Show 181: CEO of Mexicali Blues Topher Mallory

Topher Mallory is “from away,” but worked his way up to Maine in his own time. A Massachusetts native, he competed his undergraduate degree at the University of New Hampshire, studying Business/Finance and Art. He had spent time in Maine’s mid-coast during the summers growing up and fell in love with it. During those summers he took up a job with Mexicali Blues and as the shop’s owner Pete Erskine says it, “[they] pulled Topher into its orbit slowly, but inevitably.” He is now the CEO of Mexicali Blues and recently started another, more personal endeavor: Split Rock Distilling. Continue reading

Show 183: Pulitzer Prize winning author Ellen Goodman

Pulitzer Prize winning Ellen Goodman entered the journalism world at a time when there were no female journalists. She also had no intention of making writing her career. She had never written for the school newspapers, never took an English class, and didn’t know what she wanted to do when she graduated from Radcliffe/Harvard. She applied for a position as a researcher at Newsweek and worked the wire, because that was a woman’s job. She worked under writer Peter Benchley, a friend, and former classmate. From there she discovered that she enjoyed writing and moved on from Newsweek, taking a position with the Detroit Free Press. Continue reading

Show 179: Founder of The Anthony Bates Foundation Sharon Bates and Florence Ann Romano, the “Windy City Nanny”

Show Information Show: 179 Air Date: Saturday, 02 July 2016 Guests: Sharon Bates & Florence Ann Romano Host: Steve Woods (Stevoe) Studio Contributor: Debi Davis Executive Producer: Emily Sullivan (Sully) Sharon Bates is a woman with a mission. After her son, … Continue reading

Show 178: Co-Founder of H.O.P.E. Counseling Services Beth Andrews

Newburgh, Maine native Beth Andrews’ early career history doesn’t seem to convince you she wanted to be a clinical social worker. She majored in East Asian Studies and learned Mandarin Chinese during her undergrad at Middlebury College in Vermont. She worked several jobs after that before becoming a bartender and settling on social work at NYU. She know co-owns and operates a private practice in Yarmouth called H.O.P.E. Counseling Services where she is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and licensed drug and alcohol counselor (LADC). Continue reading

Show 177: Owner of Insource Renewables Vaughn Woodruff

Vaughn Woodruff is a sixth generation Mainer who wanted to become an engineer, but was also drawn to the outdoors (like many of us are). After graduating from UMaine Orono, he went into the world and worked out west in California, Colorado, and finally Montana. While in Montana, Woodruff started Insource Renewables, a solar energy contracting firm and it is where he met his now wife Holly. He convinced her that Maine is the best place to raise a family so they packed up their home and business and moved everything back east. Continue reading

Show 176: Co-Owner of Rancourt & Co. Shoecrafters Mike Rancourt

Mike Rancourt is a first generation American, born and raised in Lewiston, Maine where his father, a Canadian immigrant, learned to hand-sew loafers and shoes to make a living. When the owner of the factory retired, Rancourt’s father purchased the operation and so began a family tradition of contract manufacturing of hand-sewn shoes made right here in Maine. Continue reading

Show 175: Executive Director of the Maine Principals’ Association Dick Durost

Dick Durost grew up in the County in Mars Hill on a dairy and potato farm so no one can say he’s not a true Mainer. Durost always knew he wanted to get into education, but looking back on his career he didn’t actually know he would get this involved. He’s been a teacher, a coach, an assistant principal, and athletic director, a principal. Now he’s the Executive Director of the Maine Principals’ Association, a professional organization for Maine’s Principals and Assistant Principals, and a supervisory association for Maine high school athletics and activities. Continue reading

Show 174: President of Envision Maine Alan Caron

Alan Caron has been an entrepreneur and small business advocate for over thirty years. He also writes weekly columns about various “Maine” topics for the Portland Press Herald, Waterville Sentinel, and Augusta Kennebec Journal. His goal is to “unlock the potential of Maine by promoting an economy that is driven by the state’s entrepreneurs, innovators and doer, and that taps into the resourcefulness and tenacity of Maine people.” Caron is the President of Envision Maine where he works daily to achieve his goal and to better Maine’s economy. Continue reading

Show 173: Executive Director of the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority Steve Levesque

Steve Levesque was born and raised in the Lewiston-Auburn area and joined the Marine Corps after high school. That’s how he got out of Maine. While enlisted he was able to get his degree in Urban and Regional Planning which he used in a few communities in California. He, like many Mainers, wanted to return home to settle down so he sold his business and picked up a jobs with the cities of Lewiston and Portland before taking a position with the Maine Department of Economic & Community Development. He is now the Executive Director of the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, a “quasi-state run organization” tasked with finding new, resourceful, innovative ways to bring business back to the old Brunswick Naval Air Station, now known as Brunswick Landing. Continue reading

Show 172: Co-Founder of Cold River Vodka Don Thibodeau

Don Thibodeau is a Mainer in every sense of the word. He was born and raised in “the county” and moved to Fryeburg in 1977 with his wife to farm potatoes. He inherited the land from his father, a salesman who wanted to farm the land with a friend. When Thibodeau’s father’s friend passed way, his father lost interest in the land , leaving Thibodeau to take over. Now, Green Thumb Farms has 300+ acres of heirloom beans and thousands of acres of potatoes. Not only do the potatoes from Green Thumb Farms end up on our dinner tables in Maine, but also our vodka: Thibodeau is a co-founder of Cold River Vodka, distilled from potatoes grown at Green Thumb Farms. Continue reading