Corporate Partners


Mark your calendars for another year of interesting and informative USM Corporate Partners "Business Before Hours" Breakfasts!

All USM Corporate Partners Breakfasts are held in the University Events Room, 7th Floor, Glickman Family Library, Portland campus, unless otherwise specified.

Free parking is available in the parking garage next to the Abromson Community Education Center. The entrance is located on Bedford Street.

Corporate Partners Breakfast dates for the 2014 - 2015 season:

Thursday, February 12, 2015  “The Challenges of Controlling Winter Heating Costs”


William Harwood, Moderator, Partner, Verrill Dana
Robert Moore, CEO/ Chairman, Dead River Company
Stacey Fitts, Director, Governmental and Regulatory Affairs, Summit Utilities
Michael Stoddard, Executive Director, Efficiency Maine Trust

The “heat is on” at this breakfast with a panel of experts to talk about energy, how we use it, where it comes from, what it costs and what we can do to make our businesses and homes as efficient as possible. 

Thursday, March 12, 2015   “Investing in Maine’s Future - Part 1”

Richard Prentice, Moderator, Bernstein Shur, Real Estate Group
Michael O'Reilly, MEREDA
Representative from Wright Ryan Construction

This is the first of two events featuring discussions with business leaders about investing in Maine’s future.  This event will feature key leaders in the construction and real estate industry who will examine the rebound in residential and commercial construction statewide and how this increased infrastructure promotes further investment and growth.

Thursday, April 9, 2015    “ Investing in Maine’s Future – Part 2”

Ed McKersie, Moderator, Founder and President, Pro Search
John Watt, President, NBT Bank Maine
Larry Sudbay, President, SymQuest

This is the second of two events featuring discussions with business leaders about investing in Maine’s future.  At this breakfast, the presenters represent new companies who, despite the negative press about the cost of doing business in Maine, chose to bring their business here as a part of their growth strategy. 

Thursday, May 14, 2015    "Made in Maine Business Spotlight: Poland Springs/Nestlé Waters North America"

Presenter: Glenda O'Brien, Plant Manager, Nestlé Waters North America

It all started in 1845 with a spring found in Poland and now it is the leading brand of bottled water in the nation. Learn more about the history, the people, the company today and its future in a multi-billion dollar industry.

[See the list of breakfasts we held in 2014-2015]

[See the list of breakfasts we held in 2013-2014]

[See the list of breakfasts we held in 2012-2013]

[See the list of breakfasts we held in 2011-2012]

FMI: contact Betsy Uhuad at or 780-4714.

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