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Nov 5, 2018

Ilma Lopez grew up in Venezuela, cooking in the kitchen alongside her grandmother. After getting her start in Caracas, she was accepted to the pastry program at Stratford University in Virginia. Today, Lopez is the Pastry Chef and co-owner of Piccolo and Chaval in Portland. She is a veteran of some of the most demanding and rewarding kitchens in the industry, such as DB Bistro, Corton, Tailor, El Bulli, Café Boulud, and Le Bernardin. In 2014, Lopez earned a StarChefs Coastal New England Rising Star Pastry Chef Award. In 2018, she was chosen as a James Beard Outstanding Pastry Chef semi-finalist for the second year in a row. Recently, she has been featured in the children’s book Kalamata’s Kitchen and was recently described by Bon Appetit as “one of the most talented pastry chefs in town.”

Cara Stadler began her career at 16, working at Café Rouge in Berkeley, followed by Striped Bass in Philadelphia, before heading to Paris to hone her fine dining skills. While in France, after staging at Guy Savoy, Cara worked at Gordon Ramsay Au Trianon Palace, his two-Michelin star restaurant in Versailles. She headed to Asia in 2008, working briefly in Singapore and Beijing then moved to Shanghai and began her long-standing relationship with one of China’s most esteemed restaurateurs, David Laris. She returned to the U.S. in 2011 to open Tao Yuan in Brunswick with her mother Cecile Stadler. They’ve since opened two more restaurants, Bao Bao Dumpling House and Lio, both in Portland, as well as an aquaponic greenhouse, Canopy Farms, also in Brunswick.

Oct 31, 2018

Portland Press Herald CEO and publisher Lisa DeSisto sat down with Deanna Sherman, president and CEO of Dead River Co., on Friday, Oct. 26, to chat about her work in the energy industry.

Sherman oversees one of the largest energy companies in Northern New England. Founded in 1909, Dead River Co. is family-owned with over 1,000 employees serving customers in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and northern Massachusetts.=

Sherman joined the company in 1986 and has worked in leadership roles including district manager, regional manager and vice president of the Energy Division. She became Dead River’s president and CEO in 2016.

Sherman is active in the community through her present and past board involvement with United Way of Greater Portland, Educate Maine, Junior Achievement of Maine, the Maine Energy Marketers Association and the University of Southern Maine Foundation.

Like A Boss is a live Q&A business event where you can hear insightful, first-hand accounts of the realities of running a business. DeSisto interviews local CEOs and business leaders for a behind-the-scenes look at their career paths, the ups and downs of running their businesses and the trends shaping them.

Oct 19, 2018

There’s a lot of new office space under construction or in the pipeline for Portland and surrounding towns: Wex’s new HQ on the waterfront, a mixed-use development including offices at Widgery and Union Wharfs, and Rock Row in Westbrook. A panel of local experts with look at how a boom in office space will affect the real estate market for existing commercial spaces and start to tackle the issue that confounds every growing city: with an influx of commuters, how long will we be sitting in traffic and where will everyone park?

Story: https://www.pressherald.com/2018/10/17/business-breakfast-forum-office-park-portland-2/

Oct 11, 2018

Press Herald Business Editor Carol Coultas moderated the debate on October 10, 2018 at the University of New England, with columnist Bill Nemitz and Editorial Page Editor Greg Kesich as panelists. Candidates were Alan Caron(I), Terry Hayes (I), Janet Mills (D) and Shawn Moody (R).

Read the coverage of the debate at https://www.pressherald.com/2018/10/10/candidates-for-governor-will-debate-in-portland-tonight-and-well-be-streaming-it-live/

Sep 10, 2018

On Friday, Sept. 7, publisher Lisa DeSisto sat down with Cummings, who began his academic career in Gorham as a high school history teacher and department head. He served as a faculty member at the Southern Maine Community College and was a long-serving member of the USM faculty. Prior to becoming president of USM, Cummings served as interim president of the University of Maine at Augusta.

In 2010, he served former Pres. Barack Obama as deputy assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Education and took over as president and executive director of the Good Will-Hinckley organization.

Cummings is also a former Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, Majority Leader, and chairman of the state’s Joint Committee of Education and Cultural Affairs.

Aug 1, 2018

On Monday, July 23, Maine-born actor Patrick Dempsey joined Portland Press Herald staff writer Mary Pols on stage at Aura for a wide-ranging discussion about his work in Hollywood, his life in Maine, his love of fast cars and his work with the Dempsey Challenge, a bike ride that raises money for cancer care at the Dempsey Center at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, Maine.

 

see video of this event here: https://www.pressherald.com/2018/07/24/patrick-dempsey-talks-about-his-nickname-paul-newman-and-other-topics-at-mainevoices-live/

Jun 11, 2018

In this episode, Donna Dion talks about her long history in the politics and history of Biddeford.

