8 Questions for Robert Roche
Managing Member of Gallup Land Partners, LLC
Q. Robert, Why would a businessman who lives in Shanghai, China invest millions of dollars in Gallup, New Mexico?
A. I felt I could bring my experience in managing and bringing order to complex projects to Gallup and really add value to this project.
Q. What have you enjoyed most about the project to this point?
A. I’ve been impressed with the willingness and enthusiasm with which we have been welcomed into this community. By far, the people of Gallup have been the most enjoyable part of the project.
Q. What’s been the biggest challenge of the project so far?
A. Fully understanding all of the assets, history, and potential associated with the property we acquired. We’re constantly learning new and exciting things both about our property and this area.
Q. What is your top priority?
A. GLP (Gallup Land Partners) is still focusing a lot of time and energy on planning. We’re currently developing master plans for projects across our property, and we’re working with many Gallup locals in planning various area projects.
Q. Ultimately, what do you see as the highest potential of Gallup and your project?
A. Location seems to be the most interesting part of Gallup. Whether you’re looking at transportation corridors, natural resources, or even just willing, hard-working people, Gallup is located in an area able to provide in a way few places can. Although Gallup is often overlooked in favor of larger cities in the Southwest area, I feel this is something that is about to change.
Q. What do you enjoy doing in your off time?
A. I enjoy studying other languages. Currently, I am learning Chinese. I also enjoy reading – for business and personal enjoyment.
Q. What is kind of movies and music do you like?
A. I like all kinds of music, from classical to modern to hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s. Really whatever is on the radio, I enjoy. My favorite movies are the Matrix Series.
Q. If you could trade places with one other person, either living or dead, who would it be and why?
A. I would love to trade places with Benjamin Franklin. As one of the founding fathers of the United States, he was always proud of his working-class roots. He was a printer-publisher, writer, politician and a scientist. It would be interesting to live in the 1700s and accomplish so much.