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    James Beaudoin, 37
    Regional Manager/VP Sales for Portland Pirates
    Front Row Marketing Services

    Jim Beaudoin’s professional sports work in Maine began in 1996 with the Portland Sea Dogs, for whom he held a number of roles before eventually becoming Assistant General Manager. In 2004, he left the Sea Dogs to become general manager of the Columbus Catfish, becoming one of the youngest GMs in minor league baseball, and helping turn the organization around by immediately increasing attendance.

    Beaudoin then accepted an offer to head up the Norwich, Conn., franchise, which he helped revitalize by leading a rebranding effort. In 2007, he moved back to Portland, where he is now with Front Row Marketing. The Philadelphia-based company specializes in securing and maintaining corporate sponsorships for professional teams, buildings, and colleges and universities.

    In 2008, Beaudoin became Director of Corporate Sponsorships for the Portland Pirates. Over the past few years, the Pirates’ sponsor portfolio has grown to more than 180 clients, and the success and stability of the team’s sponsor family is a principal reason why the Pirates and Portland were able to host the AHL All-Star game in 2010 for the second time in seven years.

    Front Row’s client portfolio has grown in Maine, with projects handled by Beaudoin. The company oversees sales for Beech Ridge Motor Speedway and the Augusta Civic Center, and recently was enlisted to secure partners for the new Bangor Arena.

    Beaudoin’s community contributions include involvement with the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center (he served briefly on the board) and working closely with the Ronald McDonald House and other organizations on fund-raising efforts.

    While with the Sea Dogs, he helped launch the hugely successful Mother’s Day 5-K, and recently worked with the NextGen College Investing Plan to begin the Pirates’ Three Stars Scholarship program. His latest passion is helping work with, foster and rescue “bully dogs,” with his wife, Danielle.

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