Brent Hutchings ’84 is the majority owner and CEO of North River Boats, a manufacturer of recreational, commercial and government boats in Roseburg, Oregon. In 2017, North River Boats became an employee-owned company through the implementation of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).
Brent served as President and CEO of Pacific Coast Packaging Corp. (PCPC) a packaging manufacturing company in Fresno, CA, from 1994-2003. He acquired PCPC in 1994 with a group of private investors and sold the business to a NYSE-traded strategic buyer in 2003.
Following that sale, he lived in New Zealand with his wife Chrys and three young children for a year, returning to Portland in 2005. From 2006 to 2009, he invested in, joined the board, and became Chief Operating Officer of Avamere, a $275 million regional senior care company.
Brent received his B.A. in English and Natural Science from Lewis & Clark College. Following working in sales at IBM from 1984-1989, he obtained his MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business in 1991. In addition to his service over the years on several for-profit and non-profit boards, Brent enjoys tennis, fly-fishing, and the occasional mentoring of Lewis & Clark students.