Robert Roche is the founder and President of Roche Enterprises. With more than three decades of experience living and working in Asia and the U.S., he has founded and invested in companies around the world and has philanthropic ties with many internationally-focused nonprofit organizations. As President of Roche Enterprises, Robert Roche has helped manage businesses that have generated more than $1 billion in enterprise value. Roche has also acted as a representative for the U.S. in China and Japan, having served as a Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce Japan and Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce Shanghai Board of Governors. He was a member of the U.S. Trade Representative’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations from 2010-2014.
Robert Roche is the Chairman and CEO of Acorn International, a company he co-founded in 1997 and helped grow to become the largest infomercial company in China. He also serves as Chairman of Oak Lawn Marketing, Japan’s leading infomercial company that he co-founded in 1993. In 2009, Roche helped lead in the sale of 51% of Oak Lawn Marketing to Japan’s largest mobile phone operator. With Roche’s involvement, the two companies employ more than 3,000 people in Japan and China.
Roche is an established entrepreneur and major investor in start-ups and businesses in China. He funded and helped launch the celebrated URBN Hotel in Shanghai, China’s first carbon-neutral hotel. Robert Roche co-founded Cachet Hotel Group, an international hospitality management company, and has served as Chairman of the Board since 2013. He has invested in and helped build KraneShares, a provider of ETFs for early stage Chinese start-ups. Roche also co-founded IS Seafood, a company that imports Icelandic fish to China using a network of industry-leading cold chain logistics specialists and state of the art processing and packaging techniques. He is an investor in and board member of rVue Holdings, an advertising technology company, and Redhorse Performance, an automotive supplier specializing in fittings for racecars. In 2013, Roche helped establish TAG Capital, a boutique investment bank specializing in cross-border transactions across the Asia-Pacific region.
Roche manages large real estate holdings in the U.S. and abroad. In Utah, he has developed Sand Hollow Resort, an award-winning championship golf resort, and Green River Companies, one of the top producing farms in the U.S. He has assisted in the growth of mixed-use developments in Hawaii, as well as Gallup Land Partners, a 26,000-acre development in Gallup, New Mexico, that includes residential properties, a transit hub, and energy distribution facilities.
Robert Roche is involved extensively in philanthropic organizations focused on education and strengthening ties between Asia and the U.S. He helped establish the US/China Strong Foundation and Americans Promoting Study Abroad (APSA), non-profit organizations focused on creating cross-cultural awareness by providing innovative educational opportunities for American students in China. He also serves on the board of the Center for New American Security (CNAS), a nonprofit that develops bipartisan research and analysis on defense and national security policies, and was a Board Member for the U.S. National Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo in 2010. Endowments from Robert Roche established a Chair for Interreligious Research at Nanzan University in Japan, and also launched a new international business degree program at the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver.
Robert Roche is a co-founder and board member of the Business Forward Foundation, an organization that helps business leaders work with policymakers and advisors towards greater economic growth and job creation. Roche is also a Board Member for the Center for American Progress, one of the U.S.’s leading think tanks, and a member of the Board of Advisors for Organizing for Action, a Chicago-based national advocacy organization that has helped train millions of community organizers. Through the Roche Family Foundation and other enterprises, Roche also supports the Clinton Foundation, University of Southern California, and schools, theaters, and community service organizations in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois.
Robert Roche received his Juris Doctor from Sturm College of Law at Denver University in 1988 and is admitted to practice law in the state of Illinois. He completed his undergraduate education at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois, majoring in Economics and Japanese Studies. He attended Nanzan University in Japan as an exchange student from 1983-1984, and again in 1986-1987 while completing his law degree. Roche is married with three children and splits his time between Shanghai, Tokyo and Los Angeles. He is fluent in Japanese and proficient in Mandarin Chinese.
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