Tickets remain for the breakfast to be held on Thursday to honor the 2018 Good Scout Award recipient for Hamblen County: Don Rogers, founder of Rogers Petroleum Inc.
Hosted by the Great Smoky Mountain Council, the breakfast will be held at 7:15 a.m. at The Country Club in Morristown. The annual event serves as a fundraiser to benefit Scout programs throughout the city and county.
Rogers was born on April 9, 1943 in Jamaica, New York. He graduated from Millburn High School in Millburn, New Jersey and earned BS and MBA degrees from the University of Kentucky. He worked for Exxon Company, USA through 1980 in a variety of marketing assignments.
On Oct. 18, 1980 Don and his wife Penney co-founded Rogers Petroleum, a petroleum distribution company. Together they grew the business until retiring in 2014.
In 1980, five employees sold two million gallons of gasoline. Thirty years later, the company had grown to 300 employees and was East Tennessee’s largest petroleum marketer, distributing 178 million gallons of fuel.
The growth of the company was attributable to its business model of integrity and customer service, Rogers said in 2010.
Diversification has been another key factor in the success of the company. Rogers Petroleum maintains three operating divisions and expanded its customer base beyond Tennessee and has customers in more than a dozen other states, including Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Georgia, Florida, New Jersey, Texas and California.
A generous corporate citizen in Hamblen County and Tennessee, Rogers Petroleum supports charities ranging from Hamblen County United Way, United Way organizations in other communities, St. Jude’s, Junior Achievement, the March of Dimes, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Boys & Girls Clubs and Girls Inc., among many others.
“We believe strongly in giving back to the communities in which we live and operate,” Rogers said. “We believe in doing the right thing for the right reason. The most effective way to do that is to invest our contribution dollars and volunteers in strategic efforts to help those less fortunate.”
Over the years, Don has received many honors and awards in industry, education, and community service. He is a Laureate Inductee in the Junior Achievement East Tennessee Business Hall of Fame and is an honoree in the University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics Hall of Fame.
Don is a long time Elder in the Presbyterian Church.
He and Penney have been married for 53 years and they have three children and five grandchildren.
Tickets are available by emailing Russell.Patterson@scouting.org.
For more than 100 years, the Great Smoky Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America, has provided youth guidance in character development, citizenship training and personal fitness.