People & Business: Feb. 10

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Thos. Moser, Handmade American Furniture of Auburn, announced its Cumberland Chair, designed by Adam Rogers of Cumberland, has won a 2015 GOOD DESIGN Award, which is the world’s oldest awards program that recognizes design excellence.

Ross and Christine Endicott, owners of Endicott Home in Scarborough, received the Business Award from Portland-based nonprofit Prevent Harm for their early leadership eliminating toxic flame retardant chemicals from the company’s supply chain.

Giving Back

Smith & Wilkinson, a boutique executive search firm based in Scarborough, donated over $31,000 in 2015 to nonprofit organizations in New England, including Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital,, Alzheimer’s Association of Maine, Camp Sunshine, Make-A-Wish Maine, United Way of Greater Portland and Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine.

During 2015, Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution donated more than $350,000 to 470 beneficiaries that included food pantries and meal programs, schools, service programs, health and wellness programs, the arts and environmental preservation programs.

New Ventures

Bangor Savings Bank held a ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier this month to mark the official opening of its new location at 77 Middle St. The bank’s 280 Fore St. location will still house administrative and business offices.

Float Harder Relaxation Center, Maine’s first full-time float center, will open in early March at 500 Washington Ave. in Portland. Owned by Amy Harder and her husband, James Harder IV, the center will feature two float pods and a float room.

J&J Mercier Enterprises has opened a third business, The Lobster Cooker and Sports Pub, located at 39 Main St. in Freeport.

NAI The Dunham Group recently negotiated the sale of 324 Cummings Road in South Portland. The 15,800-square-foot medical office building sold to Spectrum Realty, LLC DBA Spectrum Medical Group for $2,013,000.

Black Bridge CrossFit Gym has opened in Ft. Andross Mill in Brunswick, at the north side of the mill on the ground level.

Hires, Promotions, Appointments

Maine Medical Center Vice President Zander Abbott has been chosen to lead March for Babies May 1, with a commitment to raise $30,000 as part March of Dimes’ overall goal of $160,000 to help reduce the premature birth rate and improve the health of babies.

Elizabeth Mitchell, president and CEO of Portland-based Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement, has been named vice chairwoman of The Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee, a federal committee that will advise the secretary of Health and Human Services how to transform Medicare to deliver better care at lower costs.

Jennifer Ackerman has been appointed deputy district attorney for Cumberland County by District Attorney Stephanie Anderson. Ackerman has been an employee of the Cumberland County District Attorney’s office since 2000.

Princeton University has selected University of Maine School of law professor Sarah Schindler, who is considered a rising star in the areas of land use law and urban policy, as a Fellow at the Program in Law and Public Affairs for the 2016-17 academic year.

Maine Spine Surgery at Mercy announced that Dr. Robert Galler, D.O., FACS, FACOS has joined the surgical practice.

Girls on the Run-Maine, based in Portland, has appointed Sean Sinclair, principal and COO of Baker Newman Noyes, to chairman of the board of directors. In addition, Julie Paquette of Scarborough and Michelle Drucker of Falmouth were elected to the board. Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based youth development program for girls in third through eighth grade.

Workers’ compensation specialist The MEMIC Group announced the promotion of Robyn Jackson to director of claim operations, where she will oversee all key areas of the claim department’s workflow, system and data needs.

Carrie McCormick of Freeport is the new client service manager at Cornerstone Financial Planning of Portland.

Good Theater, a professional theater company at the St. Lawrence Arts Center in Portland, received grants from Maine Community Foundation Theater Fund and the Davis Family Foundation an upcoming production of “Act One.” 

Amy N. Devin has been admitted as a member of Curtis Thaxter LLC of Portland. She practices in the areas of real estate, commercial and corporate law,  focusing on affordable housing and community redevelopment.

Portland-based restaurant Tiqa has promoted Bo Byrne to executive chef. Byrne takes the position after working as Tiqa’s chef de cuisine since October.

The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center has announced that Joseph A. Vitterito II, M.D., has been named Neonatology Division director and medical director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.