Frank Barnicle of Windham joined the sales staff at Classic Flooring in Scarborough

Barnicle has 20 years of flooring experience.

Rachel Bannister joined Patrons Oxford Insurance Co. in Auburn as personal lines senior underwriter and marketing supervisor. Bannister is active in the Maine Chapter of CPCU and past president. She has over 20 years of insurance experience.


Jim Tasse, education director for the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, was recognized by the New England Mountain Bike Association as a “Trail Hero” – one of its top volunteers for 2013.

Chaya Caron, owner of Chaya Studio Jewelry, was recently selected to showcase her work at the 45th annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Caron specializes in eco-friendly creations.

Wright-Pierce has improved its ranking by 32 positions in the Engineering News Record 2013 “Top 500” design firms.

The firm has ranked in the top 500 for five consecutive years, and attained its highest ranking to date with a 16 percent revenue growth in 2013. The firm has expanded its staff by 20 percent since early 2013 to nearly 200 people.

Sterling Rope Co. Inc. was selected as one of three semifinalists in Maine for the Department of Defense’s prestigious Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, for providing support to its Guard and Reserve employees.

The Associated General Contractors of Maine awarded its Build Maine Award to six Maine companies for projects they completed in the last year:

Sargent Corp. of Stillwater won in the Municipal Category for the City of Portland’s Baxter Boulevard North Storage Conduit Combined Sewer Overflow Project. E.S. Boulos Co. was recognized for its work on the new Maine General Medical Center’s Alfond Center for Health in North Augusta.

Bancroft Contracting employees were recognized for constructing twin hydroelectric generating facilities on the Stillwater River.

Cianbro won in the Building Category for the second year, this time for the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

ETTI Inc. of Lisbon Falls won for the Maine Natural Gas Project in Kennebec Valley.

The Penobscot Co.’s renovation of the mid-19th century Union Hall in Rockport won the award in the Renovation Category.

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Edward Jones won the 2014 TNS Choice Award for outstanding performance in investment services, according to TNS, a global research consultancy.

The awards recognize financial-services firms and banks that outperform their competitors in acquiring, retaining and developing clients. Edward Jones was selected based on data provided by more than 6,900 U.S. households with $100,000 or more in investable assets.

The Maine Health Management Coalition announced that for the second consecutive reporting period in a row, Maine hospitals ranked No. 1 in safety by the Leapfrog Group, an independent employer-based coalition that advocates for transparency, quality and safety in hospitals.

In its annual safety score survey, Maine took the top spot with 74 percent of its hospitals receiving the highest possible score of an “A.”


Matthew Chabe was elected chairman of the Bangor SCORE chapter. He is the president of ChapterTwo Marketing & Public Relations and a Navy veteran.

Jennifer Morin, senior relationship manager at Bangor Savings Bank, was elected secretary. Kate Stein, owner of The Bottom Line, was elected treasurer.