June 15, 2016
Ben R. Rechter, a member of Rogers Group, Inc.’s Board of Directors and grandson of company-founder Ralph Rogers, was honored at a special luncheon held on May 24, at the Nashville Music City Center. He received the inaugural Francis S. Guess Bridge to Equality Award from the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
In a press release, the foundation said, “Ben R. Rechter has devoted his civic life to helping others attain equality and realize the American Dream. His leadership in arts, education, and philanthropy helps build bridges and break down walls in Nashville and Middle Tennessee. The Francis S. Guess Bridge to Equality Award honors the memory of civil rights trailblazer and civic leader Francis S. Guess and is awarded to those who spur innovation that leads to equality.”
Rechter has been involved in community organizations since moving to Nashville in 1972. He has served in the Metro Nashville Public Education Foundation, Fisk University, Nashville Symphony Association, United Way of Middle Tennessee, the Society of International Business Fellows, and the Urban League of Middle Tennessee. He is also on the Board of Directors for the National Museum of African American Music, an emeritus board member of Nashville Public Television, and a trustee with the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.