Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Olympia Port Welcomes New Terminal Director

By Mark Edward Nero

Leonard “Len” Faucher has joined the Port of Olympia as Marine Terminal Director. Jan. 12 was his first day on the job.

Faucher comes to the port with extensive experience in the maritime industry sector, the majority of it on the East Coast. From January 2007 to March 2014, he was an operations manager with Greenwich, Connecticut-based Charles R. Weber Co. Inc., one of the oldest and largest ship brokerage companies in the United States. In that role, Faucher managed a team that handled all vessel and cargo operations and related accounting for the company.

Previously, he spent five years with Hess Corp., where he was responsible for scheduling barging and shipping activities across 20 terminals in New York Harbor.

Faucher earned a BS in marine transportation from the US Merchant Marine Academy, an MBA from University of New Hampshire, and is said to be currently working on a Ph.D. in business administration.

He served in the US Naval Reserves as a commissioned officer and teaches business courses as an adjunct professor at St. Martin’s University, a Catholic university in Lacey, Wash.

“Len has demonstrated impressive leadership in cargo, vessel and terminal operations, international marketing and contract negotiations,” port Executive Director Ed Galligan said in a statement announcing the hire. “He has worked extensively with unions and has a history of activity in community groups as well as industry organizations.”