Gerald D. Ogier

About the donor:

First carried by Gerald Ogier, '65, Member of 1965 Junior Sword Drill. Next carreid by Steven Ogier, '90, Commander of the 1990 Summerall Guards.

Served on active duty as an Armor Officer in Germany for two years. Gerry began his business career in January 1968 with Koger Properties, Inc., a suburban office park developer. In March of 1970, he was promoted to Vice President/General Manager of the Tampa Bay Area. He joined Epoch Properties, Inc. a multifamily developer in Orlando, Florida in May 1972 as a managing partner. Gerry was later made a general partner, and served as its Executive Vice President until October 1975. He then formed Heavener Ogier Services and acquired a master franchise for the ERA Real Estate Services, a national franchise for residential real estate companies. With his partner, he built the franchise to include 300 franchisees across the southeastern United States. Ultimately, it became the largest master franchisor within the ERA national system. Gerry sold this business in April 1986. Concurrently, he formed an oil and gas exploration company in Oklahoma and served as the general partner in over 20 oil and gas drilling partnerships. Gerry's current endeavor, ContraVest, is a real estate development company that he formed with a partner in 1986. The company specializes in the development, construction, management and ownership of residential apartment communities. Since its inception, ContraVest has developed over 20,000 apartment units in seven states representing a construction volume in excess of a billion dollars. He currently serves as its President/CEO and Chairman of the Board. Gerry and his wife Marilyn (whom he met while he was a cadet and she was attending St. Francis School of Nursing in Charleston) have three children and eight grandchildren. Their son Steven is a 1990 graduate of The Citadel.


Preferred Sword Disposition: JSA cadet, Summerall Guards commander or any cadet

This sword has been carried by:

Name Class of Year Carried Position
Evan Buddendorf 2019 2018-2019 5th Battalion Supply Officer
Cadet Blake Garwood 2023 2021-2022 5th Btn Supply Officer
Cadet William McLaurine Jr. 2023 2022-2023 5th Btn Supply Officer
Gage Timberlake 2025 2023-2024 Palmetto Battery Academic NCO