Jun 11, 2018

In this episode, state Rep. Ken Fredette talks about growing up in northern Maine and his history of public service.

Jun 7, 2018

In this episode, lobbyist Betsy Sweet talks about spending her summers on North Haven and her love of the state of Maine.

Jun 6, 2018

In this episode, former state Rep. Diane Russell talks about roots in Bryant Pond, learning to shoot guns and her tight-knit family.

Jun 5, 2018

In this episode, Attorney General Janet Mills talks about her well-known family and her iconoclastic spirit.

Jun 4, 2018

In this episode, businessman Shawn Moody talks about building his business from humble beginnings in Gorham.

Jun 2, 2018

In this episode, businessman Adam Cote talks about his military service and adjusting to life in Sanford after tours of duty abroad.

Jun 1, 2018

In this episode, state Rep. Mark Eves talks about growing up the son of a military chaplain.

May 31, 2018

In this episode, former DHHS commissioner Mary Mayhew talks about growing up in Pittsfield and her love of gardening.

May 30, 2018

In this episode, former Cumberland County sheriff and current state Rep. Mark Dion talks about growing up in Lewiston and how he remembers it differently from Gov. Paul LePage.

May 29, 2018

Bill Nemitz sits down with candidates for governor to take a break from politics and gets to know the personal stories of Maine’s public figures.

In this episode, state Sen. Garrett Mason talks about his deep bond with his mother, who used to give him a hug every day they worked together in the State House.

May 25, 2018

This is a recording of the Maine Cannabis Report Live event held May 23rd at the Port City Music Hall.

The topic today is "Ready for Recreational"

The guests are:

Scott Durst, the founder, Durst Security Group specializes in cannabis business security in Maine.

Thomas Mourmouras, managing partner, Fiscal Therapy Financial, a marijuana-focused business consulting firm 

Erik Peters, chief operating officer, GHM Insurance  in Waterville

And Jacques Santucci, Principal, Nucleus One,  a consulting firm specializing in performance and management in the cannabis industry Santucci is also a co-founder of Wellness Connection of Maine, a medical dispensary with four locations. 

The moderator is Portland Press Herald reporter Penelope Overton.

May 18, 2018

A company’s physical work environment has a tremendous impact on productivity, profits and employee recruitment and retention. As more firms are drawn to the “agile office” when they move locations or redesign, finding the balance between flexible space, sound level management and a sense of routine can be a challenge. Join a panel of experts for free discussion of the benefits and detriments to breaking out of the office space box

 

On the panel

HOST: Carol Coultas, business editor

Carol Coultas has been practicing journalism in Maine since the mid-‘80s and focusing on business journalism since 2003. She’s been the business editor at the Press Herald, overseeing an award-winning staff, since 2014.

Panelists:

Mark Pettengill, CEO, Patrons Oxford Insurance Company

Mark Pettengill is a lifelong Mainer who has worked in the insurance industry for more than 25 years.  For the past six years he has been the President & CEO of Patrons Oxford Insurance Company, recently relocating from Auburn to Portland. Pettengill is a board member for the Center for Grieving Children as well as a father of two boys.

Giovani Twigge, Chief HR Officer, IDEXX

Since 2010, Twigge has been vital to IDEXX’s global growth, which has included doubling IDEXX’s employee population worldwide. Coming from an HR generalist background with innovative thinking, Twigge has consistently aligned HR with business and shareholder objectives.

Prior to IDEXX, Twigge held supported employee bases of up to 12,000 people for multibillion-dollar company Abbott Laboratories. Over 11 years, he focused on growth, change management and turnaround, including the successful turnaround of Abbott’s $3.5B Diagnostics Division as well as the separation of the company’s US and international nutrition businesses into a newly formed $4B global division with 6,000 employees.

Lisa Whited, founder and CEO, Workplace Transformation Facilitation

Lisa Whited, NCIDQ, M.S., has a passion for improving workplaces. Her work is borne out of the desire to move the needle on the shocking statistic that only 14% of employees worldwide are highly engaged at work. Whited’s process leverages the connection between leadership, employee engagement and physical workplace design, which results in more engaged employees and transformational cultures.

In addition to her business, Whited volunteers in her community to bridge connections between immigrants, refugees and city residents. She has written and published more than 50 professional industry articles, taught at several New England colleges and been honored with an International IIDA Leadership award in 2002 and the Council of Interior Designers’ Louis Tregre Award in 2017. She also serves as a Senior Associate to Advanced Workplace Associates and on the advisory board of George Mason University’s Workplace Strategist Program.

