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Robert Tobias Sakowitz

Robert Tobias Sakowitz, American investor.


  • Sakowitz, Robert Tobias was born on October 13, 1938 in Houston, Texas, United States. Son of Bernard and Ann (Baum) Sakowitz.

  • Education

    • Bachelor in History and Economics cum laude, Harvard University, 1960.


    • Executive trainee Bloomingdales, New York City, 1959-1962, Macy's, New York City, 1961-1962, Galleries Lafayette, Paris, 1960. Buyer Sakowitz, Inc., Houston, 1962-1965, executive vice president, general merchandise manager, 1965-1971, president, 1971-1974, Arizona, 1974-1975, president corporation, Chief Executive Officer, 1975-1990, chairman, 1981-1987. Chairman, Chief Executive Officer Sakowitz Ventures, since 1990.

      Chairman Clean fuels Inc., since 1991. Chairman, Chief Executive Officer Hazak Corporation, since 1986, Robosak Corporation, since 1983. Co-manager Thunderbird Ranch, since 1993.

      Director Morse Shoe, 1974-1987, Texas American Bank-Galleria, 1972-1983, Federal Reserve Bank, Houston branch, 1983-1985, chairman, since 1985, Societe Viticole, S.A. (Lux.), 1983-1987.


    Member executive committee, national board directors American Council for Arts, New York City, 1970-1983. Board directors Foundation for Joffrey Ballet, Houston International Festival, Houston Symphony Society, National Conference of Christians and Jews, Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, chairman 1990-1992. Houston Economic Development Council, Houston Industrial Development Corporation.

    Co-chairman Texas Conference on Small Business, 1981. Chairman Southeast delegate White House Conference on Small Business, 1980. Member Houston Municipal Art Commission, 1965-1983, vice chairman, 1972-1973, chairman, 1974-1975.

    Chairman Sesquicentennial Commission State of Texas, Houston and Harris County, 1984-1986, Greater Houston Ptnrship. Member board selectors American Institute for Public Service, Washington. Member president council public policy council University Houston.

    Board directors host committee Republican National Convention, 1991-1992. Board advisors Edna Gladney Home. Served with United States Air Force, 1961-1966.

    Member National Retail Merchants Association (director, member executive committee, international committee), Houston Chamber of Commerce C. (director, member downtown committee 1980-1981, chairman small business task force 1978-1979, chairman cultural affairs committee 1971-1973), German American Chamber of Commerce (director), German Wine Society (chairman Southwest chapter), Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, Brotherhood of Knights of Vine, Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs, Commanderie de Bordeaux du Texas. Clubs: Houston, Houstonian. Fly (Cambridge, Massachusetts).

    Knickerbocker (New York City).



    Skiing, tennis, art, oenology.


    • Married Laura Howell, 1984. Children: Robert Tobias Junior, Alexandra Noelle, Brittany Ann, Laura Alexis.
    • father: Bernard Sakowitz
    • mother: Ann (Baum) Sakowitz
    • spouse: Laura Howell
    • children: Robert Tobias Junior Sakowitz
    • Alexandra Noelle Sakowitz
    • Brittany Ann Sakowitz
    • Laura Alexis Sakowitz
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    Born October 13, 1938
    • 1960
      Harvard University
    • 1959 - 1962
      Executive, trainee Bloomingdales
    • 1960
      Executive, trainee Bloomingdales
      Paris, Kentucky, United States
    • 1961 - 1962
      Executive, trainee Bloomingdales
    • 1962 - 1965
      buyer Sakowitz
      Houston, Texas, United States
    • 1974 - 1975
      buyer Sakowitz
      Arizona, United States
    • 1983
      chairman, Hazak Corporation
    • 1983
      Chief Executive Officer, Hazak Corporation
    • 1986
      chairman, Hazak Corporation
    • 1986
      Chief Executive Officer, Hazak Corporation
    • 1990
      chairman, Sakowitz Ventures
    • 1990
      Chief Executive Officer, Sakowitz Ventures
    • 1991
      chairman, Clean fuels Incorporated
    • 1993
      co-manager Thunderbird Ranch
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