Meet Jeff

 
 
Evolution gave us PLAY as a toolkit for growth.

Jeff Rogers is a Professional MC, Cable TV Host, Screenwriter, Author, and sought after public speaker with 25+ years experience engaging corporate audiences. Jeff can be seen on television commercials for brands such as Crestor, BP, McDonald’s, Miller Lite, Ford, and can be seen on Empire, Chicago PD & Chicago Fire. He is also the host of Jeff’s Homemade Game Show.

 

Born 10th of 11 children, Jeff was brought up with an affinity for teamwork (at one point he shared a bedroom with three brothers!) and collaborative thinking. Jeff sought to combine his Father's eternally positive attitude and his Mother's pragmatic "Life isn't fair" outlook into a single, cohesive framework that enabled him to achieve his goals AND have fun while he was doing it!

The PLAYMaker Mindset is the culmination of years of study in the fields of innovation, creativity, improvisation and the science of play. This mindset, when properly performed, can not be defended against...(WAIT! That's the Crane technique from Karate Kid.) The PLAYMaker Mindset will help you create innovative solutions, collaborate freely and allow you to be your authentic self.

 

"Jeff's performance was outstanding and memorable."

Vice President, Communications, Schneider Electric

Starting off as an award winning stand-up comic in the late 80’s, Jeff was spotted by Amy Sedaris of Strangers With Candy fame.  Amy suggested auditioning for The Second City Theater in Chicago. As the second youngest performer behind John Belushi to be hired at the renowned Second City theater, home to comic luminaries such as John Belushi, Dan Ackroyd, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Chris Farley, and Mike Meyers, Jeff performed with Steve Carell (The Office, 40 Yea Old Virgin) Stephen Colbert (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) Tina Fey  (SNL, 30 Rock) as well as the core writing staff for Conan O’Brien Show:  Kevin Dorff, Brian Stack, and Brian McCann.  He also performed on the three Second City resident stages in Chicago with Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and Amy Poehler (Parks and Rec).

 

Jeff specializes in understanding his client's strategic goals for an event and then offering out of the box ideas combined with innovative solutions to deliver award winning results across the communication continuum of the event including pre, onsite, post, and virtual.

In 2011 Jeff was the Creative Director for the inaugural Chicago Ideas Week featuring 170 speakers at 60 venues across the city of Chicago. Speakers included: President Bill Clinton, Mayor Emmanuel, Mayor Bloomberg, CEOs from Redbox, Pandora & Groupon; Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Time Magazine Managing Editor Richard Stengel, NBC’s David Gregory and many more.

Jeff is a Chicago Reader Critic’s Choice playwright & director as well as the author of the Amazon Best Seller: Office Sportz! The Official Office Games Handbook. Written with a clinical psychologist and featuring a foreword by Olympian and New York Times Best Selling Author Vince Poscente.

 

Jeff is also active with a number the charitable organizations Cure Autism Now/ Autism Speaks as well as an active sponsor for JDRF, Charity:Water and the Special Olympics.

Awards

Telly

Communicator

3W

 
 

VEMA

 
 

MPI Paragon

 
 
BP logo

BP logo

CIW

CIW

Giving direction at Chicago Ideas Week to Ronnie Lott, Jared Payton, Brad Keywell.

Pharma Client Interaction

Pharma Client Interaction

Having some fun PLAY onstage with a member of the audience.

Motorola Solutions

Motorola Solutions

Channel Partner event for Motorola solutions

Mark Cuban and Jeff

Mark Cuban and Jeff

Me and my favorite shark!

Pharma Client

Pharma Client

A big entrance is key for PLAY.

Jeff and Gov. Quinn

Jeff and Gov. Quinn

Discussing PLAY and politics with former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.

McDonalds

McDonalds

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Red Hat Sales Meeting

Red Hat Sales Meeting

How fast can PLAY make you go? Very fast!

Rock The Call

Rock The Call

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Applause

Applause

Everyone loves to PLAY!

Microsoft

Microsoft

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