Reggie Rivers is an Experienced Benefit Auctioneer!

Reggie_Rivers_CorporateKickOff_247x245 darkbdrFormer Denver Bronco Reggie Rivers is a talented, quick-witted and experienced auctioneer. He has been doing benefit auctions for the past 20 years and has helped Colorado non-profits raise millions of dollars.

Reggie is a popular media personality, a well-respected philanthropist and someone who is well connected in the Denver nonprofit scene. When he comes to the podium, he’s not a stranger asking your guests to contribute, he’s a friend asking other friends to support your worthy cause. Reggie is a very effective and entertaining auctioneer.


The Value that Reggie Brings

  • When the room is full of chatter from people having private conversations, Reggie, in his unique style, will grab everyone’s attention, so that the auction gets full participation from the audience.
  • Reggie understands the ebb and flow of bidding and knows when to wait for another bid, when to move on and sell the item, how to pace the entire auction for maximum enjoyment for the audience and maximum benefit for the charity.
  • Reggie never forgets that the auction is only truly interesting to the staff and board of the charity, plus the handful of people who are bidding. The rest of the audience is just waiting patiently for the auction to end, so Reggie makes a point to keep them entertained with his banter during the auction, so that they stay engaged.

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Prior to Your Event…

Reggie Rivers or fundraising expert, Dani Espinosa, is available to meet with you to help you determine:

  • The types of items that will raise the most money
  • The ideal number of items for the size and resources of your audience
  • The best order to present the items
  • Strategies for pre-determining bid amounts for big ticket items, so that you have a rough idea of how much money the items will raise.
  • Starting bid amounts for each item
  • Strategies that you can employ to enhance your special appeals and paddle raisers
  • How you can use crowd dynamics and goal setting to maximize your paddle raiser.

REGGIE OVER THE YEARS

About-Reggie_Childhood-Family-PhotoReggie Rivers was born at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio as the fourth of five children in an Air Force family. During his youth, Reggie also lived at Wethersfield Air Force Base in Essex, England; Alconbury Air Force Base in Cambridgeshire, England; Iraklion Air Station on the island of Crete, Greece; Homestead Air Force Base near Miami, Florida, and Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio Texas.

Reggie graduated from Randolph High School in 1986.

About-Reggie_LBJ-Award-SquareReggie graduated from Southwest Texas State University (now renamed Texas State University)in 1991 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. He was named the Lyndon Baines Johnson Outstanding Senior Student and delivered the student salutation at graduation.

Reggie earned a Master’s Degree in Global Studies from the University of Denver in 2007.

2015-07-10_17-05-13Reggie first became interested in journalism at age 14 after watching the movie “All the President’s Men”. He was fascinated by the notion that the free press could serve as a powerful check against governmental abuses. He took his first journalism class during his sophomore year and started writing for the school yearbook and newspaper. The summer before his senior year in high school, Reggie was named the top student at a two-week journalism workshop sponsored by the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund, which led to his first newspaper job, writing obituaries for the San Antonio Light.

In the Fall of 1986, Reggie enrolled at Southwest Texas State University as a journalism major and during his freshman year, he landed an internship with the Austin American-Statesman. He worked at the American-Statesman off and on throughout his freshman year, publishing more than 100 byline stories. In 1987, he received the H.M Fetress Award given by the Texas Daily Newspaper Association to the Outstanding Journalism Intern in Texas.

In 1989, Reggie was one of 12 students chosen nationally to attend the Graduate Enhancement Program in Communications at Ohio University. In 1990, Reggie landed a highly competitive internship at Newsday on Long Island. After graduation in 1991, Reggie moved to Denver, Colorado to try out for the Denver Broncos.

He was hired by the Rocky Mountain News to write a weekly sports column. The column was initially scheduled to be a four-week stint during his rookie training camp, but it turned into an eight-year sports column for the News. During his NFL career, Reggie was a co-host for several Denver television and radio shows including Broncos Beat, Sports ExtraThe Orange Zone, Reggie’s Kids and Rolling with Rivers.

After retiring from football, Reggie continued his journalism career, hosting general topic radio talk shows on 850 KOA and 630 KHOW, writing an opinion-editorial column for the Denver Post, writing an NFL column for Pro Football Weekly, and hosting a PBS talk-show called Global Agenda. In television, Reggie has worked as a football analyst for ABC Sports College Football, the Mountain Sports Network and CBS 4 in Denver. He was also a weekend sports anchor for CBS 4.

About-Reggie_broncosReggie Rivers signed with the Denver Broncos in 1991 as an undrafted free agent running back out of Southwest Texas State University (now renamed Texas State University). He played 6 seasons with the Broncos.

