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Upcoming Shows

Dec 7
Tom Ellis
The Jackson Laboratory
Successful Talent Management

Dec 14
Jason Maxwell
How the Sudden Death
of a Business Owner
Impacts Leadership and Family

Dec 21
Tom McKeown
Retaining Talent
Through the use of AI

Dec 28 – RERUN
Clara Porter
Prevention, Action, Change
Bystander Intervention

Jan 4 – RERUN
Nate Wilde
Live and Work in Maine
How Do We Bring
50,000 People
to Maine?

Jan 11
Jeana Stewart
SMRT Architects and Engineers
Contemporary Workplace Environments

Jan 18
Mark Gonska
Dise & Company
Avoiding Career Self-Sabotage

Jan 25
Marianne Naess
Nordic Aquafarms
Sustainable Salmon Farming



Successful Talent Management

Saturday, December 7, 2019

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Tom Ellis
Chief HR Officer

The Jackson Laboratory

The Jackson Laboratory (JAX), is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution. Thomas P. Ellis oversees the human resources and safety functions for the Laboratory.

Ellis joined JAX in 2015 as director of total rewards and human resources systems. Immediately, he helped to implement several significant compensation initiatives and, more recently, led the design of the Laboratory’s health care and retirement plans.

Ellis has more than 10 years of experience leading various human resources functions for nonprofit organizations. He previously served as director of compensation for Delhaize America and Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, compensation manager at MaineHealth/Maine Medical Center, and led various operational teams at MBNA America Inc.

Ellis received a BS in Business Administration from the University of Maine and an MBA from Thomas College. He is a resident of Bar Harbor and currently contributes to his local community by serving as the Finance Committee Chair of the board of trustees of the Healthcare Purchaser Alliance of Maine.

Employee Benefits for Small Employers – Replay

Saturday, November 30, 2019 @10am

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Christopher S. Lockman
Employee Benefits Attorney

Chris pursued a career in the law because he enjoys solving problems.  Chris is an employee benefits and executive compensation “generalist” capable of advising clients on a range of legal issues affecting both the pension plans and welfare benefit plans.  Chris has significant experience correcting retirement plan administrative errors, defending IRS audits and DOL investigations, and maintaining and terminating pension plans administered by bankrupt entities.  As a member of the Firm’s ERISA Litigation practice group, Chris also defends fiduciary breach claims and claims for benefits under both pension and welfare benefit plans.

Problems and solutions come in many forms, and Chris assists plan fiduciaries, sponsors, and service providers with general ERISA compliance, fiduciary advice, and plan design.  Specific to welfare benefit plans, Chris regularly assists clients with health care reform compliance, wellness programs, and consumer-driven health care arrangements such as health savings accounts (HSAs), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), a Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs).

Chris understands the importance of developing and implementing efficient solutions to business problems. While his practice is focused exclusively on employee benefits and executive compensation, Chris’s clients benefit from his background in bankruptcy law and business. Prior to joining Verrill Dana, Chris served as a law clerk in United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and, while in law school, worked at a multinational securities brokerage firm.  These experiences helped to shape the business perspective Chris brings to his practice and to his clients.

A Maine native, Chris enjoys nature and the outdoors.  He is co-chair of the Firm’s Sustainability Committee and during his time away from the office can be found exploring the wilds of Maine, hiking, canoeing, and paddle-boarding with his family.

Public Service

Board of Directors, Healthcare Purchaser Alliance of Maine (formerly the Maine Health Management Coalition)


New England Employee Benefits Council
Maine Employee Benefits Council


  • Duquesne University Law School (J.D., 2009), cum laude
  • Allegheny College (B.A., 2004), cum laude


  • Honorable Jeffery A. Deller, U.S. Bankruptcy Court – Western District of Pennsylvania

Bar Admissions

  • Maine, 2011
  • Pennsylvania, 2009

Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, 2009
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine, 2012


Gerald K. Gibson Memorial Award
Susan H. Wilkie Professional Responsibility and Ethics Award
Received Katahdin Counsel Recognition for Pro Bono efforts (2016)
Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under
Employee Benefits

Healthcare Today

Saturday, November 24, 2019

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Kevin LewisKevin Lewis,

Maine Community Health Options

Kevin comes to Maine Community Health Options with extensive experience in healthcare management and advocacy in various leadership roles.

Before MCHO, Kevin was CEO at Maine Primary Care Association, where his efforts included improving health care access for underserved populations and representing Maine’s community health centers.

He served as director of continuing care at Maine Hospital Association and as the legislative liaison at the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services. Kevin has a BA from Dartmouth College, a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Michigan, and is a graduate of the Johnson &; Johnson Health Care Executive Program at UCLA.

Recruiting Retail Employees in a Tight Labor Market

Saturday, November 16, 2019 @10am

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Curtis Picard
CAE, President and CEO
Retail Association of Maine

Curtis Picard joined the Retail Association of Maine (formerly the Maine Merchants Association) in November of 2007.

Prior to his current position, Curtis was Vice President of Business Development and International Trade for the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. He was responsible for the chamber’s International Trade Program with offices in Shanghai, China and Taipei, Taiwan. Additionally, he coordinated the annual VT Business and Industry EXPO, the largest Business to Business tradeshow in Northern New England and managed the Vermont Aerospace and Aviation Association (VAAA), a group formed to support the aviation industry in Vermont and an affiliate of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.

Picard serves on the board of directors of the Maine Tourism Association, Topsham Development, Inc., and the Maine Society of Association Executives. He has previously served on the boards of the Council of State Retail Associations, National Retail Federation and InforME. He was appointed by the DECD Commissioner to the Maine Small Business and Entrepreneurship Commission. In 2018, he was honored with the J. Thomas Weyant Award by the National Retail Federation recognizing the state retail association executive of the year.

He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1991 with a B.S. in Business Administration and he received a New York University Certificate in Sports and Event Management in 1993.  He is a 2008 graduate of the U.S Chamber’s Institute for Organization Management and earned his Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in January of 2012.

Picard is a runner who has completed four marathons and a former volunteer firefighter.  He is married with one son and lives in Topsham.