• Connie Taggart was hired as director of human resources at Wright-Pierce. Taggart has more than 20 years of experience in human resources, employee relations, and benefits management. She was previously with Baker Newman Noyes in Portland.

• Linda Porterfield was hired as marketing director at Schooner Estates in Auburn. Porterfield has about 12 years experience in the industry. She previously served as director of sales and marketing for The Atrium at The Cedars.

• Sarah Desormiers joined Macdonald Page & Co LLC as a tax manager in their South Portland office. Desormiers, of Portland, previously managed an accounting firm in southern Maine. She also serves as the treasurer of the board of trustees for Breakwater School.


• Laurie Pelletier was promoted to branch manager at Community Credit Union’s Auburn location. Pelletier, of Litchfield, has more than 19 years experience in Credit Unions and was previously the branch operations supervisor at the Auburn Branch of the credit union.


• The Greater Portland Convention & Visitors Bureau recognized the following individuals and organizations across the state for their efforts to grow Maine tourism.

The Ambassador of the Year award was presented to Hillary Cantwell, a volunteer at the bureau for the past five years.

The Member Volunteer of the Year at the Bureau was presented to Rauni Kew from Inn by the Sea, who was recognized for her “outstanding work in public relations, environmental practices, and her commitment to marketing the region.

The Rose Award in Recognition of Service Excellence was presented to Lisa Kane of the Maine Wildlife Park, who helps more than 30 species of injured, orphaned and human- dependent animals.

Bill Bell of the New England Veterinary Medical Association was awarded the Phoenix Award for the organization’s efforts in producing the convention.

The Casco Bay Award was presented to the Maine Red Claws. It was recognized for providing scholarships to fourth-graders, helping to put on the 4th of July Stars and Stripes concert in Portland, and future development plans for Thompson’s Point.

The Lighthouse Award was presented to Maine Camp Experience, which represents a community of camp owners and directors who are dedicated to providing a quality Maine experience for youth from around the world.

• Advantage Home Care was recognized with a Best of Home Care award from Home Care Pulse, a national company that measures client and employee satisfaction. The selection process for Best of Home Care involves evaluating client and employee satisfaction in 12 areas, including agency training, communication, caregiver performance and response to problems. It scored in the 95th percentile or better in all 12 areas and its overall score was above the 97 percent mark.

• Jason Favreau, a senior manager at BerryDunn, was the 2012 recipient of the Professor E. William Dandes Award for Graduate Academic Excellence from Bentley University. Favreau works primarily with clients in real estate development, construction, manufacturing and long-term care industries, providing federal and state tax consulting and compliance services.

• Mike Dubyak, chairman and chief executive officer of Wright Express Portland, was recently recognized with the 2012 JoAnn Pike Humanitarian Award. Dubyak and Wright Express were honored by more than 240 supporters of Good Shepherd Food Bank for their efforts to fight hunger in Maine. The JoAnn Pike Humanitarian Award dinner also serves as a fundraising event for the Food Bank. This year, more than $125,000 was raised.

• Dr. Lawrence Losey, a board-certified pediatrician at Parkview Adventist Medical Center in Brunswick, was recognized as Maine’s Childhood Immunization Champion. Losey was nominated by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention and is the first Mainer to earn this distinction.

• Edward Jones was recently ranked highest in investor satisfaction with full service brokerage firms, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Full Service Investor Satisfaction Study. The study measures investor satisfaction with firms based on seven factors: investment adviser, investment performance, account information, account offerings, commissions and fees, website and problem resolution.

• Lisa Charette-Heroux, a registered nurse who works on the same-day surgery nursing staff at Bridgton Hospital, was recognized with the Winnie R. Moore, R.N., Clinical Nursing Award. Charette-Heroux, of Fryeburg, has been at Bridgton Hospital since 2005. She will have her name added to the permanent plaque located on the Kendal and Anna Ham Inpatient Wing of the hospital.

• The Schooner Isaac H. Evans was recently voted a top attraction in New England Travel’s Inaugural Readers’ Choice Awards. The schooner, which sails out of Rockland, was identified by New England Travel editors as “the attraction to beat,” the press release said.


• Giselle St. Amand joined the Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Club. St. Amand is a retail manager with Androscoggin Bank and lives in Auburn.

• Richard Barry Hall, a self-employed vocational consultant from Portland, was re-elected to the American Board of Vocational Experts. He is national credentialing chairperson for this organization.


• Chris Paszyc, a broker with CBRE The Boulos Company, was awarded the Certified Commercial Investment Member designation by the CCIM Institute. Paszyc joined the company in 2005 and has extensive experience in the commercial real estate market and the business community. The designation is attained by fewer than 6 percent of the commercial real estate professionals in the country.

• Gilchrist Scott Ltd., a technology consulting firm based in Portland, recently announced a partnership with Intacct, a leading provider of cloud financial management and accounting software. Gilchrist Scott will sell, implement, support and develop enhancements for Intacct’s cloud financial applications.

• Systems Engineering of Portland has chosen Occupational Medical Consulting LLC as its provider for workplace wellness services. The program provides one-on-one health coaching and other services to reduce employee at-risk health behaviors.