Rodger grew up in Kirkwood and graduated from the University of Missouri with a Civil Engineering degree and an MBA. In 1969, he joined Edward D. Jones & Co. in St. Louis and later became a partner. In 1980, he left to enter the relatively new discount brokerage industry by starting Scottrade.
Over the years, Scottrade has opened over 500 branch offices and become one of the larger online trading firms. Scottrade has won the J.D. Power award for highest online investing satisfaction ten times and been included on Fortune's "100 Best Places to Work For" list six times. Rodger recently sold Scottrade to TD Ameritrade.
Rodger is on the Board of the Alzheimer's Association, the Concordance Academy of Leadership, and the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and is on the Civic Board of the Salvation Army.
He and his wife, Paula, have a daughter and two granddaughters in Phoenix and two sons, three grandsons and a granddaughter in St. Louis.
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