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Spotlight on: Pete Jensen, PhD., TPI Program Director

BY: Jon Sanchez | Date:

Cincinnati, OH – July 31, 2019 —Team Performance Institute (TPI), a global leadership development and executive coaching firm, has added Dr. Pete Jensen as Program Director for Performance & Leadership. In that role, Jensen will lead client engagements as a thought leader and subject matter expert in leadership development, organizational change and human performance. He brings more than 25 years of military and corporate experience and an impressive academic background that includes a master’s degree in organizational and social psychology from Columbia University and a PhD in kinesiology from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville.

“Pete has one of the most incredible collections of experiences, accolades and skill sets of any executive coach in the industry,” said Jon Sanchez, founder and chief executive officer of Team Performance Institute. “From military combat tours to yoga and mindfulness, Pete’s diverse background has given him an approach that transcends the typical consulting relationship to something that is truly life-changing and impactful. He has a gift for connecting with people right where they are and taking them to new levels of awareness and motivation. We’re so excited to have him on our coaching roster.”

Jensen served as the Human Performance Program Chief at U.S. Special Operations Command. While there, he led more than 200 strength coaches, physical therapists, performance dietitians and sport psychologists responsible for the physical and mental readiness and resiliency of 30,000 special forces operatives, including Navy SEALs, Green Berets, Army Rangers and Air Force Pararescue operators. Jensen also served as Director and Associate Professor at the U.S. Military Academy Center for Enhanced Performance at West Point. In that role, he oversaw extensive research in the area of human performance and has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals on the psychology of everything from military hand-to-hand combat to mixed martial arts and ultra-marathon racing competitions. Jensen also built and directed the Thayer Scholars Program at West Point to provide comprehensive academic development for cadets with outstanding potential.

An alumnus of the U.S. Naval Academy and an honor graduate of the U.S. Army Special Forces Sniper Course, Jensen served as an officer in the Navy and Army, leading combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan and serving on planning staffs for strategic engagement throughout the Middle East. He retired as an Army Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel after 22 years of service. He is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, a certified yoga teacher, black belt in Aikido, and a rated instructor in the Russian martial art Combat Systema. He regularly practices mindfulness meditation and recently moved to Richmond, VA with his wife Carolyn Westlake and their son.

Launched in 2016, TPI has rapidly expanded its executive coaching staff and client footprint, helping companies ranging from Fortune 500s to start-ups with talent recruitment/onboarding, culture development/integration, and coaching of executives for effective leadership. TPI’s client roster includes national and international brands such as Dell EMC, Cisco, Procter & Gamble, Unisys, Deloitte and Cincinnati Bell, among others.


Team Performance Institute is a leadership development and executive coaching firm that combines unique insights from the battlefield to the board room to help companies maximize performance. To learn more, call 800-360-1807 or visit

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