Going GREEN with renewable energy, insights to Government Services and Education
Mr. Robert Uhrle has a wealth of experience and expertise in Business Development, Government Services, Education, Community development and Renewable Energy. His greatest value his ability and knowledge to "connect the dots" that enable improvements to the lives and living conditions of Samoans and minorities; like a "conductor" in an orchestra. Robert takes a long-term view on initiatives and work he is actively involved with.
RENEWABLE ENERGY SERVICES
Uhrle provides consulting services in renewable energy industry (both commercial and residential) on how to successfully deploy solar power solutions on-time, on-budget and with quality through a proven implementation process.
Uhrle also focuses on educating consumers on the benefits of going "Green" with solar energy, how to leverage government rebates, investment tax credits and cost savings benefits. Uhrle is passionate in proper job training and economic development in sustainable renewable energy where high-paying jobs can be created.
From 1986 to 1988, Uhrle worked as a senior-level Intern from American Samoa under the honorable Senator Daniel Inouye, providing Uhrle with insights to the inner workings of Congress and allowing Uhrle to provide input into "Inouye" sponsored and supported legislation.
Uhrle served as Director of the Office of State Coordination under the Senate Sergeant at Arms Office from 1988 to 1992 during Senator Mitchell (of Maine) period, managing an annual budget of $90 million for leasing and outfitting of home state offices across the country for all 100 US Senators.
Between 1985 to 1986, Uhrle worked in the American Samoa Legislature as a Financial Analyst under the Legislative Financial Office. From 1983 to 1985 Uhrle worked for the American Samoa Government Office of Telecommunication (now ASTCA) and the American Samoa Development Planning Office (now Department of Commerce), providing keen insights into both Legislative and Executive branches of the American Samoa Government.
While serving as Vice President of Government and Marketing/Sales for CocoCommerce, Uhrle sold and implemented enterprise-wide software platforms for banks, manufacturing companies, and US Territorial governments designated as “high risk”.
Uhrle served as CEO of TOA Com, an Internet Service Provider (ISP) in American Samoa that marketed and sold high speed broadband service to both local and federal government and large retail businesses, as well as VOIP technology service that offered competitive long-distance communications options in competition with two local telecommunications providers.
PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS and NON-PROFITS
Uhrle served as a consultant to the Asian and Pacific Islander Advisory Council for the Gates
Millennium Scholarship Program (GMSP). The $1Billion dollar endowment from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provides scholarships to students from communities of color for undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in the sciences.
As an Adjunct faculty at UCSF Family and Community Medicine, Uhrle taught 2nd and 3rd year resident MD's on Community Oriented Primary Care (COPC). Also while at UCSF, Uhrle co-founded the Community Partnership Resource Center (CPRC) which eventually was renamed "University Community Partnership Office" under the University Chancellor.
Uhrle served as Executive Director for the non-profit "Samoan Community Development Center" with a mission to serve the community needs of Samoans and Pacific Islanders. Uhrle also served as a community advocate serving on Board of Directors for Asian and Hispanic nonprofit organizations.
Uhrle conducted summer programs around general computer hardware service/repair classes at Poly Tech High School (American Samoa). In collaboration with the American Samoa Department of Education and e-Rate office, created a STEM curriculum around Autocad software (used by architects and construction firms) which continues to be taught today at Poly Tech High and the American Samoa Community College (ASCC).
LIFE AND EDUCATION
Uhrle attended Washington State University where he earned a B.A. in Business Management with a minor in Economics.
Uhrle was born in Utulei, American Samoa and grew up in the village of Leone. Like many Samoans, Uhrle was raised with a strong work ethic, desire to serve others, and love of God and family. Urhle currently lives in the San Francisco bay area with this wife and 12 grand kids.