Richard St. Pierre was appointed senior vice president and chief financial officer of Skowhegan Savings. St. Pierre joins the bank with 25 years of financial and accounting experience. He was previously the chief financial officer for Schlotterbeck & Foss, where he had oversight for finance, customer service and IT.

Benjamin Guerette joined cPort Credit Union as training coordinator. He brings three years of corporate training experience, most recently at Tilson Technology in Portland. Guerette also serves on the Board of Teens to Trails.

Tonya Houde joined Mercy Hospital as the new director of business development. Houde, of Saco, was previously a clinical integration project manager at MaineHealth. She also served as the manager of referral communications for Maine Medical Center.


Jeff Soules was promoted to financial adviser at Norton Financial Services. Soules, of Scarborough, joined the firm in February 2012. A 2011 graduate of the University of Southern Maine, he specializes in investment advisory services, individual insurance products, personal financial planning and employer-sponsored retirement plans.


Four businesses earned the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program Award, bringing Maine’s total SHARP worksites to 66. Pleasant River Lumber in West Enfield, Community Living Association (Green Center) in Houlton, Artisan Boatworks in Rockport and Yachting Solutions in Rockland each completed the rigorous safety achievement program. Their acceptance into SHARP recognizes these businesses as models for worksite safety and health standards.

Royce Cross, president and chief executive officer of Cross Insurance, was named a 2014 Business Leader of the Year by Mainebiz.

Cross was recognized for “his outstanding vision, drive and perseverance in leading his organization to record revenues and recognition,” the press release said.

Cross is one of three chief executives to be named a 2014 Mainebiz Business Leader of the Year. This year’s honorees also include Rinck Advertising Chief Executive Officer Peter Rinck and Patricia Quinn, executive director of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority.