George J. King
George King graduated from Lebanon Valley College in 1968.
His early work experience was with Arthur Andersen & Co. where he obtained his CPA. This was followed by work at American Hoechst Corporation.
George joined Aminoil as Budget Manager in New York in 1975, reporting to Jack Tobin, Controller. Part of this role included coordination with staff in the business planning and controller’s departments at R.J. Reynolds (Aminoil’s parent company) for budgets, forecasts, and other financial matters.
He participated on the team that put together the Burmah acquisition in 1975-76. He reviewed issues related to technical accounting matters. He also worked with Gene Hoots in summarizing information from the study which was presented to R. J. Reynolds’ board.
He transferred to Houston to handle budgeting for the combined energy corporation in 1977 and remained there for two years, before taking a position as Planning Manager, Energy and Transportation with the RJR corporate group in Winston-Salem.
After a year, he transferred to Hong Kong where he spent two years in International Tobacco as Financial Director, Asia and Pacific. He then returned to Winston-Salem for one year in the International Tobacco financial group before leaving the company.
He joined Gulf Applied Technologies. In the mid-eighties, he served concurrently as Vice President-Finance for Gulf Applied Technologies and Energy Ventures, both publicly traded energy service companies.
He has been President of RWS Energy Services, Inc., which is privately held, since 1988. In addition, he is Corporate Secretary and Advisor for Energy Intelligence Group, a leading global provider of electronic energy information and targeted research.
He has served on the Board of Trustees of Lebanon Valley College, in Annville, PA since 2005. He is a member of the Finance and Administration and Audit committees. He joined the Board of Trustees of the Jensen Foundation in 2017.
George and his wife Eileen are residents of Chatham Township in northern New Jersey.
George has been extremely helpful in filling in gaps about RJR’s investments in the oil business in the 1970s. One story he shared that has been important in my book is about a study he prepared for RJR executive, Ty Wilson, in 1979 that showed the oil business could net $2.3 billion if sold. The number was significant because about this time the stock market valued the entire RJR company as low as $3.6 billion, a fraction of its reasonable value. GAH