Ken Vance, March 12, 2014, The Reflector
Nelson Holmberg is leaving his position as executive director of the Port of Woodland to accept a job with BergerABAM, a Federal Way-based company that also has an office in downtown Vancouver.
The 47-year-old Holmberg was also a finalist for the vacant Ridgefield city manager position. Holmberg interviewed with City of Ridgefield officials on Feb. 28 and then accepted the position with BergerABAM a day later.
“I got the offer from BergerABAM in my email while I was interviewing for the Ridgefield job,’’ Holmberg said. “(My wife) Dawn and I had a long talk Friday evening and Saturday morning I decided I wanted to negotiate with BergerABAM. We had some success with the negotiations and later in the day (March 1) we decided we were going to go that way.’’
BergerABAM is a consulting firm that purchased JD White Co. in Vancouver eight years ago. Holmberg will become a senior public involvement project manager for his new company.
“It gets me back into doing public relations and public involvement on a full-time basis,’’ Holmberg said. “That’s my background. That’s what I most want to be doing.’’
Holmberg will begin his new job on March 24. His last day at the Port of Woodland will be March 14. Holmberg has served in his position as the port’s executive director for the past four years. He said he wasn’t looking to leave the Port of Woodland and that he was recruited by both BergerABAM and the City of Ridgefield.
“I was flattered that two organizations were looking at me like that,’’ he said.
Prior to his position with the Port of Woodland, Holmberg also worked as the communications manager for the Port of Vancouver and also in communications with the Northwest Public Power Association. He is a graduate of Washington State University in Pullman and Hudson’s Bay High School in Vancouver.