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Updated: September 18, 2023 In Short

Newsworthy people and performances for Sept. 18, 2023

New hires

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Simon Griffiths will become president and CEO of Camden National Bank on Jan. 1, 2024.

Camden National Bank named Simon Griffiths as executive vice president and COO, effective Nov. 20. Griffiths was also named successor to CEO Greg Dufour, who plans to retire at year’s end. On Jan. 1, 2024, Griffiths will become president and CEO and also serve on the board of directors. He most recently served as executive vice president and head of core banking at Citizens Bank.

Northern Light Cardiology in Bangor hired Malachy Sullivan. Sullivan is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease with the American Board of Internal Medicine and board eligible in Cardiac Electrophysiology.

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Renia Shterenberg

The Bangor Symphony Orchestra hired Renia Shterenberg as executive director. Shterenberg was general manager of the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Ore.

James W. Sewall Co., a Bangor-based engineering firm, hired Christen Wilber as vice president of geospatial services. Wilber was previously a consultant with Attar Engineering’s survey group.

Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington hired Andrew Crapser as an orthopedic surgeon providing patient care at Franklin Health Orthopedics and orthopedic surgery at the hospital. Crapser was most recently at St. Lawrence Health in New York.

The Maine Renewable Energy Association, an Augusta nonprofit association for renewable energy producers, suppliers of goods and services to those producers and other supporters of the renewable energy industry, hired Eliza Donoghue as executive director. Donoghue was previously director of advocacy and staff attorney for the Maine Audubon, and the forests and wildlife policy advocate and 0utreach coordinator for the Natural Resources Council of Maine.

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Heather Thompson Paquette will be Good Shepherd Food Bank’s next president, starting in September.

Good Shepherd Food Bank in Auburn hired Heather Thompson Paquette as president. Paquette most recently served as vice president, retail innovation center of excellence, with Retail Business Services, a services company for Ahold Delhaize USA brands.

Allen Insurance and Financial in Camden hired Nichole Kindelan as a producer in business insurance.

Maine State Credit Union in Augusta hired Nicole Hotchkin as vice president of mortgage lending. Previously, Hotchkin was vice president/senior retail loan officer at Camden National Bank in Belfast.


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Stacey Caulk

Drummond Woodsum, a law firm in Portland, promoted Stacey Caulk to co-leader of the firm’s land use and conservation practice group.

UScellular promoted Brandi McCune to director of sales and operations for its New England Region. McCune was previously director of retail sales and operations in Nebraska.

Skowhegan Savings Bank promoted Andrew Fortin-Trimble to senior vice president and chief marketing officer. Fortin-Trimble was vice president and director of marketing.

Down East magazine in Rockport promoted Will Grunewald to editor in chief and Sarah Stebbins to deputy editor. Grunewald most recently served as senior editor, managing the magazine’s North by East and Food & Drink sections and writing features while Stebbins was editor in chief of Maine Homes by Down East and home editor at Down East.

Franklin Savings Bank promoted Richard Allen to vice president, senior commercial loan officer in Rumford and Timothy Tunney to vice president, senior commercial loan officer in Ellsworth.

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers promoted Brian Bryant to international president. Bryant, a Maine native who started his career as a pipefitter at Bath Iron Works, was previously resident general vice president for the association.


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Zachary Smith

MMG Insurance in Presque Isle elected Zachary Smith to its board of directors. Smith is the COO and an owner of Smith’s Farm in Mars Hill.


Drummond Woodsum, a law firm in Portland, said that 39 of its Maine-based lawyers were included in the Best Lawyers in America. The list includes 11 attorneys named Ones to Watch and six others, in nine practice areas, who were recognized as Lawyer of the Year for 2024.

The Boulos Co., a commercial real estate firm in Portland, announced that Chris Paszyc earned dual SIOR designation in the office and industrial sectors. Paszyc, a partner and broker at the firm, is the fourth person in Maine to secure the dual designation.

Khmer Maine, a nonpartisan, community organization working to improve the quality of life and the social and economic well-being of Cambodians in Maine, named Shenna Bellows, secretary of state, and Amy Arata, assistant republican leader, as its “Friend of the Cambodian Community” award winners during its annual dinner. Others recognized were the Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition as the organization’s “Outstanding Community Partner Award” winner; Theary Leng Ryder as the “Excellence in Community Service Award” recipient; and Golden Wat Cognac as the “Outstanding Cambodian Business.”

Berman & Simmons, a law firm in Lewiston, said that six of its attorneys were listed as Best Lawyers in America for 2024 and three others were cited as Ones to Watch.

Shaheen & Gordon, a law firm in Dover, N.H., said that two of its Maine-based attorneys were listed as Best Lawyers in America for 2024.

Sea Bags, a manufacturer and retailer in Portland, was selected as a “Legacy Business” by the U.S. Small Business Administration as part of the SBA's celebration of the 70th anniversary as a federal agency.

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