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    James Beaudoin, 37
    Regional Manager/VP Sales for Portland Pirates
    Front Row Marketing Services

    Jim Beaudoin’s professional sports
    work in Maine began in 1996 with
    the Portland Sea Dogs, for whom
    he held a number of roles before
    eventually becoming Assistant
    General Manager. In 2004, he left the
    Sea Dogs to become general manager
    of the Columbus Catfish, becoming
    one of the youngest GMs in minor
    league baseball, and helping turn the
    organization around by immediately
    increasing attendance.

    Beaudoin then accepted an offer
    to head up the Norwich, Conn.,
    franchise, which he helped revitalize
    by leading a rebranding effort. In
    2007, he moved back to Portland,
    where he is now with Front Row
    Marketing. The Philadelphia-based
    company specializes in securing and
    maintaining corporate sponsorships
    for professional teams, buildings, and
    colleges and universities.

    In 2008, Beaudoin became Director
    of Corporate Sponsorships for the
    Portland Pirates. Over the past few
    years, the Pirates’ sponsor portfolio
    has grown to more than 180 clients,
    and the success and stability of the
    team’s sponsor family is a principal
    reason why the Pirates and Portland
    were able to host the AHL All-Star
    game in 2010 for the second time in
    seven years.

    Front Row’s client portfolio has
    grown in Maine, with projects
    handled by Beaudoin. The company
    oversees sales for Beech Ridge Motor
    Speedway and the Augusta Civic
    Center, and recently was enlisted to
    secure partners for the new Bangor

    Beaudoin’s community
    contributions include involvement
    with the Barbara Bush Children’s
    Hospital at Maine Medical Center
    (he served briefly on the board)
    and working closely with the
    Ronald McDonald House and other
    organizations on fund-raising efforts.

    While with the Sea Dogs, he
    helped launch the hugely successful
    Mother’s Day 5-K, and recently
    worked with the NextGen College
    Investing Plan to begin the Pirates’
    Three Stars Scholarship program.
    His latest passion is helping work
    with, foster and rescue “bully dogs,â€Â
    with his wife, Danielle.

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