Chad Harberts is a business consultant, marketing guru, and part-time professional poker player, and radio and television personality.
His experience includes eights years working with NCAA Division I universities, a season in minor league hockey, 12 years owning a marketing and promotions business in Kansas City and Las Vegas, more than 25 years of combined experience in print/radio/television, and five years in poker management.
His experience has taken him from the University of Northern Iowa to Kansas City to Las Vegas.
Chad’s career began innocently enough as a radio color commentator for Grundy Center (Iowa) High School baseball games, while also being a member of the team. On more than one occasion, Chad provided commentary on the radio for the first five innings in full uniform, then pitched in the later innings as relief mop-up man. From there, Chad would serve as the Sports Editor for one year and Executive Editor for one year of the Marshalltown Community College newspaper.
He went on to the University of Northern Iowa, where he was Sports Editor of The Northern Iowan for three semesters.
During his time in Cedar Falls, he was a stringer for United Press International, a part-time sportswriter for The Waterloo Courier and a overnight weekend disc jockey at Rock Radio KFMW FM 108.
Upon graduation, Chad headed for Kansas City and spent six years with the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In that time, he advanced from intern to Sports Information Director to Director of Marketing and Promotions. After a season spent as Director of Marketing and Promotions for the minor-league Kansas City Blades, Chad went to work full-time at Metro Sports Television.
As the co-creator, producer and co-anchor of “High School Roundup” on Metro Sports TV in Kansas City from 1997-2004, Chad earned two Aurora Awards, two Telly Awards and a regional Emmy for his contributions.
In 2004, “High School Roundup” was named the best local show on cable in the Missouri-Kansas-Nebraska-Iowa region.
In addition to his full-time employment in Kansas City, Chad has written for The Blue Springs Examiner and hosted shows on 1510 AM and 610 Sports. He as been a weekly guest on Prep Xtra, a web-based TV show produced by WDAF Fox TV, a weekly guest on 38 The Spot with Jack Harry and the host of High School Showcase on KCWE Channel 29. He also served as a weekly guest on Crunch Time with Dave Stewart and Len Dickey and host Friday Night Live, both on Sports Radio 810 WHB.
Chad left television in 2004 to concentrate on his own business. He served as Executive Director of the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association, the Greater Kansas City Basketball Coaches Association and the Greater Kansas City Volleyball Coaches Association. He has also consulted the Greater Kansas City Baseball Coaches Association.
In addition, his business worked with Benediction College in Atchison, managing the school’s apparel and merchandising with the campus bookstore. He served on the board of the Simone-Fontana Foundation, raising money for Children’s Mercy Hospital and administering the annual Simone High School Football Awards. He worked with the Tanner’s Bar & Grill chain, overseeing all apparel and online merchandise sales.
In 2010, Chad relocated to Las Vegas. After attending Casino Gaming School he secured a job at The Poker Palace in North Las Vegas as a poker dealer. He would go on to deal at The Golden Nugget and Club Fortune Casino. At his last stop, he rose from dealer to Poker Room Manager in just 18 months. In 2014, Chad left the local’s poker scene and secured a poker position at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. In 2017, Chad moved to the center Strip and took a position with Caesar’s Palace Entertainment.
As a poker player, Chad has played in tournaments across the country. His lifetime tournament cashes includes the Scotty Nguyen Open in Oklahama, the Oasis Open in Mesquite, Nev., the World Series of Poker Circuit Event at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, and various smaller tournaments in Kansas City, Las Vegas and other places. His biggest tournament cash came in the nightly $100,000 guarantee tourney on PokerStars, where he finished first.
In 2012, Chad achieved his first-ever World Series of Poker cash, finishing 61st in the Casino Employees Event. In 2016, Chad recorded his highest-ever finish in a live poker tournament, placing fourth out of 806 players in a World Series of Poker Daily Deep Stack Tournament.
Chad currently resides in Henderson, NV, with his son Jace and dog Ace.