"This morning's conference was great!  It was a wide range of participants on the panels and that was a great way to hear a wide view of options and ideas from the panelists!  Kevin Hancock gets my vote for most open, honest and helpful answers to questions. He was outstanding and his thoughts today were very heartfelt and honest.  Take away the layers of "facade" and discuss the truth of what it's like and how you face the issuers."
- Janet Cole Cross, Career Coach, Cole Cross Connections, LLC

Board of Directors

David Ciullo, CMA Career Management Associates
Past Chair
David Ciullo is the CEO of Career Management Associates (CMA). He is also the talk show host of the HR Power Hour, a national HR educational radio show. David is also a Member of the Maine State Civil Service Appeals Board. David currently serves as Chairman on the Board of Directors for the Maine Institute for Family-Owned Business, President Elect and Board Member of the Human Resource Association of Southern Maine (HRASM) and Vice President and Board Member of the Northern New England Association of Personnel Services. David also has over 25 years of experience as an executive for some of the largest retail corporations in the US, including American Eagle Outfitters, Pacific Sunwear, and Designs/Levi Strauss. David is a graduate of Norwich University and Leadership Maine. He is a Blackbelt in Tae-Kwon-Do and Eagle Scout. David enjoys giving back thru donation of time to help students with their career goals.

Lindsay Skilling, Gifford’s Ice Cream

Lindsay Skilling is a fifth-generation ice cream maker and CEO of Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream. With a staff of 45 year-round employees and sales of 2.2 million gallons of ice cream a year, Lindsay’s role includes oversight of operations, staff, five seasonal ice cream stands, and a thriving ice cream factory, which produces more than 100 flavors and distributes to hundreds of large and small retail locations from Maine to South Carolina. Lindsay received a business degree from Bryant University. In her spare time, she enjoys biking, hiking and snowmobiling with her husband and two young children.


Melinda A. Irish, 
Melinda began her career at Baker Newman Noyes in 2003 and left in 2019.  She was a Senior Manager in the firm’s Audit Division specializing in the manufacturing and distribution and employee benefit plans. Melinda was also involved with the firm’s internal training program. Melinda earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Husson University. Melinda enjoys gardening, cooking and spending time with her family. She is married with two sons and one daughter.

Reuben Bell, Blue Elephant Events and Catering
Originally from Fryeburg, ME Reuben is co-founder and president of Blue Elephant Events and Catering. Reuben began his career in event management in the museum and publishing worlds in Philadelphia before returning to Maine to open Blue Elephant in 2007. He enjoys guiding his clients through the event planning process and helping create unique experiences for their guests. Reuben is a past chair of the Biddeford-Saco Chamber of Commerce. To learn more about Reuben click here.

Kevin Bowman, Bowman Constructors
He is responsible for all aspects of the business; from estimating jobs, procuring business services, preparing proposals, negotiating contracts and managing projects to overseeing company finances, accounting, public relations, and marketing.  Under his leadership as President, Bowman Constructors grew from a company with three employees and gross sales of $250,000 in 1987 to a company with 35 employees and gross sales of $10,000,000 by 2000. Bowman Constructors are the winners of the 2016 People’s United Bank Innovation & Technology Award and Kevin was one of the 2017 judges for the MFBA.

Patti Camelio, People’s United Bank
Patti Camelio, CPA is a Senior Vice President and Commercial Lender at People’s United Bank in Portland, Maine.  Patti brings over 25-years of experience in commercial lending to Maine businesses and institutions in a wide variety of industries with expertise in mergers, acquisitions and business succession.  She prides herself on delivering exceptional customer service.  Patti earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Vermont.  She resides in Falmouth with husband John, two children and chocolate lab. 

Joseph F. Capozza II, Capozza Tile Co.  
In 1976 I chose to join the family business fulltime. Alongside my father, I embraced learning the tile trade and eventually progressed to running the business.  I was instantly captivated working with my hands installing tile, travelling throughout New England working on a vast array of job sites and building the business to where it is today, a full service provider of all flooring.  As President, I am proud to have the third generation running the company and being the recipient of the 2017 Renys MFBA Large Business Award.


Dottie Chalmers Cutter, Chalmers Insurance Group
Dottie is a 4th Generation Owner of Chalmers Insurance Group. Daughter of Bill Chalmers, she is from Bridgton and is a 2003 graduate of Bowdoin College.  She joined the agency in 2005 and is a licensed Maine Property & Casualty Insurance Agent. Along with being an Agency Owner, Dottie is Vice President of Operations, overseeing95 employees in the areas of commercial lines, personal lines, and agency assistance. Dottie has a passion for increasing awareness about insurance as a career in hopes of attracting more young professionals. She works with local area high schools and colleges to promote Project InVEST and is responsible for the establishment and recruitment of Chalmers’ successful Insurance Immersion Internship Program. Other interests include skiing, spinning on her Peloton bike, traveling, and spending time with her husband and three young children.


Mike Davis, IRC Industrial Roofing Companies
Mike Davis it the president/owner of Industrial Roofing Companies in Lewiston, and co-founded Solar Roof Systems in 2009.  IRC has become Northern New England's leading commercial roofing services firm with around 100 employees.  IRC won the Customer Service Award in 2012.  Mike earned a chemical engineering degree from the University of Maine, an MBA from the New York Institute of Technology, and remains active with the UMaine Pulp & Paper Foundation. In spare time he likes to “chase my kids on the ski hills and try to catch a few fish on Casco Bay.”

