Jim Keifer is a game inventor, designer and artist who has worked in the game industry since the mid-1980s for popularly-established game companies. He has designed hundreds of games and puzzles that are made and distributed throughout the world and holds 18 patents dealing with game mechanics and component configuration. He grew up in Pacific Palisades, California, and studied Industrial Design at Notre Dame. He also enjoys a close working relations with over 100 premiere inventors in America, Asia, and Europe.
He has served in multiple design and management positions over the last 30 years. He has worked as Vice President of design for Spin Master, head of game design for interactive and youth electronics toys for Mattel, as a designer manager for Parker Brothers, and as a game designer for Milton Bradley.
Keifer has designed games for many other well-known companies, including the Walt Disney Company, Warner Brothers, Universal, and Nickelodeon. His team created over 20 games for the Harry Potter brand including the award-winning Harry Potter Levitating Challenge and established UNO as the #1 family games brand with games like UNO Attack.
Keifer currently focuses on inventing games for all platforms and mediums. He is expanding this talent into concepting game shows for several well-known Hollywood production companies as well as the popular On-line game Picturiffic. In 2015 he was nominated for ChiTAG Game Designer of the Year, after the success of his mass-market games Rotten Apples, Conquest Stratego, Fish and Chips, All In and You Bet Your Ass.
Jim Keifer is also a prolific fine art painter and cartoonist and exhibits in gallery's across North America
· In 2004, his team won the 2004 Toy of the Year Award from the Toy Industry Association for the Scene It? DVD game.
· He also invented Screaming Eagles which was awarded Best Game of 1988 by Games Magazine.