WCM’s Outdoor Hospitality Industry catches up with former Kampgrounds of America (KOA) CEO Jim Rogers. Rogers’ career in the hospitality industry started 50 years ago when, as a new graduate from the University of California-Berkeley, he joined Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA), as a management trainee in 1972. After time away from KOA, he returned to KOA in January 2000 to become the CEO of the company. Rogers focused on strategic partnerships and corporate growth as KOA’s chairman and chief executive officer. Rogers retired from KOA in 2016.