The following companies were recognized by the Maine Real Estate & Development Association at its annual Real Estate Spring Conference on May 17.

MEREDA’s leadership chose five notable development projects for 2011 that were deemed noteworthy and significant: Opechee Construction Corp. for the Hampton Inn/Sebago Brewing in Portland; Waterfront Maine for Merrill’s Wharf/Pierce Atwood building in Portland; Mattson Development LLC for the MaineGeneral Medical Center Musculoskeletal Center in Augusta; Community Housing of Maine for Maine Hall, affordable housing for seniors in Bangor; and Developers Collaborative for Gilman Place in Waterville.

Bill and Peter Sowles, owners of Morong Falmouth, were recently awarded the Leon Gorman Award at the Institute for Family-Owned Business’ 13th annual awards dinner in South Portland. The company was founded in 1945 as a body shop in South Portland. Five years later, the Sowles brothers’ father, Horace “Ken” Sowles, joined the company and added foreign car sales and service.

Northeast FLAVOR, New England’s only regional food and wine magazine, was named one of the nation’s best 10 new magazines of 2011 by MediaSource/Library Journal. Out of nearly 250 new publications, Northeast FLAVOR rose to the top of the ranks.

Fogg Lighting was selected as a finalist in the 2012 Lighting Showroom of the Year competition. Fogg Lighting, on Marginal Way in Portland, has been owned and operated by Sanford and Deborah Fogg since 1994.

Mattaeus Schkrioba, a chef at the Marriott at Sable Oaks in South Portland, earned the Certified Sous Chef Designation from the American Culinary Federation Inc. Schkrioba, of Windham, is a member of the ACF Casco Bay Culinary Association of Portland.


Fishman Property Management will manage 465 Congress St. in Portland’s Monument Square. The historic 10-story property houses many high-profile tenants, including People’s United Bank, and offers office suites with views of Mount Washington and water views of Portland Harbor and Back Cove.

Visibility, a shop for color and style consultations, skin care and jewelry, has added hair services and yoga classes to its offerings. Visibility has moved to 1041 Washington Ave. Go to