Saturday, May 18, 2013
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Peter started Best Companies Group in 2004 with the mission of identifying and recognizing great places to work through the creation of “Best Places to Work” programs. BCG now manages over 40 “Best Places to Work” programs across the US, Canada, and now in the UK. In 2012, BCG surveyed over 500,000 employees representing over 3,000 employers.
Jessica Palladino, SPHR
Jessica has more than 10 years of human resources experience in financial, manufacturing, and healthcare industries. She is currently the Director of Human Resources at Maine Center for Cancer Medicine. Jessica has served as the vice president and president of Central Maine Human Resources Association.
She is currently an adjunct instructor with the University of Southern Maine where she helps students prepare for the national human resource certification exams. Jessica is currently part of the Maine state human resource council as the Best Places to Work co-chair.
Best Places To Work in Maine
Kelly has more than 15 years of human resources experience in the staffing, non-profit, and automotive industries.
Presently, she works at Lee Auto Malls as the Human Resources Manager. Kelly has served as the Vice-President and President of the Central Maine Human Resources Association and serves on the Society for Human Resources Maine State HR Council as the Best Places to Work co-chair. She lives in Lewiston with her husband Randy.
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Bud is the CEO of a Portland, Maine company that produces the Maine HR Convention, the Maine Workers’ Compensation Summit, and the Strategic HR New England retreat. An attorney and writer by training, he has turned his focus in recent years to creating unique conferences and alliances that promote the role of human resources.
His motto is, “Everyone thrives when HR is on top of its game, because HR is the bridge to all parts of an enterprise.”
Boston Bombing Victim
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Heather was badly injured in the blasts at the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, 2013. She suffered a a severe injury to her left foot which resulted in a below knee amputation. It will be a long road ahead for Heather, and we are hoping to relieve some of the impending financial burden by raising funds in her name. This will allow Heather to focus all of her energy on getting better. Please share this page with your friends and donate to help Heather and her family during this very difficult time.
In Heather’s own words, “Thanks to all who have shown their support. I really can’t put into words how much it means to me.”
Saturday, May 11, 2013
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Lee Ann Szelog
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A professional speaker and award-winning author, Lee Ann Szelog had her first serendipity at the age of 7, although she didn’t realize it at the time. She was extremely shy and decided she wanted to overcome her fear of communicating.
Since then she challenged herself every day to speak up, write and conduct presentations and overcome her fears. Her persistence paid off; after enjoying a successful 28-year career as a marketing and training executive, Lee founded Simply Put, LLC, specializing in presentations to help people communicate more effectively and live life rather than react to it.
She works with companies and organizations of all sizes, focusing on developing and engaging employees to achieve their maximum capacity, personally and professionally. Striving to achieve her maximum capacity, Lee also works with her husband, Tom using their words and his professional photographs to inspire people. From living in a lighthouse on the Maine coast to a log cabin in the Maine woods they have documented life, human and wild, in two quintessential Maine homes.
The result is the publication of two award-winning books by Down East Books titled, Our Point of View-Fourteen Years at a Maine Lighthouse, featuring Marshall Point Lighthouse in Port Clyde, and By a Maine River – A Year of Looking Closely, which explores the natural beauty found in their own backyard in Whitefield. Their current and most ambitious project is the Maine Woods National Park Photo-Documentation Project, which inspires and educates people to support the creation of the proposed Maine Woods National Park.
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HR Executive with three and a half decades’ hr leadership experience. He has worked in varied union and non union environments, and has worked for a high technology R&D aerospace corporation, a private University, a social services organization, and currently heads the Human Resources Department of the City of Portland, which serves 1375 employees in 37 locations, most employees being covered by one of eight collective bargaining agreements. Early in his career, Mike was the President of a 450 employee labor union local. Mike Lives in Portland with his wife Grace.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
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Human Capital Partners, LLC (HCP)
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Jane started Human Capital Partners in 2011 to expand the services offered by her former company, BluePrint, to include Career Transition, Human Resouce Consulting and Professional Search.
Jane had one goal in mind: to build the smartest, most responsive human capital company possible. With nearly 30 years of account development experience, she has advised many of the nation’s largest corporations on how to develop and manage a world-class workforce. Prior to launching Human Capital Partners and Blueprint in 2002, Jane began her sales career at Control Data Corporation. She then spent 17 years as a national sales manager for an entrepreneurial staffing company, ProStaff, where she guided the company’s growth from an emerging player to a market leader.
