July 1, 2012

Society Notebook: Forecast bright for rising stars

The Libra Foundation treats this year's crop of summer interns to a meal -- and an invitation to consider pursuing careers in Maine.

By Avery Yale Kamila akamila@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

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Alec Porteous, state office representative for Sen. Susan Collins, Morris Fisher, president of CBRE-Boulos Property Management, Bill Ryan, retired chairman of TD Bank, Michael Dubyak, president and CEO of Wright Express, and George Hogan, chief information officer for Wright Express.

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Sean Duggan, Libra Future Fund trustee, Erik Hayward, president of the Libra Future Fund, and Tyler Hobbs, co-director of Summer in Maine.

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George Hogan, who is the chief information officer at Wright Express, hopes more Maine students will consider careers in IT.

"They're good-paying jobs, which is why I'm such a proponent of getting Maine kids into those jobs," Hogan told me.

"For us it offers a new perspective and a fresh set of eyes on what we're doing," said Shawn Gorman, senior vice president of brand communications at L.L. Bean and great-grandson of Leon Leonwood Bean.

He then added, "We love to see young people moving to Maine."

Melissa Duron, who serves as a trustee for the Libra Future Fund, told me that in addition to the internship program the fund also offers a grant program for entrepreneurs ages 18 to 29 who are looking to start a business in Maine.

"I'm a transplant," Duron told me. "I think Maine is a really great place to live."

The Libra Foundation hopes that the Summer in Maine program will provide students with the experience, connections and desire to find a job in the state after graduation.

As Hobbs told the crowd: "I'd encourage you all to consider Maine as a place of employment."


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Don Perkins, president of Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Betsy Richards, corporate communications manager for Idexx, and Jonathan Ayers, chairman, president and CEO of Idexx.

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Craig Denekas, president and CEO of the Libra Foundation, Shawn Gorman, senior vice president for brand communications for L.L. Bean, and Sterling Kozlowski, district president for Key Bank.

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Among the more than 100 Summer in Maine interns at the dinner were these students who are spending the summer at CIEE in Portland.

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