n The Bernstein Shur Group has hired campaign and public relations strategists James Cote and Lizzy Reinholt.

Cote joins the practice as a campaign consultant and lobbyist. He brings several years of experience leading campaigns and working in government and public relations on a variety of issues. Most recently, he successfully led this year’s “No on Question 1” campaign.

Reinholt joined the practice as a senior project manager. Most recently, she served as director of communications for U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud’s 2014 campaign for governor. Prior to that, she served as the communications director for the Maine Democratic Party.

n Hildy Ginsberg joins the March of Dimes Foundation as state director for Maine.

Ginsberg has over 15 years experience as a nonprofit professional. Most recently, she served as executive director of the Portland YMCA.

n Mike Tanchuk was named president of Summit Natural Gas of Maine.

Tanchuk, who is working with Summit in an advisory role, will begin his new role as president effective Jan. 1. He will also serve as executive vice president of Summit Utilities, Inc. He will be responsible for leading all operations and strategies for Summit Natural Gas of Maine.

Tanchuk has more than 25 years of experience in operations, project management and business development. Most recently, he served as chief executive officer at Ormet Corporation. He is replacing Mike Minkos, who is retiring at the end of this year.


n Robyn Merrill was named executive director of Maine Equal Justice Partners, a nonprofit legal aid organization for Mainers affected by poverty.

Merrill has worked at the nonprofit since 2009, serving as a policy analyst and senior policy analyst. Prior to that, she served as a clerk for the Maine Superior Court and with the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic.

n Aaron McMorrow was named vice president of Kilbride & Harris Insurance Services LLC and is responsible for the development and growth of its employee benefits division.

McMorrow has been with the firm since 2005 and holds his RHU, REBC designations and a consultants license.

n Kathy Verrill was promoted to project manager at Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution.

Verrill joined the bank in early 2008 as a vice president and commercial services officer. She became a manager of business services in 2011. She lives in Hiram.


n The City of South Portland recognized the following businesses at its inaugural business awards.

Scratch Baking Co. was named Small Business of the Year; Willow’s Pizza received the Community Impact Award; OTTO Pizza received the city’s New Business of the Year Award; Casco Bay Steel Structures received the Business of the Year Award and Michael Dubyak, of WEX, was named Business Leader of the Year.

Bill Williamson, Maine Market President for Bank of America, was recognized by Good Shepherd Food Bank with the 2015 JoAnn Pike Humanitarian Award.

Williamson also directs the company’s local corporate social responsibility program, which includes philanthropy, community development, environmental initiatives, diversity efforts, arts and culture projects and volunteerism.

n Dr. Kenneth McCall, of the UNE College of Pharmacy, was selected by the Retail Association of Maine Board of Directors to receive the organization’s 2014 Jim McGregor Government Service Award.

McCall is also the Immediate Past-President of the Maine Pharmacy Association. He served two consecutive terms as president. He has also volunteered at the Biddeford Free Clinic.


n MaryAnn Ratteree recently announced that her new location at Dear Ridge Park, 312 Cottage St. Suite B in Sanford is now open.

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