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Portland’s Downtown District announces interim executive director, board members, new officers

Posted July 25, 2013, at 9:54 a.m.
Last modified Sept. 28, 2013, at 1:55 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Portland’s Downtown District announced that Steven Hewins has been appointed as interim executive director. Hewins, who has been actively engaged in Downtown Portland’s business and hospitality community for more than 30 years, will assume the position in August.

Portland’s Downtown District also announced results from its recent election in which the following individuals have been elected to its Board of Directors: Michael Casey, Michael Mastronardi, Mike McDonald, Penelope St. Louis, and Trish Weimer.

Earlier this month, the board met to elect new officers. Newly elected officers are Brad McCurtain, President; Michael Mastronardi, First Vice President; Gerard Kiladjian, Second Vice President; and Mike McDonald, Treasurer.

“Steve Hewins is exceptionally qualified to lead Maine’s largest Downtown organization as we work through a nationwide search process for a new Executive Director,” said Board President Brad McCurtain. “Steve has been actively engaged in local business, tourism, hospitality, and community organizations for over 30 years.”

Steve Hewins founded Hewins Travel out of his home on Munjoy Hill in 1982, quickly relocating it down to Commercial Street on the waterfront where it grew to become Maine’s largest travel agency. In 2007 he sold the company to AAA Northern New England, where he has served as Vice President for the past six years. In addition to his business success, Hewins has been actively involved in many community organizations. He has served on multiple boards including the Gulf of Maine Research Institute and the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce, as well as a past president of the Portland Chamber.

“In my career I have learned a great deal about what it takes to successfully build and run a small company-and I did it right here in Portland’s Downtown District. I hope to share these experiences with Portland’s local businesses,” Hewins exclaimed. “Also, I’ve been fortunate to have traveled extensively and visited many areas in America and across the world. I believe there is much we can learn from other successes to help make Portland as even greater city and a more desirable visitor destination.” Hewins is a candidate for the full time Executive Director position.

McCurtain, founder and president of local investment brokerage firm, Maine Securities Corporation, and also of Others! Fair Trade Coffeehouse-both located in Monument Square-commented on new leadership throughout the organization.

“It’s a new day in Downtown Portland. What an honor and a pleasure it is to welcome Steve as the organization’s interim Executive Director along with these wonderfully talented local business and professional people to the board that oversees one of New England’s most vibrant and most visited downtowns.”

Michael J. Casey

One Monument Way LLC -Owner: One Monument Way – Portland. Owner: Napa Valley Winery – American Canyon

Michael Mastronardi

14 Realty, LLC – 30 year property owner, taxpayer & businessman who has lived, practiced law and developed residential & commercial properties and businesses in downtown Portland. Owner White Cap Grille.

Mike McDonald

CBRE/Boulos – 10+ years managing commercial office/parking facilities in Downtown/Old Port, Portland Square. Manage ground transportation/policy at Jetport.

Penelope E. St. Louis

MaineHealth -Corporate Counsel, MaineHealth: Previous-Planning and Urban Development Director, Portland, Maine:

Trish Weimer

Vice President of Operations for J.B. Brown & Sons. Trish has extensive property management experience working with landlords of office buildings, retail centers, parking facilities and mixed-use complexes.

Portland’s Downtown District encompasses more than 600 properties and 400 businesses in a geographic area that runs from Longfellow Square along Congress Street to Franklin St and extends through and to the Old Port section of the City’s waterfront.

 

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