The Purpoodock Club made several hires:

Kenneth Young joined as general manager. Young has 30 years of experience in the club industry, most recently serving as general manager and chief operating officer of the Quechee Club in Quechee, Vermont.

Rob Knott joined as golf course superintendent. He brings 20 years of experience in turfgrass management. Knott was previously the senior assistant superintendent at Shelter Harbor Golf Club in Rhode Island.

Tony Decker joined as a PGA Golf Professional. Decker has more than 20 years of experience in the golfing industry. He started his career at Gorham Country Club and most recently worked at The Woodlands Club.

Zachary Romanoff was hired as food and beverage manager. He has 16 years of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry. Most recently, he worked for Loring Enterprises/Saltwater Grille in South Portland, where he acted as staff supervisor.

Alex Tumidajski joined as executive chef. Most recently, he worked as executive chef at the Falmouth Country Club and executive chef at the Inn by the Sea.

Mick Naylor joined Bangor Savings Bank as a mortgage development officer for the Lewiston/Auburn area.

Naylor, of Turner, comes to Bangor Savings with more than 20 years of extensive knowledge in the mortgage industry.

Amy Anderson joined the Maine Cancer Foundation as director of development.

Anderson has fundraising experience for organizations such as the United Way and Boy Scouts of America. Most recently, she was a consultant with Ovation Fundraising Counsel LLC. She also brings experience from her work at the Cancer Community Center and the Maine Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Anderson is replacing Peter King, who is retiring at the end of May.

Dr. Stephan Bamberger was hired to lead the new physiatry practice at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Auburn.

Bamberger joins St. Mary’s after 20 years with a private group practice at Medical Rehabilitation Associates.

Dr. Diane Nugent has joined Whole Life Health Care in Newington, New Hampshire.

Nugent has more than 20 years of experience in family medicine. She worked for York Hospital in the mid-1990s. She left the state and returned to southern Maine in 1999 and worked in Sanford, Kennebunk and Biddeford for Prime Care/Southern Maine Medical Center, where she worked for the past 14 years.

Betsy Critchfield joined the Portland Museum of Art as a donor events coordinator.

Critchfield has worked for the Bicycle Coalition of Maine as a program director. She also started the Portland Walking School Bus Program, where she was the director for a year and a half.

Adam Gilsdorf, Brittany Moody, Liz Riley and Scott Despres joined Winxnet, a Portland-based IT solutions provider.

Gilsdorf joined as an outside sales executive. He brings more than 12 years of experience in sales, business and channel development; and operations, program and project management. His background includes developing solutions for municipalities, banking and financial institutions with a focus on security.

Moody was hired as an administrative assistant. Previously, she was a project assistant at TRC Engineers.

Riley joins as a marketing analyst. She spent the last seven years with the Portland Sea Dogs, where she recently served as assistant general manager/director of sales, marketing and promotions.

Despres joins as a network engineer. He has nearly 20 years of experience as a network technician. He was previously with Somerset Career & Technical Center, where he taught Networking and Cisco courses.

Dean LaChance joined Catholic Charities Maine as the director of strategic growth and business development for the agency.

LaChance previously served as the executive director for Bread of Life Ministries, a homeless services and housing provider in Augusta.

Tara Hajas also joined the agency as a payroll specialist. Hajas is a recent graduate of the University of Southern Maine with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Todd Abrams joined Androscoggin Bank as senior vice president and director of its trust and wealth management group.

Abrams was previously with CNB Bank in Clearfield, Pennsylvania, where he served as senior vice president and managing director of the wealth management group. He has over 15 years of experience as a financial executive.


Jennifer Swain was named the general manager of WPXT. Swain will be responsible for the broadcast operations of CW affiliated WPXT, its WPXT.2 Me-TV channel and for WPME-My 35, which is managed under services agreements. Swain started her career in broadcasting at the stations in 2005 as an account executive. She was promoted to local sales manager in 2011 and recently to director of sales in July 2013.

George Hogan has been appointed senior vice president, international at WEX Inc. Hogan joined WEX in 2007 and served as chief information officer and senior vice president. In 2012, he assumed responsibility of WEX Fleet One. Most recently, he served as general manager of fleet over-the-road and partner channels.


Travelers, a leading provider of property casualty insurance, has honored Spence & Mathews Insurance of Berwick with its prestigious Agent of the Year Award.

The agency was recognized “for its strong commitment to Travelers, achieving long-term profitable growth and for providing first-class customer service,” a news release said.

