The Big 2021 Reset

COVID-19 continues to have a significant impact on all businesses, toppling familiar definitions of thriving and surviving, across all sectors. We’ll examine how major categories in Maine, like real estate, retail and health care, are recovering and changing in the context of their industry’s national outlook. What did these organizations have to change to make 2020 a success? What are their plans if they feel they didn’t? What are the unique advantages and challenges of being in our state? And how long will a full recovery take?

Moderated by Mim Minichiello.

Mim Minichiello, President, Employee Benefits, HUB International New England

With over 25 years of experience, Mim provides leadership and implementation of employee benefit initiatives across the New England Region, building and expanding the HUB New England’s offerings as the top employee benefits solution provider.

Before joining HUB New England, Mim served in executive positions within the insurance brokerage and health plan industry. Mim’s experience lies in executing strategic growth and operational plans, building and implementing innovating sales strategies, and cultivating best-in-class teams. Mim is the recipient of the 2019 and 2020 Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in MA award and one of the 2019 Boston Business Journal’s Power 50 winners.

Nate Stevens, Partner, Broker, The Boulos Company

Nate joined The Boulos Company in 2007. He works in all areas of commercial real estate including office, retail, industrial, development, and investment properties located in central and southern Maine. Nate has extensive experience working with local and national developers, investors, and companies including nonprofits, start-ups, state organizations, local municipalities and large corporate companies.

A Portland native, Nate left to study at the University of Arizona where he received his bachelor’s degree in regional development. Nate has a long, well-engrained family history in Portland; his great-great grandfather was famed regional architect John Calvin Stevens, a legacy which spawned his interest and passion for the local built environment.

Nate lives in the Deering Center neighborhood of Portland with his wife, Jane, and son, Carter. They enjoy summers on Little Diamond Island in Casco Bay.

Jenn Lever, President, Baxter Brewing

Jenn ignited her career in the food & beverage industry when she accepted a warehouse supervisor role with Pepsi Co. Her upward trajectory included successive leadership positions, implementing quality and operational standards for the software giant. Jenn joined Baxter Brewing in 2017, eventually succeeding Baxter Brewing founder, Luke Livingston, as president in 2019.

In her very first year as president, she led Baxter Brewing through the COVID-19 pandemic, launching a successful rebrand and expanding distribution while keeping the health and safety of her staff at the fore. She pivoted Baxter’s business model to include curbside and home delivery, and, as a testament to her leadership, her staff opted to donate all of their tips and proceeds from Baxter mask sales to the Good Shepherd Food Bank.

Baxter Brewing is the fourth largest craft brewery in Maine, by volume, and thus the largest brewery in Maine helmed by a woman. Jenn attended Hobart and William Smith Colleges, earning a BA in economics and sociology.

Peter Wright, President of Bridgton & Rumford Hospitals, Long-Term Care Division, Central Maine Healthcare

Peter  joined CMH in March 2019 after serving for six years at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health as president and CEO at Valley Regional Healthcare in Claremont, New Hampshire. His entire career has been spent in northern New England. Prior to Valley Regional, he served as chief operating officer at Littleton Regional Hospital and Senior Director of Planning, Development, and Medical Group Operations at Copley Health Systems in Morrisville, Vermont. Prior to his career in healthcare, Peter enjoyed success in the resort industry, law enforcement and numismatics.

Peter earned his bachelor of science in business administration from Lyndon State College, his master of science in administration from St. Michael’s College, and his master of health care delivery science from the Tuck School of Business/Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association and is the Chair of AHA’s regional policy board for New England. He is board certified in healthcare management and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He has been a member of Rotary International since 2003 and a former Trustee of the Vermont State Colleges.