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Jun 11, 2018

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

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 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 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 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.

Nov 15, 2017

In 2016, a victory at the polls for a substantial minimum wage hike was a small bright spot for progressives in what was an otherwise devastating election. Now, some of the same people behind that referendum were able to pass a Medicaid expansion law over vocal opposition from Gov. LePage. Hallweaver is the legislative director for the MPA and she discusses these policy successes, progressive politics in general and the organization’s next big goal— a state-wide referendum on a universal long-term-care benefit for seniors who want to stay in their homes.

Host's note: This is our last episode of the opinion podcast for a little while. After a year of trying out a new medium, we are taking a hiatus to figure out what worked, what didn't, what we liked, and what we want to hear more of. What did you enjoy most about this podcast since you have been listening? What types of audio conversations and stories would you like to hear more of from the Press Herald? Please email us your thoughts at letterstotheeditor@pressherald.com.

Oct 31, 2017

At 12 years old, Sarah Perry woke up to a fight in her home. When she got the courage to leave her room, she found her mother brutally murdered—and would have to wait more than twenty years until the killer was found. She spoke with reporter Kelley Bouchard about After the Eclipse, her memoir about life before and after the crime. Bouchard reveals the difficult responsibility of covering both brutal violence and personal stories. Also in this episode, Kesich and Nemitz take a few moments to untangle the case of the missing Waterville pit bulls, who allegedly escaped from the shelter the same hour they were ordered to be put down.

Apr 7, 2017

This week on the Portland Press Herald Podcast, Editorial Page Editor Greg Kesich is joined by Sunday columnists Jim Fossel and Alan Caron to discuss the Legislature's moves to overturn the vote on the minimum wage, and the spilt that is exposing between elected democrats and the Maine People's Alliance. Also using children as political pawns, and can bipartisanship ever happen if people never change their mind?

Feb 24, 2017

Portland Press Herald Editorial Page Editor Greg Kesich, and columnists Bill Nemitz, Alan Caron and Cynthia Dill meet and talk about a new poll on the makeup of the electorate; How police body cams became a hot topic in Portland exposing divisions in city hall, and if Bernie Sanders' supporters are unfairly blaming Hillary Clinton for Donald Trump.

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Feb 3, 2017

This week Editorial Page Editor Greg Kesich, and columnists Bill Nemitz, Alan Caron and Cynthia Dill discuss the collapse of the plea deal with the Commercial Street Black Lives Matter protesters,  how Senator Collins is going to deal with Cabinet and Supreme Court nominations, and if the legislature is going to ignore citizen-initiated referendums on ranked-choice voting and minimum wage.

Jan 27, 2017

This week on the Podcast, our panel, including Editorial Page Editor Greg Kesich, and Columnist Bill Nemitz, Alan Caron and Cynthia Dill, discuss the beginning of the Trump Administration, massive protests last weekend in Portland and around the country, and the Governor's feisty town hall meeting in Biddeford.

 

 

Dec 19, 2016

Maine Independent Senator Angus King touches on Russia's influence on the election, the dedication of people who provide the Nation's intelligence, the politics of healthcare, his philosophy on confirmations, how he's planning on dealing with the Trump administration, and barbecued ribs.

Dec 8, 2016

This week on the Podcast,  Editorial Page Editor Greg Kesich, and columnists Alan Caron, Cynthia Dill and Bill Nemitz talk about the return of the State Legislature. What a 2018 Senate run between Paul Lepage and Angus King might mean, The Governor's embrace of "Fake news," and what's behind the discord in Portland City Hall.

Nov 18, 2016

This week, Editorial Page Editor Greg Kesich and columnist Alan Caron discuss the underlying political and economic forces that led to the recent election results, why Governor LePage might not be involved in the new administration, and how the LePage experience might have some clues as to what we might expect from the Trump Administration.

Nov 11, 2016

Portland Press Herald Columnists Bill Nemitz, Cynthia Dill, Alan Caron and Editorial Page Editor Greg Kesich discuss the election results. What do they mean? Where do things go from here?

Nov 4, 2016

Portland Press Herald Editorial Page Editor Greg Kesich is joined by Sunday columnists Cynthia Dill and Alan Caron to share thoughts and predictions about Tuesday's election, and which of the referendum questions they expect Maine's voters to reject.

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