Robert van Roijen
| Robert van Roijen|
|Born||July 25, 1939|
New York City
|Children|| • Victoria|
Van Roijen’s grandfather was Dutch ambassador to the United States in the 1920s, and his uncle, Jan H. van Roijen, had the very same appointment from 1950 to 1964. During the 1973 Oil Crisis, the Dutch government sent Jan H. van Roijen, who was also a member of the Bilderberg Group, to Saudi Arabia in an unsuccessful attempt to patch things up diplomatically. His father was born a Dutch citizen in England, immigrated to the U.S. in the 1930s and was a spook in the Army Air Corps before joining the CIA. He graduated in 1961 from Harvard College with a bachelor's degree in economics and philosophy.
Van Roijen was an intelligence officer with the U.S. Marines from 1961 to 1963. In 1964 he joined IBM as a systems engineer in Washington, later he worked in marketing and government relations. In 1974 he co-founded Clyde Associates, a venture-capital group in Washington. Van Roijen's sister was working in the White House communications office, and he used those connections to his advantage as a lobbyist for IBM, obtaining strategic information from government offices such as the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). In 1977 he co-founded the Secor Group in Washington. He was elected chairman of Control Laser Corp. of Orlando later that year and assumed added duties as company president and chief executive in 1981. In January 1988 he founded Tox Financial Co. of Winter Park. Robert van Roijen "was said to be the man responsible for getting [Wirt] Walker [III] involved in the aircraft business." He was a board member of KuwAm.
He was also Tricia Nixon's White House party escort during the time of the Nixon Administration.
- Catherine Hinman, A Joint Venture Of Business, Philosophy Secor Group Partner Has Will To ‘Win Or Lose It All’, The Orlando Sentinel, February 01, 1988, http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1988-02-01/business/0010340055_1_van-roijen-gordon-gould-control-laser
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