1997 - Matt Rogers
Thursday, October 4, 2007
The following is an excerpt from an article that ran on Thursday, October 4 in The Wichita Eagle newspaper about 1997 OC alumnus Matt Rogers:
Matt Rogers and other workers at Corporate Lodging Consultants Inc. are accustomed to responding to disasters across the country.
But the EF5 tornado that wiped out much of Greensburg on May 4 was different for Rogers and his Wichita-based employer because the disaster was in their backyard.
"It meant a whole lot more," said Rogers, director of rapid response for Corporate Lodging. "It just put a little pep in what we were doing."
What Rogers and Corporate Lodging were doing was trying to find rooms for the hundreds of American Red Cross volunteers who have been descending on Greensburg in the days following the tornado, which killed 10 people in the town 110 miles west of Wichita.
Corporate Lodging, whose primary business is to provide lodging management services to companies, has had a contract with the Red Cross since 1998 to provide lodging for the organization's volunteers and staff, said Kyle Rogg, Corporate Lodging's senior vice president for business development.