People & Business: April 6

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Hires, promotions, appointments

Certified Master Chef Daniel Harrison Dumont has been named the new executive chef at Black Point Inn on Prouts Neck. In 2014, Dumont was invited to the White House as a host chef representing New England to assist First Lady Michelle Obama with her Let’s Move initiative to fight childhood obesity. Among many culinary honors, he was named Best Chef in Oregon in 1992, and won 11 international culinary competition gold medals as a member the 1996 U.S National Culinary team. Operated by the family-owned, Maine-based Migis Hotel Group, the Black Point Inn will open for its 138th season May 6.

Newly elected members of the Maine Innkeepers Association 2016 Executive Committee include Past Chairwoman Jeanne Carpentier of Emerald Hospitality in Freeport; Second Vice Chairman/Legislative Chairman Scott Cowger of Maple Hill Farm B&B Inn in Hallowell; and at-large member Chip Gray from Harraseeket Inn in Freeport.

PDT Architects has hired Matthew Pitzer, LEED AP BD+C, as project manager for commercial and historic preservation projects. Pitzer comes to PDT from the Knickerbocker Group in Portland, where he was a construction project manager.

Crystal Tropeano has joined the staff at RE/MAX Shoreline’s Portland real estate office.

Recognition

Three honorees were announced at the Cheverus High School Magis Award Ceremony March 24, in Portland. Dr. Leo J. McDermott, Class of 1925 (awarded posthumously), was a local orthopedic surgeon who also served as a beloved Cheverus physician for all athletic teams from 1941-71. Dr. Stanley R. Liberty, Class of 1961, is a 2005 recipient of the University of Notre Dame’s College of Engineering Honor Award whose research has been supported by grants from  federal agencies that include NASA and the Office of Naval Research. James A. Ward, Class of 1963, served three terms on the Cheverus Board of Trustees and is a respected business leader who has had a major impact on many people through his company, Patient Advocates, LLC. The “Magis Award” is Cheverus High School’s highest honor. Recipients are characterized by their exemplary commitment to living their lives as “people for others.”

Krista Cole, owner of Sur Lie in Portland, was named the 2016 Rising Star by The Maine Restaurant Association at the annual award banquet March 29, at the Holiday Inn By the Bay in Portland. In addition, the law firm of Norman Hanson DeTroy, which has offices in Portland, was named Allied Member of the Year.

Topsham is now home to one of the nation’s top McDonald’s restaurant managers. General Manager Aaron Fitzgerald will receive the Ray Kroc Award, which recognizes the top 1 percent of McDonald’s restaurant managers from around the world, on April 13 at the Ray Kroc Awards Gala in Orlando, Florida.

Systems Engineering, an IT strategy and managed services provider with headquarters in Portland, has been named to a national list, the CRN 2016 Tech Elite 250 list, which honors only 250 IT solution providers across the country that have earned the highest number of advanced technical certifications from leading technology vendors.

Bob Magazu, a broker with The Maine Real Estate Network and a Scarborough resident, has been certified as a Resort and Second-Home Property Specialist, a nationally-recognized award by the National Association of Realtors.

Giving Back

Cumberland/North Yarmouth Lions Club President Jeff Porter and Vice President Glen Spoerri presented the Community Food Pantry with a $1,388 check March 19 from the Club’s annual apple pie fundraiser.

Patriot Subaru of Saco presented a check for $45,000 to Preble Street, a Portland-based social service nonprofit, on March 28, as part of the Share the Love campaign, an annual charitable benefit sponsored by Subaru of America. This is the second consecutive year that Patriot Subaru has designated Preble Street as its local recipient; the dealership has donated $87,000 to date.

Northeast Bank has donated $5,000 to The Opportunity Alliance to help provide family literacy classes to the Parkside Neighborhood Center in Portland, as well as bolster the Work-Life Advisor Program. 

Transitions

Summer Island Studio and Gallery of Fine Artisans at the Tontine Mall in Brunswick will be shutting the doors of its brick and mortar store at the end of April. Owner Patti Baker announced she will be conducting business from her home.

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