BANGOR, Maine — Peter Vigue, chairman and CEO of Cianbro Corp., on Wednesday evening received the Norbert X. Dowd Award at the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards dinner.
The award is named after Norbert X. Dowd, the late businessman who ran the Chamber for 27 years.
Vigue said he was “very humbled” by the honor, and shared the credit with his family and the employees of Cianbro.
“I am the recipient of the award,” Vigue said Wednesday. “However, I don’t do these things alone. I have tremendous support from my family and the more than 4,000 people that work at this company. I work for them, and they give me a tremendous amount of support and help. I feel very privileged and humbled by this award, but I share it with them, as well.”
John Porter, the Chamber’s president, said the Norbert X. Dowd award is considered a lifetime achievement award.
“This award really honors someone who over the course of their careers contributes to the community and economy of the region, and has shown to be a leader on both those fronts,” Porter said.
More than 800 people gathered on Wednesday evening for the Bangor Chamber’s annual awards dinner, the last that will be held in the Bangor Civic Center. Next year, the awards dinner will be held in the new Cross Insurance Center, Porter said.
“This is our last hurrah in the old Civic Center, and we want to go out in style,” he said. “We have an opportunity to recognize some terrific folks, and as always the event itself will be eye-popping.”
Each of the awards presented Wednesday evening were preceded by videos produced by Sutherland Weston Marketing.
Other award winners Wednesday evening were WBRC Architects-Engineers, which received the Business of the Year Award; former state Sen. Richard Rosen, who received the Catherine Lebowitz Award for Public Service; the Hammond Street Senior Center, which received the Community Service Award; the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of EMHS, which received the Nonprofit of the Year Award; Andrew Hamilton of Eaton Peabody, who received the Arthur A. Comstock Professional Service Award; and Geaghan’s Pub & Craft Brewery, which received the Bion and Dorain Foster Entrepreneurship Award.
While the awards recognize the contributions of certain individuals and organizations, that’s not the only reason the Chamber presents them each year, Porter said.
“It’s nice to honor the winners, but we also do them for the community, to remind the community what a great place this is,” Porter said. “Our best days are ahead of us, not behind us.”