The best-selling author of nearly 50 sports books, Ross Bernstein is an inspirational business speaker who helps companies and organizations think and act more like champions. Ross and his books have been featured on thousands of television and radio programs over his career, including CNN, MSNBC, FoxNews, ESPN, TSN, ABC, NBC, CBS, and the CBC, as well as in the pages of the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today.
As a working member of the media in his home state of Minnesota, Ross has a unique behind the scenes access to all of the local sports franchises in the area, including the Vikings, Twins, Timberwolves, Wild and Gophers. As such, he spends lots of his time in dugouts, club houses, locker rooms, and press boxes — and it’s here where Ross has met and interviewed thousands of professional athletes over the past 20 years.
Ross grew up in the small southern Minnesota town of Fairmont and went on to attend the University of Minnesota. It was there where he first got into writing through some rather unique circumstances. You see, after a failed attempt to make it as a walk-on to the University’s top-ranked Golden Gopher hockey team, Ross opted for the next best thing — to become the team’s mascot, “Goldy the Gopher.” His humorous accounts as a mischievous rodent then inspired the 1992 regional best-seller “Gopher Hockey by the Hockey Gopher.” Talk about making lemonade out of lemons… the rest, as they say, is history!
After graduating from college, Ross spent the next five years living in Chicago and New York City, working as the vice president of marketing for a start-up children’s entertainment company that he co-founded along with several former executives from the Walt Disney Company. Feeling as though he was missing his calling, however, in 1997 Ross took a leap of faith and moved back to Minnesota to pursue his dream of becoming a full-time sports author. Between writing three new books a year and speaking from coast to coast, Ross feels as though he has created his “dream job” and is truly living his passion each and every day.
Ross and his wife Sara, who have been married for 17 years, have a nine year old daughter and presently reside in Eagan, Minn. A downright sports fanatic, Ross — despite the fact that he has broken more than 20 bones — continues to play hockey a couple times a week. He is also an avid golfer and skier, and has run six marathons to-date… still in hot pursuit of that elusive sub-four-hour finishing time. In addition, Ross currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors of the Herb Brooks Foundation, a cause that is truly near and dear to his heart.