Manuscripts/Mixed Material Interview with Robert A. Martin
The last thing I did prior to retirement was to spend about six months working for the new Coordinator for Business Affairs, a position that had been created October 20, 1993 in an all day meeting held at the Department of State involving the Secretary of State, Secretary of Treasury, Secretary of Commerce, the Federal Reserve Chairman, Mr. Greenspan, and I guess then OMB director, Panetta, and several other luminous level people boosting the idea of support for American business abroad and exports. The Secretary made the point that there were so many desks in the Department that now there was going to be an America desk and he was going to sit behind it and everybody in the Department was going to sit there with him and help assist American business do great things and support our export operations abroad. He said that to help him in this he was that day, October 20, 1993, appointing a Coordinator for Business Affairs to be his representative with the business community and as a point of contact on a daily basis when he, the Secretary, might not be available. I was asked by that Coordinator to help out on...
Q: Who was the Coordinator?
MARTIN: Paul Cleveland. ...several projects that were related to that activity that the very small staff of about five or six just were not able to cover. I did that until retiring midnight, July 1, 1994.
Q: Well, I want to thank you. It has been great.
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