Teri Rogers forged a legacy through telling the stories of others in a way that only she could. She was an undisputed leader and innovator in the Kansas City advertising community and a beloved member the DEG family. On Friday, April 27, we celebrated her life and shared her story with the community she so profoundly impacted.
A video tribute to Teri’s life, posted below, was created by Scott Henson, Nick Balda and the Hint/DEG team, Keith Button, Mel Graham, and John Vanderslice.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Teri Rogers Fund at ArtsKC.
Teri’s Celebration of Life took place in the Crossroads at her creative content studio, Hint. Friends, family, and more than 400 members of the Kansas City creative community gathered together to share their fondest #TeriStories over her favorite foods and drinks. Teri’s husband Martin Mini, DEG CEO Neal Sharma, and DEG Executive Creative Director Tug McTighe all addressed the crowd prior to showing the tribute video.
City Councilman Quinton Lucas and Kansas City Film Commissioner Stephane Scupham also addressed the community, announcing that April 27 would be a city-wide day of commemoration “Honoring the Life of Teri Rogers, a Visionary Leader.”
Teri was born in Wichita, Kansas on April 3, 1951. After graduating from the University of Kansas School of Journalism, Teri made a name for herself in the Kansas City advertising community. She became widely known for her film and commercial work for brands such as Hallmark, LinkedIn, Sprint, Crayola, H&R Block, Apple, Mastercard, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and KC Area Development Council.
In 1990, Teri opened her video production company Hint (formerly Take Two or T2) in a studio space in the Crossroads. Under her leadership, Hint flourished into a nationally recognized force in digital storytelling. In January of 2017, Hint was acquired by DEG and Teri became DEG’s Director of Creative Content, where she led the strategy and development of the video production, experiential, and digital creative content aspect of DEG’s service offerings.
Teri was named the American Advertising Federation’s “Ad Professional of the Year” in 2005 and the Small Business Administration’s “Small Business Person of the Year” in 2007. She was also featured as one of the Kansas City Business Journal’s “50 Most Influential Women in Kansas City” and in the inaugural class of “Women Who Mean Business”.
Teri’s influence extended beyond creative storytelling and into regional economic growth and remarkable citywide leadership. As a valued mentor, she shaped the careers of hundreds of artistic, talented professionals. She was honored as an Urban Hero by the Downtown Council of Kansas City and served on numerous boards, including ArtsKC, KC Streetcar Authority, KC Economic Development Corporation, Crossroads Community Association, the Film Commission of Greater Kansas City, and the AAF-Kansas City.
Teri’s creative intuition, visionary leadership, and unshakable tenacity made her a tremendous entrepreneur, mentor, mother, wife, and friend. Everyone who had the privilege of knowing her has benefited from her guidance and positivity. The impact she has made on the Kansas City community is as profound and inspirational as the stories that shaped her legacy.