Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Commercial Confidential tracks Maine's business leaders and economic indicators.
I'm an economics wonk and an online content producer for the Portland Press Herald.
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Colleen McCracken was hired as co-chief executive officer at Planet Dog, sharing the role with longtime company partner, Stephanie Volo. McCracken, of Scarborough, spent the past 15 years with Thomas Moser, a Maine-based designer and builder of fine wood furniture.
Stacey Haskell of Gorham joined Planet Dog as accounting manager. She has more than 20 years of experience in finance, bookkeeping and accounting in a variety of industries
Dr. Susan Santangelo joined Maine Medical Center as director of psychiatric research. She comes from Massachusetts General Hospital, and is an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
Lynn Marie Covelli recently joined Patient Advocates as a nurse advocate and case manager. Covelli, a registered nurse, has worked as a nurse educator, heath care insurance account manager and health coach. She lives in Portland.
Jennifer Smith joined Maine Community Health Options as a senior health plan benefits analyst. She has more than 15 years of claims experience. Most recently, she worked at Martin’s Point Health Care with the claims and finance systems.
Ericka Temple joined Poulin Financial Services to provide tax preparation and accounting services. She previously was a master tax preparer with H&R Block in Biddeford.
Don Oakes was named director of Delta Dental Plan of Maine. Oakes, of Falmouth, had a 20 year career with L.L. Bean, where he worked in various senior management roles.
This morning, many Mainers checking into Twitter saw this request from L.L. Bean:
The link leads to the voting page of the Washington Post's annual Peeps diorama contest, in which a major contender this year is this charming Maine coastal scene rendered in marshmallow confection and modelling clay:
The judges have emerged from their deliberations with a winner of Portland's first-ever Startup Weekend (if this is your first visit, here's some more background on what Startup Weekend is all about).
While they were cloistered in a private office, there was a vote by applause for a "people's choice" award, which the Maine International Dance Festival carried. The dancing in their presentation was a big hit.
The winning team will receive a workstation at Peloton Labs, virtual incubation services from the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development, two scholarships to the MCED's "Top Gun Prep" course, and a trophy. With so many venture capitalists, business consultants and bankers in the audience, there are good odds that the winner will receive some momentum and support from other quarters as well.