Roger Gardner named to SOMO Board of Directors

Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 1:46 pm


(Jefferson City) Special Olympics Missouri is proud to announce that Roger Gardner of Jefferson City has been named to the SOMO Board of Directors.

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Roger Gardner has a deep respect for Special Olympics and how the Missouri chapter positively impacts so many lives, and not only those of its athletes, but all who are connected with SOMO.

“I’m pleased that the athletes get to participate and enjoy the experience and the competition,” Gardner said. “I also appreciate the opportunity to be reminded, first-hand, of the love and dedication of the parents, trainers and other care-givers for the athletes. It’s a display of tireless devotion and love, and it deserves my utmost respect.”

Gardner has been involved with SOMO since 2010 primarily through Jefferson City-based Learfield Communications, a diverse media enterprise where he has served in numerous operating and management roles since 1982. Learfield is a dedicated corporate supporter of SOMO. The company has hosted numerous internal fundraising campaigns and challenges to engage its employees among its 60 offices nationwide. Additionally, Learfield has hosted several athletes for lunch and activities at its Jefferson City offices, and former SOMO Board member and Learfield President/CEO Greg Brown participated in the 2012 Over the Edge event. Many Learfield employees volunteer throughout the year, including assisting with the 2012 state competition held at the University of Missouri, Gardner’s alma mater and Learfield’s flagship collegiate partnership of more than 40 years.

As Executive Vice President, Gardner provides senior leadership in areas of corporate development, communications and its ancillary businesses. He is lead representative for the company’s joint venture partnership with Levy Restaurants and its joint venture collegiate ticketing business with IMG College, (IMG Learfield Ticket Solutions). He also oversees management of the prestigious Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup, which the company has been involved with for six years alongside the award’s founding partners, NACDA and USA Today.

With an agriculture degree, Gardner’s career start at Learfield was as a farm broadcaster before transferring to its Sports Division in 1984, when he assumed initial responsibilities for launching the Iowa State Network.

Gardner lives in Jefferson City with his wife, Cheri. They have two children, Sam and Andee.

For more information about this honor or anything else pertaining to SOMO, contact Brandon Schatsiek, Public Relations Coordinator at


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