Gorham Business Exchange Business Person of the Year Mark Curtis and his family, from left, Timmy, 14; Mark; Becky; Thomas, 15; and Tucker, 11. Contributed / Gorham Business Exchange

Mark Curtis has been named this year’s Gorham Business Exchange Business Person of the Year.

The exchange kept the award a secret from Curtis, hoping he would get a surprise when he read about himself in the American Journal.

Born and raised in Gorham where he still resides, Curtis is the general manager at Gorham Sand & Gravel, based in Buxton, where he has worked for 27 years.

“Mark is passionate about our community and makes Gorham a better place,” Ethan Johnson, president of the business exchange, said in a press release. “He has become the right-hand man for the owners, Tom and Jim Shaw. In his position, Mark has overseen the growth of GSG into one of Maine’s most successful construction companies.”

Gorham Sand & Gravel “embraces the Gorham community,” supporting local organizations and donating material and labor to projects, such as trail work for the Gorham Conservation Commission and Lavoie Bike Track, Johnson said.

Coworkers describe Curtis as a “sponge of information,” the press release said.

“Any questions I have, he has seen it before, knows the answer and has a funny story about it,” Devin Butts said.

Curtis has volunteered for a number of town boards, including the Zoning Board of Appeals, and recently became a member of the Gorham Economic Development Corporation that promotes business in town.

He also is president of the Reed Allen Community Foundation, a local charity that raises money and collects donations to help businesses and individuals facing difficult financial situations. The foundation’s founder, Angelo Sotiropoulos, owner of Gorham House of Pizza, said Curtis has the right skills and vision for that role.

“He has many gifts; charisma is one of them. Mark has a lot of shining stars, but he still has some more to shine,” Sotiropoulos said in the press release.

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