Honoring Teri Rogers
It is with a heavy heart that we share news of the recent passing of Teri Rogers. There was never a greater champion for film in Kansas City than Teri, who was a current KC Film Office adviser, former Chair of the KC Film Commission Board and founding board member of Missouri Motion Media Association.
Teri’s leadership and advocacy inspired and informed Kansas City’s film, advertising and arts communities. With Teri’s passing, we lost someone who challenged the status quo, we lost a champion, a teacher, a friend. Because of Teri, so many have grown as individuals, been coached in their careers, lifted up to the next level beyond what they knew they had in them. As a community, she worked tirelessly on boards and committees putting vision into action driving economic impact and growth, and as an industry, for without Teri, the industry here would not even be an echo of what it is today.
Teri is known by many as the founder and owner of HINT Studios (formerly Take Two Productions and T2, established in 1998). Teri’s guidance helped the studio become the largest production company in Kansas City, serving local, national and global clients. Chances are that you worked there, contracted on projects there, or your agency or company hired her to produce the most artful, professional, incredible pieces of creative content and cinematic art in commercials, films, videos and experiential design. She was widely known and respected for film work like “The Next American Dream” 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 with agencies like Barkley, VML, FleishmanHillard, Swanson Russell and Bernstein-Rein.
Teri was the director of creative content and experience design at DEG, a digital marketing partner to national and global brands. She led the strategy and development of the video production, the experiential and digital creative content aspect of DEG’s creative service offering and came to the company with nearly 30 years of advertising, video and creative experience.
Teri received numerous honors, including “Small Business Person of the Year” by the Small Business Administration in 2007 and “Ad Professional of the Year” by the American Advertising Federation in 2005. She was featured as one of Downtown Council’s Urban Hero Honorees.
Always giving back and driving forward, she was a board member of ArtsKC and on the Executive Board of the KC Streetcar Authority. She had previously served on the KC Economic Development Corporation and the Executive Board of the Crossroads Community Association and as Chair of the Film Commission of Greater Kansas City and the American Advertising Federation-Kansas City.
We are grateful to Teri for lifting our film industry after the city’s film office was closed for a 10-year period, for taking up the mantle as a leader – showing the way for so many individuals and companies in our industry and for always giving us hope in what is possible.
We will miss her impeccable style and taste, her wise council and her willingness to follow her instincts, no matter what. Our thoughts are with her family and friends. Join us in extending to them meditations of peace and love in this difficult time.
In memory of her loving and generous nature, memorial contributions may made to The Teri Rogers Fund at ArtsKC, 106 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108, www.artskc.org or Wayside Waifs at 3901 Martha Truman Rd, Kansas City, MO 64137, www.waysidewaifs.org