Deputy Oakland County Executive and Executive Director of Automation Alley in Troy. Rogers was named Oakland’s deputy executive for government in 1996. His responsibilities include managing Automation Alley, Southeast Michigan’s technology business association. As executive director, Rogers oversees strategic planning and ongoing activities for Automation Alley’s 900-plus members. Prior to his current position, Rogers was director of Oakland County community and economic development, responsible for the planning and development division, the equalization department, and the community development division. In addition, Rogers was one of the founders of the Oakland County Economic Development Corp., served as a member of the governor’s conference on small business, president of the Oakland County Chamber of Commerce, and a director of the North Oakland Board of Realtors. He is currently chairman of the board of Clarkston State Bank and was appointed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm to the state’s Strategic Economic Investment Commercialization Board. He is also a director of the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center. Rogers has been active in the community, having served on the board of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and the United Way of Oakland County. In 1992, he received Oakland County’s volunteer of the year award. In 2007, he received the Michigan Diversification Celebration’s outstanding diversification achievement award from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. Rogers earned a bachelor’s degree in public administration and was awarded the honorary degree, doctor of public service, from Central Michigan University.