Q&A With Chris Jacke: By Mike Jacquart

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jacke-hentrichFormer Packers kicker Chris Jacke didn’t stop advocating for the Packer/PackerNation relationship after he stopped playing football. Through Player Alumni Resources, Chris has connected fans to stars and helped maintain the connection that makes PackerNation so great. GPN’s own Mike Jacquart caught up with Chris and helped us all understand more about how the former Packers star is still advocating for the PackerNation connection today. Check it out to get a glimpse into what Chris and his wife are doing today, and for a resource to complete your next event!

Q: Player Alumni Resources sounds like a fantastic way of connecting fans with Packers alumni such as yourself, but I have to confess this is the first I’ve heard of it. Can you tell us a little about how your organization got started?

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A: I started Player Alumni Resources in 2013 with the idea of keeping Green Bay Packer Alumni connected with the greatest fans in sports. I already knew about the passion for golf in WI, so I did some brainstorming and came up with the idea of making Alumni available for fishing events, appearances, and corporate speaking in addition to golf.

Corporate speaking has been a niche for Player Alumni Resources because of the influence my wife (Terri) is having in developing the stories for the Alumni. We are a little different with respect to corporate speaking in that we do not just send Alumni out to tell the same old story you can hear regardless of who in the Alumni is doing the speaking. With the help of Terri, who runs her own business in Wisconsin, Inspired Training Institute, we try to make the speaking experience a memorable one. Inspired Training Institute is widely recognized as the premier organizational development and executive coaching firm in Wisconsin.

Inspired Training Institute works with company executives, department heads, and everything else that has to do with the development of a corporation. So when organizations reach out to Player Alumni Resources for a speaker, we use the corporate expertise of Terri and she and I will sit down with the potential client to get a better understanding of the message they want conveyed to the audience. From that conversation, I can make an Alumni recommendation. When Alumni do present, the audience is getting an “education” from an unlikely source and walking out of the presentation talking about what they just heard and learned!

Player Alumni Resources has also started doing its own events. In 2015 we started our own fishing event to help raise awareness and funds for Camp Hometown Heroes. This year’s fishing event was for the benefit of Wisconsin Stars and Stripes Honor Flight (Port Washington)

We are also rolling out the Extreme Golf Challenge this summer. After golfing in many golf events around Wisconsin the last few years, I learned that many of them are only raising $5,000 – $15,000, if they are lucky. So I did a lot of research over the winter and came up with the concept of the Extreme Golf Challenge™. We are using the tag line “120 Days to Fundraising Success” to describe the Extreme Golf Challenge. With proper vetting and planning, we feel we can help charities raise $15,000 – $100,000 per golf event! We are very excited about the possibilities of helping charities, regardless of the size of the charity!

Q: So, basically you get to play golf and fish all summer? Sounds like fun! What types of activities are Packers alumni involved in the rest of the year?

A: Always having fun!
Q: Chris, can you tell us anything about the fees you charge for your events? Are there any specific resources you’d really like to build?
A: The Alumni all charge different fees for what they choose to do (golfing, fishing, speaking, appearances, etc.). It is really up to the Alumni on what they feel they can command as a fee.

Q: Do you work with the Packers’ Community Outreach & Player/Alumni Relations department to book some of your events?

A: No. We are totally independent of the Packers and the NFL.

Q: Do you have anything special planned this fall for Packers’ alumni to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Super Bowl XXXI team you were a part of?Super_Bowl_XXXI_Logo.svg

A: A few of us have been talking about it but nothing concrete as of yet.

Q: Will you be in Canton this summer to attend Brett’s induction into the NFL HOF?

A: I will be watching from the comforts of my living room. Won’t miss it!

Q: Chris, thank you for your time. In closing, are there any special Packers memories you’d like to share with fans?
A: Every time I go out and do an event in Wisconsin another special memory is created. It really is amazing to meet so many people and they all know everything about your career. It is a lot of fun to relive my career through the eyes of the fan!


Brady Augustine is co-owner and content creator for www.greenbaypackernation.com. He currently resides in Tennessee and also conspires with brother, JR on www.cheesnewswire.com

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