People & Business: Sept. 21

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Portland Downtown picked up two highly competitive and prestigious awards at the 62nd annual International Downtown Association Conference in Atlanta in early September. The IDA recognized Portland Downtown with an Award of Excellence for its Downtown Cadet Program, as well as a Merit Award for its recent rebranding efforts. 

The Award of Excellence is a new IDA award category that acknowledges innovative best practice entries which were uniquely strong and therefore exceed traditional Certificate of Merit status. Portland Downtown’s Cadet Program was among nine qualified entries in the category of Downtown Leadership and Management. This category features comprehensive and unique organizational approaches, projects, or programs that have improved the effectiveness of downtown management organizations.

The Downtown Cadet Program – made possible through a partnership with the Portland Police Department – helps Portland Downtown achieve its mission of ensuring a safe downtown. Cadets are preparing for careers in law enforcement or the military and are seeking hands-on experience in the community. As part of their duties, they make contact with business owners, identify persons in need, and can enforce local municipal ordinances. Due to the popularity of the program, Portland Downtown increased the cadet program to four cadets in 2015, up from two cadets in previous years.

“It’s always an honor to receive recognition for the work we do each day to make Portland a great place to live, work, and visit,” Police Chief Michael Sauschuck said. “We’re proud to partner with Portland Downtown on the Cadet Program, and pleased that we’ve been able to expand it over the years due to the positive response.”

Town & Country Federal Credit Union has been named one of the 2016 Best Credit Unions to Work For by Credit Union Journal. The credit union ranked 15th out of 45 credit unions nationally and fourth in the $200-500 million assets size. “The feedback from the survey is invaluable in helping us improve and receiving an employee satisfaction and engagement score exceeding 97 percent is very rewarding,” President and CEO David Libby said. 

For the first time, Apothecary by Design has been ranked among the 1,000 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S., ranking 885 on business magazine inc.’s annual list of 5,000 companies. ABD, which has appeared in the ranks for three years in a row, was second among the eight Maine companies that made the grade this year.

Hires, promotions, appointments

Wright-Ryan Construction, Inc. has hired Sebastien Leclerc as an integrated project manager/foreman in the Select Projects Group. Michael Mooney, previously a member of Wright-Ryan’s Select Projects team, was promoted to the role of field operations project manager and estimator. 

Katherine Gallant was promoted from assistant branch manager to branch manager at the Brighton Avenue Branch of University Credit Union in Portland.

Sarah Higgins has joined Fontaine-The Real Estate Leader, as a sales agent at the Scarborough office on U.S. Route 1.

KeyBank announced that Michael R. Walp has been named senior vice president and private bank sales leader in Maine. Walp has more than two decades of experience in the investment arena, primarily through his roles with Fidelity Investments.

Save the date

Junior Achievement of Maine will hold its 2016 J.A.M. Fest South to celebrate its volunteers 5-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4 at Portland House of Music, 25 Temple St. The evening’s highlights include free food and drinks, live music by Model Airplane, and the presentation of the JA Volunteer of the Year Award. Register at

The 2016 Indie Biz Awards Ceremony presented by Portland Buy Local will be held 6-9 p.m. Oct. 6 at Portland House of Music at 25 Temple St. Sponsorship opportunities are available, and auction items are being accepted. For more, email

Registration is now open for the seventh annual Mainebiz Momentum Convention, which will center around the theme “Navigating Maine’s Future.” The conference will be held at the Augusta Civic Center on Nov. 9, with keynote speaker, Richard d’Abo, Eimskip chairman of the board. See for more.

On the Move

Safelite AutoGlass is opening a new SuperCenter in Portland on Oct. 1 in an all-new 27,000-square-foot warehouse and store located at 421 Warren Ave., Portland. An open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony to be  held in conjunction with the Portland Chamber of Commerce will be held Oct. 26.


Brunswick nonprofit Teens To Trails received $2,500 to engage high school outing clubs in Maine from Paddle Nation Grant Program, an initiative connecting young people to their rivers, streams, lakes and oceans.