Robert Roche is President of Roche Enterprises the parent company of Gallup Land Partners, LLC. An investor, philanthropist, and civic leader, Roche has been involved as a founder, investor, or advisor in more than 40 companies in the United States and Asia. His real estate interests in the United States include Gallup Land Partners, LLC; Sand Hollow Resort, LLC; Green River Companies, LLC; and HG Kauai Joint Venture, LLC. Over the past five years, Roche Enterprises has made investments of more than $40 million (USD) in Gallup, New Mexico, with the goal of driving economic growth and development in Gallup-McKinley County.
Along with his successful business ventures, including overseas companies Acorn International and Oak Lawn Marketing, Roche is an engaged civic leader who has made significant contributions, serving as an appointee of President Obama on the United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations; representing the U.S. as a Board Member of Organizing for Action, and as an advisory council member for the U.S./China Strong Foundation. Robert Roche is co-founder of the Business Forward Foundation and a board member of the Center for American Progress.
Individually, and through the Roche Family Foundation, Robert Roche supports educational institutions, community programs and philanthropic causes in the U.S. and abroad. In 2005, he helped establish the Chair for Interreligious Research at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan through an endowment. In 2010, Roche and the Roche Family Foundation provided a $3 million gift to the University of Denver to establish a Masters of Laws (LLM) in International Business Transactions program at the Sturm College of Law. He also funds scholarship programs at the University of New Mexico-Gallup.
Roche completed his undergraduate education at Illinois State University with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Japanese Studies. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 1988. He is married with three children and spends his time in the United States, China, and Japan.