Ken Kaczmarek

Ports of Indiana

Commission Chairman

Gov. Mitch Daniels first appointed Ken Kaczmarek to serve on the Ports of Indiana Commission in 2005. Kaczmarek has tremendous experience as a senior executive for Fortune 500 companies in the United States and abroad and he had served as interim executive director of the Ports of Indiana from April to August of 2005. He also served as acting commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources for the Daniels administration during a transition period.

Kaczmarek, a South Bend native, is the managing director for Peloton Wealth Strategists, an investment firm with locations in Bloomington and Indianapolis. Previously, he was president of American Re-Asset Management, chief information officer for American Reinsurance and chief financial officer for Merrill Lynch Insurance Group and Blue Cross of California.

Kaczmarek holds a BS in accounting (1968) and a MBA (1971) from Indiana University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Indiana CPA Society.

Kaczmarek played football at Indiana University from 1964 through 1968 and was an All-American on the Hoosiers’ 1968 Rose Bowl team, ranked fourth in the nation. In his last game at Bloomington, the defensive standout caused a fumble near the goal line in the final seconds to secure Indiana’s victory over Purdue University and seal their Rose Bowl bid.

Kaczmarek is married to Linda Whitlow Kaczmarek from South Bend, also a graduate of Indiana University and an elementary school teacher. The Kaczmareks have three children.