People and Business: Sept. 7

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Portland Regional Chamber

awards community leaders

PORTLAND — The Portland Regional Chamber recently announced the names of the winners of its annual Community Leadership Awards.

The awards will be presented at the Chamber’s annual dinner at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland on Thursday, Sept. 22.  

Merton G. Henry of the law firm Jensen, Baird, Gardner & Henry is the winner of this year’s Henri A. Benoit Award for leadership in the private sector. Among his many community activities, he has served as a trustee of Maine Medical Center, the Portland Museum of Art, and Bowdoin College, and was a former chairman of the Portland School Committee.

The Neal W. Allen Award for leadership in the public sector will be presented to former Portland City Manager Joe Gray. Gray worked for more than 40 years  in city government until his retirement earlier this year.

Mike Dubyak, president and CEO of Wright Express will receive the Robert R. Masterton Award for economic development, Dubyak has spent nearly 20 years guiding the company’s success, contributing to the region’s overall economic growth.

The President’s Award will be presented to Josh Broder, president of Tilson Technology Management, an information technology project management company. Broder is responsible for strategy, leadership, and business development for the company.

Registration information for the annual awards ceremony can be found on the Chamber’s website at

New Hires, Promotions

Christopher T. Arnett has been named to take over the Edward Jones branch office located at 305 U.S. Route 1, Suite 4, in Yarmouth. Arnett transferred from an Edward Jones office in Ellsworth.

Richard D. Bois
of Falmouth recently joined Gorham Savings Bank as a mortgage loan officer. Most recently Bois worked as a mortgage manager for KeyBank Mortgage in Yarmouth.

Portland-based law firm, Murray, Plumb & Murray, recently hired a new associate attorney, Chelsea (Fournier) Callanan of Portland. Callanan will focus primarily on general corporate law and intellectual property law, with an emphasis on working with businesses in the creative economy and technology fields, and clients in need of creative protection strategies for intangible assets and trademarks.
Joi Kressbach has joined Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty as a real estate agent serving the Yarmouth area. Kressbach, a longtime Yarmouth resident, is also a co-owner of Maine Lobster Direct, which ships Maine seafood throughout the United States. Carrie Martin and Lisa Wentzell, also longtime residents of Yarmouth, have joined Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International as associate brokers.

Majors James and Patricia LaBossiere have been appointed as the Divisional Leaders of the Northern New England Division for the Salvation Army. In their role as Divisional Leaders, the LaBossieres are responsible for all aspects of Salvation Army ministry and service in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire.

Jamie Broder of Cumberland, an elderly-housing development and energy-project finance attorney, has joined the law firm of Bernstein Shur as a shareholder. Broder has over 36 years of legal experience in Washington D.C. and Portland in the fields of real-estate law and energy-project development.

Christopher R. Perry recently joined Baystate Financial Services in the Falmouth branch as a financial services representative.

Downeast Energy has named Jim Hubbard the new South Portland and Yarmouth delivery/transport manager. Hubbard, a Gorham resident, will be responsible for maintaining inventory levels at all of Downeast Energy’s propane and oil storage facilities and contracted gas stations. He will also be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the delivery department of both the South Portland and Yarmouth offices.

Career Management Associates has hired Christy Hillman as director of client services. Hillman has over 15 years experience in recruiting and staffing solutions and previously owned and operated Off The Grid Jobs LLC. Valerie Mercer has also joined Career Management Associates as a senior consultant. Prior to joining CMA, Mercer served as HR manager at Hancock Lumber.

Studio 48 Performance Art Studio of Brunswick has hired Emma Arenstam as a new dance instructor. Arenstam has performed throughout New England with her performance collective, Jump Cannon Collaborative, and was one of 10 emerging dance artists selected by the Regional Dance Development Initiative.

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute has recruited Ellen Grant as its first chief operating officer. Over the last three years, Grant has served as a consultant to The Nature Conservancy and its local partners in Micronesia and the Eastern Caribbean.

Doctor of Physical Therapy Laura Southard has joined the Falmouth office of Atlantic Physical Therapy. Southard was previously working at the Vancouver Clinic in Washington State as an outpatient physical therapist.

The Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association has recently made new hires at its Scarborough headquarters, as well as a recent promotion. Faith Gillman has joined the chapter as Operations Manager. Jill Conover has also joined the chapter in the role of director of communications and advocacy. Prior to joining the chapter, Conover owned and operated her own marketing communications firm. Sarah Stepp was promoted to the position of Development Director. Stepp had joined the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter in 2009 as a manager of development/special events.

Cardiologist, Craig Brett M.D., has joined Mercy Health System of Maine to lead the hospital’s new practice, Mercy Cardiology, located at Mercy Hospital, 144 State St., 5th floor, Portland.

Hurley Travel Experts has hired Charles Wolfe as a senior travel advisor. Wolfe, who moved from Boston to Portland, will be responsible for bringing in new corporate and leisure travel clients.

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