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2023 NextUp: 40 Under 40 Honorees

Introducing the Mainebiz 2023 Next Up: 40 Under 40 honorees, Maine's next generation of leaders.

The Mainebiz Next List, presented annually since 2013, was designed to celebrate individuals who were changing the future of Maine’s economy. Some of them were on the young side, but not all. The list was more about the energy and vision they brought to the work ahead.

Now in its second year, the Mainebiz NextUp: 40 Under 40 specifically recognizes Maine leaders who share that energy and vision as they rise in their careers. As you'll read, they come from a wide range of industries and professions.

Please join Mainebiz in honoring this year's 40 Under 40 at a reception Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 5-7 p.m. The venue will be Brick South at Thompson's Point in Portland. For more information, click here.

2023 NextUp: 40 Under 40

  • Dustyn Bailey
    Dustyn Bailey
    Account director and partner, Anania Bailey
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  • Rose Barboza
    Rose Barboza
    Executive director, Black Owned Maine / GM and event curator, Oga Suya Nigerian Catering and Events / Principal consultant, Barboza Consulting
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  • Kendra Batchelder
    Kendra Batchelder
    Co-founder, WAVED Medical LLC
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  • Kate Beever
    Kate Beever
    Founder, Maine Music and Health LLC
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  • Jordia Benjamin
    Jordia Benjamin
    Executive director, Indigo Arts Alliance
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  • Amber Boutiette
    Amber Boutiette
    Co-founder and chief product officer, Marin Skincare
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  • Patrick Breeding
    Patrick Breeding
    Co-founder and CEO, Marin Skincare
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  • Ben Chesler
    Ben Chesler
    Director of venture creation and acceleration, the Roux Institute
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  • Denise Cilley
    Denise Cilley
    Associate director, Sunrise County Economic Council
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  • Andrew Cook
    Andrew Cook
    Senior vice president and Maine market leader, Mascoma Bank
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  • Stephen Coston
    Stephen Coston
    Founder and partner, Stay Bar Harbor Hotel Group / Coston, McIsaac & Shea Investment Advisors
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  • Libby Davis
    Libby Davis
    Founder and CEO, Lady Shuckers
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  • Chad Dow
    Chad Dow
    Owner, Nitro Trailers
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  • Alicia Gaiero
    Alicia Gaiero
    Founder and captain, Nauti Sisters Sea Farm and East Coast Aquaculture Consulting
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  • Jessica Green
    Jessica Green
    Proprietor, Green Quality Plumbing & Heating
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  • Colleen Hanlon-Smith
    Colleen Hanlon-Smith
    Co-owner, Daybreak Growers Alliance / Owner, Peak Season Produce / Co-founder, Waldo County Bounty
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  • Sam Hight
    Sam Hight
    Dealer principal, Hight Family of Dealerships
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  • David Holomakoff
    David Holomakoff
    Co-founder and chief product officer, Kinotek Inc.
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  • Joseph Kellner
    Joseph Kellner
    CEO, LifeFlight of Maine
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  • Jenny Kordick
    Jenny Kordick
    Executive director, Maine Outdoor Brands
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  • Christina Livada
    Christina Livada
    President, ChappyWrap
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  • Thomas Madden
    Thomas Madden
    Co-founder, Lone Pine Brewing Co.
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  • Ben Martens
    Ben Martens
    Executive director, Maine Coast Fishermen's Association
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  • Alicia Milne
    Alicia Milne
    Director, corporate partnerships, Maine Celtics
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  • Sanchita Mukherjee
    Sanchita Mukherjee
    Victims of Crime Act attorney, Pine Tree Legal Assistance
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  • Michael Odokara-Okigbo
    Michael Odokara-Okigbo
    CEO and founder, ESM Global / NKENNE
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  • Obinna Okani
    Obinna Okani
    Executive director, Entrepreneurship for All-Maine / Director of partnership, the Nimble Group / CEO, Naija Made
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  • John Paul
    John Paul
    Co-founder, Lone Pine Brewing Co.
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  • Matthew Powell
    Matthew Powell
    Co-owner and managing innkeeper, Pentagoet Inn & Pub
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  • Casey Prentice
    Casey Prentice
    CEO, Prentice Organization / Managing partner, Foreside Development Co.
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  • Laura Reading
    Laura Reading
    Director of affordable housing, Developers Collaborative
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  • Nick Rimsa
    Nick Rimsa
    Owner, Snail Studio / Chief of sales and marketing, the Good Crust
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  • Ray Ruby
    Ray Ruby
    Executive director, Maine Cancer Foundation
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  • Katie Shorey
    Katie Shorey
    Director of engagement, Live + Work in Maine / President, Startup Maine
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  • Eliah Thanhauser
    Eliah Thanhauser
    Co-founder and CEO, North Spore
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  • Emma Tiedemann
    Emma Tiedemann
    Director of broadcasting and play-by-play voice, Portland Sea Dogs
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  • George Trinovitch
    George Trinovitch
    Co-owner and managing innkeeper, Pentagoet Inn & Pub
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  • Megan Walton
    Megan Walton
    CEO, Southern Maine Agency on Aging
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  • Sokunthy Yean
    Sokunthy Yean
    Vice president of operations and general manager, Sea Bags
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  • Lauren Yokabaskas
    Lauren Yokabaskas
    General director and co-founder, Opera in the Pines
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