Baker Newman Noyes placed 12th on the list of the Top 100 Firms to Watch for 2014, and ranked among the top five firms in New England by Accounting Today in its Top 100 Firms Annual Report.

Each firm on the list is ranked by revenue and demonstrated growth in 2013. Baker Newman Noyes was one of only three firms from New England to make the list, and the only firm located north of Boston.

Jean Hoffman, president and chief executive officer of Putney Inc., was named a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 Award in the New England region.

Since founding Putney in 2006, Hoffman has raised over $45 million in capital, recruited a world-class team of talent, developed the deepest pipeline in veterinary medicine and launched five FDA-approved veterinary generic products.

Hoffman has more than 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. The winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 10 at the Sheraton Boston.

Peter Fendler, president of Norton Financial Services, and Raymond Emery, one of Norton’s Chartered Financial Consultants, were recognized as leaders in their industry by Commonwealth Financial Network and by the Million Dollar Round Table.

Fendler, of Brunswick, achieved one of Commonwealth Financial Network’s top distinctions – Summit Club Status for 2014. Fendler also qualified again for the exclusive Million Dollar Round Table, “Court of the Table.” He has qualified seven times for this honor.

Emery, of Durham, attained the Commonwealth Winners Circle status for 2014. He has also qualified for MDRT’s exclusive “Court of the Table.” Emery is a three-time Top of the Table qualifier.

WMTW was honored with two regional Edward R. Murrow awards for its continuing pursuit of excellence in journalism. The station was honored for its extensive snowstorm coverage and for its reporting on last year’s fires in Lewiston.

CampusTours Inc. of Auburn has won two 2014 Webby Awards. The company won this year’s Webby for the virtual tour of George Washington University in Washington, D.C. CampusTours took home both the People’s Voice Webby Award and the official Webby Award in the School/University Category.

The University of Southern Maine recently recognized business counselor John Entwistle for his contributions to the community. Entwistle is the director and a certified business counselor at the Maine Small Business Development Centers at USM in Portland. Since joining the Maine SBDC in 1988, he has provided high quality, one-on-one business assistance and training to startup and existing businesses throughout Cumberland County. He has worked with over 4,000 clients, assisted with creating and/or saving about 800 jobs, helped clients start more than 300 businesses and raised over $18 million in capital.

Jean St. Pierre, a financial adviser with Ameriprise Financial, has earned membership into the company’s Diamond Ring Club. St. Pierre works at Ameriprise Financial’s location on Main Street in Topsham.


Casco Bay Wealth Advisors will celebrate the launch of its new firm with an open house on May 29 at their Portland office. Founded by six financial advisers previously with Northeast Financial Services, the firm opened its doors in December 2013.

The Institute for Civic Leadership graduated 33 participants from the 21st Leadership Intensive class on April 4 at the Freeport Hilton Garden Inn.

The graduates and their professional affiliations are: Tom Acousti, 3 for 3 Partnered Events; Rachelle Curran Apse, Portland Food Co-op; Dakotah Atchinson, Baxter Academy for Technology & Science; Corey Bouyea, L.L. Bean; Elise Boyson, Preble Street Resource Center; Emily Chaleff, Jewish Community Alliance; Sydney Clifton, Hannaford Brothers Co.; Ilona Davis, Baker Newman Noyes; Kim Foglio, OA Centers for Orthopaedics; Becky Gauthier, Vont Web Marketing; Susan Giambalvo, Center for Grieving Children; Hildy Ginsberg, YMCA of Southern Maine; Joel Glockler, Acadia Insurance; Molly Haley, The Telling Room; Mark Hebert, Fairchild Semiconductor Corp; John Labrie, Unum; Amanda Lehman, Thornton Tomasetti; Irene Marchenay, North Yarmouth Academy; Germain Ngbeli Sambuma, community volunteer; Jill Northrop, WEX; Bertin Nzambi Kuiza, community volunteer; Pat O’Brien, Idexx Laboratories Inc.; Josh O’Brien, City of Portland; Bill Patterson, The Nature Conservancy; Patty Renaud, independent consultant; Gary Rogers, Portland Police Department; Rebecca Rundquist, community volunteer; Andy Smith, Baker Newman Noyes; Emily Springer, Unum; Jenny Stasio, Family Crisis Services; Randy Tome, Woodard & Curran; Todd Turkewitz, Martin’s Point Health Care; and Carrie Zeisse, United Way of Greater Portland.

Also honored was this year’s distinguished alumnus, Craig Lapine, founder and executive director of Cultivating Community.

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