People & Business: Oct. 12

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Coffee By Design, a Portland-based artisan specialty coffee roaster and chain of coffeehouses, has received the 2016 Maine MEP Manufacturing Excellence Award. In a ceremony at the company’s Portland coffeehouse at 1 Diamond St. Oct. 7, the Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership presented the award to co-owner Alan Spear, who emphasized the company’s choice to do business with others who share their values. “We believe that bigger is not necessarily better, and so we are selective in choosing our business partners,” he said. “We are honored to receive this award and appreciate Maine MEP’s recognition Coffee By Design.”

Portland House of Music and Events was the setting Oct. 6 for the ninth annual Indie Biz Awards. The following winners were announced: Made in Portland – Anchorpak; Flavor of Portland – Aurora Provisions; Portland’s Best Kept Secret – Treehouse Cafe; Environmental Hero – Garbage to Garden; Creative Crusader- SPACE Gallery; Business to Business – Xpress Copy; Out of Sight; Not Out of Mind – Maine Beer Tours; Better Together – Portland Farmers’ Market; Best New Business – Sisters Gourmet Deli; and Portland Icon – The Holy Donut.

Dr. Catherine Krouse, D.O., was recently presented with the Young Osteopathic Physician of the Year Award by the Maine Osteopathic Association. The prestigious award is only given to select medical professionals who, during the first five years of their practice, demonstrate the potential to become a major force in the future of osteopathic medicine. In 2015, Dr. Krouse opened Lotus Family Practice, LLC., a direct primary care wellness center in Falmouth.

Midcoast Federal Credit Union recognized Michael Field with the 2016 Volunteer of the Year Award. Field, who is chief of police for the city of Bath, has been on the board of directors since 2010, and now serves as its vice chairman. He has also been instrumental in the credit union’s security program and employee training. 

Entrepreneurial Spirit

Two young Topsham entrepreneurs used a lemonade stand to raise money for Maine’s military families through Veterans Count Maine. Rylie Scull, 6, and Anika Emmert, 7, sold lemonade, juice and cupcakes to fundraise for veterans during the summer. The girls presented a check for $50 to Veterans Count Executive Director for Northern New England Charlie Summers at a recent board meeting. Rylie’s proud grandfather, Giles Ouelette was also present for the donation.

Hires, promotions, appointments

Frannie Peabody Center’s Board of Directors announced that Donna Galluzzo will be the agency’s new executive director, effective Oct. 10. Galluzzo comes to Maine’s largest HIV/AIDS service organization after serving as executive director at Salt Institute for Documentary Studies for 13 years.

Courtney Tabor-Abbott of Portland has just been hired as a rehabilitation counselor for The Iris Network Rehabilitation Center, which supports people who have lost some or all of their vision.

Perry, Fitts, Boulette and Fitton CPAs of Bath and Oakland, has hired Nicklaus DeBlois. 

Camden National Bank announced the recent addition of Sean Lague as senior vice president and director of information technology, based in Portland.

In the spotlight

The Kennebec Company of Bath appears in the new season of “This Old House,” taking part in an Arts & Crafts restoration in Arlington, Massachusetts. The 16- episode season began Sept. 29.

On the Move

Global insurance brokerage Hub International Limited has acquired the assets of Norton Insurance Agency, Inc. and Norton Financial Services, Inc., based in Cumberland Foreside. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Maine Center For Entrepreneurial Development is moving to CloudPort, effective Nov. 1, where it will join Venture Hall and E2Tech.

New practice 

Dr. Marshall Robinson is now accepting patients at his new practice, Bayside Psychology & Consulting, in Portland. Robinson’s specialties include grief and trauma counseling; chronic medical conditions and/or pain; and parenting.

New Venture

The energy bar brand Redd, based at Fort Andross in Brunswick, introduced two new bars at the Natural Products Expo East show in Baltimore last month; peanut butter and oatmeal join chocolate in the flavors offered by the company.

Save the Date

The city of Portland is hosting a free, one-day economic and workforce development conference titled “Economic Necessity: Workforce Development and Immigrant Integration, A Day of Learning and Discussion,” 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26. The seminar, which is being held at the Abromson Community Education Center at the University of Southern Maine at 88 Bedford St., is aimed at helping the city attract and retain a vibrant, multicultural, and educated workforce. Register at

Midcoast Regional Authority’s Annual Meeting will be held 4-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the Hilton Garden Inn, downtown Freeport. The featured speaker is Sampriti Bhattacharyya, a roboticist and founder of an underwater drone startup, Hydroswarm. Bhattacharyya has been as named one of Forbes 30 under 30, Class of 2016 and Connected World’s 2016 Women of M2M. The evening will end with MRRA’s Innovators of the Year awards. For tickets, see