By Rolf Boone, January 12, 2015, The Olympian
Len Faucher began Monday as the Port of Olympia’s new marine terminal director, filling a position previously held by Jim Knight.
Knight left the port in October to become the new executive director at the Port of Astoria, Ore.
Faucher, 38, who will earn $105,000 a year in his new role, grew up in Massachusetts and recently had moved to Olympia to be closer to his wife’s family.
That’s when he discovered the opening at the port, he said Monday. .
“I saw this opening and it really rang out to me,” Faucher said. “It’s a perfect fit.”
Before his current position, Faucher worked as an operations manager at Charles R. Weber Co. of Greenwich, Conn., one of the oldest and largest ship brokerage companies in the U.S.
Prior to that, he scheduled barging and shipping activities across 20 terminals in New York harbor for the Hess Corporation.
“Len has demonstrated impressive leadership in cargo, vessel and terminal operations, international marketing and contract negotiations,” Port of Olympia Executive Director Ed Galligan said in a statement.
The marine terminal is the largest revenue-generating division at the port, which is projected to generate $8.3 million this year. The two biggest activities at the terminal is the export of raw logs and the import of bagged, ceramic proppants, also referred to as “fracking sand,” used in oil-well drilling.
Faucher said his first order of business, in addition to settling in Monday, is to continue that “upward trajectory” of growth at the terminal.
After Knight left the port, the interim period was filled by former marine terminal director, Jim Amador, who will continue as senior manager of the marine terminal.
Faucher earned his bachelor’s of science degree in marine transportation from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and an MBA from the University of New Hampshire. He currently is working toward a Ph.D in business administration from Capella University, an online school.
Faucher also began teaching business courses as an adjunct professor at Saint Martin’s University.