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Retail Pride

Saturday, February 27, 2021 @10am

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Guest:

Ron Thurston
Author
Retail Pride

Jim practices in the areas of management side labor and employment law with an emphasis on assisting employers in effectively avoiding, or defending against, employment disputes. He represents organizations ranging from multi-national corporations, to closely-held, family-owned businesses, to not-for- profit entities and public sector employers. Since joining the firm in 1989, Jim has expanded an already well-established employment law practice group. This group is now recognized as one of the best labor and employment practices in Northern New England.

Jim has extensive experience handling matters before the New Hampshire Department of Labor, the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the U.S. Department of Labor as well as other state and federal agencies.

He regularly writes articles and presents seminars on a wide range of employment law topics. He is frequently asked by the media, business groups and human resources

Learning From Your Failures – Replay

Saturday, February 20, 202 @ 10am

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Guest:

Robert Baldacci, MPA
Baldacci Consulting 

Bob brings a successful 30 year career in real estate, development and corporate finance. He has held leadership positions at the state level as well as involvement in several national organizations.

Bob served as Chairman of the Finance Authority of Maine, Vice Chairman of the Maine Guarantee Authority, President of the Bangor Region Development Alliance, Board member of the University of Maine Board of Visitors, President of the Economic Development Council of Maine, and Board member of the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations. Robert has also served as Adjunct Professor at the University of Maine.

Bob has developed over $30 million in various residential and commercial real estate projects, served as Managing Partner of Pierce Atwood Consulting (an affiliate of the law firm Pierce Atwood), represented two major universities in negotiating memoranda of understanding with Queens University and the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland facilitating student and faculty exchanges and joint research opportunities. Bob also served as Vice President of Development for Ocean Properties, Ltd., one of North America’s largest owner operators of hotels and resorts. Most recently, Bob assisted with the acquisition of the Blethen Maine Newspaper Group which include three daily newspapers in Maine; the Portland Press Herald, Kennebec Journal, and Waterville Sentinel as well as Maine Sunday Telegram and MaineToday.com.

Bob received his BA and Masters in Public Administration from the University of Maine.

Everything Owners Need to Know About Boards

Saturday, February 13, 2021 @ 10am

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Guest:

Colleen McCracken
Strategic Business Advisor

Everything Owners Need to Know About Boards –

Colleen McCracken is a Strategic Business Advisor with over thirty-three years of successful business and senior leadership experience in non-family owned and family-owned businesses. Colleen has held numerous positions in Finance, Operations, and senior leadership throughout her career with large multi-national companies including WR Grace and G.H. Bass. Prior to joining Planet Dog, a designer and retailer of premium dog products, as its CEO in 2013, Colleen was the CEO and CFO of Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers, Inc., a manufacturer, and retailer of premium hand-crafted American furniture.

Colleen’s areas of strength and where she spends most of her time helping clients, is in the development of strategic plans and business plans, building financial models that help leaders better understand the financial performance of their businesses, leadership development and succession, executive coaching, and in governance; helping companies build and develop strong boards. Because Colleen herself has been a CEO for several companies, she uniquely understands the challenges business owners and CEO’s face in growing and improving their business performance.

Colleen holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Bentley University and completed an Executive MBA program in 2014, achieving High Honors distinction from Boston University. As a strong advocate for education, Colleen serves as the Vice Chair of the Board for Junior Achievement of Maine. Colleen has also served on the Board of the Institute for Family-Owned Business for many years, with her final role as its Board Chair. She has been an adjunct professor at UNE and often guest lectures on Leadership, Entrepreneurship, as well as many other business topics.

Why Location Matters in DEI Initiatives

Saturday, February 6, 2021 @ 10am

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Guest:

James Dinkle
Executive Director

Kennebec Regional Development Authority

Jim Dinkle is the Executive Director of the Kennebec Regional Development Authority in Oakland, Maine.  In his role, he markets for sale FirstPark, a 280-acre commerce and technology park that is located at Interstate 95 and State Route 137 at Exit 127.  The Authority was created by a 1998 Act of the Maine Legislature.  Businesses and property owners in FirstPark include LL Bean, T-Mobile, MaineGeneral and One River CPA’s.

Jim moved to Maine with his partner of 20 years, Carlos, in November 2017.  They reside in Oakland.  Jim has served on the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees and as deputy chief of staff for a governor and as an aide to the Mayor of Chicago.  In 2018, Jim and Carlos established an endowment at the University of Kentucky that created the Dinkle-Mas LGBTQ Resource Center in the University’s new student center.  The Dinkle-Mas Center has become a place for networking, making new friends, programming and wellness.

Jim says that he and Carlos have been especially inspired by fellow Kentucky alumni Greg Bourke and Michael DeLeon, who were plaintiffs in the landmark 2015 US Supreme Court case Obergefell vs. Hodges that established marriage equality.

Jim’s mantra are the words of polio vaccine inventor Dr. Jonas Salk, “The greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more.”