#NEXT4ME Workforce & Labor Development – 10:30a

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Rebecca Conrad – CEO Lewiston Auburn Metro Chamber

Beckie serves as President & CEO where she has directed many successful initiatives and business development projects in the Lewiston Auburn Region after being employed as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine since 2006. She was co-owner with her husband of Austin’s Fine Wines and Foods for 20 years, and for 3 years owned and operated Rÿsen Home Garden & Antiques, a retail gallery promoting local art and products that supported international women’s economic development.


Saïd Eastman, CEO/GM – JobsInME.com

Saïd Eastman is a 20-year veteran of the human capital (HCM) space. He is currently the CEO/GM of JobsInTheUS in Portland, Maine which operates JobsInME.com, JobsInNH.com and JobsInVT.com, along with 49 other state and hyperlocal sites across the United States. He has held positions in management, sales, marketing, strategic alliances as well as emerging-markets expansion. His experience with brands like Monster, CareerBuilder, NuView Systems, Simplex, and GoAvrio is brought to bear at JobsInTheUS. Saïd’s entrepreneurial experience has included several startups in technology and one restaurant from concept to design and launch, which he sold in 2013 after five years of successful operation.

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Steve Hewins – HospitalityMaine

Steve Hewins is the President and CEO of HospitalityMaine, an organization of about 1000 members created through the recent merger of the Maine Restaurant Association and the Maine Innkeepers Association. HospitalityMaine represents hotels, restaurants and suppliers on a wide variety of issues ranging from advocacy to workforce development, education, research and operations. Hewins has served in numerous non-profit and industry volunteer roles, and currently is a member of the Maine Economic Growth Council and on the boards of Visit Portland, the Maine Tourism Association and the University of Southern Maine Hospitality and Tourism Program.

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Dan Belyea – Maine Community College System

Dan Belyea has worked for the Maine Community College System (MCCS) for over 30 years.  In July of 2017, Dan Belyea was named Interim Director of Workforce Training for the MCCS and in March of 2018 he was appointed the Executive Director of Workforce Training.  He is currently leading the Maine Quality Centers (MQC) workforce grant programs and is coordinating the statewide workforce training initiatives for the MCCS. Prior to that, he spent a year with the MCCS as the Director of Operational Support.  He also work in a variety of administrative positions at Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor, Maine from 1988 to 2016.

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Joan Dolan, Director of Apprenticeship and Strategic Partnerships – Maine Department of Labor

Joan graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree and is currently the Director of Apprenticeship and Strategic Partnerships for the Maine Department of Labor. Together with her Strategic Partnership Team at MDOL and partner workforce agencies, she works diligently to develop innovative workforce programs to assist unemployed individuals gain the skills and confidence necessary to find a new job and to assist employers in upskilling their workforce.   Joan currently oversees the implementation of federal grants and state funded programs including the Competitive Skills Scholarship Program and the Maine Apprenticeship Program.

#NEXT4ME Wellness @ Work – 11:30a

Cory King, Executive Director – Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber

Cory has been involved in chamber work for 13 years, having been the Executive Director of the Skowhegan Area Chamber for nearly a decade prior to his current work.  He was awarded the Chamber Professional of the Year in 2016 by the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, and is currently the President of the Maine Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.  Credited with having an innovative style, Cory has created several community events and programs that have garnered both regional and statewide recognition, with more new programs being built for 2019.


Dr. Catherine Krouse, Founder – Lotus Family Practice

Dr. Catherine M. Krouse is a board certified family physician. She was born and raised in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and then headed to Philadelphia for college and medical school. At Temple University she received her Bachelor’s degree in World Religion. She received her medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. At this point she needed a break from city life and was drawn to Maine for family medicine residency, graduating in June 2014. Her experience studying both the humanities as well as medical science helped to shape her perspective of medicine, which ultimately led her to open a unique family practice that emphasizes health and wellness.

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Allie Andrews, Founder – OMBODY Health

Allie is the Founder and Program Director at OmBody Health. In addition to coaching thought-leaders, executives and professionals to maximize their impact, wellbeing and quality of life, she and her team empower organizations to develop work cultures that foster employee health, happiness and full potential living. In addition to being a published author, Certified Health Coach and Yoga/Meditation Teacher, Allie has her Master’s Degree in Education with a specialization in Corporate Wellness and is a Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist through the Employer Health Care Congress. Throughout her career as a coach, yoga teacher, adult educator and program director for OmBody Health, Allie has worked with over 30 companies and 100s of individuals, including executives, human resource influencers, and working professionals to optimize their health and performance.

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George Claassen, President – Class Insurance

George Claassen is an employee benefits consultant who helps small businesses with shaping new ways to better manage cost by bringing unique ideas and solutions to the table. The soaring cost of quality benefits has become a serious problem. George helps his clients to get back some control of how they spend their health insurance money and the value they get for it. With the right strategies they get to bend the healthcare trend instead of agreeing to increases year after year after year, paying more and getting less.

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Representative from Spectrum Healthcare Partners

Spectrum Healthcare Partners provides the most compassionate, highest quality, cost effective care by deeply satisfied Providers, Staff and Employees. Physicians recognize that they play a leadership role in Maine’s evolving managed care environment. They believe that a well-organized, integrated, physician led organization could form the backbone of Maine’s emerging integrated delivery systems and could provide high quality, comprehensive, medical services that would best meet the needs of the communities they serve.


#NEXT4ME The Business of Social Influence – 1:30p


Justin Starbird, CEO – The Aebli Group

Justin and The Aebli Group are excited to be your host for The Maine Business Expo & #NEXT4ME Forums this week. It has been years in the making! Justin and his team help clients from around the country with their sales & marketing efforts in the event marketing and digital marketing space. Social media and social influence are one of the areas where there is a complete under utilization by companies here in Maine. Justin and the esteemed panelists will tackle what works, what doesn’t and what is most important for you to be successful!

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LT. TIM COTTON, Bangor Police Department

Tim took over the BPD’s Facebook page in the spring of 2014 with a following of 9,000. The page now has reached 296,000 followers and has been featured in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, People Magazine, NPR, and many television and radio programs. Social media professionals still call him to tell him he is doing it all wrong. Cotton failed English Comp as a freshman in high school and knows absolutely nothing about social media.

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CARL NATALE, Digital Editor – Sun Journal.com

Carl Natale has been part of the “problem” since 1997 — when he started the online versions of the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel. He also was responsible for managing content at MaineToday.com and PressHerald. com. Now he is the digital editor for SunJournal. com where he manages online news, looks for answers in data and evangelizes taking chances on technology.

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KYLE POISSONNIER, Founder – Catalyst for Change Wear

Kyle is the owner of CFC Wear, an active lifestyle wear company that creates change and donates 10% of profits to nonprofits. Kyle is the heartbeat of the brand cataloging, sharing and documenting every step of the process. With its Maine roots running deep, the “Kids From Maine” line and “Strength” series, CFC is gaining local and national attention having sold product in all 50 states and countries world wide.

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HAJ CARR, CEO – Trueline

Business owners often spin complicated stories about themselves, but Haj’s tale is very simple. To him, founding Trueline and being its CEO is all about community—working with a tight knit group of people to create and provide great marketing, branding, content and design from Portland, Maine. A Hawaii native, an avid salsa dancer, and a father, he’s an on-the move, hands-on person who enjoys speaking engagements, mentoring and any opportunity to swap ideas.