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Our Team

Peter Lyons

Peter Lyons

President

Pete worked as a software engineer for 21 years including positions at Intuit, Mailchimp, Hewlett-Packard, and Opsware before opening Focus Retreat Center. He trained and performed extensively in music, earning a performance degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. The long hours of practice and annual participation in Hartwick College Summer Music Festival And Institute gave Pete an appreciation for focused skill development work and the upstate New York setting.

Christella Kay

Director of Operations

Christella has a business degree and a diverse background of employment. She is a self-starter and innovative thinker as demonstrated. She has been cooking daily for most of her adult life and has restaurant experience from a small Italian restaurant called La Paninoteca. While at La Pan, Christella learned many Italian kitchen ‘secrets’ from the owner. Christella enjoys the company of nerds and is excited about the idea of fostering community and bringing a curated ‘focus intensive vibe’ to the facility.

Christella Kay
Perçin İmrek

Perçin İmrek

Director of Marketing

Perçin İmrek is a 35 year old entrepreneur, public speaker, traveller, author, TEDX speaker and an English tutor. Publishing 8 books on Entrepreneurship, His Travel Memoirs, Learning English, Crowdfunding and Public Speaking, Perçin has his own soft skills training company called ''Bosphorus Story House'', delivering global trainings and seminars with a team of 20 people. He has delivered more than 400 trainings and seminars in his professional career, mainly focusing on the topics of entrepreneurship, public speaking, english teaching and traveling.

Having been to 80+ countries, his dream is to work globally, while contributing to making the world a better place. Perçin speaks Turkish, English, French, German and Spanish, meanwhile learning Chinese, Italian and Russian this year. He is a massive travel enthusiast, a karaoke singer and a big fan of video games.