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From HR to Legislature

Saturday, August 9, 2014 @ 10am

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Susan WasserottX
Susan Wasserott
Director of Legislative Affairs

Dept of Labor

Connoisseur of GREAT Companies, Coauthor: NUTS! & GUTS! – See more at:

From HR to Legislature

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Susan worked in the Human Resources field for over 20 years after earning her Master’s degree in Human Resources Administration in 1990. After running for the State legislature, she became fascinated by the political world, in particular the operations of Maine state government.

In 2010, she was named the Legislative Aide for the state’s then-Speaker of the House. Late the following year, she joined the Maine Department of Labor as Director of Legislative Affairs. In that role, Susan serves as the Department’s liaison with the Maine Legislature and congressional delegation. She prepares legislation and testimony, testifies before legislative committees, serves as the Department’s Rulemaking Liaison, and coordinates resolution of constituent issues for legislators. Susan started her career in college admissions, interning for her alma mater, Wilkes University, and then working professionally at Widener University in Wilmington, DE.

Her extensive travel for those positions provided the foundation for her role at the Vanguard Group, where she traveled nationwide discussing financial products for employee’s retirement plan options. After thousands of miles and hundreds of flights, Susan transitioned to a Human Resources position at the Vanguard Group, where she worked as a Corporate Trainer before deciding to work full time on her Master’s degree. After graduating – and getting married – Susan became the first Human Resources Manager at Sathers, a brand new candy and food products company in Pennsylvania.

Upon moving to Maine in 1994, she worked in several HR leadership roles at Mid Coast Health Services in Brunswick, Maine. After her first run for the Maine Legislature in 2006, Susan started a cable television show called In My Backyard where she interviewed state and local leaders so citizens could see how legislative decisions made in Augusta affect their lives every day. The show aired on Bath Community Television for two seasons.

Susan earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wilkes University, as well as a Master’s degree in Human Resources Administration from the University of Scranton. She is a graduate of Leadership Wilkes-Barre in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and Midcoast Maine Leadership Institute in Brunswick, Maine. While working in healthcare, she was a member of the Maine Society for Healthcare Human Resources Association, and she has served on the boards of the American Red Cross, Midcoast Maine Leadership Institute, and The Plant Home.



Dante VespignaniDante Vespignani

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Dante Vespignani has spent his entire career in the food and restaurant industry. Prior to starting Turma, Inc., he entered the business in 1973 with an Arby’s franchisee, growing the franchise to 21 restaurants with two full service concepts Tequila Junction and the Samari Steakhouse, Switching from franchise to company operations Vespignani held various senior management positions before leaving in 1993 as Director Operations NE United States, encompassing over 800 restaurants with 227 franchise groups. 


Prior to starting his own restaurant consulting firm he was the Director of Franchise Operations/Sales for a start up, full serve restaurant chain, growing that concept to over 100 restaurants. Turma, Inc., DBA The Entrepreneurs Source, evolved as a need based organization, bridging the gap for many franchise operators with different concepts, whose expertise was lacking in the areas of marketing, operations, P&L and cost analysis. Additionally, there was a need for his considerable consulting/coaching skills in mentoring would be business owners, thru the often muddy waters of business ownership. 


native of Pittsburgh, PA, he attended The Pennsylvania State University, Blanchard Training and Development, Management 2000 and various American Management Association courses. Married and now living outside Portland Maine, his business acumen and experience gives him a unique perspective of the models necessary to succeed in the New England market