Portland, Maine writer Monica Wood, whose second play “The Half-Light” premiered last week at Portland Stage, talked about her writing process, her mutually supportive marriage and the importance of teaching the arts, among other things, in front of a sold-out audience Tuesday at One Longfellow Square in Portland.
Portland Press Herald arts reporter Bob Keyes interviewed Wood on stage for the latest installment of MaineVoices Live, a series put on by the newspaper.
Wood, who grew up in the western Maine mill town of Mexico and now lives in Portland, is the author of beloved memoir “When We Were the Kennedys” and the novel “The One-in-a-Million Boy.” Her first play, “Papermaker,” was the best-selling play in the history of Portland Stage.
Millennials, people from their late 30s to early 20s, are expected to make 45 percent of home purchases in the U.S. this year. That influx is changing the way people buy and sell homes, and creating new challenges for real estate agents. iBuying, anyone?
Host: Press Herald Business Reporter Pete McGuire Peter McGuire is a business reporter covering Maine trade, transportation and tourism. A proud native of the western Maine mountains, Peter has covered local news for newspapers in Oxford County, Brunswick, Waterville and Portland. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Boston University.
Dava Davin, Broker and Principal, Portside Real Estate Group
Dava Davin founded Portside Real Estate Group in 2012. Portside has four locations and annual sales of $310,000,000. Portside donates over $40,000 a year to Maine non-profits through hosted fundraiser events. Davin leads a sales team which sold about 100 properties in 2018, ranking them in the top five of all residential agents and teams in the state of Maine. She currently serves on the board of the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland and is an active member of the Greater Portland Board of Realtors, MEREDA and is a past board member of the Maine Association of Realtors and Falmouth/Cumberland Chamber of Commerce.
Sue Quilty, Senior Vice President of Loan Operations, Residential Mortgage Services
Sue began working with RMS as a consultant in 2014 and joined permanently in 2016. For over 20 years, Sue had her own consulting firm providing regulatory compliance, quality control and operations support to financial institutions. She brings her strong reputation with regulators and industry leaders to RMS. Sue is SVP of Loan Operations overseeing Operational Risk, Centralized Disclosing, Closing, Post-Closing and the Denied/Withdrawn Team.
Michael Sosnowski, Owner + Broker, Maine Home Connection
Michael, and his wife Laura, have lived in Maine since 2000. They have operated Maine Home Connection for the last five years, and were previously with RE/MAX and Keller Williams. After working for several large manufacturing companies, Michael became a sales and marketing Vice President with Sappi Fine Paper Company, which led him to relocate to Portland. Sales and marketing have always been important aspects of his career. Michael has a undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington. Once in real estate, Laura and Michael always aspired to own their own brokerage, focusing on advanced forms of marketing, video production and technology – all aimed at delivering a unique client experience. Not being part of any national franchise allow the Maine Home Connection to be flexible to market conditions and quick at adopting new technologies.
Shopping, whether in store or online, has become a magnet for innovation. Pick a product off a shelf and see a video display of its uses. Overwhelmed by online choices? A personal shopping guide is at the ready. Concierge services are becoming the norm as retailers offer customized convenience in exchange for your purchase. On January 23, 2019, we heard from some Maine companies at the fore of these innovations, and where they are going next.
Host: Press Herald 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.
Matthew Bray, Head of Community Happiness, Grove Collaborative
Grove Collaborative is a San Francisco based certified B-Corp that is an e-commerce platform consumer package goods retailer selling exclusively natural products. Bray headed Grove’s expansion to the east coast, scaling the Community Happiness department to over 50 employees and opening an office in the Old Port. Before Grove Collaborative, Bray opened the Brunswick Wayfair location and was the National Sales Director for Bethel-based Maine Energy Systems which manufactured and distributed fully automated wood pellet heating systems. A graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington, Matt is a Brunswick native who also has a passion for non-profit work having served as the head of the Suicide Prevention Program for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Maine and is active in Maine’s largest Civil War Re-enacting non-profit the 3rd Maine Volunteer Infantry.
Greg Elder, Vice President of Retail, Outdoor Discovery Program and L.L. Bean for Business, L.L. Bean
Greg Elder’s role involves the oversight of L.L.Bean’s 43 retail and 10 outlet stores spread across 18 states with a focus on store operations, visual presentation and customer experience. Greg also oversees Outdoor Discovery Programs, a team dedicated to developing and promoting courses, trips, tours and events that enable L.L.Bean customers and the community to learn and further their participation in the “Shared Joy of the Outdoors.” Finally, Greg leads L.L.Bean for Business that offers a range of product and embroidery solutions from workwear to recognition/promotional products for businesses. Greg is a Finance and Philosophy graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota. He has been at L.L.Bean for 11 years and was with Eddie Bauer in Seattle, WA for 15 years prior to Bean and has a passion for running, biking, skiing, hiking, fishing, and camping.
Julie Libby, Vice President of Fresh, Hannaford Supermarkets
As Vice President of Fresh, Libby oversees departments that include fresh produce, meat/seafood, deli and bakery. Her role involves procurement and replenishment of product, development of merchandising strategies and sales development. Her scope of responsibility is across Hannaford’s five-state operating region, 181 stores and numerous competitive marketing areas. She has led many projects at Hannaford focused on retail innovation. A graduate of the University of Southern Maine, she has held a wide range of leadership positions during her 15 years at Hannaford, including Business Process Engineer, Associate Category Manager in Center Store, Category Manager in Produce, Store Manager, Support Specialist for Retail Operations, and Director of Produce Category Management.
Since 1995, Tom Caron has been a studio host on NESN, covering the Boston Red Sox, Bruins and play-by-play announcing for college hockey. His weekly column on the Red Sox, Bruins and Patriots runs on Tuesdays in the Portland Press Herald.
A graduate of Lewiston High School, he began his broadcasting career in upstate New York, covering the Montreal Canadiens and Expos but eventually moved to Portland, anchoring sports segments for WGME from 1988 to 1993. Before leaving Maine for NESN, Caron was the play-by-play radio announcer for the Portland Pirates in their Calder Cup championship season, work that earned him a spot in the Pirates Hall of Fame. He has also won three New England Emmys, and a number of other media awards for his work in hockey broadcasting.