He is a vital part of the Coral Gables Community Foundation and founder of his own full-service financial firm, Planning Consultants Group. But there is much more to Anthony “Tony” L. Rogers than many people know.
Born in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Mr. Rogers, an attorney, comes from a long line of Floridians who also were integral to their community.
“My father and grandfather both worked on the Florida East Coast Railroad when it had a passenger line,” says Mr. Rogers. “My grandfather was born in Madison County, Fla., in 1897. My father was one of Florida’s first black firemen on the railroad and later worked as a technician for NASA, where he retired after 25 years of service. My mother was a nurse in New Smyrna and Titusville, Fla., for over 25 years.”
Mr. Rogers met his wife Darlene at Ohio State University when they were students. Now she is an analyst at Bayview Financial in Coral Gables and they have been married for 31 years with three children: Kristen, a reporter for KTXS-TV in Abilene, Texas; Candace, a graduate of Johnson and Wales University in North Miami; and Jordan, a senior at Palmetto Senior High School.
Though he says he enjoys golf, card games and tennis, Mr. Rogers believes his employees would likely say his “real hobby” is his job.
A rededication ceremony was held Friday, May 10, for the Brucie Ball Educational Center in Miami. Brucie Ball, who had been the assistant superintendent of the Office of Special Education and Psychological Services, passed away in 2008. The former Merrick Educational Center was renamed at a School Board meeting on March 13 in recognition of Ball’s efforts in special education.
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