Founder and President
Robert Roche is the founder and president of Roche Enterprises, Ltd., and co-owner of Sand Hollow Resort, LLC. Roche Enterprises invests in a broad range of industry sectors, including hospitality, consumer products, media, real estate, energy, and logistics. The company’s hospitality interests also include URBN Hotel, China’s first carbon-neutral hotel, and Cachet Hotel Group, an international hospitality management company with properties around the world. Roche brings his extensive expertise in the hospitality industry to Sand Hollow Resort with the goal of making it a premier travel and recreation destination.
Roche is an investor, philanthropist, and civic leader in the U.S. and Asia. In addition to Sand Hollow Resort, his U.S. real estate interests include, Gallup Land Partners, LLC, Green River Companies, LLC, and HG Kauai Joint Venture, LLC. In the Asia-Pacific region, Roche’s companies include Oak Lawn Marketing, Inc. and IS Seafood, LLC. Robert Roche is also the CEO of Acorn International, Inc.
Along with his successful business ventures, 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. Roche is co-founder and member of the Board of Trustees of the Business Forward Foundation and a board member of the Center for American Progress and the Center for a New American Security.
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.
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. For more information, connect with Robert Roche on LinkedIn.