Ross Shafer

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Ross Shafer
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Ross Alan Shafer [1][2]

(1954-12-10) December 10, 1954 (age 65)
OccupationTelevision host, comedian, business speaker/consultant, author
Years active1983–present
Ross Shafer with Bill Nye (on left)

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.


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 and has won international stand-up comedy competitions. He’s earned six 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.

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.

On stage as a business keynote speaker

Ross works 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. Ross also authored a funny bestselling book, "Cook Like a Stud" (38 recipes men can prepare in the garage using their own tools).


  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.
Preceded by
Gene Rayburn
Host of Match Game
Succeeded by
Michael Burger

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