Catherine T. Duranceau, MEMIC
Founding Sponsor
Catherine Duranceau joined MEMIC in 2001, following her work as an underwriting consultant during MEMIC’s inception in the early 1990’s. Catherine’s leadership and guidance as the Vice President of Underwriting has helped the MEMIC Group achieve its growth and profitably goals. Prior to MEMIC, Catherine worked with Guard Insurance, Acadia Insurance and The Hanover Insurance Company. Catherine has continued her education through her Masters In Business Administration from the University of Southern New Hampshire and The Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter insurance designation. She is a licensed agent and is a member of the Institute for Civic Leadership Rho Class. She is also active in Olympia Snowe's Women's Leadership Institute and Million Women's Mentor movement.

Joshua Ellis, Clark Insurance
Founding Sponsor
Josh, a resident of Falmouth and a graduate of Ithaca College, is the development chair for the board of the American Red Cross Southern Maine chapter. He is active in the construction market and is involved with the Associated Builders and Contractors and CFMA. He has earned the certifications Construction Risk Insurance Specialist, AIC, and CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor). Josh is active in the Biddeford-Saco community; he graduated from Thornton Academy and works from the Saco office one day a week.

Paula Mahony, Words@Work
Paula has helped countless clients identify the key elements of their vision and brand, providing concept and direction for QVC, collectiblestoday.com, WebMD, Schiavi Home Builders, United Insurance, UNUM, and the Town of Falmouth. Sometimes, ideas take unique form like the Work for VNA Homehealth Hospice resulted in the award-winning Ask for VNA campaign. For the Town of Falmouth, she created Very Merry Falmouth – a three-day celebration attracting shoppers to Route One.  Paula is a board member of the Falmouth Cumberland Chamber and Dancing with the Dentists. She stays busy golfing, skiing, romping with her Black Lab and observing the behaviors of her millennial children. Her company was a 2017 MFBA finalist.

Jeff Messer, Messer Truck Equipment
In 2003, Jeffrey Messer, joined Messer Truck Equipment becoming the fourth generation in the family business. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in Ocean Engineering, Jeff served in the U.S. Navy for five years as a Surface Warfare Officer and Nuclear Power Engineer before returning to Maine and the family business. He has worked in various areas of the business, including service, parts, and sales, in an effort to learn the business from the ground-up. In 2008, he was named company president after his father’s untimely passing. He is active in the IFOB and participates in the CEO Central I and Next Gen Executive I group.


Shauna Miller, TD Bank
Founding Sponsor
Shauna Miller is a Senior Commercial Lender and Vice President at TD Bank in Portland, Maine. Shauna’s expertise in small business and commercial financing is in line with the Institute’s mission of serving our growing community. Shauna provides exceptional service with proven business development, while focusing on what her customer wants and needs. Shauna lives in South Portland with her husband and two boys.

Christopher R. Smith, Verrill 
Founding Sponsor
Chris Smith is a partner in Verrill's Corporate Governance, M&A and Securities practice group in Portland.  Chris serves as counsel to individuals and family-owned businesses, as well as other business and nonprofit clients, representing them in mergers and acquisitions, board governance, shareholder relations, and other compliance and transactional matters.  A former chair of the Business Law Section of the Maine State Bar Association, Chris also has served on the boards of several area organizations, including Waynflete School, an independent day school in Portland. To learn more about Chris and his practice click here.

Steven Tenney, Great Diamond Partners
Founding Sponsor
As CEO and Founding Partner of Great Diamond Partners, Steven Tenney strategically leads the firm, supports all of its members and directs the investment strategy. 
He believes the gold standard of wealth management is found at the intersection of empathy and technology, and helps the firm evolve to that level, to meet the needs of today’s clients and those of the next generation. Previously, Steve worked at UBS Financial Services for 26 years, most recently as Senior Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager. In 1997, Steve merged his wealth management practice with his father’s. This first-hand experience in a family business gives Steve empathy for the families he consults with as they face financial and emotional challenges.  Outside of work he spends time volunteering and competing in numerous sports including sailing, rowing and triathlon.

Seth Webber, BerryDunn
ounding Sponsor
Since joining BerryDunn in 2007, Seth has brought his combination of valuation, consulting, and operations skills to bear for his clients, helping them navigate challenging issues related to business valuation. As head of the Valuation Group, he leads a diverse team of valuation experts that draw on the deep resources of BerryDunn to help clients address their needs. Seth is heavily involved in working with clients to define and execute transition plans, including valuations relating to ESOPs, management buyouts, sales, and gifting. He also provides expert witness services to clients and attorneys on business valuation, economic damages, and lost profits. Seth holds an MBA, as well as numerous credentials (CFA, CEPA, CVAASACBA) all focused on gaining knowledge to help his clients answer difficult questions related to value and succession planning. His prior experience included management and consulting experience including several years with Deloitte Consulting in Boston and Detroit. Seth holds a MBA from the University of Virginia, Darden Graduate School of Business Administration and a Mechanical Engineering degree from Cornell University. He has recently joined the Board of the IFOB.


Kimberly Wolak, The Wolak Group
Kimberly Wolak is a second-generation Franchise Owner and the Chief Operating Officer at The Wolak Group, helping run an organization of almost 100 Dunkin’ Donuts locations, 2,000 employees and several commercial real estate developments in Maine, New Hampshire and New York.  Kim has expertise in brand development, operations, marketing and sales in both the film and wine industries while residing in Boston, Los Angeles, Malibu and Napa, CA as well.  In addition to her diverse career, she is an active member of the Dunkin' Brands Maine Advertising Committee, Vice Chair for the Dunkin' Brands Maine Franchise Owner District Advisory Council, member of the Dunkin' Brands People Systems Sub-Committee and member of the Dunkin' Brands Sustainability Task Force Committee.

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