Tod Yankee has joined Wolfe’s Neck Farm as executive director. Yankee, of Freeport, has extensive management-consulting experience and a background in agriculture. He will oversee the farm’s adult and youth education programs, farming operations and conservation activities.

Scott Smith joined Black Bear Entertainment LLC as its community development director. Smith, an owner of Rose Arbor Equine in Paris, has more than 25 years of business experience, including starting and operating Stone Mountain Mortgage for 12 years.

William G. Becker has joined Key Private Bank as vice president and investment solutions specialist. Becker, of Portland, previously served as campaign manager for Republican gubernatorial candidate Matthew Jacobson. He also worked as a financial adviser for Edward Jones in Falmouth and was co-founder, president and chief executive officer for the Maine Heritage Policy Center in Portland.

Todd Anges has joined Weatherization Wizards in Auburn as client development manager. Anges, of Springvale, has more than 10 years of experience in weatherization and energy conservation. He was previously field staff manager of the weatherization program at People’s Regional Opportunity Program in Portland.

Daniel Sonneborn has joined Skelton, Taintor & Abbott as an associate attorney. Sonneborn has a focus in corporate and business law, health care and hospital law, and employment law and labor law.

Matt Smith has joined iBec Creative as a new mobile Web developer. Smith will be responsible for developing and updating mobile websites for iBec’s clients. He has more than six years of professional design and Web development experience, and three years of designing and developing mobile Web solutions.


Cornelius Russell, general manager at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, was named Innkeeper of the Year by the Maine Innkeepers Association. Russell became general manager of the Samoset Resort in 1999.

The group’s Community Service Award was presented to Carla and Danny Lafayette of Lafayette Hotels in Bangor. The Lafayettes, who operate more than 25 hotels, recently pledged $2 million for the new Lafayette Family Cancer Center in Brewer. The Special Service Award was given to Richard Lindgren of Habitat for Humanity in Greater Portland. Lindgren was instrumental in launching the MEIA Hospitality for Habitat program. The Allied Member of the Year Award was presented to David Boggs, president and CEO of Acro Global. Boggs has supported the Maine Innkeepers Association with strategies for the group’s Web presence.


Timothy Diehl was named president of the board of directors for EqualityMaine and the EqualityMaine Foundation. Diehl, of Brunswick, is director of career planning at Bowdoin College.

Other board members elected include Fay Brodell as treasurer and Shawn LaGrega as vice president of EqualityMaine. Brian Randall was elected secretary and Barb Wood was elected vice president of the EqualityMaine Foundation. Board member David Cohan serves on the groups’ joint executive committee.

United Insurance was named marketing agency of the month and appeared on the cover of the October 2010 issue of Rough Notes magazine. United Insurance has 15 locations throughout Maine and New Hampshire.