As changes in the workplace create demands on both management and employees, Jane partners with organizations to provide best practices in restructuring, downsizing, mergers/acquisitions and culture change initiatives. She is particularly passionate about helping transitioning individuals move forward and realize their next professional ambition. Elected to a leadership role in heading the Lincolnshire International organization, Jane has responsibilities for directing synergistic growth and quality assurance for Lincolnshire’s 200+ worldwide locations.
In addition to her personal and professional community involvement, she has also served as the president of the Bloomington (MN) Chamber of Commerce, as well as on the executive committee of the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Jane received her degree from the University of St. Thomas in Education and Communications. Specialties:Corporate Outplacement, Human Resources Search, Human Resources Consulting Services.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
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Norton Financial Services
Peter Fendler is the President and Co-owner of Norton Financial Services, an employee benefits and consulting firm located in Cumberland Foreside, Maine. He entered financial services in 1986 after a successful career as a captain in the merchant marine. He joined Norton Financial Services in 1989 and became a partner in 1997. Peter’s areas of discipline are employee benefits, retirement plan consulting, and individual asset management.
Peter holds his Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) designation. He is a member of both the Profit Sharing Council of America (PSCA) as well as the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA) and sits on the key advisor panels of several retirement plan vendors.
Peter has served on the broker advisory councils for Anthem, Aetna, and Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare and has served as the state Legislative Chair for the Maine Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (MAIFA). He is a 21-year qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table.
Peter has served on the Boards of the Maine College of Art, the Pine Tree Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and Maine Central Institute. He isan alumnus of the Iota class of the Institute for Civic Leadership.
Peter holds series 7, 6, 22, 24, 63 & 65 securities registrations as well as his AIF® (Accredited Investment Fiduciary) designation. He is licensed for life, health, and accident insurance and is appointed with over 30 insurance carriers.
Licensed in 23 states, Peter offers securities as a Registered Representative and Investment Advisor Representative of Commonwealth Financial Network, Member FINRA/SIPC, a Registered Investment Adviser. Fixed insurance products and services offered through Norton Financial Services and Norton are separate and unrelated to Commonwealth.
Norton Financial Services
Dan brings genuine enthusiasm about employee benefits to the clients of Norton Financial Services. His experience in the field ranges from small, privately owned entrepreneurial businesses to large metropolitan, multi-national organizations. Dan specializes in employee benefits and retirement plans. He is a Registered Health Underwriter (RHU) appointed with more than 20 insurance carries and licensed in 6 states. Dan holds the series 6 and 63 securities registrations (held through Commonwealth Financial Network).
Dan began his career in 1984 as a sales executive in the area of employee benefits at the New Jersey office of Union Mutual Insurance (now UNUMProvident). He then moved to Philadelphia and rapidly progressed to the position of senior account executive. Seeking an environment more conducive to raising his family, Dan moved back to Maine in 1994. Dan joined Norton Financial Services in 1996, became a partner in 2001 and serves as Vice President.
Dan’s primary goal is to create value for each client of Norton Financial Services. His philosophy is to educate clients about the various types of employee benefits so that they can make educated decisions about what is best for their company and its employees. By keeping his finger on the pulse of the rapidly changing employee benefits industry, Dan helps his clients stay ahead of the curve.
Dan graduated with honors from the University of Southern Maine with a Bachelor of Science in business administration. He is currently enrolled in The American College. He has also been a member involved with associations such as Maine Businesses for Social Responsibility and the Employee Benefits Council of Maine. As a founding board member, Dan helped create the Maine Healthcare Purchasing Collaborative.
Dan has volunteered many hours to coaching youth soccer, learn-to-ski programs, fundraising for the Boy Scouts of America, and chairing a local hunger-relief event sponsored by the national organization, Sharing Our Strength. He lives in Brunswick with his wife, Helen, and their three daughters, Aimee, Patrice, and Paige. Dan’s interests include spending time with his family as well as hiking, skiing, golfing, and playing club hockey.
Securities offered through Commonwealth Financial Network Member FINRA, SIPC. Fixed insurance products and services offered by Norton are separate and unrelated to Commonwealth.