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    Christopher Thompson, 37
    Parallax Partners, Inc.

    What now is an unsightly
    amalgam of warehouses slowly
    deteriorating on an arm of land
    jutting into the mouth of the Fore
    River will, in the not-to-distant
    future, be transformed into a $105
    million mixed-use real estate
    development, due in large part to
    the efforts of Chris Thompson.

    The Forty Under 40 Award
    winner is one of three partners
    leading the project known as The
    Forefront at Thompson’s Point,
    considered the gateway to Portland.

    Chris, 37, is president of Parallax
    Partners, which also is developing
    a downtown riverfront hotel in
    Lewiston and a large, mixed-use
    project in Portsmouth, N.H.
    Chris is enthusiastic about the
    project and Portland, which he
    describes as the most dynamic and
    interesting city that he’s ever lived
    in. “As many languages are spoken
    at Reiche School as there are in any
    given neighborhood in London.

    I’m not sure I have a vision for
    Portland as much as I have a hope
    that I can have sufficient vision to
    grasp the ways in which Portland
    is transforming into a global city
    before our eyes, and to do work that
    is adequate to this transformation.â€Â

    Chris is keen on developing
    projects that “will truly enhance
    people’s lives and livelihoods
    for years to come,†says Stephen
    Griswold, who nominated Chris
    for the award. “His willingness
    to practice and establish new
    and important environmentally
    friendly and sustainable efforts,
    such as LEED technology, provides
    a clear path for the future of Maine
    and New Hampshire real estate

    On Chris’s horizon is building the
    tallest building in Maine – “Maine
    should have an iconic, highperforming
    tall building that rivals
    those in other New England cities.â€Â
    But what he would really love to
    accomplish would be to build an
    aquarium in Portland.

    What inspires him? “The future
    judgment of my children motivates
    me. I want them to be able to be
    proud of who I was and what I did.â€Â

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