Biography

Reggie Rivers is a renaissance man whose talents and achievements have spanned many different disciplines. He’s a former NFL running back, a media personality, a business owner, an author, and a motivational speaker, master of ceremonies, and auctioneer.

Reggie entered the NFL as a classic underdog—an undrafted rookie free agent and a longshot to make a team. But he managed to win a roster spot with the Denver Broncos and stayed with the team for six seasons.

Along the way, he established himself as an upstanding citizen in the community, a talented commentator in the media and an absolute hustler on the field. He made Pro Football Weekly’s All Rookie Team as a special team’s player (1991), he was selected by his peers as Broncos Special Teams Player of the Year (1993), he was a two-time Broncos NFL Man of the Year (1993 & 1996). He was inducted into the Southland Conference Hall of Honor in 2002 and the Texas State University Hall of Honor in 2003.

In speeches, Reggie shares the lessons he’s learned from the NFL that translate perfectly to the business world and enable peak performance. His message will reinforce the ideas that organizations are already preaching to their teams – providing that “aha” moment by presenting these strategies in the context of football.

After his playing career, Reggie became a mainstay in the Denver media, writing newspaper columns for the Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post, hosting radio talk shows on 850 KOA and 630 KHOW, doing sports commentary on CBS 4 TV, and the Mtn. Sports Network, and hosting a public affairs show called Global Agenda on Colorado Public Television.

He has published five books: The Vance: The Beginning & The End (1994), Power Shift (2000), 4th& Fixed (2004), My Wife’s Boyfriend & Our Feud with the Highlands Ranch Homeowners Association (2006), and the award-winning novel, The Colony: A Political Tale (2009).

Reggie’s professional variety ultimately led him to his find his true love in life – serving as a benefit auctioneer to help nonprofits achieve their fundraising goals. Reggie created The Gala Team and Auction Fundraising Academy out of this love for nonprofits’ fundraising success and continues to grow the impact these businesses have on the community year after year one event at a time. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Texas State University (1991) and a Master’s Degree in Global Studies from the University of Denver (2007).

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As our luncheon speaker you provided a strong message of teamwork, accountability and attention to detail that aligned perfectly with our path forward. I have received enormous positive feedback. Simply put, your remarks, analogies and enthusiasm were spot on. More important, your message was impactful in a way that I believe will be sustaining. Since your presentation, I have heard employees use some of the phrases and repeat some of the messages as they work through issues and daily challenges.
– F. Dave Zanetell - Senior VP/COO // Kraemer North America
We surveyed everyone that attended and roughly 75% of folks responded. Reggie received a near perfect score on both his presentation as well as on the teambuilding activity, which has NEVER happened before and the comments people left were incredibly complimentary. He was, by far, the best keynote speaker we’ve ever had at this event.
– Megan Kennedy - Logistics Project Manager // Arrow Electronics
Reggie Rivers humor and ability to bring us into the NFL really added to the education we got from his presentation. The use of stories and specific examples really drove his point home. We got tremendous feedback and people asking us to bring him back.
– Kevin Amolsch - Pine Financial Group
More than 94% of our respondent rated your presentation as “fantastic.” Just for perspective, this is an unprecedented positive response in the history of our All Managers conferences. Several people have since written to me saying that you really energized them to “up their game” as managers. Your professionalism, candor and great sense of humor were the perfect mix to bring our day of strategy sessions to a close. You brought focus to the most important messages of the day: customer service, smart business decisions and team building.
– Tauna Lockhart - Chief Communications Officer // Colorado Governor’s Office of IT
Reggie’s ability to connect his experiences in football with the objectives of our meeting was refreshing. The way he can break down the complexities of navigating change and uncertainty (while maintaining a sense of humor) clearly resonated with the audience. It provided a new perspective on the way we do business.
– Robert Machado - VP Customer Supply Chain // MillerCoors
As a result of Reggie’s insights regarding inspiration and motivation, we are implementing a more robust team-based incentive program going into next year. Our business leaders are now referencing Reggie’s messaging in various internal forums as a means to achieve stronger, team-based performance.
– Bob Beiersdorf - Executive Director / Nelnet
Reggie was entertaining, inspiring and crafted his message in an exceptional manner to the theme of our meeting. Reggie’s presentation was easily understood and provided our employees with a fun, thought-provoking and memorable experience.
– Royal Lovell President - Flood & Peterson
We decided to kick it up a few notches by hiring Reggie Rivers for our VIP Luncheon. I wish we had more space for the luncheon, as we sold out all 330 seats and had members trying to get in. Reggie is a terrific presenter. The audience gave it great reviews, it was a captivating presentation and inspiring. I would also like to add how generous Reggie was with his time and the adoring fans. Having worked with athletes and celebrities in the past, these gentlemen were truly a delight to work with. Now we’ve set the bar so high, we have to figure out something as great for next year! It’s a tall task.
– Jim Clark - Executive Director // Colorado Mortgage Lenders Association

Booksby Reggie Rivers

My Wife’s Boyfriend & Our Feud with the Highlands Ranch Homeowners Association

The Colony A Political Tale

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