It's like meeting her city for the first time

A Drink With Marjorie Rodgers

October 09, 2005

Marjorie Rodgers, 36, is executive vice president of A&R Companies, a real estate development company. She also has worked in marketing for ABC, ESPN and the NFL.

After spending most of the last 15 years living and working in New York City, you came home to Baltimore 14 months ago. Why?

I really wanted to be part of running a company. My family has a 28-year-old real estate development company and I was anxious to come and be part of the business. I was fatigued by the craziness of the entertainment industry.

Most people would say working in television is a dream come true. How could you leave that?

Entertainment companies these days are huge. They're international corporations and tens of thousands of employees. You don't have a lot of impact.

How has the transition been from life in the Big Apple?

The biggest adjustments were getting used to a slower pace and missing my friends in New York. It's re-creating your life. But that's what makes it fun, too.

What has most surprised you being back here?

That I knew so little about the city. Growing up in Howard County, I would come into the city for a baseball game or to go out with friends. But, now I'm a resident of Baltimore. I live downtown. The city is full of all these neighborhoods, and cultural finds. All these nooks and crannies to explore. Especially coming from a city that thinks of itself as the center of the universe. One major difference between New York City and Baltimore is that the people here are very engaged in local city issues, whether they're political or philanthropic. ... I really love that Baltimoreans care so much about what happens in their own backyard.

Fifteen years making a life for yourself elsewhere, and now you're back home, not just around family again, but working with them!

Yes. My father [Theo Rodgers] is the company president. My mother [Blanche Rodgers] runs our foundation. And my brother Tony is an executive vice president. But, it's actually been surprisingly easy. We've always gotten along well. What is strange is that all my comings and goings are known. It's hard to go and hide. (She laughs) You can't call in sick because someone is going to call and say, "Are you OK? Can I bring you anything?"

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