Ross Shafer

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Ross Shafer
Ross Alan Shafer [1][2]

(1954-12-10) December 10, 1954 (age 64)
ResidenceDenver, Colorado, U.S.
OccupationTV Show Host, Comedian, Business Speaker/consultant, Author
Years active1983–present
Childrensons Adam and Ryan, with Penny Nelson, daughter Lauren Rae, with Leah Shafer

Ross Shafer (born Ross Alan Shafer December 10, 1954), is an American comedian and network television host-turned-motivational and leadership speaker/consultant, based in Denver, Colorado.


Ross Shafer

Born and raised in McMinnville, Oregon, Shafer graduated from Federal Way High School in Federal Way, Washington. As a high school All Conference football player, he received a scholarship to play linebacker for the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, where he earned a business marketing degree.[3]

He has authored nine business books yet also won international stand-up comedy competitions. He’s earned six TV Emmys as a network talk and game show host yet credits his success to reselling bicycles at age 13. He flipped cars at 15 and flipped homes at 18. After college at 21, he started buying and selling companies. The common denominator is a burning pursuit of excellence that has driven Ross to the top of every field he’s entered.

Since his early teens, Ross Shafer has been obsessed with understanding “Who succeeds? Who fails? And Why?” His confidence flourished when he discovered that there were specific blueprints for success in every job and every industry. That understanding led to his noteworthy achievements in business, television broadcasting, book writing, professional speaking (CPAE)[4] and even stand-up comedy. His wildly diverse career choices have allowed Ross to communicate complex ideas with great fun - and an “everyman” quality.

business keynote speaker - on stage

Today, Ross is in high demand as a keynote speaker and leadership coach in the areas of market share growth, customer friction, and workforce motivator. He coaches leaders and teams on how to cross-pollinate innovative ideas about emerging trends, shifting buying habits, and the motivation of workforces during mergers and acquisitions. His clients include 73 of the Fortune 100…as well as a broad array of associations. What most people don’t know is that Ross may have sparked the explosion of the entertainment cooking channels when he wrote a funny bestselling book, Cook Like a Stud (38 recipes men can prepare in the garage using their own tools). Not bad for a guy who played college football (pre-concussion-era helmets) and who still aspires to get his hair right.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Shafer is married to country singer Leah Shafer. They have a daughter, LaurenRae ("Lolo").[6] He has two sons, Adam and Ryan, with his first wife, Penny Nelson.


  1. ^ "Birth reference Results for: Ross Alan Shafer". Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  2. ^ Birth reference results taken from & IMDB lists his year of birth as 1954.
  3. ^ "Ross Shafer '75: Laughter is golden  ·  University of Puget Sound". Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  4. ^ "CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame | National Speakers Association (NSA)". Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  5. ^
  6. ^ Doody, Ben (17 April 2015). "Leah Shafer: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know".
Preceded by
Gene Rayburn
Host of Match Game
Succeeded by
Michael Burger

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