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May 2, 2016


New hires

Camden National Corp. hired Mary Beth Haut as president and CEO of Acadia Trust NA, the bank’s wealth management subsidiary in Portland. Haut was senior vice president and market executive for the state of Massachusetts with Citizens Private Bank.

Patriot Dental in Gray hired Shonna Monroe as a hygienist.

GAC Chemical Corp. in Searsport hired Chris Phair as sales manager. Phair was an account manager for Univar.

Combined Benefits United, an insurance marketing organization in Hallowell, hired Raegan LaRochelle as COO.

Maine Behavioral Healthcare in Westbrook hired Stephen Merz as CEO. Merz most recently led the behavioral health service line of Yale New Haven Hospital, the flagship of Connecticut’s largest hospital system.

Rogers Collection, an importer and distributor of artisan products in Portland, hired Sergio Hernandez as director of business development and sales. Hernandez previously managed Bklyn Larder, a cheese and provisions shop in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Androscoggin Bank in Lewiston hired Jeff Smith as a senior vice president and chief resource officer. Smith was previously senior vice president and chief administrative officer of Northway Bank in Berlin, N.H.

Norton Insurance Agency in Cumberland Foreside hired Meghan Flynn as sales assistant. Previously, Flynn was group/corporate sales representative for Fairfield Inn Marriott in Scarborough and insurance sales producer for State Farm Insurance in Portland.

Acadia Benefits Inc. in Portland hired Mike Burton as vice president of business development.

The Front Room, a restaurant in Portland, hired Dustin Shockley as chef de cuisine.

Genesis Community Loan Fund, a community development financial institution in Damariscotta, hired Jenny Rottmann as director of finance and administration. Rottmann was previously managing director at the Environmental Health Strategy Center.

Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick hired Mike Egan as facilities manager. Egan previously owned Egan and Sons.

South Portland Land Trust hired Dugan Murphy as program manager. Murphy is also partner with Nuf Sed, a consulting firm in Portland.

Benchmark Residential & Investment Real Estate in Portland hired Doug Cook, Jon Howard, Shannon Miranda, Nicole Poirier, Amber Purty, Ezra Provost, Rich Robinov and Chris Schmidt.

Inn by the Sea, a boutique hotel in Cape Elizabeth, hired Michael Briggs as general manager. Briggs was most recently resort manager at Chatham Bars Inn Resort and SPA on Cape Cod.

Loon Echo Land Trust in Bridgton hired Thom Perkins as executive director.


Liquid Riot promoted Nick Krunkkala as executive chef at its Resto-Bar in Portland.

Connectivity Point Design & Installation in New Gloucester promoted Tim Hooper to president of Connectivity Group, a sister company that provides low voltage design and installation services. Hooper was previously vice president of sales and marketing.

First National Bank in Damariscotta promoted Terri Geroux to vice president, systems and support officer; Denise Griffin to vice president, human resources officer; and Melissa Bryant to assistant vice president, mortgage underwriter. Geroux was previously information systems project manager, Griffin was a member of the bank’s human resources department and Bryant was a member of the bank’s mortgage department. The bank also announced the following promotions at First Advisors, its investment management division. Matthew Weaver was promoted to vice president, senior portfolio manager; Nazrin Dixon to vice president, business development officer; and Lorraine Ouellette to vice president, senior administration and compliance officer.


Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap was appointed to the Notarization Task Force convened by the National Association of Secretaries of State. The group will include secretaries, state notary professionals and private-sector notarization experts.

The Travis Mills Foundation, a nonprofit in Hallowell formed to benefit and assist wounded and injured veterans, announced that Amy Line, Steven Prescott and Andrew Silsby were selected as board members.

The Maine Insurance Agents Association in Hallowell elected Michelle Ibarguen chairwoman of its board of directors. Ibarguen is president/branch manager for Cross Insurance–Augusta.

VNA Home Health Hospice in South Portland said that Ann Phillips was accepted as an advanced professional member of the Aging Life Care Association. Phillips has been practicing as an aging life care professional since 2014.

Town & Country Federal Credit Union in South Portland announced its officers for 2016-17 including Jane Torres, membership director with Portland Country Club, chairman; Kevin Powell, retired, vice chairman; Paul Chamberlain, treasurer; and Josh Fifield, account executive with Clark Insurance Co., secretary. In addition, Powell and Wilfred Couture were re-elected to the credit union’s board of directors.


Spurwink, a nonprofit in Portland that provides behavioral health and educational services for children, adults and families, recently awarded the 2015 Rosser Award to Debra Bunce, director of clinical supervision; Nathanna McGivney, regional director Cumberland County outpatient and community services; and Charles Pray, a special education teacher at the Lewiston Auburn Day Treatment School.

Stephen Thompson, an orthopedic surgeon at EMMC Sports Health in Bangor, served as co-editor-in-chief of the seventh edition of “Miller’s Review of Orthopaedics,” a foundational orthopedic resource for medical residents and practitioners.

The Maine offices of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in New England were named a Platinum Award winner by the Cartus Broker Network for their performance during the past year.

The Maine Crafts Association, a nonprofit in Gardiner promoting the work of Maine’s craft artists, named Elizabeth Busch as the 2016 recipient of its Master Craft Artist Award and Tammy Knight, development manager of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development’s Maine Made Program, as the recipient of its 2016 Craft Supporter Award.

