was the best we've ever had."

    - Bill Clark Meeting Planner Phillips Consumer Electronics
  • "This event was an overwhelming success, and you deserve much of the credit. Venture Up provided excellent service and we all appreciated your availability and guidance throughout the planning process. Programs like this take an incredible amount of coordination, and your attention to detail and willingness to go the extra mile made the program a success. You made this event so fun and painless to plan."

    - Lisa Shimizu Corporate Meeting Planner Milliman & Robertson, Inc. Actuaries & Consultants
  • "My instincts told me it would be good. It wasn't. It was spectacular! I have never been so pleased and proud after any of my meetings."

    - Mike Pedreira Corporate Meeting Planner Benckiser Consumer Products
  • "I cannot thank you enough for the impact you have had on our Russian employees. Your course really opened up their minds and hearts. You have made my job of training them so much easier."

    - Sue Creek Operations Director Lensmeister, MOSCOW
  • "Venture Up made some pretty heavy duty promises to me before we went through the program as to how effective it would be, and you exceeded those promises beyond my biggest expectations. Venture Up helped teach us a more intense level of communication, teamwork, listening skills, problem solving as a team and goal setting. It also taught us that we can go beyond our comfort zone and accomplish great things together."

    - Meagan K. Burrows Vice President, Sales Paramount Pictures
  • "Now that the dust has settled following our sales meeting in Redondo Beach, I wanted to take a minute and offer heartfelt thanks for the excellent program Venture Up provided for Cinram. This was the first time our organization had pulled folks together from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico for an "Americas" meeting and, with your help, I believe the meeting exceeded expectations."

    - Jill W. Croft National Sales Manager Cinram
  • "Thank you for the outstanding team building session. As our other venture had cancelled at the last minute, and you stepped in on such short notice, all of us felt that Venture Up played an important role in making our Strategic Planning Meeting a great success."

    - Wade H. Baker CEO Payback Training
  • "Thank you for your hard work with two wonderful team building events. The group definitely grew much closer. Your ability to make frequent trips to our LA office to meet with senior management allowed us to bring this program to fruition. Your staff is truly great to work with."

    - Kristen Buttery Recruiting Coordinator, Investment Banking Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corporation
  • "Venture Up put together a fantastic program for our team. I was especially impressed with your pre-event needs analysis. You hit all the points we discussed. Team building, risk-taking, motivation, communication and trust building. And to pulled it all together for us in less than 10 days."

    - Michael D. LiBassi Manager Strategic Marketing American Airlines
  • "Thank you once again for putting together another terrific program for us this year. We all came away with some new ideas on how to work together better. The feedback unanimously has been positive. Venture Up once again exceeded our expectations and delivered a successful program."

    - Gary Friedman Executive Vice President Williams Sonoma
  • "Thank you for again putting on such a wonderful and fun program for us at the Ritz Carlton in Chicago. Given both the space and time constraints you had to work with, the program was absolutely flawless. Human Foosball was definitely a big hit this year. It is evident to all of us that you truly enjoy what you do while instilling in the participants a level of team cooperation and drive that most business sessions cannot accomplish."

    - Kris Laverty Administrator TransUnion
  • "We have achieved dramatic improvement and outstanding success due in large part to services provided by Venture Up. Your ability to understand our challenges and provide value-added consulting services has been a critical factor in our success...I consider Venture Up to be part of our team and look forward to continuing our relationship in the future."

    - Kenneth J. Laszczych Senior Manager Ernst & Young
  • "The corporate beach games hit the mark. You took the demographics of the group and formulated appropriate games for all of us to enjoy. Your enthusiasm and eagerness in planning the event was the first step to a continued business relationship with us."

    - Tammala L. Spencer Regional Sales Manager Affiliated Paper Companies
  • "Eight hours with Venture Up will pull you together more than 1,000 hours around a table."

    - Bruce Willams Human Resource Manager Bank One
  • "Our Venture Up experience was a total success. Once again, you have added tremendous value to our team building efforts here at GTE. Each person has grown individually and believes that our team has become much stronger as a result of this shared experience."

    - Jeri L. Cowan Vice President, Systems Provisions GTE
  • "Our adventure day in the Superstition Mountains was a smashing success! Perhaps most impressive was the manner in which basic business concepts were communicated to the participants. The lessons about the need for thoughtful planning, for clear concise communication, for thinking across functional lines, for creative risk-taking and for trusting your fellow team members were delivered in a manner which will stay with our people long after the event."

    - Henry G. Ciocca Chief Executive Officer Markborough Development
  • "I wish there were words to fully describe how our lives have changed both personally and professionally as a result of our excellent adventure with Venture Up. We have a connection now, a bond that cannot be broken which gives us all an extra sense of support and incentive to expect great things of ourselves."

    - Penny L. Newlun Rental Manager Catapillar
  • "Venture Up did an excellent job of making the Anderson Clayton Corp. Managers Meeting the most energizing and valuable meeting we've ever had."

    - Heather Walker Vice PResident of Marketing Anderson Clayton Corp.
  • "Venture Up field personnel are extremely effective in their roles as facilitators. In addition, they are very accommodating to make sure that your experience is as satisfying as possible in all aspects."

    - David Griffin Vice President of Human Resources Huttig
  • "Our meeting was so open and honest after the experience. Our people were really pumped up and excited. Since then, managers have told me it changed their lives."

    - Kathy Sederhom Regional Vice President Charles Schwab
  • "What a great experience. Our day with Venture Up was memorable. Thank you for your leadership and for working with us to ensure that we had an exhilarating time, while maintaining focus on our objectives."

    - Kate Bickmore Vice President of Human Resources U-Haul
  • "The team had a blast! We will be looking to have a class once a quarter with the next one around February-March. Thanks again for a great time!"

    - Tali Kirschbaum AzFSM Trainer Intel
  • "I have been absolutely astounded by the lasting impact Venture Up has had on our family at Buca di Beppo. We completed the course almost two months ago and our partners and executive officers continue to rave about the experience."

    - Daniel Durenburger Divisional Vice President Buca Di Beppo
  • "A note of thanks for the very helpful training afforded our staff by Venture Up. The training they provided at the Merchant Marine Academy was very well received. The various exercises and interactions proved most beneficial to the participants. Our staff members are sometimes very difficult to engage, due to the stressful nature of our jobs. Venture Up, however, was able to get them involved and engaged in short order."

    - Cheryl L. Holmes Deputy, Chief Officer U.S. Probations
  • "... I want to thank you for all the time and effort you put into our team-building program. Both personally and professionally, I found it to be one of the most rewarding programs in my experience, and the team members are still excitedly talking about the exercises and how the lessons learned can be applied in our company."

    - Sheena Tejeda Vice President Operations New Vision International
  • "We were delighted with the professionalism and flawlessness with which Venture Up carried out its responsibilities. As a group of consultants always looking for problems to solve, we tend not to be easily satisfied. Suffice it to say that numerous people thought the retreat was the best ever."

    - Marty Pollock Director of Professional Development McKinsey Consulting