BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce has selected a local healthcare industry executive to receive its lifetime achievement award. The award will be presented at the chamber’s annual dinner in January.
The chamber’s board selected Miles Theeman, longtime CEO of Affiliated Health Care Systems and now chief sales and marketing officer at Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, to receive the Norbert X. Dowd Award, which is named after the late businessman who ran the chamber for 27 years.
Theeman is a former chairman of the chamber’s board. He also co-chaired the group that organized the successful campaign to win approval of the Cross Center project among Bangor voters.
“Miles’ leadership has made Bangor and the region a better place in ways that are both obvious and discreet, and pursued with such positive energy” Andrew Hamilton, current chairman of the chamber’s board, said in a statement. “From promotion of our connections with Eastern Canada to helping win approval of the Cross Center, his leadership has enriched us all.”
Theeman, along with the other award winners, will be honored at the chamber’s annual dinner on Jan. 22 at the Cross Insurance Center.
In addition to the Dowd award, six other awards will be handed out:
The Business of the Year Award will be presented to Hollywood Casino “for its outstanding contribution to the region’s economic vibrancy and its strong community involvement and generosity,” according to the chamber’s release.
The Catherine Lebowitz Award for Public Service will be presented to Sen. Ed Youngblood “for his hard work in support of the Omnibus Energy Bill and for sustaining a civil and sensible tone in the Maine State Senate in 2013.”
The Community Service Award will be presented to the city of Bangor “for its foresight and willingness to invest in critical projects, including the Cross Center, which benefit the entire region.”
The Non-Profit of the Year Award will be presented to Acadia Hospital “for raising its standards and performance in service to some of the region’s most vulnerable and least understood citizens.”
The Arthur Comstock Professional Service Award will be presented to Steve Pound of Cianbro “for his leadership in workforce development and education reform efforts in the Bangor Region and throughout the state of Maine.”
The Bion and Dorain Foster Entrepreneurship Award will be presented to Cerahelix Inc. “for its work as a technology startup that has set an example for other innovative companies in the Bangor region.”
“Once again our committee had a difficult time choosing from some outstanding nominees,” John Porter, president and CEO of the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce, said in a statement. “The wealth of talent and good work being done in our region is amazing. These awards give the community a way of not only recognizing some terrific people and organizations, but they are a reminder of the energy and momentum here.”