It's easy to give in to gloom and doom when you step back and look at the rocking wake of economic turbulence we've had this year: financial crisis followed by housing slump followed by tax reform followed by health care debates.
Luckily, we know a group of people who don't let headlines derail them from their mission to get their businesses and organizations in gear and, in the process, shape Maine's economy and future. Culled from dozens and dozens nominations, we've selected 10 Mainers who have the passion and vision to bring Maine to a better place. Some are young go-getters, just embarking on their careers and some are old hands who've survived more than one recession and lived to tell about it. Together, they present a brighter future for Maine. We call them Nexters. Let us introduce them to you.
Spirited effort | Bettina Doulton, owner and operator, Cellardoor Vineyard, Lincolnville
Rolling on the river | Jonathan LaBonte, executive director, Androscoggin Land Trust, Lewiston
Burning drive | Matt Bell, owner, Northeast Pellets, Ashland
Northern exposure | Matt McHatten, Senior VP of external operations, MMG Insurance, Presque Isle
Girl Power | Megan Williams, executive director, Hardy Girls Healthy Women, Waterville
Technology to a tee | William Sulinski, co-founder and CEO, AccelGolf, Portland
Shot in the arm | Devore Culver, executive director, HealthInfoNet, Portland
Bark and bite | Chris Roberts, co-founder, Barkwheats, Stockton Springs
Breaking down walls | Suzanne Fox, president, Fox Intercultural Consulting Services, Falmouth
The big picture | Warren Cook, CEO and general manager, Saddleback Maine, Rangeley