Each year, current business members of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce elect three (3) new members to our Board of Directors, each for three-year terms. Earlier this fall, Chamber members had an opportunity to nominate board candidates, and we are fortunate to have ten individuals who have been nominated and have agreed to serve, if elected. Once the Chamber membership has elected three candidates to the Board, the remainder of the candidates will be referred to our Board of Directors to fill the three Board-appointed seats.
Please vote for up to three of these candidates between now and October 12, 2018 - only one vote per member business, please!
Our new board members will be announced at our Annual Meeting & Gala on November 3 at the Samoset Resort.
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* - Current Board member running for re-election.
Chris Austin lives in Warren, Maine with his wife Lindsey and their four children. He has 23 years in banking and financial services with roles of collaboration, leadership and creativity. Chris now owns his own small business, Austin Payment Solutions out of Camden and has been an advocate from the start for small business owners. He has board experience with holding a seat on the board of the Boothbay Harbor Chamber of Commerce, current board seat at Bartlett Woods and President/Founder of the MidCoast Solutions Group. He also contributes as an active member of Rotary, Connect Over Coffee Camden, Rockland Main Street Job Fair Committee, and Rock Coast Networkers.
I am a Maine native and have lived in Rockport since September 2015. I am a University of Maine Chemical Engineering graduate and did master’s level work in Administrative Science at George Washington University. I held management, operations, and technical positions in the Pulp and Paper Industry for nearly 35 years.
I am now the plant manager at the DuPont (formerly FMC) facility in Rockland. Regarding civic activity, I am currently a member of the Camden Rotary Club, the Pen Bay Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and a member of the Select Board for the Town of Rockport.
My initial involvement with the chamber began in 2013 after I accepted a position with Combined Insurance Company. My aim was to be involved in an organization that would allow me to begin building a network of professionals. Following that, I spent four years at Athenahealth as an Operations Manager until I accepted my current role as a financial advisor. Growing up in Camden and residing in Rockport, I am actively involved in the community as a member of Rockland Rotary, St. George Business Alliance, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. I actively volunteer for other local events such as the Maine Lobster Festival, The Ragged Mountain Scuttle, and Midcoast Habitat for Humanity, to name a few. Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to working with you all.
I am a lifelong resident of Rockland and our family business has been going strong on Main Street for 51 years. Community service is in my blood; my Mother Alice Knight was community person of the year in 2011. I currently sit on the Executive Board of the Maine Lobster Festival, I am vice chair of South School’s PTF where my 9 year old son attends school, I’m a Station Maine Rockland board member and was recently appointed by the city manager to serve on Rockland’s ad-hoc harbor management committee. I also support many non-profits and am always willing to lend a hand. I think I would be excellent on the chamber board because I am so proud of this City, and how far it has come in my 52 years.
I have been in the insurance and financial industry for 21 years. Originally a C.N.A., I have always desired to help people. By opening my agency, I can offer services not available at other locations, to the community. I’ve made a commitment to serve my customers and community with integrity, kindness, genuine care, and compassion. I have been a member of the Chamber since opening in 2017, but I have attended Chamber events for former employers prior to that. Being a member of the board is a way to give back to an organization and a community that have given so much to me.
I have lived in Camden for 38 years and been involved with the business community all of that time in some capacity. Currently I serve on the Board of Directors for Camden Area Business Group, Midcoast Solutions Group as Treasurer and Camden Connect Over Coffee Committee.
Previously I served on the Board of Directors for 63 Washington (Senior Living), Treasurer; Maine Women’s Network Midcoast Chapter,Treasurer; Maine Women’s Network State Chapter, Treasurer; and I have served on the Camden Budget Committee, and Camden Winterfest Committee, to name a few.
I am married, have 5 children, 15 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and two dogs.
John Viehman is a skilled brand strategist, able to identify and capture market opportunities, successfully enter new markets, design brand extensions, align products across the brand, and increase revenue. He has a career filled with new product launches, business turnarounds and startups in niche markets.
John Viehman currently is VP-Sales & Marketing at Courier Publications/VillageSoup, the Midcoast’s primary community newspaper and website publisher. Prior to this, he was President of JVA Marketing, a full-spectrum sales, marketing and branding agency. From 2006-2014, he was VP-Group Publisher for Down East. In 2015, he helped launch the Midcoast chapter of Top Gun, an eight-week business accelerator program for entrepreneurs.
I was born and raised in Rockport and graduated from Camden Rockport High School. I live in St George with my husband of 31 years, Peter. We have three grown boys: Patrick, Alex and Ben. I worked at Camden National Bank for 31 years until recently moving to Midcoast Federal Credit Union. I have always been involved in my community through Make-A-Wish, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Lobster Festival, AIO food pantry and Project graduation, Chamber Member Advocacy Committee as well as volunteering with many 5k’s and local fundraisers. My drive? I love people and I love helping people and my community.
Lisa Weiss and her husband, Ted, purchased the Hawthorn Inn in Camden in June 2014. They enjoy being able to use the inn to help various community efforts such as Area Interfaith Outreach (AIO), Camden International Film Festival (CIFF), Penobscot Bay YMCA, and Habitat for Humanity, to name a few. Lisa is a member of the Camden Area Business Group, Destination Wellness Midcoast Maine (DWMM), Maine Tourism Association, Hospitality Maine, and the Association of Independent Hospitality Professionals (AIHP). She enjoys being a part of organizations that promote this wonderful community and all of the obvious and hidden treasures of midcoast Maine.
Email: Tom@CamdenRockland.com or call 207-596-0376.
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