Sunday River Resort in Newry won the HKD I AM a Snowmaker Award, presented by Ski Area Management Magazine for demonstrating snowmaking capabilities and experience levels. Resorts submitted a video to highlight its snowmakers and the winner was decided by an online vote.

Cumberland County 9-1-1 Supervisor Melinda Dyer was selected as the 2015 Communications Officer of the Year by the Maine Sheriff’s Association. Dyer has served as an emergency 9-1-1 officer and supervisor for 10 years.

Crown Equipment in Caribou won Best in Show for large booths and Aroostook Milling Co. in Houlton won Best in Show for small booths at the 36th annual Northern Maine Agri-Business Trade Fair in Presque Isle.

Robert Allen, senior vice president, wealth management at UBS Financial Services in Bangor was included in Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors list for 2016. Allen, rated second in Maine, appeared on the list for the fifth straight time.

Maine Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association selected King Middle School Athletic Director Harry Madsen as the 2016 Excellence in Middle Level Athletic Administration Award winner.

The Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development selected Amanda O’Brien as its Victoria Hilliard Donovan Award. O’Brien, a 2016 Top Gun Entrepreneur, is a founder of eighteen twenty, which makes wine from locally sourced rhubarb.

The U.S. Small Business Administration named Bangor Savings Bank as the top Small Business Administration lender in Maine in 2015, providing $11.34 million in loans to 96 new or existing businesses. The bank was also the leading lender in Maine in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, issuing a combined $50.7 million in loans to more than 350 businesses over a five-year period.

Steve Carter, president and general manager at WCSH 6 in Portland, was named TEGNA Manager of the Year.

Michael Pierce, an independent financial advisor affiliated with Commonwealth Financial Network and president of Allen Insurance and Financial in Camden, achieved Commonwealth Leaders status for 2016. This distinction recognizes financial advisors based on a ranking of annual production among Commonwealth’s network of more than 1,650 financial advisors.

Unum, a provider of financial protection benefits at work, including disability, life and supplemental health products, made the list of America’s Best Employers published by Forbes. The company is ranked No. 159 out of 500 and sits in the No. 3 slot for the insurance industry.

Dennis Paper & Food Service in Hampden received the UniPro Foodservice 2015 Key Distributor Award at the company’s Spring Purchasing Conference held in Tampa, Fla.

Peter Fendler, independent financial advisor affiliated with Commonwealth Financial Network and president of Norton Financial Services in Cumberland, and Ray Emery, independent financial advisor affiliated with Commonwealth Financial Network and financial consultant of the firm, achieved Commonwealth President’s Club status for 2016.

Sen. Susan Collins received the Champions for Children award during the Invest In Kids Advocacy Summit, hosted by Save the Children and Save the Children Action Network. Collins also was recently honored with the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Statesmanship Award by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center in Windham recently recognized its volunteers. Bronze Level Awardees (adult 100-249 hours/young adult 100-174 hours) were Jo Blinick, Cindy Elder, Trish Friant, Margi Huber, Hannah Jud, Fran Maxwell, Ellen Ward and Donna Warren; Silver Level Awardees (adult 250 to 499 hours/young adult 175-249 hours) were Janis Childs, Elizabeth Elcock, Barbara Foster, Alissa Lovley, Jodi Peasley, Clayton Peters and Bryony Urquhart; Gold Level Awardees (500 or more hours/young adult 250 or more hours) were Mark Fuller, Julia Hamilton, Dan Morabito, Pat Niboli, Patty Shaw and Paulette Shepard; and The Governor’s Volunteer Service Award (presented to Maine residents who volunteered 500 hours or more in the past 12 months) were Fuller, Morabito, Niboli, Shaw and Shepard. Special recognition of outstanding service included: Fuller (Volunteer of the Year); Nicole McFrland (Youth Volunteer of the Year); Peasley (Administrative Volunteer of the Year); Foster (Rookie of the Year Award); Jud (Volunteer Schooler Award); and Peters (Barn Volunteer of the Year).

The Associated General Contractors of Maine recently handed out the Annual Build Maine Awards to six Maine contractors. Reed & Reed in Woolwich was recognized for its wind power project in Oakfield and the new Richmond-Dresden Bridge over the Kennebec; Sargent Corp. in Stillwater won in the Specialty Environmental Category for removal of the Veazie Dam that will allow for easier fish passage; Landry/French in Scarborough won the Building Category for the restoration and renovation of the 110-year old Charles E. Moody School at the Good Will Home Historic District in Hinkley; PC Construction in South Burlington, Vt., took first place in the Industrial Category for a major facilities upgrade of three buildings at Bath Iron Works; and Shaw Brothers Construction in Gorham won in the Multimodal Division for improvements at the Portland International Marine Terminal. In addition, the organization recognized graduates of the Construction Leadership Institute including Clay Maker and Ryan Nadeau of Cianbro; Clint Bane, Langford and Low; Josh Marceau and James Murphy, Reed & Reed; James Martin, Ray Labbe and Sons; Adam Kapaldo and Jeff Costello of Sargent Corp.; and Adam St. Michel, Shaw Brothers Construction.

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners awarded Zachary Patrick Carleton a Certified Fraud Examiner credential. Carleton is a contract investigator for Merrill’s Investigation and Security in Readfield.

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