THOMAS C. ROGERS
Mr. Rogers is a member of the Board of Directors for Southern Appalachian Management Company, LLC.
Since 1996, Mr. Rogers has been the President and CEO of Technology 2020, a non-profit organization engaged in activities to stimulate economic growth throughout Tennessee and the Appalachian Corridor by leveraging technology resources throughout Tennessee and the Appalachian corridor with emphasis on job creation for underserved communities. The organization has assets in excess of $5 million and an annual operating budget of $1.2 million. Since 2001, he has also been the planner and organizer of the Tennessee Valley Venture Forum.
Mr. Roger's background is in economic development, industrial recruiting, and assisting existing industry. Before participating in the formation of Technology 2020, he was President of the Oak Ridge (TN) Chamber of Commerce (1988 to 1996) where he attracted more than $175 million of new, private investment. He increased the Chamber operating budget from $250,000 to $1.4 million. He became a certified chamber executive. While at the Chamber of Commerce, he assumed leadership of the East Tennessee Economic Council, which represented the region's business interests in Washington, DC. The Council's Board includes chief executives of the area's largest companies and the ranking elected officials from a four-county area, and its membership includes 80 private companies interested in preserving the Federal government's presence in East Tennessee.
Mr. Roger's was the Chief of Economic Development Programs at the Tennessee Valley Authority (1980 to 1988) and provided economic development program services throughout TVA's seven-state region.
Mr. Roger's has a Masters of Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1977), with a concentration in Economic Development, and he has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University (1975).