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2013 Awards, winners, presenters 2013 Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at the Ramada Conference Center, 490 Pleasant Street, Lewiston. Business Leadership Award to: Carbonite – Large Company; Presented by Rick Malinowski representing cosponsor Procter & Gamble and Mary LaFontaine of the Lewiston Career Center Business Leadership Award to: Katahdin Furniture – Small Company; Presented by Robin Robbins of Androscoggin Bank Business Leadership Award to: Kurk Lalemand of Next Level Business Coaching – Small Company; Presented by Jen Hogan of Community Credit Union Ray Geiger Award to: Larry Raymond of Isaacson & Raymond; Presented by Matt Jancovic, Oxford Networks Community Service Leadership Award to: Tree Street Youth; Presented by Stephanie Gelinas of Sandcastle Clinical and Educational Services

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Community Service Leadership Award to: Rita Dube; Presented by Susan Keiler of St Mary's Health System Poland Business Award to: Jones Associates; Presented by Ray Grady of Poland Spring Bottling Company and Iman Poeraatmadja of Neokraft Signs Lisbon Business Award to: Benoit's Bakery and Wine Cellar; Presented by Mark Stasium of TD Bank Turner Business Award to: Ricker Hill Farms; Presented by Jennifer Willey of Canteen Services

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President's Award #1 to: Kevin Dean and Emil Clavet; Presented by Lucien Gosselin of LAEGC and Chip Morrison President's Award #2 to: The Vault; Presented by sponsor Jill Helmkamp of Mount Auburn Dental and Chip Morrison

Education-Business Partnership Award to: Russ Barlow; Presented by John Carroll representing co-sponsor Central Maine Power and Andrea LeBlanc of Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice

New Member Award to: Revelation Massage; presented by Jen Hogan of Community Credit Union

Cool Chamber Award to: Procter & Gamble; Presented by Clif Greim of Harriman Associates

Travis Dow, presented by YPLAA sponsor Dr. Rose Sheline of Center Street Dental and Shane Wright of Issacson & Raymond

Ken Additon Business Advocate Award to: Dick Roy of Mechanics Bank; Presented by Mike Cox of Central Maine Orthopaedics

Wei Li Restaurant and Cam Luu, presented by YPLAA cosponsor, Christine Bosse of Bangor Savings Bank and Mike Malloy of Brann & Isaacson

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The annual awards program of the Androscoggin County Cha mber of Com merce is the largest single celebration of excellence in our com mu n it ies. T he event, held Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Ramada Conference Center, will be a total sellout - with Cha mber members a nd others joining to celebrate the incredible accomplishments of award winners. 2013 marks The Chamber's 125th annual meeting and there will be 15 individuals a nd/or orga n i zat ions receiv i ng t he prest ig ious awards – but many, many ot her businesses a nd organizations are deserving of recog n it ion. T h is yea r there were 45 nominations of people who have done rema rkable t h i ngs i n ou r c om mu n i t i e s --w h o h a v e c ont r ibute d to ou r loc a l

economy and to the positive transformation of our area. T he select ion of w i n ners was ver y dif f icu lt. In addition, YPLA A, the Young Professionals of the Lewiston Auburn area will present their two annual awards. T he Cha mber boa rd of d irectors joins me in congratulating the winners and thank ing them for a ll they have done to make our area such a great place to live, work, and play. Chip Charles A. Morrison President 207-783-2249

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History of Chamber Award winners 2008 Greene Business Award The Geek Team Turner Business Award The Great Outdoors Lisbon Business Award File-Busters Education Award Steve Wessler Business Leadership Award Small Wei-Li Chinese Restaurant Business Leadership Award Large WahlcoMetroflex Community Service Leadership Award Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice Public Service Leadership Award Phil Nadeau President’s Award Fuel & Fish Bones New Member Award Sandcastle Preschool President’s Award Gerry Dennison Business Advocate SCORE Ray Geiger Award Bud Willey 2009 Greene Business Award Riverwalk Creations Turner Business Award Brigeen Farms Lisbon Business Award Steve Eldridge Education Award Rick Speer Business Leadership Small Morin’s Auto Business Leadership Large Bedard Pharmacy Community Service Leadership Award Andrew Harris Cool Chamber Award Efficiency Maine Public Service Leadership Award Dottie Perham-Whittier President’s Award Davinci’s Restaurant New Member Award Heidi’s Brooklyn Deli President’s Award Bisson Transportation Business Advocate Award Maine & Company Ray Geiger Award Jan Barrett

