FORT WALTON BEACH — Ken Hinrichs, a resident of Bluewater Bay in Niceville, has accepted the United Way of Okaloosa and Walton Counties’ president/CEO position. He takes office July 1.


FORT WALTON BEACH — Ken Hinrichs, a resident of Bluewater Bay in Niceville, has accepted the United Way of Okaloosa and Walton Counties’ president/CEO position. He takes office July 1.



Hinrichs, a United Way employee for more than 30 years, served most recently as interim executive director for the Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families in Baton Rouge, following serving as the interim president and CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast in Fort Walton Beach.



His United Way experience includes serving as president/CEO for United Ways in Gales Ferry, Conn., Baton Rouge, La., and Benton Harbor, Mich.



Hinrichs’ expertise in increasing campaign revenue and board of director relations made him the logical candidate for Okaloosa and Walton counties. He has been involved with the Okaloosa County Emergency Operations Center and the Institute of Senior Professionals at Northwest Florida State College. 



He is a graduate of Purdue University, maintains a relationship with the National Academy of Voluntarism, and is a member of Niceville United Methodist Church.



Hinrichs succeeds Bill Robinson, a 25-year veteran president/CEO of the United Way of Okaloosa and Walton Counties, credited with guiding the organization through tough economic times, a changing national charitable scene, and several hurricanes.