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The Associated General Contractors of America awarded Freeport-based CPM Constructors with a 2013 Build America Award for new municipal and utility construction at AGC’s 94th annual convention March 7 in Palm Springs, Calif. CPM won for its construction of the first phase of Ocean Renewable Power Company’s Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy Project in Lubec and Eastport, the first commercial, grid-connected tidal energy project to be built in the U.S.

Jonathan W. Brogan, of Norman, Hanson & DeTroy, has been named a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society. Membership is limited to 3,500 fellows, representing fewer than one-half of 1 percent of American lawyers. Cape Elizabeth resident Brogan is the chairman of the Portland-based Norman Hanson & DeTroy litigation practice group and has been a trial attorney for more than 20 years. He concentrates his practice in the trial of complex cases in personal injury, product liability, medical malpractice and commercial matters.

Vicki Kennedy, of RE/MAX Oceanside, in Cape Elizabeth, was awarded the Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist Designation from The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing. The institute offers training, special professional designations and marketing tools for agents who specialize in fine home and estate properties, and has members on four continents. Kennedy has provided residential real estate services to the Greater Portland area for more than 13 years with a focus on the luxury home market. Kennedy is on the board of directors for the Greater Portland Board of Realtors, president-elect of the Women’s Council of Realtors, and a director on the Maine Real Estate Resource Center, and has been a member of the Junior League of Portland since 1998.

Marc Gup, an associate broker with Keller Williams Realty in Portland, was named the top producing individual agent of the 252 company agents at the company’s annual awards ceremony. Gup had sales in 2012 of $12 million.

Portland-based lawyer Jay S. Geller was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy in a ceremony at the Smithsonian Institute Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture in Washington, D.C. The ceremony was presided over by D.J. Baker, chairman of the college. Geller was one of 39 nominees who were honored and recognized for their professional excellence and exceptional contributions to the law fields of bankruptcy and insolvency.

The Institute for Civic Leadership has recognized Jeffrey K. Jordan as Distinguished Alumnus for 2013. Jordan accepted his award and spoke at the April 5 induction of this year’s ICL Upsilon Leadership Intensive Class  at the Freeport Hilton Garden Inn. He will also speak at ICL’s 20th Anniversary Celebration Thursday at Ocean Gateway in Portland. Jordan is deputy director of the Mid Coast Regional Redevelopment Authority, which is responsible for the reuse master plans for Brunswick Naval Air Station and the Topsham Annex.

New Hires, Promotions and Appointments

The Policy Committee of the Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System elected new leadership for the coming year. Portland City Councilor David Marshall has been elected chairperson and Saco City Councilor David Tripp, has been elected vice chairperson. Both will serve through June 2014.

Gorham resident David Hamilton has been elected a vice president of Clark Insurance by the agency’s board of directors. Hamilton, a graduate of Husson College, is a stockholder in the agency and leads the employee benefits group. He has more than 25 years of experience in the life and health insurance business and was president of Hamilton & Associates before selling his business to Clark Insurance. He was also president of the southern Maine chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and treasurer and vice president of Maine for the association’s state board of directors.

John R. Nelson, vice president and chief financial officer at Wright-Pierce, was appointed as the 2013-2014 chairman of the American Council of Engineering Companies Tax and Regulatory Affairs Committee. Nelson’s term began during the ACEC annual convention, April 21-24 in Washington, D.C., where he was a panelist for the seminar “The Impact of Tax Reform on A/E Firms.”

Fluid Imaging Technologies, Inc., manufacturer and global exporter of the FlowCAM imaging particle analyzer, hired Abel Plaud, of Portland, as laboratory and technical customer support technician at the firm’s Yarmouth, headquarters. Prior to joining Fluid Imaging Technologies, Plaud worked as a park ranger at the National Park Service at Acadia National Park. Kennebunk resident Kevin Grogan was hired as production manager. Prior to joining Fluid Imaging Technologies, Grogan was a fabrication supervisor at Westinghouse Electric in Newington, N.H., and a senior operations manager at Idexx Laboratories in Westbrook.

Timothy A. Kearins has been named a partner at Casco Bay Eyecare in South Portland, where he has practiced optometry since 2007. A graduate of Gettysburg College, he received his doctor of optometry degree from the State University of New York College of Optometry. Kearins is the vice president of the Maine Optometric Association and is a member of the American Optometric Association.

New Initiatives

Family Hope, a new Maine nonprofit, launched to help people searching for resources in Maine to help someone with a mental illness. The website provides information, links and a hotline number to call for immediate guidance. There is also information on dealing with the police and how to remain safe during a crisis. For more information, email or  call 396-4313.

New Locations

Cape Elizabeth resident Melora Gregory has relocated her yoga and Yamuna body rolling studio to 408 Broadway, South Portland.