• Portland police Officer Kevin J. Haley was hired at Cheverus High School as its first resource officer. Haley is a 1987 graduate of Cheverus. He is well-known within the Cheverus community, having served as the coach of its swimming and diving teams for 25 years. Haley has also facilitated the school’s Wreaths Across America event in recent years.
• Daniel Thornton was promoted to president of People’s United Bank for its southern Maine market. Thornton joined the bank in 2011 as senior vice president and senior lender in commercial banking. He was previously a senior vice president and senior lender at TD Bank in Portland. He has nearly three decades of experience in commercial lending.
• Charlene Williams was named president of Nancy Marshall Communications. Marshall, the founder of the firm, moves into the role of chief executive officer. Williams, who has been with firm since 1997, managed the Maine Office of Tourism’s public relations and media relations contract on behalf of the firm until recently. Now she is overseeing all client strategies and implementation, as well as leading the firm’s staff.
• Jennifer MacBride and Patrick Madden were promoted at Market Decisions LLC.
MacBride was promoted to senior project manager. She joined the firm in 2001.
Madden was named research director. He joined the firm in 2003 as a research analyst and currently leads assignments with business and government clients.
• Harriman Architects + Engineers and Southern Maine Community College were chosen to receive Sustainability Leadership Awards by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. They were recognized for an innovative HVAC system that uses seawater for all heating and cooling needs for a recently renovated academic building.
The community college taps into nearby Casco Bay, where water temperatures range from the 30s in winter to the 60s in summer. Essentially the system works in a similar fashion to geothermal systems, but without the drilling and with much colder temperatures. The system has reduced heating costs by 33 percent and cooling costs by 27 percent. In the two years since the system began operating, the college has seen an annual savings of nearly $11,000 in energy costs.
• Baker Newman Noyes was recognized with a Horizon Interactive Award for its website launched last year. The site was developed by the Portsmouth digital agency, RAKA Creative. It earned a bronze medal for excellence in the business-to-business corporate category. The new website, www.bnncpa.com, was described as more personal and easier to navigate than the firm’s previous site and offers visitors timely and pertinent information