Ken O’Hollaren, senior associate of Barney & Worth, Inc., is known for his expertise in economic development, strategic communications, brownfield redevelopment, and port operations and management.
With more than three decades of public port experience, O’Hollaren was the longest-serving executive director in the State of Washington while at the Port of Longview. During his tenure the Port grew from 178 acres to 830 acres, funded and built a new $20 million rail corridor and $6 million ship berth, launched the $200 million EGT grain terminal, and developed the Port’s wind-energy business. He also presided over a key initiative to diversify the Port’s economic base which resulted in a 306-acre land purchase for industrial development and the $9 million Skyline Steel plant. A 2012 economic study showed over 800 jobs directly attributable to Port activity.
Ken served as chairman of the Washington Public Ports Association’s Legislative Committee and provided leadership for the Interstate Columbia River Improvement Project which successfully promoted deepening of the Columbia River shipping channel. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project took nearly two decades to complete and improves the regional economy by allowing ships to take fuller loads, boosting the amount of cargo handled at Columbia River ports.
At the Port of Port Angeles, Ken initiated and led a project team to clean up the 18-acre K-Ply brownfield site for redevelopment opportunities. The project, initially required by order of the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology), was completed in less than five years, an accomplishment Ecology cites as a model for cleanup efforts across Washington. Today, redevelopment planning is underway and several prospective tenants are lined up.
Ken has also completed many strategic plans for ports and trade associations—covering management, organizational, and economic development topics.
Ken O’Hollaren earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Oregon in Political Science (Latin American Studies), and his MBA from the University of Portland. In 2008, he was named chairman of the 130-member American Association of Port Authorities covering ports throughout the Western Hemisphere. He is a fluent Spanish speaker.