Dedicated volunteer. Devoted alumnus. Successful businessman. Loyal donor. These are all titles that are befitting of Roger B. Orloff, Class of 1960, when it comes to describing his lifelong connection to Rensselaer.
In the more than 50 years since he graduated from Rensselaer, Orloff has served in a variety of volunteer roles. He has held positions in the Rensselaer Annual Fund, serving as a member of the Annual Giving Leadership Council and chairing the Patroon Society of Volunteers since their inceptions. He has also served as vice president, director, and chair of the Marketing Committee of the Rensselaer Alumni Association (RAA), launching the RAA Visa card, and as a member of highly successful Reunion Gift Committees. Through these various positions, Orloff has inspired fellow alumni by encouraging them to consider the role Rensselaer played in their success and the importance of giving back to their alma mater.
“Giving back to Rensselaer as a volunteer has made a big impact on my life,” Orloff said. “One of my boyhood heroes, Benjamin Franklin, whose birthday I share, wanted to feel useful in everything he did. I very much share that passion. Volunteering with Rensselaer has been exceptionally rewarding.”
Success in Banking
In addition to volunteer duties for Rensselaer, Orloff manages to find time for his life-long career in investment banking. In 1992, he founded The Acquisition Search Corporation (TASC) in Atlanta to help provide entrepreneurs with knowledgeable investment banking advice during the purchase or sale of a business.
The success of TASC over the years has also enabled Orloff to support Rensselaer as a donor, giving to the Annual Fund each year for more than 30 years, and generously establishing the Barbara D. and Roger B. Orloff ’60 Fund for the Lally School of Management and the Barbara D. and Roger B. Orloff ’60 Fellowship, through a $1.25 million bequest.
“Rensselaer made a tremendous difference in my life. I believe I’ve had a successful professional career, in large part because of the skills and foundation I developed as an undergraduate. With the benefits Rensselaer provided, also comes an obligation to do what I can to ensure that future generations of students can benefit in the same way that I have,” Orloff shared.
Recognition at Rensselaer
In recognition of his service to Rensselaer over the years, Orloff has been awarded the Albert Fox Demers Medal, the Alumni Key Award, and the Director’s Award. He was most recently presented with the RAA’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, during Reunion & Homecoming weekend in October. The citation noted: “Through his various roles at Rensselaer over the past several decades, Roger has played a pivotal role in the transformation of the Institute. Since graduation, he has so generously donated his time to his alma mater and his efforts have helped build affinity and instill pride within the Rensselaer community.”