Richard Rogers serves as Executive Chairman for Mary Kay Inc. Richard co-founded Mary Kay Inc. in September 1963 with his mother, Mary Kay Ash. He served as the Company’s General Manager until 1965, when he was elected Vice President. In 1968, he was elected President and Chief Executive Officer, and in November 1987, Richard was named Chairman of the Board. He returned as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mary Kay Inc. in 2001 and assumed the title of Executive Chairman in 2006.
Richard has distinguished himself as an innovative marketer and financier. He received the 1968 “Marketing Man of the Year Award” from the North Texas Chapter of the American Marketing Association, becoming the youngest man ever to receive this award. During the same year, Richard took the Company public on the O.T.C. market and subsequently listed the Company on the New York Stock Exchange in 1976. In 1985, Richard led a leveraged buyout of Mary Kay Inc. and returned the Company to a privately held, family-owned business.
Richard served in the U.S. Marine Corps and attended the University of North Texas.
Favorite Mary Kay quote:
“PEOPLE WILL SUPPORT THAT WHICH THEY HELP CREATE.”