Before joining the Kellogg faculty, he owned and operated two manufacturing firms and one retail operation. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Professor Rogers worked at Bain and Company Consulting firm, Cummins Engine Company and UNC Ventures, a venture capital firm.
In 2000, he received the 'Bicentennial Medal for Distinguished Achievement' by an alum from Williams College. In 2005, he received the 'Bert King Award for Service' from the African American Student Union at Harvard Business School. In 2006, he was selected as one of the "100 Men Impacting Supplier Diversity." In 2009, Ebony Magazine named him one of the top 150 influential people in America. in 2011, he joined Chicago Mayor Emmauel's Supplier Diveristy Task Force.
He has often been quoted in many publications, including Black Enterprise, Crain's Business Journal, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Fortune, Monarch and Business Week, NPR, and the Tom Joyner Show. In 2002 Professor Rogers published his first book, The Entrepreneur's Guide to Finance and Business. The second edition was published in 2008.