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Maintaining a Strong Culture as Your Organization Grows

Saturday, March 7, 2020

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Sean Riley
President and CEO
Maine Course Hospitality Group

Sean Riley has been in the hospitality business for 5 decades, managing properties from a 19-room motel to a company with 20 hotels and close to 800 associates. In 1989 he joined, what is now, Maine Course Hospitality Group, which was a restaurant company with one hotel and 7 restaurants.

Over time, MCHG divested of its freestanding restaurants and focused on developing and operating hotels.  The current portfolio is comprised of 9 Marriott’s, 7 Hilton’s and 3 independent hotels.  Maine Course also works with third party investors to develop and manage hotel projects.

In addition to its existing 20 hotels, MCHG is involved in three projects under construction valuing over $120 Million.  And two mixed use projects in Florida in early development valued at over $150 Million.

Riley has served on local chamber boards and state wide boards like the Maine Innkeepers and Maine Tourism Association.   Currently he sits on the Owner Advisory Councils for Hampton and Courtyard, as well as numerous committees with Hilton and Marriott. His entire wife and two children all work within the company and his 2 1/2-year-old grandson is in training.

Maine Course Purpose s to Positively Impact lives. Sean speaks of the company purpose and values every chance he gets. Whether it be speaking engagements or with some of the 800+ associates throughout the company.  Respect, Integrity, Family and Fun are the values that drives us each day.

Channeling Wisdom

Saturday, February 29, 2020 @ 10am

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Mildred Hastbacka, Ph.D.
Channeling Wisdom

Mildred Hastbacka is Founder and Managing Member of Prakteka LLC, a consulting firm focused on managing critical issues at the interface of technology and business.

She has successful and diverse managerial and P&L experience in both public and privately held companies, including a Fortune 100 manufacturing and marketing company, a global professional services firm, and a technology development start-up company. Her consulting clients include Fortune 50 companies, private equity firms, and corporate venture capital funds. She has helped her clients solve such problems as whether and how to invest in high growth, high value emerging technologies; valuation of large and complex product and intellectual property (IP) portfolios for licensing and M&A transactions; and development/commercialization of value-add, proprietary products in targeted user/customer benefit areas.

Channeling Wisdom, A Practitioner’s Guide to Effective Mentoring in the Workplace, reflects and incorporates her experiences as a mentor and as a mentee, accumulated over her decades-long career. Formally acknowledged by her work colleagues as an effective mentor and manager, she has been recognized for her “unique ability to bring humor, leadership and respect to the work environment.” She is considered “an exceptional consultant who gets right to the heart of the problem, and her appreciation of those working with her is abundantly clear…best of all, whether morale is waning or soaring, she is equipped with one-liners to keep the team laughing.”

Mildred has a Ph.D. from Brown University, a B.S. from M.I.T., and a M.S. in Taxation from Northeastern University, where she was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, the international business honor society.

Verrill’s 2020 Annual Employment Law Update

Saturday, Feb 22, 2020 @10am

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We recorded live at Verrill’s 2020 Annual Employment Law Update. During the course of the update, we talked to a number of participants and presenters concerning things that are going on now in the legal industry from an HR perspective.

We talked to Eric Altholz, Partner in the Employee Benefits Group at Verrill. We talked to Whitney Stover, HR Consultant at AAA Northern New England. We spoke to Sarah Jordan, HR Generalist at Penobscot Community Health Care. We had an in-depth conversation with Scott Connolly Partner in Verrill’s Labor and Employment Practice Group about important things that need to be kept in mind about employment agreements. And last, but not least, we talked to the one, the only, David Ciullo, your cohost of the HR Power Hour.

Tom Brady and the Aging Workforce

Saturday, Feb 15, 2020 @10am

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James P. Reidy
Sheehan Phinney

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