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Jun 1
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Michelle Anderson
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The Importance of Demography – Replay

Saturday, May 25, 2013

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Our Guest:

Kenneth W. Gronback

KGC Direct, LLC

The Importance of Demography –

Ken is President of KGC Direct, LLC and author of the current bestselling book The Age Curve: How To Profit from the Coming Demographic Storm. He is an internationally respected demographer who has been able to forecast societal, commercial, economic, cultural, and political phenomena with uncanny accuracy. His unusual blend of marketing savvy and common sense demography, based on 17 years of proprietary demographic study, set him apart. He keynotes all over the United States and does customized demographic research.

You will find that his steadfast position that the United States is the best nation on earth and his firm belief that the country’s best days are ahead season his spirited presentations with an unmistakable pro-American enthusiasm.

Mr. Gronbach built KGA Advertising, Inc., a $40 million consumer/retail advertising agency, from the ground up in the 1980s and 1990s. One of his clients, a fashion apparel retailer, grew from $10 million in annual sales to over $400 million in annual sales on Mr. Gronbach’s watch.

His first book, Common Census, the Counter-Intuitive Guide to Generational Marketing, was released in 2005. His book, Decades of Differences, Making it Work, is a comprehensive guide to coping with three generations in the workforce and was released in 2011 by HRD Press.

Best Places to Work Program and Helping Heather Abbott

Saturday, May 18, 2013

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Peter Burke,
President & CofounderX
Best Places to Program –XXX

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
Maine Co-Chair
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.

Kelly Nelson
Maine 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 Bernstein
Northern New England Law Publishers

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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.”

Heather Abbott
Boston Bombing Victim

To Help Heather

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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.”

Training and Development

Saturday, May 11, 2013

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Lee Ann Szelog
Training and Development –

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.


Mike Miles
Director of Human Resources
Maintaining a Non Union Status –

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.

Career Trends

Saturday, May 4, 2013

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Our Guest:

Jane Salmen,

Human Capital Partners, LLC (HCP)

2013 Trends of Career Transition Services –

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.