The Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce has hired Eric Belley as the new CEO. Selected after a national search, he fills the position left vacant by Tom Peaco in June. Belley was a business development officer for several community banks in the Camden-Rockland area for nearly 20 years. In addition, he chaired the Knox Waldo Regional Economic Development Council and served as treasurer of United Midcoast Charities. The Chamber of Commerce represents businesses in the Camden-Rockland area, encompassing 27 municipalities in and around Knox County.
Theresa “Tess” Coate joined OceanView in Falmouth as Director of Retiree Community Wellness. Coate, a registered nurse, previously worked on a traveling basis in intensive care units at New England hospitals. She also worked as a nurse supervisor at a local hospital and previously as a 911 dispatcher. She has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Rhode Island College.
Lucie Hannigan joined Machias Savings Bank as senior vice president, responsible for cash management relationships, based in the bank’s Portland office. She brings more than 25 years of experience in the Maine market to her role and most recently worked as the Director of Corporate Banking at Northeast Bank. She is a member of the Association for Financial Professionals and the Maine Government Finance Officers Association and is a Certified Treasury Professional.
Massachusetts engineering firm GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc. named Rania Campbell-Bussiere as a Senior Grants Specialist, helping clients secure federal infrastructure funds for a wide range of projects. Based in GZA’s Portland office, Campbell-Bussière has more than a decade of experience in grant writing and nonprofit development. She received an MA from Goddard College and a BA from Guilford College.
Leo Tuttle joined Kennebunk Beach Realty as a broker. Prior to joining the company, Tuttle had served real estate buyers and sellers in upstate New York for over 20 years.
Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty has hired Colin Harvey of Boothbay as a broker in the company’s Damariscotta office. Harvey graduated from Gorham High School and attended the University of Maine, where he studied business marketing, management and kinesiology.
The Maine Municipal Association promoted Rebecca McMahon to the Director of Legal Services. McMahon began her career with MMA in 2016 as a lawyer, providing legal advisory services to member municipalities, and gained expertise in areas such as cannabis law, land use regulation and municipal governance. Previously, she served as General Counsel for the Yurok Tribe in Klamath, California. A native of Kennebunkport, McMahon graduated from the University of Maine School of Law and is licensed to practice law in Maine, Massachusetts and California.
The Safeco Insurance Excellence Award went to Jennifer Coffinpersonal insurance account manager at Allen Insurance and Financial, and Mindy Maheu and Martha Wentworth, from GHM Assurances. The award recognizes the superior underwriting skills of agents across the country who sell Safeco Insurance. Less than 10% of agencies selling Safeco have agents who have received the award.
A total of six lawyers from the Portland Murray law firm Plumb & Murray have been recognized by the Super Lawyers rating service. The following were selected to the 2022 list of Maine’s Super Lawyers: Kelly McDonaldin business litigation; Richard O’Meara, in school and education law; and Michael Traister, in business litigation. Three attorneys were also named to Maine’s 2022 Rising Stars list, recognizing attorneys who are 40 years of age or younger or have been in practice for no more than 10 years. The rising stars are Nicolas Bernatin civil litigation; Wise Friedman, business/corporate law; and Ali Tozierin labor litigation.
Two Portland architectural firms – Caleb Johnson Studio and Simons Architects – received Design Excellence Awards from the New England Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Caleb Johnson Studio received an award for a residential project, Pieri Pines, in Otisfield. Simons Architects has received an award for its commercial work at Waynflete Lower School, Portland. Submissions for the AIA New England Design Awards program have been reviewed by a panel of nationally recognized architects.
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