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Oct 26
Steven Borne
Consuming Government
Flywheels, Ideas, and Individual Actions to Better Manage the Government Services You Buy
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Nov 2
Lindsey Skilling
Giffords Ice Cream
Working in a Family Owned Business
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Nov 9
David McNeff
Peak Consulting Group
The Work Life Balance Myth
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Nov 16
Curtis Picard
Retail Association
of Maine

Recruiting Retail
Employees in a
Tight Labor Market
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Nov 23
Kevin Lewis
Maine Community
Health Options

Healthcare Today
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Nov 30 – RERUN
Christopher S. Lockman
Verrill
Employee Benefits for
Small Employers
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Dec 7
Tom Ellis
The Jackson Laboratory
Successful Talent Management
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Dec 14
Jason Maxwell
MassPay
How the Sudden Death
of a Business Owner
Impacts Leadership and Family
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Dec 21
Tom McKeown
TrenData
Retaining Talent
Through the use of AI
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What You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Wage & Hour Audits

Saturday, October 19, 2019 @10am

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Guest Host:

Tawny Alvarez
Partner
Verrill

Tawny is a partner in Verrill’s labor and employment practice group. She believes that a company’s culture defines its business and prides herself on assisting clients comply with the law, while simultaneously creating an amazing place to work.

Tawny centers her practice on the understanding that the employment landscape is ever-changing and that many organizations do not have the time or resources to keep abreast of all of these changes—from medical (and recreational) marijuana’s effect on drug testing, to the effect of social networking in the workplace and mobile devices’ effect on wage and hour issues. In this evolving landscape, she recognizes that for companies to remain profitable and successful they must be proactive, as opposed to reactive, to these employment issues.

Guest:

Paul Carellis, PHR
VP of HR Services
MassPay

As a seasoned player in payroll and HR industry, Paul leads a team of dedicated human resources professionals. Since 2013, Paul has developed a team that provides expert guidance on employment issues, employee management practices, and training and coaching on management and compliance topics.

HR Considerations When Selling Your Family Business

Saturday, October 12, 2019 @ 10am

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Guest:

Colleen McCracken,
Partner
Quad Group

HR Considerations When Selling Your Family Business –

Colleen McCracken is a partner with Quad Group with over thirty years of successful business experience and leadership in non-family and family businesses.  Colleen has a passion for family business because she believes strongly in the culture and values that these companies offer to family and non-family members who work in them.

Colleen has been fortunate to spend the last 20+ years working as a non-family member President and CEO of two well-known family businesses in Maine, Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers and Planet Dog.  

In these leadership roles, Colleen successfully oversaw all functional aspects of the business as well as developed the future growth plans for business success.  With a strong financial acumen, Colleen led the successful implementation of several ERP systems as well as a “lean manufacturing” program at Thos. Moser.  

Colleen has a proven track record of improving business performance through developing strategic plans and tactical plans to achieve business results. With this expertise, Colleen successfully led Planet Dog through a significant growth period over the last  5 years resulting in a 75% improvement in bottom line results.  Colleen most recently managed the sale and transition of the Planet Dog Wholesale business to a private equity firm. 

During Colleen’s tenure with family business, she has experienced first hand the importance of family governance, succession planning, and conflict resolution as part of the successful operation of a family owned business.  She has spent the last 12 years active in the Institute for Family Owned Business in Maine (IFOB), recently serving as its Board Chair and currently serving on the Advisory Board.  As a strong advocate for education, Colleen also serves on the Board for Junior Achievement of Maine.  Colleen holds a BA in Accounting from Bentley University and an Executive MBA from Boston University.  

Colleen has two grown children and lives in Scarborough with her husband and her adorable Yorkshire Terrier, Tasker.  She looks forward to sharing her experiences and expertise with other family owned businesses in Maine and beyond. 

Bystander Intervention

Saturday, October 5, 2019 @10am

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Guest Host:

Tawny Alvarez
Partner
Verrill

Tawny is a partner in Verrill’s labor and employment practice group. She believes that a company’s culture defines its business and prides herself on assisting clients comply with the law, while simultaneously creating an amazing place to work.

Tawny centers her practice on the understanding that the employment landscape is ever-changing and that many organizations do not have the time or resources to keep abreast of all of these changes—from medical (and recreational) marijuana’s effect on drug testing, to the effect of social networking in the workplace and mobile devices’ effect on wage and hour issues. In this evolving landscape, she recognizes that for companies to remain profitable and successful they must be proactive, as opposed to reactive, to these employment issues.

Guest:

Clara Porter
Founder
PAC

EEO1 Part 2 and Compensation Today

Saturday, September 28, 2019 @ 10am

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Guest:

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Charles Wilkinson,
Principal
Human Resource Management, Inc.

Compensation Today –

A principal with Human Resource Management Inc. Charles has been a general HR practitioner for the past 22 years, including nine years as Vice President, Director of Human Resources, for a regional bank holding company.

For the past ten years, Charles has worked as management advisor in a variety of industries and for companies nationwide on issues including employee relations, compensation and benefit plan development, affirmative action planning and audit management, employment and recruiting, HR automation and outsourcing strategies. Charles is past president of the Birmingham Society for Human Resource Management (BSHRM), with over 800 members, and current president of the Alabama Industry Liason Group (AILG) that represents the interest of federal contractors with the U.S. Department of Labor.

Charles is a member of the International Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the SHRM Consultant Forum. Charles is a lifetime certified Senior Professional in Human Resources, an honor bestowed by the SHRM Certification Institute to recognize professional knowledge and achievement.X