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Our People

The people of Port Blakely Companies personify the values and principles that have defined the company for more than a century. Through their personal integrity and dedication to excellence, they put our principles into practice on a daily basis, enhancing the strength of our company and our community.


René Ancinas

President and Chief Executive Officer, Port Blakely Companies

René Ancinas is President and Chief Executive Officer of Port Blakely Companies, a fourth-generation family-owned business with forestry and real estate interests in the Pacific Northwest and New Zealand. In this role, Rene oversees all operations of the company, including working forests in Washington and Oregon (Port Blakely Tree Farms), as well as New Zealand (Blakely Pacific); development and ownership of residential and mixed-use community developments (Port Blakely Communities) and a log-exporting business (Pacific Lumber & Shipping). René is also president of the Real Estate division, and actively involved in the daily operations of Port Blakely Communities.

René joined the Seattle-based company in 2005 as a succession candidate for the role of Chief Executive Officer, was officially named CEO designee for the organization in December 2008 and assumed the CEO role in July of 2010.  Prior to joining Port Blakely Companies, René was a founding member and the first president of the Eddy Family Council, where he led a five-year effort to establish a sustainable family business governance structure.

René has extensive experience in program management and product development. He spent several years with Kodak EasyShare Gallery (formerly as a senior technical program manager overseeing cross-functional teams that designed, developed and launched consumer products using digital images. He brings a wealth of experience and insights from outside of the industry to the company.

René grew up in the Sierra Nevada mountains of northern California. A professionally trained classical clarinetist, he received a bachelor of arts in music from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music in 1988, and a master of arts in music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 1990.  In the spring of 2009, René earned his Executive MBA from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business.   He currently lives in Seattle with his family.

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Jeff Cook

Chief Financial Officer, Port Blakely Companies

Jeff Cook is Chief Financial Officer for Port Blakely Companies. In this role, Jeff sets and directs company-wide financial strategy. He also oversees all financial and accounting activities and information technology for the company and its divisions: Port Blakely Tree Farms, Pacific Lumber & Shipping, Blakely Pacific and Port Blakely Communities. As part of executive management, Jeff is a key contributor to the overall strategic vision and direction of Port Blakely Companies.

Prior to joining Port Blakely Companies in 2013, Jeff worked for Heartland, a Seattle-based real estate advisory and investment firm, where he led the firm’s capital advisory services as a partner and managing director. Prior to Heartland, he was President and COO of Stellar Holdings, a family-owned real estate investment and development company with operations in the Pacific Northwest, Sweden and Poland.

Jeff served on Port Blakely’s board of directors from 2006 through mid-2013, when he resigned to take an operational role in the company as CFO. He currently serves on the board of directors of Penford Corporation, a publically-traded company with headquarters in Denver, Colorado that manufactures modified starches derived from corn and potatoes. Jeff also serves on the board of The Nature Conservancy.

Jeff holds a bachelor of arts in economics from Stanford University.

He currently resides on Mercer Island with his wife, Susan, where they raised three children; he enjoys boating, gardening and spending time with family.

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Gary Buchanan

Chief Human Resources Officer, Port Blakely Companies

Gary Buchanan is Chief Human Resources Officer at Port Blakely Companies, where he is responsible for leading and managing the company’s human resources functions company wide.  

Gary has over 25 years of experience in HR management in the public and private sectors.  He most recently served as Director of Human Resources and Development at the Port of Seattle, where he led innovative efforts to establish a progressive health care and compensation model to mitigate the rising cost of health care and to enhance the Port’s performance management system.  

Gary previously served as the senior leader in human resources at family-owned Milgard Windows, where he supported the company’s growth and expansion into several new markets with talent recruitment, training and benefits programs.  

He is a retired Captain in the United States Navy Reserve, where he served 30 years and received some of the Navy’s highest honors, including the Legion of Merit Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and the Navy Commendation Medal. 

Gary is a graduate of Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, with a Bachelor of Science degree.  He lives in Lake Tapps, Washington, with his wife Carmela, and has four daughters and one grandson.  He is an avid Seattle Seahawks fan and enjoys golfing, woodworking and gardening.  

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Russ Humberd

Director of Information Technology, Port Blakely Companies

Russ Humberd serves as Port Blakely’s Director of Information Technology where he is responsible for managing information technology systems company-wide.

With nearly 20 years experience, Russ joined Port Blakely in 2013 as IT Operations Manager.  In December 2014 he was promoted to Director, overseeing the company’s IT functions, data center and staff.

Russ previously served as the manager of information technology at MeteorComm; a wireless communication networks company serving the railroad industry.  In that position, he grew the company’s department and staffing significantly to support the company’s growth.   He has also worked in IT for companies in the mortgage banking and investment industries.  Russ is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, where he served 9 years in the security police field.

Russ has three grown children and lives in Gig Harbor with his wife, Elaine. He is active in his community by serving on the school safety committee for the Peninsula School District and as an active participant in Pierce County’s comprehensive plan.  He enjoys golf, fishing and competitive sport shooting.

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