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    Chris Tyll, 34
    Pat’s Pizza – Old Port

    Chris Tyll began coming to
    Maine when he was 18, visiting
    with Annapolis roommate and
    good friend David Williams of
    Cumberland. Michigan-born Tyll
    fell in love with the state, and today,
    age 34, he remembers that “It was
    always in the back of my mind, that
    if I ever had a chance to move here
    and raise a family …â€Â

    The opportunity arose following
    Tyll’s four tours in Iraq and
    retirement from the Navy. His Naval
    Academy grad wife, Jen, left her
    high-powered job in D.C., and they
    “kinda followed†Williams, a fellow
    Navy Seal, to Maine.

    Hoping to open their own
    business, the Tylls did so three
    years ago, establishing Pat’s Pizza
    in the Old Port. Last Christmas, the
    restaurant’s Toys for Tots fundraiser
    brought in more money in a
    single day than did anywhere else
    in Maine. The family element has
    worked out, too: James is 3, Grace is
    2, and Faith 8 weeks.

    Tyll is contributing to his adopted
    state by using his leadership skills
    in a number of ways, including
    involvement with American
    Legion Post 91, PROPEL, the
    Maine Restaurant Association and
    AMVETS Post 2.

    He is a member of Maine’s
    Commission to Protect the Lives
    and Health of Members of the state’s
    Guard, and chairs the new Portland
    Veterans Network, a Portland
    Regional Chamber of Commerce
    program helping veterans back
    from the Middle East make the
    transition to civilian life.
    Tyll, of North Yarmouth, is also
    running for the state Senate in
    District 11.

    “Anything I’ve had success in has
    been because I’ve had a true team
    making my job easier,†he says.
    “Whether it’s John and Chris Kyle
    helping with the Pat’s franchise, or
    Phil Harriman and Ethan Strimling
    as part of a strong political support
    network, I’ve been really fortunate
    to have great people surrounding

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