2010 Business Leadership Award Encompass Marketing and Design Auburn Manufacturing Nason Mechanical Lisbon Award Downeast Energy Poland Award Poland Spring Bottling Company Community Service Award Kim Wettlaufer, Trinity Jubilee Center Museum LA, Rachel Desgrosseilliers Public Service Award Rick Whiting Norm Lamie Education Award Leon Levesque Cool Chamber Heutz Oil President’s Award Dan Smiley Public Theatre Dempsey Challenge/CMMC Geiger Award Sue Donovan 2011 Business Leadership Award Wal-Mart Distribution Center Cassiel’s Day Spa Turner Award Accidental Anomalies Poland Award Poland Spring Bottling Company Community Service Award Andros. Bank Mechanics Bank Auburn Savings Public Service Award Paul Badeau Education Award Southern New Hampshire University Cool Chamber Award Jim Wellehan Bruce Damon Ken Additon Small Bus Award Advocate Women Work & Community President’s Award The Bread Shack Jim Day Nick Glicos Ray Geiger Award Peter Murphy

2012 Business Leadership Award Agren Appliance Baxter Brewing Poland Award Pike Industries Community Service Award

L/A Cash Coalition Community Service Award L/A Art Walk Public Service Award Phil Crowell Education Award Healthy Androscoggin

New Member Award Center Street Dental Cool Chamber Award Industrial Roofing Ken Additon Small Bus Award Advocate Lewiston

Career Center President’s Award Northeast Charter & Tours The Library Cafe Ray Geiger Award Steve Closson

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Celebrating excellence:

Chamber awards honor community leaders LEADERSHIP The much heralded rev ita lization of t he L ew i ston-Aubu r n community is being led by an ever more robust business communit y that has been c re at i ng a nd pre ser v i ng jobs, nu r t u r i ng fel low entrepreneurs, supporting the civic infrastructure of L-A, and helping make the A nd roscog g i n Cha mber the most dynamic business organization in Maine. T he R a y G eiger Aw a rd , n a me d i n honor of t he brother who first brought Geiger Brothers to Lewiston and who became a tireless communit y advocate, has of ten been conferred on people who have had close con nect ions to t he Chamber and have ser ved the organization in various capacities. Few people have demonstrated longer or more substantive support of the Chamber t han t his year’s recipient of this prestigious award, Larry Raymond of the law firm of Isaacson and Raymond. Engaged in active

ser vice w ith the Chamber for nea rly ha lf a centur y, Raymond first served as chair of the Chamber board from 1967-1969, t hen aga in for three more terms between 19 9 9 -2 0 0 5 , f o l l o w e d b y cont inued ser v ice on t he Regional Image Committee. The Business Leadership Award for a larger company w i l l be presented to Ca rbonite. Ra n ked 51st Fastest Growing Company in North America on Deloitte’s 2 01 2 Te c h n o l o g y F a s t 500(TM), an international leader in providing backup prote c t ion for c omputer data, Carbonite has r e c o v e r e d m or e t h a n 7 billion potentially lost files. Less than two years ago, the compa ny chose Lew iston as home for its customer service center, bringing back to America scores of jobs that had previously been filled in India. The company employs more than 350 people and has been t he recipient of numerous regional, national, a nd inter nat iona l honors since its founding in 2010.

Congratulations to all award winners of the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce.

