Growing up in a single parent home with a father that inspired perseverance and fairness, Marques Ogden learned how to define his values and set goals. Ogden attended Howard University from 1998-2002 where he played Division I football. He then followed his dream and his brother Jonathan's footsteps, eventually getting drafted into the NFL in 2003. Overall, he played for 5 years as an offensive lineman with the Titans, Bills, Ravens and Jaguars. Even during the off season, Ogden helped train football players in Europe, both physically and mentally.
At the age of 27, he founded a construction company called Kayden Premier Enterprises; a business that grew rapidly in its first few years, but Ogden and the business eventually went bankrupt after Ogden lost almost 2 million dollars on one project in a time period just under 90 days.
At his darkest point, the NFL Trust came in and helped Ogden restructure his life. With hard work and determination, he became a motivational speaker and marketing leader, helping to build others up to succeed.
His best selling book, "Sleepless Nights: The NFL: A Family and Business, is an autobiography following him from his birth to his NFL career, rise and fall in corporate America and beyond. Marques Ogden's story is a candid look into the life of an NFL athlete that turns into a successful business man then loses it all and has to overcome his demons of drinking and gambling to get his life back on track. This is a short and easy read that is good for all ages, races, genders, and economic status of people.
Ogden is a 2002 graduate of Howard University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance with emphasis on construction and cost accounting and was also part of their NCAA Division I Football Team. In 2005, Ogden participated in a program through the University of Southern California on project development and construction developed specifically for NFL players hoping to diversify after their football career.
In a 2009 article, Sports Illustrated found that 78 percent of former NFL players had gone bankrupt or were under financial stress after only being retired for two years. From unscrupulous investments, freeloaders, medical issues, and competitive showing-off, several professional athletes were stunned by the result of living an expensive life. For Marques Ogden, doing the right thing cost his life’s savings and falling into the common statistic.
"The first thing I learned is that you have one chance to make a great first impression. Meaning if you’re just hired on a job, you better know everything there is to know about that position before you walk in. if you’re making mistakes and you’re new in the company you are going to be out the door."
Marques has been deemed a Subject Matter Expert, in the area of Leadership, by The United Service Organizations of North Carolina!
Marques is a natural motivator! He currently travels the United States as a keynote speaker for major Fortune 500, 100, 50 and 25 companies (Marques has spoke for JP Morgan Chase and Co. Ranked number 18 on the Fortune 500 list), universities and communities organizations. Check out our media gallery for a sample of Marques’s engaging and inspiring messages, then contact us to learn more about his schedule!
"Your delivery and personal interaction with the Operation Teammate mission was spot on and drove home the aspect of giving back when possible."
- Timothy Montjoy
"Marques was a fantastic choice as a speaker for our STEM outreach event. He was extremely poised and articulate, and was clearly very well prepared"
- Carissa Lada
Business Operations Manager, Cisco
"I believe Marques made a powerful impact on the students at this conference. In many cases, they hear stories stories of success, but the do not hear much about the bumps in the road."
- Mark Roberto
"Over the past several months I have had the pleasure of getting to know and work with Marques Ogden. During the time that we have spent together the key characteristics that have become apparent are compassion, humility, and sincerity."
- Howard Fisher, Hillard Heintz
"Mr. Ogden is extremely down to earth and easy to listen to. I would highly recommend Mr. Ogden as a speaker. His willingness to answer questions and speak to the attendees after the even showed that he has a true passion and drive to help people in business and life. He truly wants to share his story so others can learn from him without making the same mistakes."
- Timot-Shannon Flaherty
Apex Chamber of Commerce
"I definitely finished it (the book) a few weeks ago. It was a good read for sure!"
- Michael Strahan
Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee 2014
"By sharing your experiences and philosophy with the students, you have given them a prime example of strong character and determination."
- Glenn J. Benjamin, Principal
St. Jude Regional Catholic School