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Updated: December 21, 2023

'Friends, Family and Fools’: Notable quotables from 2023 ‘On the Record’ interviews

Two people File Photo / Jim Neuger Karl and Sarah Sutton, at Bite Into Maine’s food-prep hub, with seating for 40 customers, in Portland’s East Bayside neighborhood.

Every two weeks, Mainebiz publishes "On the Record," the edited transcript of an interview we conduct with a Maine business or nonprofit leader. Here are some memorable quotes from people we talked with during 2023.

Karl Sutton, co-founder of Bite Into Maine, on how he and Sarah Sutton financed their startup costs: “In 2011, after yet another failed loan application, the loan officer looked at me and suggested we seek out the three F’s for financing. The three F’s? I hadn’t heard of this. He explained: Friends, Family and Fools.”

Sarah Sutton, on the couple’s business approach: “Start small and learn.”

File Photo / Jim Neuger
Kristina M.J. Powell

The Telling Room Executive Director Kristina M.J. Powell: “I’m inspired by the power of youth and honored to be able to write and share alongside them.”

Maine Cancer Foundation Executive Director Ray Ruby: “Good work gets done when we build the right relationships.”

Meredith Strang Burgess, president and CEO of Burgess Advertising & Marketing: “I learned how to be a better leader and listen to my intuition along the way.”

Donna Anderson, director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Southern Maine: “Lifelong learning is tied to curiosity about the world and an eagerness to explore.”

Man outdoors
File Photo / Jim Neuger
Muhammad Humza Khan

Muhammad Humza Khan, founder and CEO of Inclusion Maine: “For organizations, inclusion is the way opportunity is configured, interactions occur and how decisions are made to utilize the potential of diversity.”

Gabe Hoffman-Johnson, founder and president of the USL to Portland pro men’s soccer team: “To this day, a crisp fall day still smells like soccer to me.”

Tricia Costigan, Navy veteran and president of Northern Light Inland Hospital in Waterville: “When done right, leading from the front looks more like working with and amongst your team.”

Tricia Costigan standing in hospital hallway.
File photo / Jim Neuger
Tricia Costigan

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