Rodger Kline was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and graduated from Sylvan Hills High School in North Little Rock in 1961. He graduated the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1966 with an Electrical Engineering degree. During his senior year, Rodger was named the “Outstanding Graduate of the College of Engineering for 1966″ by the faculty.
Upon graduation in 1966, Mr. Kline went to work for IBM as a Systems Engineer. He installed numerous IBM System 360/370 and System 3 computers for IBM customers in Arkansas, including Wal-Mart”s first computer in 1970, when Wal-Mart operated less than 20 stores. Mr. Kline also served two years as an officer in the U.S. Army from June of 1967 to June of 1969.
In 1973, Mr. Kline left IBM to join Charles Morgan at Demographics, a small information services company, with $1 million in annual revenue. Under new leadership, Demographics became Acxiom Corporation, one of the recognized leaders in consumer household and individual information for marketing and other applications such as fraud prevention, security and id verification. Mr. Kline is considered one of the founders of Acxiom, and a top executive instrumental in growing the Company to $1.4 billion in annual revenue.
After 35 years of service Mr. Kline retired from Acxiom Corporation in June 2008. Throughout his career at Acxiom, Mr. Kline served in a number of key roles with the Company, including chief operating officer, chief information officer, and treasurer. When he retired, Mr. Kline was the Company’s chief administrative leader. He also served as the Company’s chief financial officer on several occasions during his career. Additionally, Mr. Kline served on the Acxiom Corporation Board as a Director from 1975 to 2008.
Mr. Kline joined the University of Arkansas College of Engineering Advisory Council in 1989, serving as Chairman since 1990. Mr. Kline became a member of the Arkansas Academy of Electrical Engineers in 1991 and a charter member of the Arkansas Academy of Computing in 2006. In 2003, Mr. Kline was inducted into the University of Arkansas College of Engineering Hall of Fame.
Mr. Kline now divides his time between residences in Arkansas, Texas, and Los Cabos, Mexico where he is a principal owner of Querencia, a 1,828-acre private golf club and residential community development near San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. Mr. Kline has two sons and three grandchildren, and is an avid golfer.