People & Business: March 14

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Grants & Awards

Sea Bags has been awarded $1 million from Maine Technology Institute’s Maine Technology Asset Fund Program to develop new precision manufacturing capabilities. The designer and manufacturer of handmade items from recycled sails is located in Portland.

Dr. Nicholas Giudice, director of the Virtual Environments and Multimodal Interaction Laboratory at UMaine, has been approved for a $67,770 grant from the University of Maine System, 2018 Research Reinvestment Fund Seed Grant Program to develop a Gaming Application for Multimodal Skill Acquisition: Improving Navigation and Independence for Blind and Visually Impaired People.


Bite into Maine, a small food cart that operates at Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth, is being recognized as of the top 100 restaurants in the country based on customer reviews from Yelp. It is the only restaurant in Maine, and one of only three in New England to make the list.

Systems Engineering, an IT strategy and managed services provider based in Portland, has been named for the first time to CRN’s 2018 Managed Service Provider 500 list.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals – Northern New England Chapter has named Cumberland resident Robert Demont, who is president of Demont Associates, a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Cape Elizabeth announced that Erin Haber has been recognized with the Coldwell Banker International Sterling Society award, which is given to the top 17 percent of all 84,000 affiliated sales associates internationally qualified.

Giving Back

The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign in Maine last month accepted a $28,000 donation from TD Bank at the company’s West Falmouth branch. The donation was made through the bank’s Passionately Pink campaign, during which TD Bank employees collect donations.

Hires, promotions, appointments

Amanda Dyer of Yarmouth has been promoted to branch manager of the Norway Savings Bank Freeport office. Dyer joined Norway Savings Bank in 2011 at the Yarmouth office before working her way to assistant branch manager of the Freeport office. Dyer is an active member of the Freeport Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce and Junior Achievement, where she has been a classroom volunteer for eight years. She has also been heavily involved in the annual Yarmouth Clam Festival for many years.

Gov. Paul LePage has appointed Skelton Taintor & Abbott Chairman of the Board of Directors Bryan M. Dench to the State Board of Arbitration and Conciliation Services as an employer representative. BAC is part of the Maine Labor Relations Board, which administers and enforces Maine laws that govern collective bargaining for public sector employers and employees. 

Age Management Center, which provides bio-identical hormone replacement therapy and anti-aging and regenerative therapy, announced the addition of Allison Gray to the clinical team. In related news, the company on Congress Street in Portland is in the process of expanding and building a state-of-the-art medical facility to be open to the public in spring/summer 2018.

Portland-based Malone Commercial Brokers welcomed new brokers Brandon Mitchell of Cape Elizabeth and Cheri Bonawitz of Scarborough to their team. 

Mercy Hospital announced that Dr. Laura Blaisdell of InterMed and Lisa Toner, most recently of Maine Public, have joined Mercy’s Board of Trustees.

Brett Seekins of Cape Elizabeth has been named an at-large member of Spectrum Generation’s board of directors.

Cornerstone Financial Planning recently hired Nichole Myers as its portfolio manager at the Portland office.

The Maine Democratic Party announced that Chris Glynn has been hired as the party’s press secretary. Glynn was most recently a staff member for Congresswoman Chellie Pingree.

Gerry Chase, president and COO of New Castle Hotels & Resorts, announced that Joseph Dadiego has been named general manager of the historic Westin Portland Harborview, a 289-room and suite historic hotel in the center of Portland’s arts district.


Cmdr. Eric Doyle, Flight Leader for the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, presents Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jessica Gray from Portland with their crest during a Blue Angels cresting ceremony at Naval Air Facility in California. The Blue Angels crest is earned after several weeks of training in squadron history, procedures, teamwork and traditions.

The American Red Cross has a new, custom-made bloodmobile to allow greater flexibility in collecting blood and greater capacity and comfort for blood donors. Shown at the unveiling March 5 in Portland is Kathy Vincent, district manager of Collections for the American Red Cross, Maine Region.