People & Business: Nov. 22

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The Bowlers Journal International 33rd Annual Architecture & Design Awards selected Bayside Bowl in Portland as the Best Renovated Center in the United States in their November issue. Owners Charlie Mitchell and Justin Alfond spent 11 months expanding and renovating Bayside Bowl to include 20 bowling lanes, a new mezzanine, an old-school arcade and panoramic rooftop deck surrounded by solar gardens. “We are honored to receive this award from Bowlers Journal. We have strived to build an unparalleled home for bowling while also creating a beautiful space for dining, exciting events and just gathering with friends,” said Mitchell. “This is a nice recognition that we have succeeded in doing just that.”

Yarmouth’s Scott Macha of Total Eclipse Auto Detailing & Design, who was selected for the Air Force One Detailing Team earlier this year, has been selected Rookie Detailer of the Year, and inducted into the famed “Detail Mafia” during the Annual Detailing Success Meeting & Educational Event at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator Kathy Savoie and community education assistant Kate McCarty were honored at the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences 2017 annual session “Harvesting Opportunities in NEAFCS” in October in Omaha, Nebraska. Savoie and McCarty, based in the Cumberland County office, both received the first-place regional and first-place national Master Family and Consumer Sciences Volunteer Award.

Bath Savings Institution honored the following local employees at the Annual Employee Recognition Night on Oct. 25 in Bath: Courtney Green was voted as most helpful internal support person; Esperanza Esquivel was acknowledged as the 2017 Exceptional Customer Service Representative and William Mills, a teller in South Portland, received the Exceptional Teller Award.

Best Lawyers in America has ranked Petruccelli, Martin & Haddow in Portland as a tier 1 law firm in its 2018 edition of “Best Law Firms.”


Solar company ReVision Energy has converted to ESOP – employee –ownership following after a three-year exploration of strategies to ensure ReVision Energy’s long-term economic and environmental sustainability.

For the sixth year in a row, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care has received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer workplace equality.


The UNE School of Social Work has been awarded its third, four-year Health Resource Services Administration Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training grant. The $450,000 in funds will provide advanced year students with stipends to work with Maine’s underserved aging population.

Hires, promotions, appointments

Deacon Anthony Cipolle was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Robert P. Deeley at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland on Nov. 18.

Elise Tabor has been named access technology specialist for The Iris Network in Portland, based on her experience living with a visual impairment. Tabor is focusing her work in the Rehabilitation Center to help prepare working-age clients who are blind or visually impaired for competitive employment.

Miranda Hardy was recently promoted to program director at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine in Portland. After serving as an intern in 2009-10, she was hired as a program manager in 2012. 

Richard Berthy, CEO of Portland-based Foreside Financial Group, has been appointed to the board of directors at Spurwink.

Maine International Trade Center has hired Julia Munsey to fill the new staff position of director, membership and corporate development.

Spectrum Healthcare Partners has announced Norman Belair has been added to their executive leadership team as Chief Financial Officer. Leslie Weeks has been promoted to senior director, hospital services. 

Portland law firm Murray Plumb & Murray recently welcomed Sage M. Friedman and Elizabeth P. Hunt.

The Principals of Macpage LLC, a Certified Public Accounting firm with offices in South Portland, announced that Alexandra K. Douston has been promoted to senior tax associate and Tetiana Glebkivska has been promoted to senior associate.

Kristeen Smith has been promoted to vice president at First Portland Mortgage Corporation in Falmouth. Smith, who has been with the company for a quarter century “in ever increasing positions of responsibility,” will be responsible for loan origination operations, according to President Eduard van Loenen, who also announced the company’s recent move to 155 Gray Road.

Sebago Technics consulting engineering company announced a realignment of its leadership team. Will Conway is now senior vice president of landscape architecture; Keith McAlary has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer; Dan Riley has been promoted to vice president of engineering, and Kylie Mason was promoted to vice president of project delivery. 

Neil Ottoson, of Scarborough, was named Cash Management Development Officer in November at Gorham Savings Bank, helping business customers effectively utilize the bank’s products and services. 

Preti Flaherty announced that Bryan O’Brien has joined the firm and will practice business law from the Portland office.

The Bowdoin International Music Festival has announced that Susanne Stover has been hired as its new financial officer.

New ventures

Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland recently had a grand opening at their new in-house restaurant, Waypoint, at 1050 Westbrook St.  

Ramblers Way, a sustainable clothing company, opened a store at 75 Market St. in Portland on Nov. 9. The new storefront, the fourth for Ramblers Way, will offer organic Merino wool clothes certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard. 

Portside Real Estate will open a new headquarters at 417 Route One in Falmouth at the end of November.

Save the date

Perry Fitts Boulette & Fitton CPAs 5th Anniversary Celebration will take place Wednesday, Nov. 29 at Kennebec Tavern, 119 Commercial St., Bath. The event will be held 5-7 p.m. as a thank you to their committed professional staff, community and clients, and will partner with the Southern Midcoast Chamber of Commerce as a Business After Hours event. There will be live music, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and giveaways.

Join Portland Buy Local for a Mixer on Monday, Dec. 4, at Aristelle at 92 Exchange St. in Portland from 5:30-7 p.m. The informal networking and social events are for members, friends, and anyone who would like to know more about Portland Buy Local. Come unwind and catch up with other indie biz enthusiasts, plus get updates on the latest happenings in the Buy Local scene. Portland Buy Local mixers are free and open to the public.

What are the trends in housing to commercial to institutional and how might they change? What is going on now from “away” that should or could be done here? Join the Maine Real Estate & Development Association for breakfast on Dec. 14 from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Portland Regency Hotel for a vibrant discussion about the future of our built environment. Examples will be shared about advancements in technology and design to help create cost-effective ways to improve value while providing healthy, high performance, low energy, resilient buildings. Visit for more information and to register.