BANGOR — Join small businesses from across the region for a new, topic-focused networking event hosted by Eastern Maine Development Center. The first session of The Chat Room will be held 8-9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10.
The Chat Room will be held on the second Thursday of each month with a different topic, led by an industry expert, for each session. October’s session will focus on marketing and will be led by Sutherland Weston Marketing Communications.
Registration is recommended at emdc.org/events or call 942-6389.
Vice president to retire
BREWER — Jerry Whalen, vice president for Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems business development for the past 15 years, announced his retirement, effective March 28. Whalen was instrumental in fostering employee innovation initiatives throughout the organization and led efforts to implement multi-county community health outreach services. He also led pioneering efforts focused on community health needs assessments. In addition, Whalen represented EMHS on a variety of local and economic development boards and committees including the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce, the Bangor Region Economic Development Alliance and Mobilize Eastern Maine.
In conjunction with Whalen’s retirement, EMHS CEO M. Michelle Hood also announced the following leadership changes:
• Suzanne Spruce has assumed the role of EMHS chief communications officer.
• Miles Theeman, current president and CEO of Affiliated Healthcare Systems, will assume responsibilities as EMHS vice president and chief sales and marketing officer.
• Scott Oxley, vice president for EMHS corporate services will assume responsibility for AHS legacy and joint venture companies.
• A chief community health and grants officer is being recruited.
Open Farm Sunday
ORONO — The 49 farm families throughout New England and upstate New York who are member-owners of Cabot Creamery Cooperative invite the public to celebrate local, sustainable dairy farming during Open Farm Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 13. The Witter Farm at the University of Maine is one of the participating farms.
Meet the farmers, see the cows, join in barnyard activities and sample cheese.