During his total of 23 years living in Saudi Arabia, Mr. Renfro has interacted with all levels of Saudi Arabian society. In 1960 he and his wife Mana, a former Aramco employee, started the American School in Riyadh with a rented house, a grant, desks, and books given by Aramco. The school initially had seven students of three different nationalities from five families, with a single teacher teaching four grades.
Mr. Renfro’s career began in the United States where he worked for nine years for Socal in retail sales, oil field operations, bulk plant operations, wholesale sales, and lube engineering. He then spent 15 years with Aramco in Saudi Arabia, where his duties included government relations work relevant to petroleum products supply. His responsibilities in this capacity kept him in frequent contact with the King, the Royal Court, cabinet ministers, and the Saudi Arabian military.
El Salvador and Nicaragua in Central America were the next stops on Mr. Renfro’s itinerary, where he spent eight years with Compania Petrolera Chevron, doing marketing and associated government relations work and managing local corporations that were subsidiaries of Chevron Corporation.
In 1975 Mr. Renfro established and became Vice President and in-country head of Arabian Chevron Oil Company, a subsidiary of Chevron. His activities included Saudi Arabian operations and government relations at all levels. He also established joint venture projects with Saudi business families, including the Saudi Cable Company, a $200 million medium tension electrical wire and cable manufacturing operation, and a Saudi Flag tanker company operating Very Large Crude Carriers from Yanbu to Port Sa’id.
Mr. Renfro retired in 1983 and currently resides in Arizona. He has maintained close ties since that time with his contacts in the Saudi Arabian business and government communities, and did consulting work in Saudi Arabia in 1988 and 1990. He often lectures on his experiences relating to Saudi Arabia.