BioRoger Ogden is a real estate developer, civic leader, and philanthropist. He has been a leader in the development and acquisition of more than $1 billion in commercial real estate including shopping centers, hotels, office properties, and public pro bono projects. Mr. Ogden is co-founder of Stirling Properties where for 20 years he led the company as principal and CEO in the development and acquisition of a $200 million portfolio of shopping centers. He is a past trustee of the International Council of Shopping Centers and Vice President for the Southern Division. In 1996, Mr. Ogden developed the Wyndham (now Omni) Riverfront Hotel, a $43 million hotel project that pioneered development on Convention Center Boulevard. In 2000, Mr. Ogden completed the acquisition of the Shops at Canal Place, a 295,000 square foot five-star mall featuring Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany and Co., Brooks Brothers, Anthropologie, J. Crew, Lululemon, and others together with the attached 1,650 space garage at Canal Place. In 2003, Mr. Ogden completed the $70 million Loews New Orleans Hotel on Poydras Street and the restoration of the adjacent Piazza d’Italia. This project involved the creative adaptive re-use of the former Lykes Steamship Office Building. In 2008, Ogden was part of a partnership that acquired the Royal Orleans Hotel in the French Quarter.
Mr. Ogden has been extraordinarily active in many civic organizations, including past Chairman of the LSU Board of Supervisors, past President of the Audubon Park Commission, and chairman of the boards of many other public and non-profit organizations including the International House of Blues Foundation Board and the LSU Stan Scott Cancer Center Board of Advisors and Co-Chairman of the LSU/Tulane Cancer Consortium Board of Advisors. In connection with his civic work, he has donated his time and talents as the coordinating developer of the New Orleans Aquarium of the Americas and Woldenberg Park, a world-renowned $100 million riverfront park, and the $30 million restoration of the historic Louisiana Supreme Court building, located in the heart of the Vieux Carre. He chaired the design and construction committee for the development of the new $60 million business school complex at LSU. On the New Orleans Aviation Board, Ogden is helping to lead the development of the new $50 million terminal building.
Mr. Ogden’s experience and passion for economic development dovetails with serving as the inaugural chairman of the Super Region Committee (a collaboration between GNO Inc. and the Baton Rouge Area Chamber), his membership in the Committee of 100 for Economic Development, Inc., as well as serving on the board of directors for Greater New Orleans, Inc. Ogden also serves on the board for BioDistrict New Orleans and the New Orleans Aviation Board. Additionally, Mr. Ogden is a member of the Business Council of New Orleans and the River Region and is recognized as one of New Orleans leading entrepreneurs in “How They did It...Profiles of New Orleans Entrepreneurs” published in 2009.
Mr. Ogden is an honors graduate of Louisiana State University where he graduated second in the College of Business and served as Student Body President. He holds a Juris Doctorate Degree and is an Order of the Coif graduate of Tulane Law School where he was elected to The Law Review. He has been a resident of New Orleans for over 30 years.