"I attend a fair amount of networking events.  This Women in Family Business was one of the best I've ever been to! I'm a big fan of the speaker, Susan Dench anyway, but wanted you to know I loved the energy and what we learned!"
- Kimberley C. Kalicky, Assistant Vice President - Operations, R.M. Davis, Inc.


Advisory Board of Directors

John Beauregard, Beauregard Equipment
A graduate of Champlain College, John and his brother Carl now run their family business. Beauregard Equipment was founded in 1968 by Bob Beauregard, as a Family-Owned and Operated business, providing construction equipment products and support services. Groomed from childhood and cross-trained in sales and rentals, service and parts, John can answer most questions on the spot. The company has full service locations in Colchester, VT Concord, NH and Bangor & Scarborough, ME. Together, the brothers share a memory of Beauregard Equipment, maintain its character and values, and are proud to see it flourish in their generation. As they grow, they pass on their knowledge and family values to all employees who in turn, carry the personal Beauregard touch to all of their customers. As a family-owned and operated business, they put people before their machines, literally. To learn more about John click here.



Theresa Cloutier, DMM, Inc.
Theresa is a Managing Partner with two sibling’s partners at DMM, Inc. a privately held manufacturing company her father founded in 1983 based in Scarborough, ME. The company specializes in digital document and direct marketing solution’s and in 2010 was named a Xerox Global Service Provider. Theresa is responsible for the marketing and customer experience as well as board governance. She has a BA in Psychology and Marketing from the University of Southern Maine and a Master’s in Educational Psychology from Boston College. Theresa was recently named the 2015 recipient of the Crystal & Company FFI GEN Scholarship in Family Business from The Family Firm Institute in Boston. A graduate of USM’s FastTrack Program for entrepreneurs, she also serves on the board of the New England Direct Marketing Association and a member of the MyPlaceTeen’s 500 Club.



Janet Cole Cross, Career Coach for the Next Generation, Cole Cross Connections, LLC
Janet is passionate about advocating for and mentoring the Next Generation (young people of all ages) to help them develop and reach their personal career goals. For all students she helps them to connect to job shadows, internships and community service experiences. Within family businesses, she works with the next generation to mentor and guide them to advocate for themselves in their personal career journeys. She brings a unique career path that includes working for a large corporation; then entering her own family's business, as a third generation Owner/Executive and Consulting family businesses. She was a founding Board member of the IFOB and has been involved since its inception in 1994. Recently, she created and facilitates 3 Peer Advisory Groups where the Next Generation learn and grow from each other. 



Maddy Corson, AMG Associates
Maddy Corson is known for actively working to preserve the unique legacies of family-owned businesses. As the Chairman and Publisher of the former Guy Gannett Communications, a Portland-based, family-owned media company, Maddy successfully translated into business the skills she had gained from her extensive leadership work for Maine non-profits. After fifteen years of service to the Institute board, Maddy enjoys being on the Advisory Board.



Maureen Costello Wedge, Sun Media Group
Maureen Costello Wedge is Vice President, Human Resources and part of the fourth generation ownership who manage Sun Media Group, which includes a daily newspaper, 12 weekly newspapers and their websites, a commercial printing division, real estate holdings and a software development company. Maureen has worked at the Sun Journal since 1988 and has served in leadership positions in a variety of industry and community associations. Maureen has extensive knowledge in all aspects of managing a family business, including human resources, employee relations and benefits and compensation.



Harry Fraser, The H.G. Fraser Group, LLC
Harry is President of The H.G. Fraser Group, LLC, a management consulting firm specializing in helping businesses move to the next level. Previously Harry held the positions of: CEO of Alcom, LLC, a premier trailer manufacturer headquartered in Winslow, ME; CEO of Johnny’s Selected Seeds, a 100% employee-owned company headquartered in Maine; CEO for Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers of Auburn, ME; Manufacturing Plant Manager of an $800M business segment of Digital Equipment Corporation in Augusta, ME. Harry holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Husson University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern Maine and is a Certified Business Valuation Analyst. He has a passion for family-owned businesses and is a student of ESOP’S. He sits on the Board of Directors for a number of employee-owned and family-owned businesses. He is the past chair of IFOB and speaks regularly at various business events on succession planning, board development and strategic planning. He currently spends most of his effort working with clients as an independent Trustee, Board Director and business consultant in their transition to employee ownership.



Thomas Hussey, Hussey Seating Company
Thomas Hussey is the Perma National Sales Manager and part of the sixth generation ownership of Hussey Seating Company, which was founded in 1835 and is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of spectator seating. Thomas came to work at Hussey Seating Company in 1997 after working in the financial industry and management of sports arenas. In his 21 years at Hussey Seating Company, he has gained extensive knowledge of managing a family business and how it differs from other businesses. 


John Isaacson, Lee Auto Malls
John A. Isaacson, past chair of the board of directors of IFOB, is the CEO, an equity partner and a board member of Lee Auto Malls. He started with the company as a salesperson in 1983 and held various management positions within the company before obtaining his current position in 1996. John has held a variety of leadership roles, including board chair and chair of numerous key committees, for St. Mary’s Health System in Lewiston. He also serves on the boards of directors of Community Clinical Services; Covenant Health Systems (board chair); Greater Atlantic Insurance Company; Key Royal Insurance; Covenant Health Systems Insurance Limited and is a founding trustee of the Maine Auto Dealers Health Insurance Trust. John grew up in Lewiston, Maine, where his family has lived for over 115 years. He is a 1980 graduate of Lewiston High School and a 1984 graduate of Dartmouth College (cum laude). He lives in Cumberland, Maine with his wife and 2 children. To learn more about John click here. 



John Lemieux, Anton/LeMieux Financial Group
John LeMieux, principal and cofounder of Anton LeMieux Financial Group, has over 25 years' experience guiding clients through the complex world of financial planning and investing. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, a Certified Investment Management Analyst™, and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™. John's experiences as an entrepreneur, a financial planner, and investment advisor, as well as a college basketball coach, have combined to give him insight into the needs of the individuals, families, family-owned businesses, and nonprofit organizations that he serves. 




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Colleen McCracken, Planet Dog
Colleen McCracken has over 30 years of experience in Finance, Operations and Leadership.  Colleen holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Bentley University and an Executive MBA with High Honors distinction from Boston University.  Colleen has held numerous positions in Finance, Operations and senior leadership throughout her career with large multi-national companies including WR Grace and G.H. Bass.  Prior to joining Planet Dog, a designer and retailer of premium dog products, as its CEO in 2013, Colleen was the CEO of Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers, Inc., a manufacturer and retailer of premium hand crafted American furniture.  Colleen is the prior Chair of the Board for the Institute for Family Owned Business (IFOB) and has been involved in numerous leadership roles in support of the Institute’s efforts, including CEO Forum, Women in Family Owned Business and judging for the Institute’s Family Business of the Year awards. Planet Dog was the 2016 winner of the Renys Large Business Award. Colleen is currently serving on the Board for Junior Achievement (JA) Maine and the Advisory Board for Maine Women’s Magazine.



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