In 1991, he was named to Pro Football Weekly’s All-Rookie Team as a special teams player.

In 1992, he won the Broncos Community Action Player Award in recognition of his volunteer service throughout Colorado.

In 1992, he won the Bob Martin Award, given annually to the Broncos player who is most cooperative with the media.

In 1993, his teammates selected him as Special Teams Player of the Year.

In 1993, he was named the Broncos NFL Man of the Year for superior athletic and civic performance.

In 1995, he won the NFL Unsung Hero Award in recognition of volunteer efforts.

In 1996, he was named the Broncos NFL Man of the Year for the second time.

Reggie attended Texas State University on a full athletic scholarship. During his collegiate career, he amassed 2,500 career yards and was named to four All-American teams. He was a Southland Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year, and he has been inducted into the Texas State University Hall of Honor and the Southland Conference Hall of Honor.

As a senior at Randolph High School in San Antonio, Reggie rushed for 1,200 yard.

About-Reggie_ReggieRivers1Reggie is the author of six published 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)
“The Colony:  A Political Tale” (2009)
“Rookies & Bookies” (2014)

Reggie Summit HS - 2Reggie’s easy style, funny anecdotes and insightful stories about life in the NFL, allow him to connect to the audience and deliver a message of hope and optimism that makes people want to jump out of their chairs and go tackle the obstacles that have been standing in their way.

Audiences all over the country have praised Reggie for helping them see their goals in an entirely new—and achievable—light. Reggie is the perfect “kickoff” speaker for any conference. He brings tremendous energy and humor and really puts people in the right frame of mind for the rest of the conference.

About-Reggie_Family-Ski-TripReggie lives in Denver with his wife, Stephanie, and son, Malik.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

Reggie's Accomplishments
Reggie Rivers is a renaissance man whose talents and achievements have spanned many different disciplines. Among his accomplishments:

  • He played six seasons as a running back with the Denver Broncos.
  • He was a two-time Broncos NFL Man of the Year.
  • He earned a Master’s Degree in Global Studies from the University of Denver.
  • He was a radio talk show host.
  • He was a television sports anchor.
  • He was a newspaper columnist.
  • He has published five books.
  • He was a four-time All-American football player at Texas State University.
  • He was a Southland Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year.
  • He was inducted into the Texas State University Hall of Honor.
  • He was inducted into the Southland Conference Hall of Honor.
  • He has been a motivational speaker, MC, auctioneer and/or presenter at thousands of events.
Reggie's Awards
Reggie Rivers is a renaissance man whose talents and achievements have spanned many different disciplines. Among his accomplishments:

  • 1987 → H.M. Fentress Award – given by Texas Daily Newspaper Association to the Outstanding Journalism Intern in Texas
  • 1990 → Kodak All-American, AP All-American, Sports Network All-American and UPI All-American football player at Southwest Texas State University
  • 1990 → Scholar-Athlete of the Year – Southland Conference
  • 1991 → Lyndon Baines Johnson Outstanding Senior Student at Southwest Texas State University
  • 1992 → Broncos Community Action Player Award in recognition of volunteer service throughout Colorado
  • 1992 → Bob Martin Award, given annually to the Broncos player who is most cooperative with the media
  • 1993 → Broncos Edge Shave Gel NFL Man of the year in recognition of superior athletic and civic performance.
  • 1995 → NFL Unsung Hero Award in recognition of volunteerefforts
  • 1996 → Broncos True Value Hardware NFL Man of the Year in recognition of athletic and civic performance
  • 1996 → Young Coloradoan of the Year – Cherry Creek Jaycees
  • 1996 → Byron “Whizzer” White Humanitarian Award, given annually by the NFL Player’s Association in recognition of outstanding volunteer service
  • 2000 → Radio Journalist of the Year – Colorado Association of Black Journalists
  • 2001 → Larry Tajiri Memorial Media Award – Colorado ACLU
  • 2002 → Inducted into the Southland Conference Hall of Honor (football)
  • 2003 → Inducted into the Texas State University Hall of Honor (football)
  • 2004 → Food for the Heart Community Award – The Food Bank of the Rockies Guild
  • 2005 → President’s Award – Colorado Library Association
  • 2009 → Martin Luther King, Jr. Business Social Responsibility Award – Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
  • 2009 → “The Colony: A Political Tale” won First Place General Fiction in the Premier Book Awards
  • 2009 → “The Colony: A Political Tale” won Third Place General Fiction from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association
  • 2013 → Named to Southland Conference All-Decade Football Team for the 1990s

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