William L. Rogers
Founder, TexWest, LLC
Bill Rogers is the founder of TexWest LLC, his personal holding company. He is the cofounder of International Farming Corporation, which itself or its sister entities own, control, or contract-manage 500,000 acres of farmland, and whose goals include sustainable farming through lowering chemical and seed inputs, increasing outputs, lowering water usage, and utilizing no-till farming. He is also the cofounder of The Halifax Group, a private equity corporate investment group, where he served as chairman until December 2009. Prior to cofounding Halifax, Rogers was one of the founding partners of Colony Capital, an international realty–related investment group, where he is still a principal.
Rogers received a BS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1969, where he was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate, and he received an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in 1972, where he was a Vehon Scholar. He is chairman of the Kenan-Flagler Business School Board of Visitors at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he assists in the oversight of its Foundation’s investments, and he is a former trustee of the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Rogers is currently a member of the board of directors of Waddell & Reed, a NYSE-listed asset manager of over $50 billion (principally mutual funds).