People and Business: May 18

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Fitness awards presented

by governor’s council

AUGUSTA — The Maine Governor’s Council on Physical Activity recently named the winners of its 13th Annual Maine Fitness Awards.

Awards were presented during a celebration at the State House Hall of Flags. Local winners include Scarborough Youth Sports Forum of Scarborough, Youth Community Category; Morning Exercise at Mt. Ararat High School of Topsham, Special Populations Category; Seacoast Management of Topsham, Adult Category; Jon Cahill, founder and director, Gym Dandies of Scarborough, Lifetime Achievement Category.

The council recognizes individuals and organizations for promoting physical activity and for increasing awareness of the health problems associated with non-activity.

New Ventures

Sandy Bonney and Arthur Gary have launched a new Portland-area business, Laser Focus Coaching, an integrated coaching and mentoring program that helps businesses and individuals reach their business goals. Pre-screened participants complete a six-month coaching program that focuses on increasing profits, coupled with one-to-one mentoring. To reach Laser Focus Coaching, contact Sandy Bonney at or call 318-9940.

Kelly Smith Barham of Freeport has opened an in-home business, Bound for Glory Textiles. Barham, a recent graduate of New Ventures, an entrepreneurial training program, creates handwoven clothing and accessories using all natural fibers, natural dyes and local and/or and organic products when possible. Her work can be seen at 9 Hands Gallery on Congress Street in Portland, the Center for Maine Craft in Gardiner, and online at

Insight and Clarity, a consulting and coaching firm in Portland owned by Arthur Fink, has introduced a new User Interface Review service to help technology developers create products that are more user-friendly. By observing the tools used in business where users encounter difficulties, Fink devises a strategy for a revision or re-design creating an improved user experience.

Berenson Associates, Inc., owner/developers of Freeport Village Station in Freeport, have announced two new stores, CorningWare Corelle & More Store and Talbots Upscale Outlet, and have signed leases in the outlet center located on Freeport’s Main Street.

Cambium Enterprises, an internet business offering subscription-based E-Learning educational and personal development programs led by CEO Betsy Peters of Freeport, has opened at Lower Falls Landing in Yarmouth. Cambium programs connect experts with members via its E-Learning platform featuring on-demand video, live workshops and interactive software. For more information, please visit

Savvy, Inc., a Portland area public relations firm, has been hired by The Coaliton to Protect New York to help organize opposition to high volume hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a controversial method of gas drilling.

Cumberland resident John F. Chase, CEO of Chase Custom Homes and Finance, is now part of a newly formed team called The Chase Team at RE/MAX By The Bay. Chase has formed a five-member team of real estate agents and can be reached at 553-7320.

Cellular Sales, a Verizon Wireless retailer, has recently opened a new store in Portland at 3 Somerset St. For more information, call the store at 541-9230.

Fireside Inn & Suites, on 81 Riverside St. in Portland, is renovating the hotel and updating many features, including a newly installed elevator and in-room gas fireplaces. New amenities include a complimentary continental breakfast, free guest wine receptions Monday through Thursday and live entertainment every Friday night in the hotel at Zackery’s Restaurant & Lounge. The hotel will continue to offer guests use of the indoor and outdoor heated pools, fitness center with sauna and Jacuzzi, free airport shuttle, free Wi-Fi and business center.

New Hires, Promotions

Tilson Technology Management, an information technology project management company in Portland, has recently hired Jeremy Downs as a construction manager, Elizabeth Mackie as a job cost accountant, Steve Greve and Ana Freitas as consultants, and members of the wireless and telecommunications group; and has promoted Amy Hayes to program manager of Maine Fiber Company’s Three Ring Binder project.

Maine Coast Heritage Trust has named Tim Glidden as its new president. Most recently Glidden served as director of the state’s Land For Maine’s Future Program.

Portland Ovations has hired Charles Kibort as the director of marketing and audience development.

KeyBank has recently promoted Robert Davis to wealth credit advisor for Key Private Bank and Susan Pope to senior business banker of KeyBank’s southern Maine business banking team. Kenneth P. Giaquinto of Portland has been hired as a relationship manager for Key@Work, the workplace banking program for KeyBank in Maine.

Jenn Vogel has joined Yarmouth-based Brett Davis Real Estate and will be working as a team with Ulla Zrioka. Vogel or Zrioka can be reached at 846-0085. 

Friends School of Portland, located on Mackworth Island, has hired Oren Stevens as director of summer programs. Stevens teaches with the Telling Room in Portland and also coordinates for the Men’s Resource Center of Southern Maine.
Portland-based LearningWorks has hired Donna Mrowka as the new director of juvenile justice and Emily Gilkinson as the new director of literacy volunteers for greater Portland. Mrowka is a licensed clinical social worker with 30 years of experience in social services. Gilkinson has a background in elementary education with specialties in both English language learning and special education.

Jan Nelson of Cape Elizabeth has joined Martin’s Point Health Care as a vice president of delivery system operations, specialties and ancillaries. Nelson is responsible for specialty program development and the launching of the new Specialty Center located in the old Veranda Health Center in Portland.

Ryan J. Wrisley has joined Berry Dunn McNeil & Parker, CPAs and Management Consultants, in its Portland office as a senior consultant within the government consulting group.

Modern Pest Services of Brunswick has hired Anthony Silva Jr., as its newest bed bug canine handler for businesses and homes in Northern New England.

Sidebar Elements

Volunteers recently cleaned up the Eastern Promenade park from end to end during the 19th annual April Stools Day. The event is coordinated by Friends of the Eastern Promenade in collaboration with Fetch Pet Supply. For more information,