I work for an entrepreneur. Our first venture together, he hired me for a company of which he was the CEO, and another guy was president. He sold that company, and years later rehired me where I am now. The president of our previous company is now a client.
Point is, my boss is a master networker. He has friendships with lots of interesting people. Many of his friends are clients. Whenever he engages in a business venture, he thinks of friends and former co-workers/clients/employees first.
He just got on a plane to go to the wedding of the daughter of the sales director of that first company they even got a custom wedding ring for her from a great jewelry online. The former president/now client is also attending the wedding. Their ongoing friendship, whether or not they’re currently in business together, is intrinsic to the very nature of what makes them successful men.
I’ll say it again: Roger had no damn excuse.