Jim Roberts was a defensive and running back on the 1964 to 1967 teams. In his senior season Roberts rushed for 299 yards on 64 carries (4.4 ypc) and 3 touchdowns. He also caught a pass for 4 yards. He had over 600 career rushing yards (incomplete records pre-1967). An outstanding student athlete, Roberts was awarded an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship in 1967-68.
Current City: Santa Fe, NM
Years at UH, Major, Position: 6 years (BEd 1968; MBA, Finance 1970); Defensive Back 1964, Running Back ‘65-‘67, Graduate Assistant Football Coach 1969; NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship Award 1967-68 (one of 33 awarded nationally); Outstanding Student, College of Education 1968; Beta Gamma Sigma, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Societies
Company/Position: retired 2011; formerly Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Veolia Energy North America, Inc. (www.veoliaenergyna.com); positions previously held at Veolia Energy International: CFO – United Kingdom & Ireland (London), CFO – International (Paris), Controller – International (Lille, France)
Tell us about your family: wife Julia Roberts (BSEd Indiana University ’69; MEd UH ’70); daughter Jessica Roberts Calhoun, Ames, IA; 3 grandchildren
Where have your career travels taken you since you left UH? Sydney, Australia (Citibank); Honolulu, Hawaii (C. Brewer); Philadelphia, PA (IU International Corp.); Lille [France], London, Paris, Boston & Chicago (all Veolia Energy)
What do you do in your spare time? Golf; reading; travel
What did you get out of your academic and/or athletic experiences at the University of Hawaii? A great education that gave me the background to succeed in international finance; athletic experience that taught me to get up when I got knocked down
Who were some of your teammates?: Jim Rodden, Ralph Kaspari, Dennis Goodrich, Rick Blangiardi, Rich Hrdlicka. Are you able to stay in touch with any of them? Fortunately, our paths have crossed occasionally.
What is your favorite memory or memories of University of Hawaii Football? My senior year (1967), when we were 6-4 and really put UH football on the road to success.