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July 13, 2020

Hear how Maine's business leaders dealt with 'The Day that Changed Everything'

FIle Photo / Tim Greenway Hancock Lumber President Kevin Hancock

Shedding light on an all-too-familiar challenge, Mainebiz on Monday launched a series of podcasts in which top business leaders recount how they've adapted to major change — sometimes overnight.

“The Day that Changed Everything” premiered this morning with an episode featuring Kevin Hancock, CEO of Hancock Lumber Co., interviewed by Mainebiz Publisher Donna Brassard.

In the 30-minute episode, Kevin Hancock discussed what happens when the CEO of a multimillion-dollar company finds he, literally, has no voice.

In 2010, Hancock was diagnosed with spasmodic dysphonia, an incurable neurological condition that causes spasms in the vocal cords and is made worse by stress. Hancock worried whether the condition would prevent him from continuing as the leader of his sixth-generation, family-owned business. A decade later, it's clear he has succeeded.

Headquartered in Casco, Hancock Lumber Co. operates 20 retail lumber yards, home design showrooms, sawmills and a truss manufacturing facility. With over 500 employees, Hancock has four times been selected as a “Best Place to Work in Maine” and is a past recipient of the Maine Family Business of the Year Award, the Governor’s Award for Business Excellence, and the Maine International Trade Center’s “Exporter of the Year” award.

A new installment of “The Day That Changed Everything” goes live every two weeks, featuring other Maine business leaders who found their life, their business or their world upended. In discussions with Mainebiz staff, these CEOs and senior executives reveal how they responded, and how upheaval can ultimately lead to unexpected success.

Subscribe to “The Day That Changed Everything” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Or click here for more information and a link to the latest installment.

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