There will be two Business L e a d e r s h i p Aw a r d s f o r smaller companies. The first w ill be presented to Next Level Business Coaching and Kurk Lalemand. Dedicated to helping clients grow and prosper, Lalemand has twice been declared “Coach of the Year,” by t he Professiona l Business Coaches Alliance of Ca nton Ohio, t he on ly i nd i v idu a l e v er to h av e been a mu lt iple recipient of h is i ndust r y ’s h ig hest recognition. Lalemand has been a stau nch advocate for t he Cha mber a nd has served as board chair. The second will be conferred on Katahdin Studio Furniture a nd Joh n Sta ss. Si nc e 19 97, t he y h ave c re ate d ha ndcra f ted ha rdwood f u r n it u r e for t he mu sic room, the home, churches, museu ms, l ibra r ies, etc., for some of America's best k now n musicia ns a nd celebrities including such notable figures as Melissa Etheridge and the late Andy Grif f it h. Since 2000, t hey have been located at the top of the historic Hill Mill, in Lewiston.

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Daryn Slover/Sun Journal Kurk Lalemand, from NEXT Level John Stass, the owner of Katahdin Business Coaching, Auburn. Studio Furniture, Lewiston. Two Communit y Ser v ice Leadership Awards will be presented again this year, further ref lecting the scope of exceptional contributions to the quality of life in L-A. The first will be given to Rita Dube for her extraordinary e f f or t s t o e s t a bl i s h t he Franco American Heritage Center as a prem iere per for ma nce venue i n Lewiston-Auburn and as a great place for functions of all kinds. Dube retired as the Center’s first and only d i rector i n December, i n the process having helped save the historic St. Mary’s Church from the wrecking



T he s e c ond C om mu n it y S e r v i c e Aw a r d w i l l b e presented to Tree Street Yo ut h a n d f o u n d e r s Ju l i a S l e e p e r a n d K i m Pelletier. A program which bega n a s a homework help program in 2005 has grown geometrically into a comprehensive center for

downtown young people to get help with their studies, apply for post-seconda r y schools, a nd genera l ly ma i nta i n a nu r t u r i ng environment. Located in the heart of downtown Lewiston at 144 Howe Street, it serves as a v ibra nt hub of da i ly yout h-d r iven act iv it y for 120-150 students in grades K-12 and is the only center solely focused on meeting the educational and social needs of at-risk youth.

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COMMUNITY The Androscoggin Chamber of Commerce functions at the convergence of business, education, public ser v ice, and community. At the height of awards season each year, t he C ha mber recog n i zes those whose contributions to the quality of life in our towns in the past year were among the particularly notable. Dick Roy, of Me cha n ic s Savings Bank, whose i l lust rious 30-yea r ca reer i n loc a l ba n k i ng a nd a s a n ad v i s or to c ou nt le s s area businesses absolutely person i f ies t he va lues honored by the Ken Additon Sma ll Business Advocate Award. The award has been con fer red a n nua l ly since 20 0 4 to t hos e w ho be st embody Additon's unique spi r it a nd ded ic at ion to his clients. Additon was a great friend to the Chamber a nd t he sm a l l bu s i ne s s com mu n it y, a nd a l l pa st recipients of this award have cited Additon's inspiration as the source of their own motivation. A u b u r n’s i n n o v a t i v e alternative education high school is among the most

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Susan Hall, owner of The Vault, Business partners Kevin Dean, Cam Luu, owner of Wei-Li left, and Emile Clavet, of Electricity Restaurant, Auburn. Lewiston. Maine. s u c c e s s f u l pr o g r a m s of its k ind a ny where in t he country. It has been a model of transformation for young people at potent ia l r isk, helping them transition into productive adult members of ou r c om mu n it y. T he prog ra m is ad m i n istered by principal Russ Barlow, who work s d i rect ly w it h t he busi ness com mu n it y t o i d e n t i f y w o r k- s t u d y oppor tunit ies for his st udent s, a nd ha s d i rect personal relationships with each individual participant i n t h i s g rou nd-brea k i ng prog ra m, as wel l. Ba rlow is the 2013 recipient of the Chamber’s Education Award. For the fourth consecutive y e a r, t he C h a m b er w i l l present the Cool Chamber Award to an entit y which h a s m a de a s i g n i f ic a nt d if ference in reducing

