Jim Rogers, a long-time business and civic leader in Charlotte, has been honored with The Order of the Long Leaf Pine for his lifetime of service to North Carolina. The award, conferred by Gov. Pat McCrory, was presented at the annual meeting of the Charlotte Region Commercial Board of REALTORS on Dec. 4 at Quail Hollow Country Club.
In his nominating letter, Charles Campbell, Co-Managing Partner of Brackett Flagship Properties in Charlotte, stated that Rogers “embodies the qualities of service, character and integrity that are expected of recipients of this award.”
Rogers, 72, has contributed to the vibrancy of Charlotte in a number of ways the past 45 years. He was a founding partner of Cauble and Co. of Carolina in 1982, a commercial mortgage banking and real estate investment sales brokerage firm that financed a number of major N.C. and S.C. projects. In 2005, he was a co-founder of Flagship Capital Partners (merged with The Brackett Co. in 2010 to form Brackett Flagship Properties) which develops, acquires, manages and leases medical office buildings across the Southeast. He also helped form in 1994 the Charlotte Region Commercial Board of REALTORS, the predominant commercial real estate voice in the Charlotte region and served as CRCBR’s first President.
While still active at Brackett Flagship, he has pulled back from day-to-day business activity. Over the years, he has given an extraordinary amount of time and energy to a wide range of causes benefiting business, education and the arts. Among the organizations he has served in various leadership roles: Leadership Charlotte, YMCA, Arts & Science Council, WTVI (channel 42), Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, UNCC Athletic Foundation, Central Piedmont Community College, Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region and the Lynwood Foundation. He currently chairs the Administrative Board at Myers Park United Methodist Church.
Rogers received his B.S. and MBA degrees from East Tennessee State University where he was named Alumnus of the Year, received ETSU’s Award of Honor and was installed in the Hall of Fame of the College of Business and Technology. Rogers also graduated from CPCC.
Among the many honors he has received: The YMCA’s George Williams Lifetime Achievement Award, Leadership Charlotte’s Shelly R. Lyons Circle of Excellence Award and Distinguished Leadership Award, CPCC’s Richard Hagemeyer Educational Advancement Award, Charlotte Regional REALTORS Association Citizenship Award and the Charlotte Region Commercial Board of REALTOS Realtor of the Year Award.
Created in 1965 to honor those who helped shape the life of North Carolina for good, The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is the highest civilian honor for a NC citizen. It has gone to a wide range of Tar Heels including William Friday, Billy Graham and Bob Timberlake.