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DOYLE W. ROGERS, SR.
Chairman Emeritus
Founder



 
Doyle W. Rogers, Sr. 1918-2013
 
A lifetime Arkansan, Mr. Doyle Rogers was born in Diaz & raised in Newport , Arkansas throughout most of his early childhood years. After attending Arkansas State University in Jonesboro , he spent several years working at the Railway Express before enlisting to serve under both the Royal Canadian and United States armies during the Second World War. After returning to the United States , he began his family and professional life in Batesville, which he resided in for over fifty years. After working at several businesses in Batesville, he founded Doyle Rogers Realty and Insurance Agency (now Doyle Rogers Company) in 1953 as one of the first real estate development companies to offer VA residential loans in the state of Arkansas .

In 1982, as President of Doyle Rogers Company, he oversaw the company develop and own/operate the Excelsior Hotel, now The Peabody Little Rock, and the adjoining Statehouse Convention Center . In 1985 he led the development of the 25-story flagship Rogers Building , now the Stephens Building , in downtown Little Rock , which adjoins the Peabody development. He developed and managed many retail centers throughout his career and was involved in a ski resort group with a presence in Winter Park , Colorado . Mr. Rogers was involved in numerous commercial real estate investments, with a portfolio extending throughout the Midwest & Southeastern United States.

Mr. Rogers became Chairman of Metropolitan National Bank, headquartered in Little Rock , in 1983 after the acquisition of Metropolitan Bancshares. Currently, Metropolitan has locations in northwest and central Arkansas , and maintains assets at approximately $1.6 billion and employing 500 persons. Mr. Rogers was also a stockholder and board member of Citizens Bank in Batesville.

Mr. Rogers held honorary doctorate degrees from Lyon College and Philander Smith College . He was a former member of the Board of Trustees of Hendrix College and served on the Advisory Board of the School of Business at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. He also served as the President of the Batesville Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Rogers was inducted into the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame. In 2005, he was honored with the Golden Cross Award from the national Scottish Rite organization. In 2004, he received the Vision Award from the Lions World Services for the Blind, and was honored with the Arkansas Children's Award, presented by the Arkansas Sheriffs' Youth Ranches in 2002. In 2001, he was named Business and Professional Person of the Year by the Rotary Club (Club 99) in Little Rock and was presented William F. Rector Memorial Award by Fifty for the Future, a group of business and professional leaders in Greater Little Rock. He was named the Arkansas Easter Seals Man of the Year in 2006, and was a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International.

Mr. Rogers provided overall leadership and expertise to Doyle Rogers Company and its partnerships as Chairman of the firm he founded over fifty years ago. As Chairman of the firm since 2004, and President for the preceding years, Mr. Rogers provided strategic direction to overall firm operations. He was extensively involved with the financial and investment decisions for major projects of the firm and its various partnerships, served as principal broker of the company's Batesville office , and he was actively invested in commercial real estate assets nationally.

Mr. Rogers was married to Josephine Raye Rogers. They have two children and six grandchildren. Mr. Rogers was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Batesville.