A quiet heavy-hitter

Hermiston businessman Fred Ziari is becoming increasingly well-known among the state’s business and government leaders.

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Two decades ago, Ziari’s creative genius began to emerge when his Hermiston-based company, IRZ Consulting, unveiled a revolutionary dryland irrigation technology for the Columbia River Basin. And now:

A high-tech guru/philanthropist/family man/avid weekend golfer and world traveler — Ziari was off to Israel last week with a business development delegation led by Gov. Ted Kulongoski — he spends half of most weeks in Portland and the rest in Hermiston.

“He is really kind of a global thinker,” said Marvin Kaiser, Portland State University’s dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. “There’s a creative spark in him. He’s brimming with ideas and with energy. But his real commitment is to make the lives of Oregonians better.”

Read more in the Oregonian.




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