René Ancinas is Chairman and CEO of Port Blakely Companies, a 150-year-old, family-owned forest and forest products company with multi-national operations. In his role, Mr. Ancinas oversees Port Blakely’s forestry operations in Washington and Oregon (Port Blakely Tree Farms), New Zealand (Blakely Pacific) and log exports (Pacific Lumber and Shipping).
After spending five-years in various posts throughout the company, including COO from 2008 to 2010, Mr. Ancinas was appointed CEO in July 2010 and was elected Chairman of its Board of Directors in July 2015.
Prior to joining Port Blakely Companies, Mr. Ancinas worked in program management and product development. He spent several years with Kodak EasyShare Gallery (formerly Ofoto.com) as Senior Technical Program Manager, where he managed cross-functional teams that designed, developed and launched consumer products using digital images.
Mr. Ancinas was a founding member and first President of the Eddy Family Council where, as a family owner, he led a five-year effort to establish a sustainable family business governance structure for the fifth generation company.
He currently serves on the Board of the National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO) and the Olympic Region Board of NatureBridge. Additionally, Mr. Ancinas is a member of the Washington Roundtable, the Seattle Chamber of Commerce Community Development Roundtable and Forterra’s Leadership Team. He is also an active member in Young Presidents Organization (YPO).
Mr. Ancinas earned an Executive MBA from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business in 2009. A professionally trained classical clarinetist, he received a Bachelor of Music from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music in 1988 and Master of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 1990.