Roger A. Blissett, RBC Capital Markets in conversation with
John W. Rogers, Jr., Ariel Investments
Roger Blissett is managing director of US Strategy at RBC Capital Markets.
John W. Rogers Jr.
John’s passion for investing started when he was 12 years old when his
father bought him stocks, instead of toys, for every birthday and
Christmas. His interest grew while majoring in economics at Princeton
University. After graduation, he worked as a stockbroker for 2½ years at
William Blair & Company, LLC—a regional investment banking firm. In
1983, John founded Ariel Investments to focus on undervalued small and
medium-sized companies. Patience served as the cornerstone of a
disciplined approach that still drives the firm today. Early in his
career, John’s investment expertise brought him to the forefront of
media attention, including being selected as Co-Mutual Fund Manager of
the Year by Sylvia Porter’s Personal Finance magazine as well as an All-Star Mutual Fund Manager by USA TODAY.
Today, he is regularly featured and quoted in a wide variety of
broadcast and print publications and is a contributing columnist to Forbes.
Beyond Ariel, John serves as a board member of Exelon Corporation and
McDonald’s Corporation. He is a trustee of the University of Chicago,
where he also chairs the board of the University of Chicago Laboratory
School and a director of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and
Human Rights. In 2008, he was awarded Princeton University’s highest
honor, the Woodrow Wilson Award, presented each year to the alumnus
whose career embodies a commitment to national service. Following the
election of President Barack Obama, John served as co-chair for the
Presidential Inaugural Committee 2009. John received an AB in economics
from Princeton University where he was also captain of the varsity
John W. Rogers, CEO of Ariel Investments, discusses the Black Corporate
Directors' Conference, which he co-founded 11 years ago. He defines the
conference's main goal as exploring how to effectively address the civil
rights agenda in the board room.