Rogers attended Paris High School in Paris, a small rural community in northwest Arkansas. He started at an early age working in his family’s gas station and salvage yard, where he learned that he had a knack for fixing cars.
He purchased the salvage business from his father, Albert, and ran it from 1950 to 1967. In 1967, Rogers and his wife and partner, Kitty, acquired their current dealership, originally a Chevrolet and Oldsmobile store. His son, Van, is now general manager of Bob Rogers Chevrolet. Rogers and his wife also have a daughter, Malenda, and five grandchildren, the youngest aptly named Chevee Ray Rogers.
“There’s not a job in the dealership that I am not capable of doing,” Rogers said. He is known for his skill in sales, auto repair and detailing a car to near perfection.
Rogers has been at the same location serving his rural community and hometown since founding the dealership in 1967. He has also shared his extensive industry knowledge and advocated for other car dealers by serving on the board of directors of the Arkansas Automobile Dealers Association.
In the area of community service, Rogers is proud to give back to the community that he calls home and that has made him a success. He is active in his church, the First Assembly of God in Paris, where he was a deacon for 25 years, a Sunday school teacher and on the finance committee.
For decades, Rogers has served on the board of directors for Community Outreach Services, which provides food assistance and pays utility bills for those in need. He supports the Boys & Girls Club of Paris (part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Diamond Hills) and has supplied a new Chevrolet for a hole-in-one prize at the group’s annual golf tournament and fundraiser.
Rogers has been a member of the Paris Rotary Club, Paris Fire Department, Kiwanis Club of Paris and the Gideons International. For his good works, Rogers recently received the Golden Harvest Award, a lifetime achievement honor which recognizes citizens who have made significant contributions to Logan County.
Rogers was nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year award by Greg Kirkpatrick, president of the Arkansas Automobile Dealers Association. He and his wife, Kitty, have two children.