energy usage and preserving resources. Auburn’s Procter and Gamble – Tambrands, among the largest commercia l employers in the twin cities, announced a l o n g -t e r m v i s i o n f o r environmental sustainability i n 2010 a nd ha s a l ready achieved the goal of sending zero waste to landfills. “Having the opportunity to select those organizations or i nd iv idua ls I consider to be especially worthy of recognition each year is one of the greatest perks of the presidency of the Chamber,” C h ip Mor r i son bel ie ve s. This year, there will be two recipients of the President’s Award. Presented only when appropriate recipients have been identified, the first of this year’s awards w ill be conferred on The Vault, and owner Susan Hall. Purveyors

of fine specialty wines and exceptional craft beers, Hall's unique shop has been among t he d r iv i ng forces i n t he revitalization of Lewiston’s Lisbon Street neighborhood, a nd t h roug h a va r iet y of wine and beer tastings and ot her specia l event s ha s supported a growing list of area nonprofit and charitable efforts, as well. T h e s e c ond P r e sident ’s Awa rd w i l l be presented to Emile Clavet and Kevin Dea n, fou nders of t he innovat ive a lternat ive ele c t r ic it y pr o duc er, Electricit y Ma ine, wh ich h a s pr ov ide d a w a y for consumers a nd sma l l businesses to save money on their electricity bills. This yea r t hey a re ex pa nd i ng t o Ne w Ha mp s h i r e a nd are planning several other states. The entrepreneurial

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tea m of Clavet a nd Dea n has sta rted more t ha n 20 businesses in the past two decades and they have been full participants in the local business community. They are being honored for their true entrepreneurial spirit. SPECIAL RECOGNITION For t h e f i r s t t i m e , t h e You n g P r ofe s s ion a l s of the Lewiston Auburn Area (Y PL A A) will present their own awards as part of the Chamber’s annual meeting program. YPLAA is a division of the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce and is a part of REALIZE!Maine’s statewide initiative aiming to develop a net work of young people to promote and expand on professional

Franklin Alternative School Principal Russ Barlow, Auburn. and personal opportunities in Maine. Y PL A A works to strengthen a vibrant young professional community by promoting career, social, and community development. T he f i r st of t w o Y PL A A awards will be presented to Travis Dow, head of sales for Uncle Andy’s Digest. In the past two years, Dow has launched the Maine Home Show, a n opportunit y for more than 100 vendors of home-related products and ser v ices like landscaping, pool and spa pros, insulation

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a nd weat her i zat ion, new construction and additions, window and door, kitchen a nd bat h, law n ca re equipment and power tools, generators, green and healthrelated products, financial and investment specialists, and much more, to exhibit t o t h e L -A c om mu n it y. Dow’s other recent effort is, an online directory of local restaurants. The second YPLAA honoree is Cam Luu, owner/operator of Wei Li Chinese restaurant, in Auburn, who was nominated for his “generosity of spirit,” and support for musicians at ELHS, the folk dance programs at Lewiston P ubl ic L ibr a r y, a nd t he

Franco American Heritage C e n t e r, a m o n g o t h e r s . Recognition of his dedication to t he suppor t of t he cultural development of his adopted home community comes despite Luu's largely anony mous ef forts in t he course of the past 10 years. T h e 2 01 2 C h a m b e r ’s New Member of the Year awa rd w i l l be presented Revelation Massage, whose mission is “to increase the wellness of individuals and communities.” The mission is accomplished by delivering high-qua lit y, customized, and user-friendly massage t herapy to it s cl ient s, a nd t he c om m it ment to communit y outreach initiatives include offering educat ion to t he loca l community, and supporting t he a r t s, educat ion, a nd

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hea lt h organizations through financial support and outreach initiatives. In their first year of operation, ow ner K i m Jacques h a s be en a n ac t i ve member of The Chamber Regiona l Image Committee and an ambassador at almost every single Chamber event over the past year. Part of t he v ita lit y of t he L -A c om mu n i t y i s t h a t it i s t he s er v ic e c ent er anchor of a larger civic and business communit y, and t he Cha mber a n nua l ly r e c o g n i z e s ou t s t a n d i n g regional business leadership as well. The 2013 Poland Business Awa rd w i l l be presented to Jones Associates, statel ic en s e d a nd n at ion a l l y cer t if ied professiona l foresters, licensed surveyors, w e t l a nd biolo g i s t s , a nd i nd i v idu a l s t r a i ne d a nd ex per ienced i n erosion

