Maine hirings, promotions and accolades

Posted July 20, 2012, at 6:02 a.m.
Last modified July 20, 2012, at 9:51 a.m.

New Hires

Crossroads, a Scarborough-based provider of addiction and behavioral health treatment services, recently hired to its outpatient clinical team: Howland Bickerstaff of Windham; Cynthia Torres of East Waterboro; Beata Wiktor of Naples; Jennifer Anderson of Portland; Charles Schneider of Cape Elizabeth; and Bryce Libby of Lewiston. In addition, Cindy Curtis of Standish was hired as cook for Crossroads’ residential rehabilitation program in Windham and Vivian Trott of New Gloucester was hired as accountant for Crossroads’ administrative services in Scarborough.

BerryDunn, a firm of CPAs and consultants with offices in Portland and Bangor, recently hired Jonathan Grace as a consultant in the firm’s government consulting group. Prior to joining the firm, Grace worked for Harris Computer Systems, Lawson Software and Tyler Technologies.

Maine Education Services, a Portland nonprofit working to expand access to higher education, hired Kyle Solebello of Westbrook, finance accountant; Kate Leveille of Casco, outreach director; and Kelly David of Greene, marketing coordinator.

United Way of Greater Portland recently hired Jim Hanna of Portland as program manager for the Cumberland County Food Security Council. Previously, Hanna was an independent food system consultant, most recently creating the New American Sustainable Agriculture Project assisting recent immigrants and refugees to establish farm enterprises in Maine.

Benchmark, a Westbrook construction company, recently hired Ben Levesque as a project manager overseeing the Dow Commercial Properties project. The company also recently hired Sean Keay as a superintendent.

Salem Advisory Group LLC, an independent investment advisory firm and insurance agency based in Kennebunk, recently hired Robert MacMath as an investment adviser representative. Previously he was employed by Peoples Securities Inc., a subsidiary of People’s United Bank, where he was a financial adviser in its greater Portland region branches.

Maine Authors Publishing in Rockland recently hired Heather Goss to handle its publicity.

Sun Life Financial, a financial services organization with a regional office in Wellesley, Mass., recently hired Tyler Thims of Portland to cover its Portland/Boston territories.

Drummond Woodsum, a Portland law firm, recently hired two lawyers: Reade Wilson will practice with the business services, public sector and trial services practice groups in the Portland office; Keriann Roman will practice with the trial services group, in the areas of civil litigation and appellate matters.

Mortgage Network Inc., an independent mortgage lender, recently hired Scott Blake as a loan officer at its office in Portland. Prior to joining Mortgage Network Inc., he was employed by First Horizon, MetLife and Northeast Bank.

Consigli Construction Co. Inc., a general contractor headquartered in Milford, Mass., with an office in Portland, recently hired Gavin Speaker as project engineer at its Portland office.

Hall Internet Marketing, a Portland-based Internet marketing firm, recently hired Jessica Wallace as digital marketing analyst. Previously, she managed the web and social media marketing for Vreeland Marketing.

Promotions

Community Credit Union, with branches in Auburn and Lewiston, recently promoted Jennifer Hogan to executive vice president. Hogan was the marketing/ business development director.

E.S. Boulos Co., a northern New England contractor based in Westbrook, recently announced two promotions: Thomas Nason to the position of manager of project performance for the ESB Commercial Division and Joseph Bradley to manager of estimating for the ESB Commercial.

TD Bank, a member of TD Bank Group and a subsidiary of The Toronto-Dominion Bank of Toronto with offices throughout Maine, recently promoted Shannon Hebert to credit portfolio manager in commercial lending in Fort Kent.

Appointments

Spectrum Medical Group, a multi-specialty practice with offices in South Portland and Bangor, announced recently that Dr. Michael Jones, assistant director of the Spectrum pathology division and chief of pathology at Maine Medical Center, has been elected as a trustee of the American Board of Pathology.

Bangor Savings Bank recently announced the appointment of Cathy Maher as vice president, regional administrative manager. Maher joins Bangor Savings Bank with more than 38 years of banking experience.

The Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine recently appointed a new leadership team consisting of Jeff Marks as the organization’s executive director and Cindy Talbot as operations director. E2Tech is a member-based organization focused on stimulating economic growth and leading efforts to promote the clean tech sector.

The Maine Department of Labor recently announced the appointment of Julie Dumont Rabinowitz as the department’s director of communication.

Bruce Jones, business development manager of Creative Office Pavilion in Portland, recently was elected to the board of directors of the Maine Real Estate and Development Association, a statewide organization of commercial real estate owners, developers and related service providers.

Company news

Hannaford Supermarkets, based in Scarborough,  which operates 179 stores in the Northeast, recently announced that its store in Skowhegan has become the first existing retail structure in Maine to achieve LEED designation for existing buildings and maintenance certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The certification recognizes the store’s successful efforts to minimize its environmental impact by reducing waste, streamlining recycling procedures, increasing energy efficiency and improving indoor air quality.

Tom Federle and Mike Mahoney recently opened a Portland office of the law and governmental affairs firm Federle Mahoney, located on Merrill’s Wharf at 254 Commercial St. Federle Mahoney also relocated its Hallowell office to 110 Sewall St., Augusta, across from the State House.

Central Maine Power Co. recently installed a 375-ton transformer at the company’s Larrabee Road Substation in Lewiston as part of its $1.4 billion Maine Power Reliability Program. The Larrabee Road Substation transformer is among the largest units in the CMP system and supplies the electrical grid for communities in Androscoggin, Franklin, Kennebec, Oxford and Sagadahoc counties.

CBRE|The Boulos Co. recently announced that XL Soccer World Saco LLC has purchased the Southern Maine Sports Zone property located at 400 North St. in Saco from Howard Sports Inc.

Consigli Construction Co. Inc. of Portland recently began an exterior restoration of the Togus Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Building 200, located at the VA Maine Healthcare System Campus in Augusta. The main hospital building at the VA, Building 200 is part of the oldest veteran’s facility in the country, opening in 1866.

The Front Street Pub recently opened at 37 Front St. in Belfast.

Southern Maine Community College in South Portland recently partnered with Mechanical Services, an HVAC contractor with offices in Portland, Bangor, Presque Isle and Augusta, to design and install an ocean-based geothermal HVAC system in an oceanfront building. The energy efficient system either absorbs or rejects heat from nearby seawater to bring a closed-loop glycol-heating coil to temperature, making it three times more efficient than conventional heating and cooling systems.

Portland Performing Arts Festival recently was awarded a $40,000 grant from the Portland Economic Development Plan Implementation Program, designed to help local nonprofits and public entities implement the city’s Economic Development Vision and Plan. The plan, developed collaboratively by the city of Portland, Portland Community Chamber, Creative Portland Corporation, Portland Development Corp., and a task force representing a variety of stakeholders in the private sector, was adopted in November by the City Council and provides a roadmap for the city’s future.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Kennebunk recently announced that Ann Legg has achieved the Cartus Network Inventory Specialist certification, a professional standard available exclusively to principal brokers of the Cartus Broker.

Kennebunkport Marina recently formed a partnership with Yarmouth Boat Yard to sell the latest Pursuit and Eastern boats.

Katahdin Trust Co. recently opened its third office in the greater Bangor area, located at 52 Springer Drive in the Christmas Tree Shops Plaza.

Thornton Tomasetti, the international engineering firm, recently announced that the Acadia Gateway Center administrative and maintenance facility has received LEED Gold Certification. Fore Solutions, the green building consulting company acquired by Thornton Tomasetti in 2012, provided LEED consulting services for the project located in Trenton at the gateway to Acadia National Park.

Kemp Goldberg Partners, an advertising, public relations and interactive agency with offices in Portland and Washington, D.C., recently was selected by Wreaths Across America, Presbyterian Homes and Family Services, the Family Alliance, Concord Coach Lines, Maine Mead Works and Yale Cordage to provide a range of marketing and communications services.

Finn & Co., a new, luxury skincare line based in Maine, recently launched. Anniebells in Kennebunkport and Uptown Studio in Rockland are among the first Maine shops to showcase the line.

The Bangor International Airport has received $4 million from the Transportation Security Administration to upgrade its baggage inspection system.

