Bangtor booster champions the Queen City at every opportunity

By Brian Swartz, Special Sections Editor
Posted Jan. 24, 2014, at 3:17 p.m.

Passionate about Bangor, Miles Theeman has championed the Queen City at every available opportunity since arriving here from his native Lubec many years ago.

And for working ceaselessly to improve Bangor, he will receive from the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce the prestigious 2013 Norbert X. Dowd Award.

“Rarely does an individual use both of their respective business opportunities and their personal commitment to the Bangor region to advance the area, not in self-interest, but in the betterment of everyone that works, lives, and plays in the area,” said Bill Cohen, who nominated Theeman.

“I’m humbled,” Theeman said during an interview at the Douglas H. Brown Building on the Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems’ Union Street campus. He served as the president and CEO of Affiliated Healthcare Systems from October 2007 until recently taking a position as a vice president and chief sales and marketing officer with EMHS.

“When you look at the names of the other [Dowd] award winners” — he mentioned many individuals — “it’s pretty humbling to be included,” Theeman said. “That’s pretty rare company.

“There are dozens of people in this town who have done so much more than I have,” he said.

He has belonged to many organizations and government boards over the years, serving several years on the Bangor Planning Board, chairing the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce, and chairing the Maine Innovation Economy Advisory Board. A member of the University of Maine Board of Visitors, Theeman is an unabashed Bangor booster.

“Over the past several years … we’ve become one of the destination cities in the country,” he said. “We’re not the end of everywhere; we’re the beginning of something. Bangor lies in the middle of natural resources (he cited the coast, forests, and mountains, among other such resources) that make this a great place to work, live, raise a family.”

Volunteering was ingrained in Theeman during his Lubec youth. “I grew up in a small town. My folks were involved in a small community,” he said. As to why his parents participated so intimately in community life, he explained, “Their attitude was, ‘If not us, who?’”

A few years ago, Theeman joined the Arena Yes steering committee, “the citizens’ group that made sure all the attributes” sought by Bangor residents in a proposed replacement for the Bangor Auditorium “were provided” in the facility’s final design.

“A lot of people did the heavy lifting on that committee,” he said.

The steering committee raised funds from area businesses for an economic impact study about the so-called “Arena.” Later “we approached the business community again and raised more money to get the vote out” during a municipal election that saw Bangor voters overwhelmingly approve funding the new facility that became the Cross Insurance Center, Theeman said. Still an Arena Yes committee member, he co-chairs Eastern Maine Mobilize and participates on committees at Congregation Beth Israel in Bangor.

Theeman does not consider himself unique in serving the community. “Every generation there are folks … who have a vision for moving the community forward,” he said.

“The people with whom I’m volunteering have the same passions and interests I have,” Theeman said. “They seek the improvement of the greater Bangor area. I’m pleased to have been part of that here in Bangor.

“You can’t do that without good friends, a great employer, and a tolerant family,” he said. “I have been blessed to have all three.”

http://bangordailynews.com/2014/01/24/special-sections/bangtor-booster-champions-the-queen-city-at-every-opportunity/ printed on August 22, 2014