About Us:



Since 2008, over 30,000 professionals on 5 continents have profited from our team building and executive coaching programs. Our customer research shows that they receive a 200%-6,600% Return on Investment from applying our proprietary methodologies. From Fortune 100 to start-ups, in Pharma, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Manufacturing, High Tech, Financial Services, and Government, our tailored team building and executive coaching services have positively impacted people and profits around the globe. All of our programs are specially crafted for each individual client’s needs, and all are designed to result in turning your teams into Teams of Distinction.


Mission and values

Our mission

We help companies achieve strategic business goals by leveraging the power of collaboration.

Our values

Values that create the power of collaboration (and we live by):

  • Be open
  • Talk straight
  • Respond thoughtfully
  • Listen
  • Proactively share information & ideas
  • Take ownership
  • Meet commitments
  • Care about teammates
  • Celebrate small and big successes
  • Improve personally and professionally
  • Try new approaches
  • Focus on the customer

Our Founders

Antoine Gerschel

AntoineBefore co-founding Teams of Distinction, Mr. Gerschel was the COO of a $17 million multi-media learning company in Europe and the Director of global leadership development and e-learning for Sanofi-Aventis Pharmaceutical. Mr. Gerschel speaks globally on a regular basis and is fluent in five languages. Fusing his diverse corporate career and international knowledge, Mr. Gerschel offers clients a unique expert’s take on raising the bar on their productivity. Antoine lives with his family in Princeton, NJ.

Lawrence Polsky

LawrenceMr. Polsky spent 20 years in OD & Learning, teaching thousands of professionals worldwide. His lifelong education in human behavior began at the age of 9 at the kitchen table. With a Master’s in Organization Development, and post-graduate work focusing on the impact of emotions on communication, problem solving and relationships, Mr. Polsky prides himself on bringing his kitchen table wisdom to boardroom roundtables. Lawrence lives with his family in Warwick, NY.

Lawrence passed away, far too young, on October 1, 2020.
We miss you, Larry. Your memory will be with us forever!

Our Team

Audrey Sloofman  Senior Team Consultant

AudFor 20 years, Audrey Sloofman has brought out the best in people. Ms. Sloofman has worked with a multitude of Fortune 500 companies such as Bayer, Merrill Lynch, PepsiCo, Cisco Systems, Ralph Lauren, Johnson & Johnson, as well as, NYC.gov. As a former VP of global teams in two rapidly growing businesses, Ms. Sloofman is an expert in leadership, communications, interpersonal dynamics, influencing others and group dynamics. Ms. Sloofman has appeared on numerous national TV and radio shows and has also served as a board member for the American Society for Training and Development. Audrey lives in Nanuet, NY.

Deborah Herrera  Senior Team Consultant

DebDeborah leads our Minneapolis office.  She is a respected  C level leader with more than 20 years in senior finance and CFO roles for Fortune 500 companies and high-growth mid-size businesses. In each case, she has led her team to breakthrough results including at General Mills, Best Buy, Honeywell, Thomson-Reuters, and The Schwan Food Company. Her career success is largely due to building teams and helping people stretch beyond their comfort zones to succeed. Deborah brings practical, real-world counsel to enable teams to create breakthroughs in performance. She lives with her family in Minneapolis, MN.


Carolyn Biondi MAPP, ACC, Senior Team and Executive Coach

Carolyn-BrickWallCarolyn maximizes energy of individuals and teams by applying TofD’s proprietary and other proven development and assessment methods. She led a New Jersey-based social impact organization which, under her direction, ranked among Charity Navigator’s top 4% of charities nationwide. She was a consultant with the University of Chicago’s SSA Management Institute and Deloitte’s public sector practice, and she served in management and development roles in nonprofit organizations. Drawing on her experience and training in psychology and neuroscience, she supports leaders to shift to an opportunity and solution-focused mindset. Carolyn has three children and lives in Skillman, NJ.

Tim Tate  Operations Manager

TimTim manages the production and printing of our program materials. He is a publishing expert with over 20 years’ experience in companies such as Pearson and Wiley. He is our chief copyeditor and proofreader. Tim is also a skilled manager with a gift for coaching persistently negative and underperforming teams to high performance. He has led teams through acquisitions, rebranding initiatives, and reorganizations. Tim has led multi-location departments and cross-functional working groups and has collaborated successfully with global partners.  He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville.

Our Books


We have been featured in media outlets including:

See some press on Lawrence Polsky and Antoine Gerschel co-founders of Teams of Distinction, whole owned by PeopleNRG, Inc.:

Bizwoman: This man used the ‘B’ word. Here’s why you should listen to him anyway

Human Resource Executive Online: Career Path Conundrum

The CEO magazine: Want to Climb the Corporate Ladder?

Yahoo7 Finance: 4 things that help you advance at work

Chicago Tribune: Stuck with a Bad Boss? Let Them Eat Cupcakes

Monster: Things Never to Say To Your Boss

5 Career Tips You Need to Ignore

Forbes: 5 Bad Bosses And How To Beat Them

Oprah: How to Deal With the Boss You Have (No Matter How Tough)

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