People & Business: Dec. 12

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Hires, promotions, appointments

Portside Real Estate Group recently announced Monica Dambach will be joining the new Cape Elizabeth office as an associate broker. Dambach, who earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Bentley University, is a member of the Junior League of Portland.

Clark Insurance has hired Jena Henry as an account analyst in their Business Insurance Department. Henry graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a bachelor’s in psychology and previously worked at MEMIC as a claim specialist.

Philip Chaney of Portland has rejoined Scott Simons Architects after a year-long sabbatical with Nelson Metal Fabrication, where he focused on lighthouse restoration. In the interim, Chaney also became a licensed architect.


Kathleen Morgan, New Hope for Women’s executive director, was recently honored as a Champion of Change by the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence. Morgan, who has led the agency since 1993, was celebrated for her years of steady leadership and for providing the vision and resources to make a difference in the Mid-Coast. New Hope for Women offers support to people in Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox, and Waldo counties affected by domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.

Four local Portland businesses/organizations were recognized Dec. 6 by the city of Portland and the Portland Development Corporation at this year’s annual awards ceremony for their role in expanding the city’s economic vitality and quality of life. Avesta Housing received the Economic Development Achievement Award. Receiving the 2018 Business of the Year Award was Tilson Technology Management. Harbor Fish Market received this year’s Small Business of the Year Award and Gorgeous Gelato was named the PDC Client of the Year.

Kaplan Thompson Architects of Portland was the only Maine company on Architect magazine’s Top 50 Firms in Sustainability list. The annual ranking calculates scores in three categories: business, sustainability and design.

Inland Technologies International of South Portland received an award for innovation from Gov. Paul LePage and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection as one of several recipients of the 2018 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. The company was recognized for its partnership with Portland International Jetport to help refine the Jetport’s environmental management systems, focusing on winter operations and stormwater quality management.

Yarmouth-based Freedom Boat Club of Maine was recently recognized as Rookie of the Year at the FBC National Franchise Conference in Sarasota, Florida. The award is given to the most promising new franchise that opens each year, and Maine beat out 25 other new FBC franchise locations to earn the designation.

Tom Ranello, who works in  RE/MAX’s Portland office, has earned the Hall of Fame Award for $1 million in commissions.

In the Spotlight

The Maine Arts Commission announced that two Portland artists are recipients of its $5,000 Maine Artist Fellowship Awards. Composer Daniel Sonenberg was awarded in the Performing Arts category for his work over the last several years, including two operas, the release of two albums and several works of chamber music. Jennifer Lunden, who was recognized in Literary Arts, will use her prize to finish her book “American Breakdown: Notes from an Industrialized Body,” which blends memoir, history, science and social criticism to reveal the health hazards of unfettered industrial capitalism.

Good Theater, the professional theater company in residence at Portland’s St. Lawrence Arts Center, has received grants from the Maine Community Foundation Theater Fund and the Sam L. Cohen Foundation to help pay Maine actors.

The Royal River Community Players in Yarmouth recently received a $4,000 grant from the Maine Theater Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. The grant helps with the costs of its current production, “Alice, An Original Musical.”

New Ventures

Northern Light Mercy Hospital announced a new collaboration with New England Cancer Specialists. Drs. David Benton, Devon Evans, Chiara Battelli, Kurt Ebrahim, and Arlene Damon, NP, have begun seeing patients at Mercy’s cancer care practice located on its Fore River campus.

The national Million Women Mentors movement recently recognized The MEMIC Group, a workers’ compensation insurance company, with its Corporate State Advocacy Award. Senior Vice President Catherine Lamson, who championed the MWM formation in Maine, accepted the award. In related news, the Maine Insurance Agents Association voted MEMIC “Insurance Company of the Year” at MIAA’s Young Agents Sales & Leadership Conference this month.