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December 11, 2017


New hires

Maine International Trade Center in Portland hired Julia Munsey as director of membership and corporate development. Munsey was previously a partner at Dougherty Project Management, a Bangor firm specializing in technology, business process and marketing communication projects.

MassPay, a provider of cloud-based human resources and payroll solutions services in Beverly, Mass., hired Mike Boardman to provide local market presence in Portland and the state of Maine.

The Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce hired Steve Ryan as executive director. Ryan has served in various community roles including on the Belfast Planning Board and the board of the Maine Celtic Celebration.

Day One, an agency in South Portland dedicated to addressing substance use and mental health needs among kids and young adults, hired Gregory Bowers as CEO. Bowers was interim CEO of Community Partners Inc. in Biddeford.

The Kennebec Regional Development Authority/FirstPark, a 285-acre industrial park in Oakland, hired James Dinkle as executive director. Dinkle was previously head of the Chicago Brownfields Initiative, as the Midwest regional manager of economic development for BNSF Railway and as a gubernatorial aide in Kentucky.

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins hired Mark Winter as a state office representative in her Augusta office. Winter, a captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve, previously served as a legislative assistant and as counsel on the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee in Collins' Washington, D.C., office.

Diversified Communications, an international media company based in Portland, hired Gregory Sargent as a help-desk manager. Sargent was previously with MEMIC in Portland.


Broadreach Public Relations, a strategic communications firm in Portland, promoted Paula Stanton to senior account manager.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine in Portland promoted Miranda Hardy to program director. Hardy, who will supervise five program managers, was previously a program manager.

Spectrum Healthcare Partners, a physician-owned, multispecialty practice in South Portland, promoted Leslie Weeks to senior director for hospital services. Weeks previously oversaw the organization's radiation oncology division.

Make-A-Wish Maine in Portland promoted Kate Vickery to executive director. Vickery has been with the organization in various leadership positions for 12 years.

VIP Tires & Service in Auburn promoted Timothy Winkeler to president and COO. Winkeler, who was also appointed to the company's board of directors, was previously COO.

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust promoted Michelle Curtis to senior vice president, treasury services sales officer in Topsham. Curtis was senior vice president and regional market manager for retail banking.

June Koegel, longtime CEO of Volunteers of America Northern New England in Brunswick, was promoted to executive vice president and COO with Volunteers of America's national organization in Alexandria, Va.

Atlantic National Trust, a private equity firm in Portland, promoted Christopher Stephenson to vice president of marketing for Atlantic and its affiliated commercial real estate investment, loan servicing and property management companies. Stephenson was previously marketing manager overseeing the firm's real estate marketing program.


Bath Savings announced John Voorhees was elected chairman and Esther Pappas was elected vice chairman of the board of trustees. Voorhees is the judge of probate for Sagadahoc County and maintains a private law practice in Bath while Pappas is CFO of a commercial real estate company in Yarmouth. The bank also added Erik Hayward as a trustee. Hayward is senior vice president at the Libra Foundation and president and treasurer of Libra Future Fund.

Saco and Biddeford Savings Institution elected Morris Fisher as a board member. Fisher is president of CBRE|Boulos Asset Management in Portland.

Penobscot Community Health Care in Bangor announced that Kelley Strout joined its board of directors. Strout is assistant professor at the University of Maine, School of Nursing.

The Finance Authority of Maine board of directors elected officers for 2017-18. James Violette Jr. was elected chair; Richard Roderick, vice chair; and David Daigler, treasurer.


College of the Atlantic film professor Nancy Andrews was nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Award for “Best Short Form Breakthrough Series” for her made-in-Maine YouTube show, “The Strange Eyes of Dr. Myes.”

Bath Saving Institution announced its employee recognition award recipients. Courtney Green was named the most helpful support person; Esperanza Esquivel, exceptional customer service representative; William Mills, exceptional teller; Sarah Winchenbach, “Neighbor to Neighbor Award;” and the Bath office was awarded the “Relationship Builder Award.

Good Shepherd Food Bank in Auburn announced that Bangor Savings Bank will receive its “2018 JoAnn Pike Humanitarian Award” in honor of the bank's service to the community.

Scott Macha of Total Eclipse Auto Detailing & Design in Yarmouth was selected “Rookie Detailer of the Year” and inducted into the “Detail Mafia” during the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas.

Geiger, a promotional products distributor in Lewiston, recently presented its quarterly “Geiger Star Awards.” Kevin Boilard won “Exceptional Customer Experience” and “Continuous Improvement” awards; Cendy Eaton, “Giving Back” award; Brian Mann, “Leadership!” and “Continuous Improvement” awards; the team of Stephanie Hobbs, Kevin McGrory and Mike Plourde, “Standard of Excellence” and “Leadership!” awards; and the team of Alex Pulk, Andrew Parker, Mike St. Germain, Jon Assam, Brian Mann, Bryon Newcomb, Alain Laverdure and Jennifer Sewell, “Exceptional Customer Experience,” “Standard of Excellence” and “Leadership!” awards.

