Entrepreneurship, Growth, Success

From West Point to AO1: Meet Jared Rogers

Our team here at AO1 Consulting had the pleasure of sitting down with one of our incredible team members to discuss business, growth, and goals. Jared Rogers has been an account manager with the team since October of 2018 and has built a great career in the past few months. In this one on one interview, Rogers shares the secrets to his success and the road that brought him to us.

Where are you from?

“I was born in Atlanta and lived there for seven years, then moved to Baton Rouge, LA where I was raised.”

What childhood experiences were most influential in your life?

“Going from the public school system to private school system taught me so much. It forced me to learn how to interact with people from all walks of life early on.”

How would your parents and peers describe you?

“Hardworking and always one to finish what I start.”

Were you involved in any sports or extracurriculars?

“I started playing sports at age 5. I played football, basketball, baseball and ran track. I played football all the way through college and also ran track for one year. It taught me mental toughness, competition, and how to deal with adversity. It also taught me about being a part of something greater than myself.”

What was your childhood dream job?

“NFL player.”

Did you have any idea you would end up in this field?

“Absolutely not, but I love the way things ended up.”

Tell us about your college experience.

“I attended the United States Military Academy at West Point where I played football. I assumed a leadership position as company commander when I was an upperclassman and majored in Engineering Management. Later, I transferred to LSU as a full-time student and majored in Industrial Engineering.”

What is one life experience that you feel has shaped you?

“Going to the academy and learning how to think like a leader has shaped me the most.”

What is something we might not know about you by just looking at you?

“My sense of humor for one. Honestly, most of my life, people have underestimated my intelligence based on my appearance. I was never seen as an intelligent person until I opened my mouth. I’ve realized I like it that way. I look and act like any member of a team, but my intelligence stands out when I speak.”

What would you consider to be your greatest skill, quality, or asset?

“My resiliency for sure.”

What drew you towards the company?

“I saw an opportunity to become the person I want to be. The culture is competitive and fun, with a group of innovative individuals who all have goals. It was a fun, high-energy environment, mixed with the professionalism of the organization. All of the consultants and managers are willing to pay it forward for future leaders.”

What is something you’ve learned through your work you didn’t know before?

“How to accept a no and turn it into a logical and reasonable yes.”

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

“Running a new office location for our client somewhere close to the coast.”

When he is not crushing goals and motivating others, Jared Rogers can be found exploring the world. The account manager spends his time at events, museums, and exhibits in the constant pursuit of knowledge.