Delta Dental[dropcap]P[/dropcap]hyllis Rogers earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Rogers has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry.
She started working at Delta Dental in 2000. Her first position was vice president of finance. She was promoted in 2004 to senior vice president and chief financial officer.
Like many influential women, Rogers serves on many boards, has received many honors and is active throughout the community.
Her recognitions include being named Arkansas Business CFO of the Year for large private companies and for being honored as Outstanding CPA in Business and Industry by the Arkansas Society of CPAs.
Rogers is married to Johnny Rogers. She has two children, two grandchildren and two dogs.
Hometown: Hot Springs
First job: Girl Friday at Lewis, Mitchell and Garnett, a local law rm, during high school. I knew how to file paperwork to probate a will or start a divorce and run lots of errands. I learned a lot about how a law firm runs.
Favorite food: Italian
What’s one thing about you that others would be surprised to know? I love to go whitewater rafting. There’s nothing like rafting the Royal Gorge in Colorado on the Arkansas River.
Hobbies: Boating and kayaking.
What living person do you most admire? Sheryl Sandberg. She has a wildly successful career and has grappled with the unexpected death of her husband. From her agonizing grief came her latest book to help others find their way through adversity.
What quality do you most admire in other women? Integrity. I feel integrity is critical in all [aspects] of life.
What talent would you most like to have? Painting a beautiful landscape that actually looks like a landscape.
Do you have a personal motto? “What you dare to dream, dare to do!” This is inscribed in a crystal paperweight my mom gave me after graduation. It is always in my office as a reminder of how to live my life.
What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? In business, I am proud of my CPA license and feel it has opened doors that would not have been possible without it. It was the catalyst for my career advancement, along with a lot of hard work. In my personal life, I am proud of my 26-year marriage. We still have fun and enjoy being together.
What attracted you to your career? I loved math in high school, until calculus. Across the hall was an accounting class, which I took my last semester. It was perfect: a practical application using math skills. Accounting made so much sense to me. I was blessed to find my major before going to college.
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