Michael Weaver grew up in Alaska before joining the military for a career that would eventually bring him to Maine where he met his wife, Nichole, who grew up in western Maine. Their careers took them to Washington, D.C.,, and to curb homesickness they would watch television that reminded them of home, such as “Alaska: The Last Frontier.” The show inspired them to start a bison farm in the foothills of western Maine and learn all about the challenges and rewards of raising bison on their family farm.
Trevor Maxwell had been telling stories for years, first as a journalist and later through his PR company, Maxwell Media. When Trevor was diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer, he was battling severe depression. He looked for support, only to realize people – men specifically– struggled in asking for help or sharing their needs. Trevor talks with us today about starting Man Up to Cancer to show that seeking support and asking for help is the ‘tough’ or ‘manly’ thing to do. He’ll also talk about how he’s setting Man Up to Cancer up for long-term success and why the wolf-pack mentality is so important to the company.
Martin Beavers is a self-taught cook who started a food business out of his home before joining Portland’s Fork Food Lab. Later when a space opened up at the Maine Mall Food Court in South Portland, he jumped at the chance to stake a claim. The New York City native shares the story of Soul Food Paradise’s early success and his unexpected route to Maine’s biggest shopping mall.
After a career in risk management, Brian Elowe switched gears when he became CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine in March 2020. Brian talks about the path that led him to move to Maine and his transition to the nonprofit world, and what it was like to succeed a longtime leader at the start of the pandemic
The terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, forever changed the world – in a matter of minutes. The horrific series of events began in places including Portland International Jetport, where two men departed for Boston before joining others and hijacking American Airlines Flight 11. Paul Bradbury, Airport Director of the Jetport, talks about that day, and what he and his team did and felt as the tragedy unfolded.
In December 2020 when Ryan Fecteau was elected Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, the Democrat was both the youngest person in that role in the United States and the first openly gay Speaker of the Maine House. The 29-year-old revisits some of his life’s milestones and his path into politics
When Chase Morrill, Ryan Eldridge and the rest of their carpentry crew were first approached about doing a cabin-makeover reality-TV show, they weren’t sure what to expect. Several seasons later, the duo takes us behind the scenes of how “Maine Cabin Masters” started and what it’s been like to become famous.
Reconnecting with her Indian roots turned Cherie Scott into an entrepreneur who started a food blog, podcast and a line of simmer sauces called Mumbai to Maine sold online and at specialty stores throughout Maine. The Boothbay resident talks about her multicultural background and the story behind Maine’s first Indian-inspired culinary brand.
More than a decade ago just after Amanda Rand had given birth to her third child, an unexpected health scare shook her world. Amanda takes us back to the day she had a stroke and how that affected her life and approach to business leadership at Portland wealth management firm Spinnaker Trust, as well as her involvement with the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women initiative.
Tyler Ferguson was a laborer with PM Construction when he realized there might be an opportunity for the company to expand into firestopping. When Tyler got a meeting with the company’s CEO to pitch his idea, he came prepared with research and examples of how the industry was lacking. Tyler talks with us about that pitch, the CEO who gave him a chance, and how he grew his idea into a new company.