Katahdin Bankshares Corp., parent company of Katahdin Trust Co., recently announced it has declared a cash dividend of $.09 per share for the second quarter of 2012. The dividend was paid on June 25 to all shareholders of record as of June 11.

Piscataquis County recently received $1 million in hazardous materials clean-up grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from its 2012 Brownfields Grant Program. The two grants submitted by the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council provide for an $800,000 Revolving Loan Fund administered by the council and a $200,000 grant to the Dover-Foxcroft Historical Society to continue the clean-up of lead paint and asbestos in the renovation of Central Hall, Dover-Foxcroft’s former municipal offices at 152 East Main St.

The Sunrise County Economic Council recently received a $10,000 grant from the Washington County Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to support its efforts to create an educational roundtable that will work closely together with private-sector employers, educators and area resource providers in Down East Maine to identify new economic opportunities and help businesses remain competitive, viable, and able to find skilled workers.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded $4.15 million in federal grants to clean up contaminated sites in the following Maine communities and regions: Sanford, $800,000; Rockland, $400,000; Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission, $350,000; Dover Foxcroft, $200,000; Northern Maine Commission, $400,000; Old Town, $600,000; Piscataquis County Economic Development Council, $800,000; Washington County Council of Governments; $400,000; and Wilton, $200,000.

The federal Economic Development Administration recently awarded three Partnership Planning Investments totaling more than $212,000 for developing and implementing a regional comprehensive economic development strategy to Maine counties: Awards of approximately $70,000 each will be made to the Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments, the Eastern Maine Development Commission, and the Kennebec Valley Council of Governments. Nine Maine counties will be served by these investments.

PLUM, a new high-end women’s consignment store, recently opened in Portland at 316 A Congress St.

Ocean Renewable Power Co. of Portland recently announced it had constructed the nation’s first commercial tidal energy project in Cobscook Bay through its proprietary TidGen Power System. It partnered with Newport Industrial Fabrication in Newport and Alexander’s Welding & Machine Inc. in Greenfield in completing the project.

Dr. Marcia Adams O’Neil, a former superintendent of schools in Massachusetts, is working with a team of academic colleagues and staff members from the Institute for Global Ethics in Rockport to develop a college credit course that will focus on building school cultures of integrity.

Carlisle SynTec Systems, a manufacturer of single-ply roofing materials with headquarters in Carlisle, Pa., recently named G & E Roofing Company Inc., with headquarters in Augusta, to its Perfection Council, the highest distinction in its Perfect 10 contractor quality recognition program.

The Maine YardScaping Partnership recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to announce the completion and grand opening of the YardScaping Gardens at Back Cove—a landscaping project in Portland designed to show ways of making Maine gardens more sustainable.

Western Maine Health/Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway recently received a $19,988 grant from The Bingham Program to help fund the newly formed Oxford County Wellness Collaborative. The Bingham Program is a charitable endowment established to promote health and advance medicine in Maine and is administered by Tufts Medical Center.

Spotlight

Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, a Rockland-based magazine and website published by John Hanson Jr., recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.

Noted for eclectic award-winning coverage of all aspects of coastal living, the magazine has an international readership of 100,000. Its online edition at www.maineboats.com offers original content, photo galleries, tide charts for Maine and New Hampshire, guides to products and services and tips for visitors to enjoy the Maine coast.

Ten years ago, the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show was launched as the live version of the magazine to provide readers with the opportunity to meet the people who make the products. Boats and unique handcrafted wares are showcased during the annual event, to be held this year Aug. 10-12 on the Rockland waterfront.

Accolades

The Maine Department of Conservation recently awarded Project Canopy’s Excellence in Community Forestry Award to Robert and Beverly Dutton, owners of Dutton’s Nursery of Morrill.

Shipyard Brewing Co. in Portland recently received two awards at the 2012 Australian International Beer Awards in Melbourne, Australia.  Its XXXX IPA was awarded a silver medal for Imperial/Double IPA Packaged and its Smashed Pumpkin took home a bronze medal for Herb and Spice Packaged.

Canterbury Royale Gourmet Dining Room, located in Fort Fairfield, recently was selected as being among the Best 50 restaurants in Maine by Maine Plate.