Camden National Bank recently presented awards and $22,000 in grants to seven Maine nonprofits during its Leaders & Luminaries luncheon. Sherry Cobb, board president of Area Interfaith Outreach, was the $10,000 Grand Prize Winner. Finalists included Dan Shaw, chair of the capital improvement committee, Camp Sunshine at Sebago Lake Inc.; Don Foerster, board member, Susan L. Curtis Foundation; Guy Langevin, board member, Junior Achievement of Maine; and Judith Collier, board member, Sarah's House of Maine. The bank also recognized emerging leaders: Melea Nalli, co-founder and board vice president, Sea Change Yoga, and Michelle Erhard, board secretary, Maine School Garden Network.

Infinity Federal Credit Union in Westbrook said Christine Black was selected to represent the credit union and the state of Maine at the Crash big.bright.minds.2017 Conference in Austin, Texas. Black is a member service specialist in Bangor.

The Southern Regional Education Board recognized Unity College Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Rana Johnson for her work mentoring students during her years in Kentucky. Johnson served on the regional advisory board for the SREB Doctoral Scholars Program for many years before transitioning to the college in May 2017.

Bernstein Shur, a law firm in Portland, was recognized in the “2018 Best Law Firms” directory by U.S. News - Best Lawyers. The firm was ranked in 51 metropolitan-area practice categories and received 33 tier-one distinctions, its top designation.

Pine Tree Society, an organization in Bath serving Maine children and adults with disabilities, received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest independent charity evaluator.

The State Workforce Board's Older Worker Committee presented the “Silver Collar Award” in October to 2017's best employers for workers over the age of 50 in Maine. The awardees were Care & Comfort, Community Health Options, Moody's Co-Worker Owned Inc. and Associates for Training and Development.

Penobscot Community Health Care in Bangor said that Amy Langley, family nurse practitioner, was the 2017 recipient of the “Maine Primary Care Association's Nurse Practitioner Excellence Award.” The organization also said it received “The Guideline Advantage Hypertension Control and Diabetes Management Achievement Award” for attaining specific quality improvement metrics supported by American Heart Association Hypertension Guidelines and American Diabetes Association Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes.

S&B Financial Services, located at Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution, announced that Gary Trempe, financial advisor, successfully completed the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor Professional Designation Program from The College for Financial Planning. This program prepares advisors to assess each client's individual financial situation and analyze the best investment opportunities to meet those needs.

Resurgam Hot Sauce in Portland and Villager Cooperative in Portland shared first prize in the enterprise track and Bates College took first in the college track at the third Maine Food System Innovation Challenge. Circle B Farms in Caribou and FarmDrop in Blue Hill received honorable mention in the enterprise track while Bowdoin College took second place in the college track.

Educate Maine honored Cary Olson Cartwright with its “West L. Bonney Education Leadership Award.” Cartwright is assistant vice president, corporate social responsibility at Unum.

The Saco/Old Orchard Beach KOA Holiday Campground was awarded the “2018 KOA President's Award” and “KOA Founder's Award” by Kampgrounds of America Inc.

Steve Carew of BGA Financial in Lewiston was named to the “2017 Financial Times 401 Top Retirement Plan Advisors,” which recognizes the top financial advisors in the U.S. who specialize in defined contribution retirement plans.

Several awards were presented as part of United Way of York County's Community Campaign Finale. Edison Press and Xuron Corp. received the “Unwavering Award;” Marden's, Sanford, “Utopian Award;” York County Community Action Corp., “Unbelievable Community Support Award;” Hussey Seating, “Most EnthUsiastic Award;” Hannaford, “CommUnity Award;” Kennebunk Savings, “Ubiquitous Award;” and Pratt & Whitney, “SUper Hero Award.” In addition, Pratt & Whitney employee Rene Thibeault was honored with a special “Luminary Award,” campaign chair and board member Chris Indorf was given the “Outrageously Supportive Award” and vice chair and board member Todd Cesca was awarded the “Upbeat Understudy Award.” The organization also selected Lydia Phillips as its “2017 Spirit of Service Award” winner for her commitment to volunteering. Phillips volunteers at the Community Bicycle Center in Biddeford and Habitat for Humanity York County's ReStore in Kennebunk.

L.S. Robinson Co. in Southwest Harbor announced that Lucas Dunbar earned an Accredited Adviser in Insurance designation from the American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters. Dunbar joined the firm's business insurance team in 2016.

Verrill Dana, a law firm in Portland, ranked nationally for its health care practice, tier-two, and in 55 practice areas based on geography by the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers.

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