ROCKLAND, Maine — Gordon Page Sr. has been named the executive director of Rockland Main Street Inc., the organization’s board of directors announced Monday.
Page replaces Lorain Francis, who left the position in December to take on the role of senior program director for the Maine Downtown Center.
Page, who resides in neighboring Owls Head, has been a resident of the midcoast for more than 30 years, arriving in the 1980s as a department manager at National Sea Products.
Since that time, he has held executive management positions in the broadcast media, hospitality, tourism and transportation industries, most recently as vice president of Maine Eastern Railroad. He also runs his own small business — Gordon Page Marketing & Public Relations.
He is a past president and member of the Rockland Kiwanis Club, and a past president of the local Chamber of Commerce. He served 13 of the past 14 years on the chamber board, stepping down at the end of 2013. He also served as board president of Rockland Share The Pride Association, an organization that was active in the 1990s.
Paul Benjamin, board president of Rockland Main Street Inc., stated in a news release that Page brings the necessary skills and talent to continue and enhance ongoing efforts, and he will bring new ideas and fresh insights to the organization.
In its fifth year, Rockland Main Street Inc. is one of 10 Main Street communities in Maine, and it is a focused partnership of residents, businesses and local government that aims to enhance and protect the unique sense of place and economic vitality of downtown Rockland, according to the news release.
Page said in the news release that he is looking forward to working with all the stakeholders of the organization, noting that there are many opportunities for volunteer participation by downtown merchants and neighborhood residents. He further noted that the focus of the organization will include the development of greater diversity in the makeup of the business offerings, making the downtown more relevant to more people, while maintaining the pleasant blend of what has become known as Rockland’s “salty sophistication.”
The board of directors will host an informal reception for Page from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, at Time Out Pub.
The offices of Rockland Main Street Inc. are on the second floor at 417 Main St.