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Meridian YP: How Important People Act
Ambassador Chase Untermeyer, Chairman of the Texas Ethics Commission; U.S. Ambassador to Qatar (2004 – 2007)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Chase Untermeyer, the U.S. Ambassador to Qatar 2004-2007, is an author, diplomat and longtime Texas political leader –that means he has not only been an important person, but also has been among important people.

During his ongoing impressive public service career, he worked for both both 41 and 43, as Presidents George H.W. (1989-1993) and George W. (2001-2009) are known within the political and family circles.

Our Meridian: Global Young Professionals will have the opportunity to hear a diplomat who will put "behavior" in a context for achievement in all walks of life. His journalist background and diplomat's eye that led him to write his 2015 book, How Important People Act: Behaving Yourself in Public (2015).

In it, he noes 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 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, which advises companies that wish to do business in the Middle East.

He graduated from Harvard in 1968 with honors in government, the served in the U.S. Navy. When he left 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 segued 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.

His resume includes many important positions: He was Director of the Voice of America (1991-93) 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.

In 1980, the then-Texas legislator 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.

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6324 Prospect Ave.
Dallas, TX 75214
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