John Rockhold, Pacific Rim Investment and Management (PRIM)
John has been living and working in Vietnam since 1992 and is currently implementing climate change programs 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 2023, John headed the cooperation between VBF and Vietnam Government with AmCham in the lead and publishing the Made In Vietnam Energy Plan 3 and Climate Change 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 with financial grants in 2023 to co-fund “Off-ramping Coal in Vietnam, Government Taskforce for Offshore Wind, and the Capacity Building program, and MVEP3.
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. John served as Vice Chairman of the Nordic Chamber of Commerce 2012-2015.
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.