Wayne M. Rogers

Business financier, entrepreneur, investor

Wayne Rogers is a well-known professional actor, who was one of the stars of the television series M*A*S*H*, a Broadway Producer and is now a news contributor to the Fox Network and has been involved in investment activities for over forty years.  These include real estate development, business management of a number of motion picture personalities, as well as co-ventures with other prominent individuals and institutions.  During this period, he has also been involved in developing and managing his own business ventures.  He is presently Chairman of Wayne M. Rogers & Co, an investment strategy firm, and C.E.O. and Chairman of Stop-N-Save, LLC, which owns and operates convenience stores in the Southeast.  He is Chairman of the Board of Kleinfeld, the famous wedding dress emporium in New York. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Vishay Intertechnology, a corporation traded on the NYSE.  He is on the Board of Trustees for The Webb School in Bell Buckle, TN.  He is a founder of the Plaza Bank of Commerce in San Jose, acquired by Comerica, and has served on its advisory board.  He also is the founder of and marketing director for the Premier Community Bank of the Emerald Coast.

Rogers became one of Hollywood's most popular stars (as measured by TVQ ratings as well as media pulse-takers) by portraying immensely affable leads in such programs as " House Calls " and “ M*A*S*H."  When TV Guide saluted the 50th anniversary of CBS-TV with a national survey, an American audience poll selected Wayne Rogers and Alan Alda as their favorite comedy duo of all time.  But Rogers has always been an inveterate risk-taker and has never shied from a good “bad guy” role. Always relying on his certainty that no man is a villain to himself, he created one of TV's most memorable villains when he portrayed a dangerously immoral child molester in the critically honored "One Terrific Guy.”  His portrayal made headlines when it prompted a young California girl to confront a molester whose abuse she had feared to expose.  The man was convicted and sent to prison.  Also powerful was his depiction of an insensitive but redeemable auto-dealer-cum-jazz musician in "The Gig," a corrupt politician in the mini-series "Bluegrass" and a wife-rapist in "The Killing Time" with Kiefer Sutherland.

Wayne Rogers is one of those rare people who are able to do a lot of things well at the same time.  His highly hyphenated activities have included starring in top series, theatrical films and MOWs and producing such theatrical films as "Once In Paris" and "The Gig," the award-winning HBO films "Age-Old Friends" and "Perfect Witness" and, on Broadway, many of Neil Simons' biggest hits. His business and economic expertise has evolved into his business management of other top Hollywood talents, running banks, heading major investment firms, and appearing as expert witness before the House Banking Committee.

His real estate ventures have included: subdivisions and commercial office developments in Florida, Arizona, California and Utah.  Among his other investments, Mr. Rogers is a principal owner of Delta Pacific Transportation Co., a barge company on the Mississippi River.  He has served on the Board of Directors of such publicly held corporations as The Pantry Stores; P.H.C., Inc. ; Electronic Data Controls, Inc.; Alameden Vineyards; Extek Micro-Systems; Wadell Equipment Company and Regent Air Corp.  He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was National Chairman of Easter Seals, and was a member of the Executive Committee of both the Arthritis Foundation and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.  Mr. Rogers earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Princeton University and served in the Navy for three years.