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Nick Benoit, owner of Benoit's Bakery and Wine Cellar, Harry Ricker, left, and son Andy Ricker, of Ricker Hill Orchard, Turner. Lisbon. control techniques and all facets of mitigation design. The newest program in the firm’s 20-year histor y has been t he formation of a n environmental restoration services division which uses specia li zed equipment to implement restoration and m it igat ion/compensat ion projects. The Lisbon Business Award will be presented to Benoit’s

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10 generations, since 1803. Donuts, pies, a corn maze; school tours and other kids’ act iv it ies, a nd a n on-site disc golf course, are all part of the total experience, but t he orcha rds have a lways been about apples – modern, hei rloom, spec ia lt y, a nd t rad it iona l Ma i ne crops. In t he m id 1990s, R icker ex pa nded i nto cra nber r y c u lt iv at ion, a n ef for t to diversify crops and provide another delectable, locally harvested fruit.


Richard Roy! Small Business Advocate of the Year Richard Roy, Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer of Mechanics Savings Bank, has been awarded the Ken Additon Small Business Advocate Award. He is recognized by his peers, local businesses, and Androscoggin Chamber of Commerce as an individual who has shown extraordinary accomplishments supporting small businesses in the Lewiston/Auburn community.

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Mary LaFontaine MDOL-Lewiston Career Center, Chair

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Schedule for the 2013 Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at the Ramada Conference Center, 490 Pleasant Street, Lewiston:

Kurk Lalemand Next Level-Business Coaching, Inc., Past chair

Carl Sheline Center Street Dental

Joleen Bedard United Way of Androscoggin County Bob Bernier Matheson Valley Salvatore Bonetti The Bonetti Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Art Boulay Strategic Talent Management JoAnne Campbell Mechanics Savings Bank, Co-chair of Regional Image Michael Cox, PHD, FACSM Central Maine Orthopaedics PA Clinton Deschene City of Auburn Adam Dunbar Wells Fargo Advisors LLC Steve Eldridge Town of Lisbon

Paul Landry Fish Bones American Grill Andrea Leblanc Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice Betsy Libby Central Maine Community College Michael Malloy Brann & Isaacson, Chair of YPLAA Scott McKenney Hilton Garden Inn Auburn Riverwatch

Sherry Spencer Procter & Gamble Mark Stasium TD Bank Bob Thompson AVCOG Peter Traill Nason Mechanical Systems Inc., Co-chair of Business Advocacy Jennifer Willey Canteen Service Co. Shane Wright Isaacson & Raymond

5 p.m. Social Hour & Cash Bar 6 p.m. Dinner & Awards Ceremony TD Bank will be the sponsor of T he C ha mber's 125t h annual meeting. The meeting is co-sponsored by Oxford Net work s, Cent ra l Ma i ne P o w e r, M o u n t A u b u r n Denta l, Pola nd Spr i ng B ot t l i n g C om p a n y, a n d Procter & Gamble. Cha mber members a nd g uests w ill gat her for t he 125t h A n nua l Meet i ng and Awards program--The

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Chamber's largest event of the year. T he a n nua l meet i ng w i l l feature The Chamber Awards program, emceed by Chamber board chair, Mary LaFontaine of the Lewiston Career Center. T ho s e b e i n g r e c o g n i z e d include: The Chamber's new members in 2012; past and present Chamber leaders; and the distinguished community members who will receive The Chamber's highest awards.

The evening w ill begin at 5 p.m. The cost is $50 per person and reservations are required (early registrations a re encou raged.) Specia l recognition will be given to organizations that are table sponsors. The major sponsor of the annual meeting is TD Bank and co-sponsors are Ox ford Net works, Centra l Maine Power, Mount Auburn Denta l, Pola nd Spr i ng B ot t l i n g C om p a n y, a n d Procter & Gamble.

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