From management trainee to CEO of Atlanta-based SunTrust Banks, Bill Rogers hasn’t worked anywhere else since graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill three decades ago. While his career path is unlikely to be followed by many younger employees these days, Rogers, 54, talks about the advantages of working for a large company because of the breadth of experiences it can provide. Rogers also discusses the financial crisis and what SunTrust executives and consumers learned from it.
Q: You did not expect to spend your entire career at SunTrust. What happened?
A: I thought I’d work here a couple of years and then go back to graduate school and get a real job. But I loved it here. I also got married. We wanted to start a family and I didn’t have any money. So going to graduate school full-time didn’t work into my plans. But the company afforded me an opportunity to go to graduate school at night. I went to Georgia State and got an MBA on the slowest possible