BIOGRAPHICAL DATA - ROGER LAWRENCE GERARD
Following graduation from Northeastern University where he was enrolled in the flight training program and was a Distinguished Military Graduate (DMG) Roger entered active duty with the U.S. Army. Following active and reserve duty he was honorably discharged as a Captain having served with B Company, 3rd. Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 187th Infantry Brigade, 18th Airborne. He was also a training officer with the 333rd. Infantry Regiment BCT (Basic Combat Training) and a Company Commander with the 300th MP Command. Managed the rifle and pistol teams at Fort Monmouth. In the interim he received his MBA from Northeastern University.
His employers were Chrysler Corporation and Ford Motor Company while a college co-op student and later a graduate employee at Ford. He returned to Massachusetts from Michigan to work for the General Electric Company Flight Propulsion Division in Lynn. He was a founder and president of Infotrieve Systems, Inc., one of the earliest information storage and retrieval companies. He later joined Fairchild Semiconductor in South Portland, Maine, and was subsequently promoted to the H.Q. in Mountain View, California where he began his international business career administering and auditing international policies and practices.. While in Maine he was an instructor in labor economics and organizational development at the University of Maine Extension Service. He joined the Atari Division of Warner Communications as Vice President-Administration and served on the board of directors of the Columbia-Warner Credit Union in Burbank, California. He was then recruited by Intel and joined Intel first in California, later in Brussels and then in the United Kingdom with responsibility for Northern Europe.
To remain in the international arena he began a consulting
career in Saudi Arabia with a Saudi Construction Company, King Faisal
Specialist Hospital and Research Center, a Boeing Industrial Technology start-up
venture in support of the Royal Saudi Air Force Peace Sentinel Program and
finally Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) of Switzerland where he was responsible for all
of the administration, government relations, legal, logistics and personnel for
the four Saudi based companies. He
received a commendation from the Board of Directors in Zurich for his work in keeping the operations open and running
during the first Gulf War, "Desert Storm".
Following the Gulf War he left Saudi Arabia and returned to Massachusetts to care for his terminally ill mother. From 1992 until 1997 he and his wife, Ann, maintained residences in Los Gatos, California and Gardner, Massachusetts. In 1997 they sold their California home and established their residence in Gardner. In 2002 they moved to Westminster, IMassachusetts. In 2015 they sold their home in Westminster and moved to Aston Gardens, Sun City Center, Florida.
Civic: Maine: Industry Rep. Governor's Council, National Council on the Aging. Mass.: Board of Registrar, Personnel Board.
Roger has traveled extensively having visited 48 states including Alaska and Hawaii and has traveled to 50 countries on six continents including such remote places as Yemen, Cook Islands, the Golden Triangle, Campinas, Brazil; Fiji, Penang, Malacca, Kuala Lampur, Trieste, Croatia, Kosovo, Serbia and "iron curtain" countries (East Germany, Poland and Czechoslovakia) during the Cold War. He obtained his scuba diver certificate at Kotok Island, Indonesia and is an avid skier having skied in France, Switzerland and Austria as well as areas in New England and Northern California. While in California he coached a girl's soccer team and led youth groups in the re-habbing of homes at the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation. He is married to Dr. Ann Gerard, the former Joyce Ann Howard who received her Ph.D from Boston College where she taught graduate level courses as well as at San Francisco State University and Santa Clara University where she was a tenured professor. She joined Roger in Saudi Arabia where she directed education services at the Handicapped Children's Center in Riyadh. Roger and Ann have six children.
- Northeastern University College of Business AdministrationMBA
- Detroit College of Law (Michigan State University College of Law)Law
- Gerard AssociatesRetired International Executive, present
- Chrysler, Ford, U.S. Army, Martin Missile, Vickers, G.E, Fairchild, Intel, Atari. Contract Employment: King Faisal Hospital & Research Center,
- Boeing Industrial Technology Group - Advanced Electronics Co., Alsalam Aircraft (Royal Saudi Air Force - Peace Shield), ABB of Zurich, Switzerland