Audrey Pleau, image consultant at Transitions at Bedard, located in Auburn, recently earned 19 continuing education credits from the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics through courses administered by American Breast Care in Mastectomy Fitter Training.

Pine Tree Society, a Bath organization that helps Maine children and adults with disabilities, recently was awarded a four-star Charity Navigator rating for the second consecutive year. The award recognizes sound fiscal management.

Inland Hospital in Waterville recently honored two clinical staff members for clinical excellence: Melody Gillis, an RN in the medical/surgical unit, received the Nursing Clinical Excellence Award, and Susan Constable, a medical technologist who works in the laboratory, received the Non-Nursing Clinical Excellence Award.

Maine Real Estate and Development Association recently recognized five development projects as noteworthy: Opechee Construction Corp. for the Hampton Inn/Sebago Brewing in Portland; Waterfront Maine for Merrill’s Wharf/Pierce Atwood Building in Portland; Mattson Development LLC for the MaineGeneral Medical Center Musculoskeletal Center in Augusta; Community Housing of Maine for Maine Hall, Affordable Housing for Seniors in Bangor; and Developers Collaborative for Gilman Place in Waterville.

PbS, a nationally recognized system of performance measures in the field of juvenile corrections, recently recognized the Maine Department of Corrections Juvenile Division’s Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland for attaining a level four rank, the highest level possible. Only 6 %-12% of participating sites across the country achieve the top ranking. Mountain View Youth Development Center in Charleston achieved a level three, which is attained by approximately 30% of participating sites.

Coleen Marsh, Our Town Belfast’s inaugural board president, recently was selected as a Board Member of the Year at the recent Maine Downtown Conference.

Society for Human Resource Management’s Maine State Human Resource Council recently recognized six Maine human resources professionals at its annual convention at the Samoset Resort in Rockland: Deborah Whitworth, SPHR, managing director at Lebel and Harriman LLP, 2012 HR Leader of the Year; Lewiston Public Schools and the city of Lewiston, HR Best Practice. Inducted into the HR Hall of Fame were Thomas Bosica Jr., retired; Ed McKersie, owner of Pro Search; Sandra Monfilleto, SPHR, director of HR at Martin’s Point Healthcare; and Jeanne Paquette, currently the deputy commissioner for the Maine Department of Labor.

Two Bath-area residents recently received special recognition at the Maine Downtown Center annual conference:

Charlie Hudson of Hudson Media Empire was honored as a Volunteer of the Year and Elizabeth Knowlton, owner of the Inn at Bath, was honored as a Board Member of the Year.

Shelly’s, a sandwich shop in Old Orchard Beach, recently was named the winner of the “Best Sandwich at the Beach” contest. The contest was sponsored by OOB365.

Susan Veligor, a partner at Cornerstone Financial Planning in Portland, recently completed training at the Sudden Money Institute earning accreditation as an advanced SMI adviser.

Pulp+Wire, a Portland-based design and marketing firm, recently earned three national design awards in Graphic Design USA’s 2012 American Package Design Awards for its work on behalf of clients Adventurous Joe Coffee, MadGabs and Pleasant River Soap Co..

Beth Newlands Campbell, president of Hannaford Bros. Co., with headquarters in Scarborough, recently received the 2012 Hon. Edmund S. Muskie Access to Justice Award, presented annually to recognize individuals in the community who demonstrate a strong commitment to the public good.

Stillwater Health Care, a skilled-care nursing facility in Bangor, recently received the 2012 Bronze American Health Care Association’s National Center for Assisted Living National Quality Award.

The Brunswick Downtown Association recently honored two commercial recipients for outstanding contributions to historic preservation in downtown Brunswick: Maine State Music Theater for transforming a Studebaker dealership and former bus depot into a functional office and production facility Middle and Elm streets and Cool As A Moose for its flagship store and its wholesale production counterpart, Artforms, located at Town Hall Place and Maine Street.

Embassy Suites Hotel in Portland recently received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.

Saco and Biddeford Savings Institution was recently recognized by Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins for its 185th milestone anniversary as Maine’s oldest bank.

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