Rogers is, briefly, Goldman’s unseen energy participant, a self-styled keeper of its company flame with an earnest sense of nostalgia that has, at instances, appeared out of step because the agency modified round him.
He personally designed — and trademarked — a Goldman Sachs-branded garment bag to commemorate the agency’s one hundred and fiftieth anniversary in 2019. He commissioned a documentary from filmmaker Ken Burns’ brother, Ric, to mark the event, and employed the Smithsonian jazz band for a touring roadshow to Goldman’s world places of work. (He’s on the board of the museum, to which he donated a chunk of the Berlin Wall that he chiseled out throughout a 1990 go to.)
“He’s the final word institutionalist,” says Jack Martin, the previous CEO of public-relations consultancy Hill+Knowlton, who labored intently with Rogers throughout the 2000s. “He loves giant, advanced organizations — placing them collectively, tinkering with the levers.”
For some time, he collected vintage Jeep Wagoneers. He supervised the restoration of the Jefferson Bible. He was provided a job operating George Washington’s historic dwelling, Mount Vernon, a number of years in the past.
As an undergraduate at George Washington College, he took the general public tour on the Capitol so typically that the guides ultimately let him lead one, a pal from the time stated. He landed a White Home internship, and at 25 was named particular assistant to President Ronald Reagan, with oversight for administration and administration.
He doled out coveted parking spots, policed use of the White Home tennis courts, and, after cautious consideration, allowed the presidential seal on memento golf balls. It was at his suggestion that the White Home, in 1981, started promoting Christmas ornaments, remembered Fred Ryan, a fellow staffer and later, the writer of The Washington Submit.
He joined Goldman in 1994 with zero Wall Avenue expertise as assistant to Jon Corzine, the primary of 4 chief executives he’d serve — normally from neighboring places of work. He recruited board members forward of its IPO, constructed up a lobbying presence so weak its important workplace had as soon as been in Albany, and ultimately oversaw communications, human assets, authorities affairs, and advertising.
Robert Grady, an outdated pal from the Reagan White Home, stated: “John is ‘the person to see,’” he stated, referencing the biography by the identical title of Edward Bennett Williams, the legendary Washington lawyer.
Rogers declined a proposal to grow to be chief of employees to Donald Trump, folks accustomed to the matter stated (although he has been an occasional spin-class accomplice of Ivanka.)