Unum hired two vice presidents and four assistant vice presidents at its operations in Portland.

John King joined Unum as vice president of large employer market development. Most recently, King served as regional vice president of client development for UnitedHealthcare in its national account business.

Jon Camire was named vice president of risk modeling and financial planning. Camire rejoins Unum after working as an independent consulting actuary.

Pasquale Lapomarda joined the finance department as assistant vice president of business analysis. Lapomarda was previously senior director of data analytics at Direct Capital in Portsmouth, N.H.

Brandon Boey was named the assistant vice president and senior regulatory counsel of government affairs. In previous roles, he was a litigation associate at Willkie Farr and Gallagher and an investment banker.


Susan Stowell joined Unum’s National Client Group business area as assistant vice president and health care segment leader. Stowell has 13 years’ experience in the health care industry and was a health care consultant prior to joining Unum.

Joe Reny was named assistant vice president of business analysis. Reny is a certified public accountant and most recently worked for Irving Oil as director of supply management.

Kristine Sullivan has joined Clark Insurance as a senior account executive in the business insurance department.

Sullivan, of Scarborough, is an experienced insurance agent and underwriter with more than 25 years of experience in Maine and New Hampshire.

Joshua Lagasse has joined the sales team at Re/Max Realty One.

He brings a business background to real estate sales as well as a fresh perspective in online marketing.


PDT Architects has hired five new staff members in recent months.

Jacob Beck joined as an architectural designer. He has been working on the TruChoice Federal Credit Union branch on Park Avenue in Portland and on renovations at UNUM’s Portland campus.

Abigail Hopkins Cram also signed on as an architectural designer with graphic design skills. She is working on school projects in Brunswick and Portland, including an interior renovation for Casco Bay High School.

Christian Prasch brings experience in unusual design and construction techniques, including a season as design producer with “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”

Christian Schoewe is a licensed Maine architect with a background in set design and a specialty in building information modeling. Schoewe was previously a project architect and LEED team leader for MaineGeneral’s Alfond Center for Health in Augusta. Both Schoewe and Prasch are working on the Meetinghouse Lofts project for housing developer Ethan Boxer-Macomber.

Sustainability Director Allison Zuchman is collaborating with PDT’s project teams to integrate sustainability goals from the inception of the project. She has just launched a new blog, called “In Practice,” on PDT’s website,


Katie Burke joined Creative Imaging Group as director of account management.

She brings more than 17 years of advertising agency experience, and will help build the firm’s in-house marketing division.

Dan Routh was hired as creative director. He brings 35 years of advertising agency experience to the firm’s in-house marketing division. He previously worked on regional and state brands such as Hancock Lumber, Oakhurst Dairy, Casco Northern Bank and Saco Defense.


Lipman & Katz P.A. promoted two attorneys into new leadership roles.

Karen Boston and Melissa O’Dea will co-manage the prestigious Water Street firm.


Boston has nearly 17 years’ experience, and has represented hundreds of people in difficult situations in her practice of family law, criminal law, personal injury and medical negligence. She has served as a past chair of the Maine State Bar Association’s Family Law Section as well as vice chair and secretary.

O’Dea is a former Maine assistant attorney general. Before joining Lipman & Katz, O’Dea was a partner at O’Dea Woodman in Augusta.

The two will manage the firm and be responsible for marketing, human resources, business management and coordination of the firm’s nine attorneys, team of paralegals and office staff.


The Junior Achievement Maine Business Hall of Fame laureates for 2014 include: Alan Ordway, director and owner of Winona Camp for Boys (posthumous); Dana Connors, president of Maine State Chamber of Commerce; John Ryan, president of Wright-Ryan Construction Inc.

These three honorees join a distinguished group of 68 men and women who have been inducted into the Junior Achievement of Maine Business Hall of Fame.


Sweetser and Harbor Family Services have planned to merge to strengthen child, adult and family services in the midcoast area. The agencies will unite under the Sweetser name with a projected effective date of July 1.

Sweetser and Harbor Family Services are accredited by the same organization, the Council on Accreditation and are members of the Child Welfare League of America.

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