Show 151: Chairman of the Maine Public Utilities Commission Mark Vannoy

Mark Vannoy became a Mainer like many of our other guests “from away”: For the love of a woman. He is a Pennsylvania native and a Naval Academy graduate who went into Ocean Engineering. After a career in engineering at Cianbro and Wright Pierce, Vannoy was appointed to the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) in 2012 and became chairman at the end of 2014. His focus now is regulating “electric, natural gas, telecommunications and water utilities to ensure that Maine consumers enjoy safe, adequate and reliable services at rates that are just and reasonable for both consumers and utilities.” Continue reading

Show 150: Portland City Manager Jon Jennings & President/Co-Founder of Shipyard Brewing Fred Forsley

Jon Jennings has done a lot with his career so far and he’s dabbled in many different industries. He’s been a basketball coach in the NBA, worked with Senator John Kerry in the White House, co-owned a professional sports team, opened a Red Mango franchise, and now he’s running Maine’s biggest city. His experiences in these different industries have prepared him to take on his newest role as Portland City Manager.

Fred Forsley is no stranger to the TideSmart Talk studio. He stopped by recently to promote Shipyard’s fall brews and to talk about the micro-brew industry in Portland. With the temperatures starting to drop and the leaves starting to change, we all know it’s Pumpkinhead season in Maine. Continue reading

Show 149: CEO Rapport IO & Founder of The SOAP Group John Rooks

John Rooks is an author, a TEDx speaker, a blogger, and the CEO of Rapport IO/Founder of The SOAP Group. He has been sustainability focused since his childhood and now helps other companies become more “authentically” sustainable. A Massachusetts native, he ended up in Maine for the same reason as many others: lifestyle change. He and his young family moved to Maine, Rooks re-focused his sustainability interests and created The SOAP Group (Sustainable Organization Advocacy Partners). Continue reading

Show 148: WCSH 6 Meteorologist Todd Gutner

Although he was born and raised in Connecticut, WCSH’s Todd Gutner knows that Maine is the way life should be. After following his dream and studying meteorology, changing his career path to focus on on-air media, and grinding out an internship in California, he found himself in television market #77: Portland, Maine. And while he believes that “variety is the spice of life,” Gutner has no plans on switching careers; Meteorology (and Portland, Maine) is where he wants to be. Continue reading

Show 147: President & CEO of Maine Innkeepers and Maine Restaurant Associations Greg Dugal

Greg Dugal is a Maine native, a graduate of a Maine college, and has been working in Maine his whole life. He has a Political Science degree, but ended up in the hospitality/tourism field since his graduation. He spent 16 years at the Samoset Resort in Rockport where he worked his way up to become the Director of Group Sales until 1999. He is now the President and CEO of both the Maine Innkeepers Association and the Maine Restaurant Association where he facilitates a partnership between the two groups to provide a united front on many issues they both share. Continue reading

Show 146: Director of Athletics at the University of New England Jack McDonald

After more than 30 years in athletics, Jack McDonald was planning his retirement party when he saw a press release from the University of New England that they were planning on adding women’s rugby and football by 2017. After inquiring about the programs, he was asked for advice by President Ripich and when the school posted the Director of Athletics position, McDonald couldn’t resist. He’s now the Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics at the University of New England where Division III teams and life on the beach aren’t slowing him down. Continue reading

Show 145: Director of the Maine Chapter of the Sierra Club Glen Brand

Glen Brand is a Florida transplant who was brought to Maine for love (which is a great reason to come to Maine!). He has been working with the Sierra Club since 1998 and has headed up the Maine chapter since 2012. The main focus of the Club is to “explore, enjoy, and protect the environment.” It was founded in California as a “hiking club” with the goal to conserve and dedicate land for outdoor exploration. Continue reading

Show 144: Associate Director of PSL/STRIVE Pete Brown & “Best of” ESPN NASCAR Analyst Ricky Craven

Pete Brown was born and raised in Maine and now he’s working to make it a better place for young adults with developmental disabilities. He’s been working with PSL, the agency that supports the STRIVE program, since 1998. Now, as the Program Director, Brown oversees the ever-growing program list for the agency’s ~900 clients. Continue reading

Show 143: Director of UMaine Climate Institute Paul Andrew Mayewski

Paul Andrew Mayewski is a scientist, an educator, an explorer, and a climatologist. Born in Scotland, Mayewski was raised and educated in New York and has been working as a scientist and climatologist ever since. He has been the Director of the UMaine Climate Institute since 2000. Continue reading

Show 142: Portland City Councilman Jon Hinck

Portland City Councilman Jon Hinck has had an interesting career leading up to his current position. He has been a lawyer, a legislator, an Attorney General in the Republic of Palau, a director for Greenpeace USA and Greenpeace International, and now he’s working in local government. Among his other interests and passions, he is currently focused on the minimum wage issue in Portland and how to attack the budget challenges, the city’s high property taxes, and making Portland more enjoyable for walkers and bikers. Continue reading