On Saturday, November 30th, a charity event was held in Los Angeles for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. At the conclusion of the successful event, Roger Rodas fired up his Porsche Carrera GT and, with passenger Paul Walker, left the festivities. Shortly thereafter, the car slammed st speed into a utility pole and burst into flames. Both occupants were killed. Rodas is survived by his wife, Kristine, and two children. He was 38.
Roger Rodas was a successful financial adviser for Bank of America/Merril Lynch,having been named one of America’s top wealth management advisers three years in a row. He was a successful business owner and entrepreneur; he owned Always Evolving, an automotive specialty shop, and sponsor of the November 30th charity event. And he was a successful racing driver, competing in the Pirelli World Challenge in 2013 as a rookie, and placing 2nd in points in the Pirelli Porsche Driver’s Cup Series championship in 2012, with2 race wins and 6 podium finishes.
With his well earned wealth and extensive financial knowledge, Rodas was extremely generous with both his time, money, and expertise. He was a board member of Asomugha Foundation, a charity who aided young women and children in Nigera and South African countries who were victims of poverty, human rights violations and national widespread health epidemics. Also he, along with Walker, founded Reach Out World Wide, which brought skilled volunteers to disaster stricken areas such as Haiti. Rodas was also instrumental in developing waste to energy power plants and wind farms in Central America, and he was also owner of Cielo Recycling, a Central American recycling plant. Finally, Rodas helped Walker establish a foundation in Reach Out World Wide that enabled Walker to accept donations on behalf of his foundation and bring the biggest bang for his philanthropic buck when it came to bringing skilled volunteers to areas hit hard by natural disasters.
Roger Rodas exemplified the American Dream. He worked hard, played hard, and most importantly gave of his time, fortune, and knowledge to leave the world a better place. His example should be used as a life model for anyone, young, old, rich, poor, Native, immigrant. There are actually many more like him out there who give unselfishly. They come from all walks of life. Sadly had Mr. Rodas not had a famous passenger on that fateful drive, we may never have heard of him. Let us focus on his accomplishments, and not make his memory merely the answer to a trivia question.