May 18, 2018

A company’s physical work environment has a tremendous impact on productivity, profits and employee recruitment and retention. As more firms are drawn to the “agile office” when they move locations or redesign, finding the balance between flexible space, sound level management and a sense of routine can be a challenge. Join a panel of experts for free discussion of the benefits and detriments to breaking out of the office space box

 

On the panel

HOST: Carol Coultas, business editor

Carol Coultas has been practicing journalism in Maine since the mid-‘80s and focusing on business journalism since 2003. She’s been the business editor at the Press Herald, overseeing an award-winning staff, since 2014.

Panelists:

Mark Pettengill, CEO, Patrons Oxford Insurance Company

Mark Pettengill is a lifelong Mainer who has worked in the insurance industry for more than 25 years.  For the past six years he has been the President & CEO of Patrons Oxford Insurance Company, recently relocating from Auburn to Portland. Pettengill is a board member for the Center for Grieving Children as well as a father of two boys.

Giovani Twigge, Chief HR Officer, IDEXX

Since 2010, Twigge has been vital to IDEXX’s global growth, which has included doubling IDEXX’s employee population worldwide. Coming from an HR generalist background with innovative thinking, Twigge has consistently aligned HR with business and shareholder objectives.

Prior to IDEXX, Twigge held supported employee bases of up to 12,000 people for multibillion-dollar company Abbott Laboratories. Over 11 years, he focused on growth, change management and turnaround, including the successful turnaround of Abbott’s $3.5B Diagnostics Division as well as the separation of the company’s US and international nutrition businesses into a newly formed $4B global division with 6,000 employees.

Lisa Whited, founder and CEO, Workplace Transformation Facilitation

Lisa Whited, NCIDQ, M.S., has a passion for improving workplaces. Her work is borne out of the desire to move the needle on the shocking statistic that only 14% of employees worldwide are highly engaged at work. Whited’s process leverages the connection between leadership, employee engagement and physical workplace design, which results in more engaged employees and transformational cultures.

In addition to her business, Whited volunteers in her community to bridge connections between immigrants, refugees and city residents. She has written and published more than 50 professional industry articles, taught at several New England colleges and been honored with an International IIDA Leadership award in 2002 and the Council of Interior Designers’ Louis Tregre Award in 2017. She also serves as a Senior Associate to Advanced Workplace Associates and on the advisory board of George Mason University’s Workplace Strategist Program.

Mar 15, 2018

Staff reporter Penelope Overton and an experienced panel discusses one of Maine’s newest growth industries: medical marijuana. The panel explores what business opportunities exist in this market, how the caregiver network has evolved, proposed state legislation and rules that could transform the industry, and how the launch of Maine’s recreational market could impact patient access, demand and business opportunities.

On the panel:

Catherine Lewis, chair of the board, Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine

Patricia Rosi, CEO, Wellness Connection of Maine, the state’s largest group of medical marijuana dispensaries

Eric Brakey, Republican senator from District 20 (Auburn, New Gloucester, Poland, Minot and Mechanic Falls)


Peter Mourmouras, founder, The Tax Doctor, a tax and financial consulting practice

Mar 8, 2018

Detective Lt. Tim Cotton runs the Bangor, Maine Police Department’s Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/bangormainepolice/

In the span of three years, with a little help from the Duck of Justice, Tim Cotton has grown the department’s following from 10,000 to (almost) 275,000—more than eight times the population of Bangor. He's now the Criminal Investigations Commander within the department, but he still makes plenty of time for social media.

Tim Cotton was interviewed by Portland Press Herald reporter and social media editor, Jim Patrick as part of the newspaper's "Maine Voices Live" series.

Mar 1, 2018

President Donald Trump signed The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law on December 22. How will this affect Maine businesses? Hear from a panel of Southern Maine’s business community about the changes that they have seen thus far in 2018 and what they expect in the coming months. Are businesses changing their incorporation status? Will Maine lawmakers seek conformity between Maine’s corporate taxes and the new federal rates? Press Herald business reporter J. Craig Anderson moderated.

 

Panelists: 

Karla Brannen, CPA, Albin, Randall & Bennett
Justin Coffin, Financial Advisor, Rockland Financial Group at UBS Financial Services
Kris Eimicke, Partner, Pierce Atwood LLP

Jan 24, 2018

All businesses need to protect their networked assets, and securing customer data from the start is a top priority for best practices. Small businesses need to consider what services are worth the investment… and what schemes are worth anticipating. Hear from experts about the best strategies to retain and grow your business during a time of rapid technology development. Moderated by business editor Carol Coultas.

The panel today is:
Durward Ferland. He helps lead information assurance services at Macpage and advises clients nationwide.
Mark Monnin who currently teaches courses in Cyber Security and Information Technology at the University of Southern Maine
And Rick Simonds, president & COO, Sage Data Security

This panel was recorded on January 24, 2018 at the Portland Public Library.

Jan 9, 2018

Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling pushes back against criticism of his leadership style with his own critique of the media's focus on personality and what he sees as a failure to engage in issues that matter to the city, in a conversation with Editorial Page Editor Greg Kesich.

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