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In the White House with George H.W. Bush
Ambassador Chase Untermeyer, Chairman of the Texas Ethics Commission; U.S. Ambassador to Qatar (2004 – 2007)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Chase Untermeyer, the U.S. Ambassador to Qatar 2004-2007, is an author, diplomat and longtime Texas political leader whose enduring relationship with a notable Lone Star patriarch is the basis for his Council program "In the White House with George H.W. Bush."

The Ambassador, in fact, worked for both 41 and 43, as Presidents George H.W. (1989-1993) and George W. (2001-2009) are known within the political and family circles.

His resume includes many points in public service and that experience provided the information and insight he has used to author three books about the Reagan-Bush era: When Things Went Right (2013), Inside Reagan’s Navy (2015), and Zenith: In the White House of George H.W. Bush (2013).

He currently serves as chairman of the Texas Ethics Commission and is managing partner of Houston-based Qatus Advisors, working with companies that wish to do business in the Middle East.

Ambassador Untermeyer is also the author of How Important People Act: Behaving Yourself in Public (2015) which notes that "anyone can become an Important Person, sometimes suddenly. And when this happens, you need to know that different behavior is expected from you than from everyone else. As an Important Person, you don’t just have a job to do; you also have a role to perform."

His resume includes many important positions: He was Director of the Voice of America (1991-1993) and Assistant to the President of the United States and Director of Presidential Personnel (1989-1991). He also served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower & Reserve Affairs (1984-1988) – this after having served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War as an officer aboard the Pacific Fleet destroyer USS Benner and as aide to the Rear Admiral Draper L. Kauffman, commander of U.S. naval forces in the Philippines.

After leaving the Navy in 1970, he traveled through Asia and Africa for 16 months, then returned to his hometown of Houston where he became a reporter for the Houston Chronicle. After several years in that job, he moved into public service and by 1977, he was a member of the Texas House of Representatives, serving for three terms before going to work for newly-elected Vice President George W. Bush in the Ronald Reagan administration.

Ambassador Untermeyer graduated from Harvard in 1968 with honors in government. In 1980, his biography notes, he was a Fellow of the Institute of Politics at Harvard and "led a student study group on how to get started in politics." In 1999, he was appointed chairman of Texas' State Board of Education by then-Gov. George W. Bush.

His biography cites the Ambassador as having held "elected and appointed offices at all four levels of government – local, state, national, and international – with work in journalism, academia, and business as well."


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Hotel Crescent Court
400 Crescent Dr.
Dallas, TX 75201
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