2009 Outstanding Alumni
Jim Rogers was born and raised in Bristol Tennessee. He attended Bristol Tennessee High School before enrolling at ETSU in 1959.
Jim has been involved with ETSU for many years and has served as President of the National Alumni Association in 1986-1987. At that time, he also served on the ETSU Foundation Board, the ETSU University Council and presently serves on the Board of Advisors of the College of Business and Technology. He received the Award of Honor Award in 1991 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement of the College of Business and Technology in 2005. He is a member of the ETSU Distinguished President's Trust.
Jim received his B.S. Degree in Business in 1964 and his M.B.A Degree in 1966. He also received his Associate in General Education Degree from Central Piedmont Community
College in Charlotte, NC in 1977. Jim was awarded his CCIM commercial real estate professional designation in 1987, the highest professional and academic recognition in the commercial real estate industry.
After his discharge from Air Force active duty, Jim moved to Charlotte, NC in 1969 and has been involved in the commercial real estate arena his entire business and professional career. In 1982, he was founding partner of Cauble and Company of Carolina, a commercial mortgage banking and real estate investment sales company. He sold the company in 1998 to L.J. Melody Co. in Houston, Texas, a national commercial mortgage banking company. He stayed with Melody for six more years and left in 2004. He then was a co-founder of Flagship Capital Partners in 2005, a company who specializes in acquiring medical office buildings for its own portfolio in the South East US.
Jim has been very involved in the real estate industry and has served a number of leadership roles. He was very instrumental in the founding and formation of the Charlotte Region Commercial Board of Realtors in 1994 which covers an eighteen county regional area surrounding Charlotte. The association now has a membership of more than1,100 members. He was the first president of the association and served a two year term. He received the Realtor of the Year award in 1997. He also received the Citizenship Award in 1990 from the Charlotte Regional Realtors Association. Jim served as President of the North Carolina Income Property Association, Lambda Alpha International, Carolinas Chapter, and Metrolina Commercial Information Services. He also served on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Association of Realtors, Charlotte Apartment Association, and Shelter Providers Political Action Committee. He served on the Board of Advisors of First Charter Bank which recently was acquired by Fifth Third Bank.
Jim has been extremely active in the Charlotte community and has served as President of the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Athletic Foundation, President of Leadership Charlotte, President of the American Lung Association, and President of the Charlotte Pops Orchestra of the Charlotte Symphony. He has also served as Chairman of the Board of Managers and Board of Advisors of the Childress Klein YMCA. He served as Co-Chairman of the Carolinas Leadership Connection, Vice Chairman of the Arts, Science Council of Charlotte/Mecklenburg and Vice Chairman of the American Heart Association.
He has served on the Board of Directors of Hospice and Palliative Care, Charlotte Region, Lynwood Foundation, Charlotte Repertory Theatre, Spirit Square Center for the Arts, WTVI Channel 42 Public Broadcasting Authority, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont and Big Brothers/Big Sisters Advisory Board. He has also volunteered with United Way and has been an active member with Myers Park United Methodist Church.
Jim has been recognized for his community involvement having received the Shelley R. Lyons Circle of Excellence Award from Leadership Charlotte, Volunteer of the Year Award from the American Lung Association, George Williams Life Time Achievement Award from the YMCA, Distinguished Leadership Award from the National Association for Commuity Leadership and was a finalist for the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Jim has taken a stake and leadership role in his business and professional life and has committed his time, energy and resources to his community through leadership roles and fund raising efforts for many organizations over the years.
Jim's two children, Jennifer Griffith and her son and daughter and Mark and Amy Rogers and their daughter live in Charlotte.