After earning a Master’s in Personal Finance from Texas Tech University, Texarkana native, Brent Rodgers, began his career as a stockbroker with a Fortune 500 company and was quickly climbing the ladder of success. Questioning his trajectory, he began to look for the joy and passion that seemed to be missing in his daily work. Through travel and life’s adventures that passion began to manifest.
“My tastebuds were first tantalized in Peru, by a mixture of celery, carrots and beets,” Brent said. “Then with a frothing cup of fresh-blended spinach in the Middle East. From deserts to jungles, I experienced new cultures through fresh, exotic blends of local produce. I discovered a lot of things traveling around the world, but the one that struck me the most was the sense of community I felt when swapping stories over a cup of pulpy concoctions. Always fascinated by the white space that exists between creative visions and business strategy, the idea for Roots Juices was inspired by my determination to bring home an innovative approach to farm-to-table freshness that was healthy for our customers and community.”
That determination paid off and Roots Market and Juicery was born and now thrives in the Dallas, Houston, Austin and Atlanta areas. Roots Market juices are fresh pressed daily and each one contains nearly three pounds of fruits and vegetables. According to rootspressedjuices.com pressed juices have 50 times as many nutrients as the juice you get fresh from local markets and can greatly improve health. Brent has made the improved health of his customers his mission and has found that elusive joy and passion from its pursuit.
What is your favorite Texarkana memory?
My favorite memory was soccer games on Saturday at Spring Lake Park.
Where was your favorite place to eat in Texarkana?
Mr. Gatti’s on State Line
What was the teen hangout when you lived here?
Were you a Hawk, Leopard, Razorback or Tiger?
How do you describe Texarkana to your friends?
A pleasant town with great people and great teachers!
Who is someone from Texarkana who impacted your life and why?
My Friend for life, Ashley Lindsey. She is the most loyal friend I have had in life.
What do you love about Texarkana?
I love the simplicity and the vegetation.
What would you change about Texarkana?
I would make the airport larger to travel to more locations.
What do you think makes Texarkana famous?
Kind, smart people
What is your nickname for Texarkana?
What do you miss about Texarkana?
The plethora of people that care about you!
What words do you live by?
When you fall down, get back up!
TXK Roots is Texarkana Magazine’s forum to highlight and honor Texarkana natives who have accomplished big things in the world. These folks may have relocated, but they took the values, education, work ethic and creativity instilled in them by growing up in this unique border city and used these qualities to blaze extraordinary trails. We asked them to share their thoughts about growing up here. No matter how far from Texarkana they may find themselves, we will always consider them our neighbors and we are proud to claim them as forever members of our extended Texarkana community. After all, “everyone is famous in their hometown!”