10 May Gracon Announcing Vice President of Hydro – Ken Hostler
Ken Hostler Joins Gracon’s Growing Team
Gracon LLC has hired Ken Hostler as Vice President of the Hydro Division, based in their Colorado office. In this role, Hostler will lead growth and strategic development for the Hydro Division of Gracon.
“The management team, board, and the company’s versatile capabilities attracted me to Gracon,” said Hostler. “As the hydropower industry has fluctuated many times over my career, technical diversity has been critical to a company’s success. Gracon has the pieces in place to develop significant growth through strong financial standing and a diverse industry skillset.”
Hostler comes to Gracon with over 35 years of experience in the hydroelectric industry. Most recently, Hostler worked as Executive Vice President at Hydro Consulting & Maintenance Services, Inc. There, he was responsible for all consulting and field operations across the country. Hostler played a key role in establishing client relationships and confidence in his team’s services. His experience managing operations with multiple projects across the U.S. has helped him make an easy transition into his current role at Gracon.
“Initially, I think we focus on the fact that Gracon has a demonstrated history in the hydropower industry. They have built a very strong resume, especially as it relates to pump turbines,” Hostler said. “Short term, we are going to look at what segments of the market we can easily grow from the core expertise of those already on the staff. Longer term, we want to pursue other segments of the market through both organic growth and acquisition.”
Hostler has firsthand knowledge of hydroelectric field work having spent the first 10 years of his career in the industry as a Field Service Representative for Allis‐Chalmers/Voith Hydro Inc., which included a year of intense training at Voith headquarters in Heidenheim, Germany. He then gained invaluable experience managing key accounts with major utility companies and negotiating partnerships for both parts and services as the U.S. Northeast Regional Manager. As a result of his extensive experience, Hostler has given back to the hydroelectric community. In 2017 and 2016, he served as the Chairman of National Hydropower Association’s Hydraulic Power Committee O&M Sector. In 2015, Hostler was asked to lead the Waterpower Hydro Basics Course on Harnessing the Water for Hydrovision International’s annual conference. Hostler graduated from the Williamson College of the Trades with a degree in Electrical Power Technology, and is fluent in English and proficient in German.