John Rockhold, Vietnam Rare Earth JSC
John has been living and working in Vietnam since 1992 and is currently implementing climate change projects in-line with Vietnam’s international commitments. He currently serves as Chair of the AmCham Hanoi Board of Governors.
Since 2009, he has served as Chairman of the Vietnam Business Forum Power and Energy Working Group, and since 2016, the Co-Chairman of the AmCham Vietnam Energy Committee. During 2022, John headed the cooperation between VBF and Vietnam Government on a four-part Vietnamese television series “The Road Map to Decarbonizing Vietnam”, and 2023 with AmCham in the lead a Made In Vietnam Energy Plan 3 and Capacity Building for GOV.
John has been involved with private sector participation within social infrastructure utilities since 1995 when he established Vietnam’s first 100% privately owned environmental firm. In that role he worked with numerous Vietnamese Ministries “Social Target Programs” as a director, including State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) in the design, construction, and operations of over 20 major social infrastructure projects throughout Vietnam involving many AmCham goods and services members.
Mr. Rockhold founded Los Angeles based Pacific Rim Investment and Management Inc. (PRIM) in 2000 to work with private sector companies on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) opportunities throughout Vietnam. He has worked with over 70 investors throughout the US and ASEAN regarding investment and operations of various industries. PRIM has backed John’s participation into their financial investments in Vietnam and bilateral Vietnam / Lao with other USA companies and a World Bank IFC mandate in developing a 3GW wind and solar and a 4.8GW LNG to power projects totaling over $10 billion.
As an officer of the AmCham HCMC chapter board of governors, John stepped-in as interim Executive Director from 2017 until early 2019. Under his leadership, the HCMC chapter reached record membership levels of just over 500 members, business events grew by over 550%, revenue grew by over 39%, costs were lowered, and cooperation between the two AmCham chapter offices improved.
Mr. Rockhold served in the US Navy for over eight years, including two combat tours during the Vietnam War, and another eight years with the US Government under direct contract in Africa, Asia and Central America. Mr. Rockhold is married to a Vietnamese national and they have two children. The family farms in Hau Giang Province within the Mekong Delta.
If elected to the board for another term, he will use his experience and contribute the time necessary to continue to grow AmCham Hanoi and work for good cooperation with all AmCham Chapters.