Corporate Partners

List of Breakfasts hosted from 2012 to 2013 by Corporate Partners

Breakfasts held in 2012-2013


Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 - Opening Breakfast Featuring USM President Theo Kalikow

President Kalikow will introduce USM's leadership team including our new Provost, Michael Stevenson. She will share the University's mission and priorities for the upcoming academic year.  Please bring your ideas about how USM can continue to be a vibrant member of the Greater Portland area serving the needs of our businesses and communities.

Before coming to USM, Dr. Kalikow served as the President of the University of Maine at Farmington from 1994-2012. Kalikow is a guiding force in Maine’s educational and civic life.  She is known for her tireless efforts to provide the kind of honest, active, forward-thinking leadership and deep commitment to education that has been the hallmark of her administration. With a tenure of 18 years, she was the longest-serving UMF president since the Farmington school became a four-year college in 1945. Her intelligence, hard work and focused commitment to her goals have earned her the respect of the people she has worked with and recognition by many organizations in Maine and beyond.  To learn more click here.


Thanks to our sponsors: 

Macdonald Page & Co, LLC

University Credit Union



 Wednesday, October 24th - Made in Maine Business Featuring PowerPay

PowerPay is a premier provider of integrated eCommerce payment solutions and point-of-sale (POS) payment processing solutions, including credit card machines and terminals, merchant account credit card processing and more. Our innovative, customizable solutions and 24/7 technical support help merchants accept major credit and debit cards, recurring payments and a wide variety of card-based and electronic or web enabled payments.

Since it was first launched in 2003, PowerPay has become one of the nation’s premier providers of integrated eCommerce, industry and point-of-sale payment processing solutions. In that time, they have been recognized for several major achievements in the industry including Level 1 Service Provider PCI Compliance, Inc. 500, Better Business Bureau (BBB), registered Independent Sales Organization (ISO), Gold LEED Certified work environment, Green-e® Energy certified renewable energy credits, and an affiliate member of the Maine Businesses for Sustainability (MBS).
They currently serve over 50,000 merchants in the U.S. and Canada and 40 countries worldwide, making them the largest independent credit card processing company in New England and one of the top 40 nationwide. On average, they process 140,000 transactions a day—safely, securely and efficiently.

Join us as Jim Raftice, President, shares with us the company's history, why they chose Maine and their future plans here in Maine.


Thanks to our sponsor:

Tidestone Solutions



 Thursday, November 8th - Wellness Works!

Health, or "sick care" costs continue to rise at twice the rate of inflation. With a health care system oriented toward sickness, not health,  success is measured in number of interventions and procedures, all of which are becoming more and more expensive. The bulk of the demand on the health care system is for chronic disease – yet as much as 70% of these chronic diseases can prevented through changing at-risk health behaviors.

Wellness has evolved from feel good programs to outcomes based interventions that change at risk health behavior, impact spend and improve participants quality of life. Dr Catlett of Occupational Medical Consulting (OMC) will outline the essential elements of outcomes-based programs and discuss their effectiveness over a broad range of OMC clients in and out of Maine. Representatives of the Cianbro Companies and Norway Savings Bank, both clients of OMC, will discuss the role of business in wellness (or wellness in business?) and the impact of wellness on their employees health and productivity.


Thanks to our sponsors:  


Clark Insurance



Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 - Breakfast with Charlie: The 2013 Maine Economic Forecast

The tradition continues as Professor Charles Colgan from USM’s Muskie School of Public Service shares the economic forecast for Maine and the nation.  Charlie will review 2012 and see where the ups and the downs were in Maine’s economy and the impact of regional and national trends.  Then he’ll share, in his unique style, the outlook for 2013.  Join us for a relevant, interesting and engaging presentation at this year’s Breakfast with Charlie.  This event is open to the public so be sure to bring guests!

To access the MP3 Audio File of Charlie's presentation and accompanying Powerpoint presentation in PDF format visit the Muskie School of Public Service audio archive.

Thanks to our sponsors: 

Fluid Imaging Technologies

Norway Savings Bank

Pro Search, Inc.

Systems Engineering

WEX Inc.



Tuesday, February 12th - Central Maine Power

Sara Burns, President and CEO of Central Maine Power Company shares the company's story, the evolution of the energy industry, the company's sustainability initiatives and more. You might be surprised when you find out what is really behind the flick of the switch.

Central Maine Power Company (CMP) delivers over 9 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity yearly to more than 600,000 retail electric customers in central and southern Maine. CMP's 11,000-square-mile service area is larger than the states of Massachusetts and Rhode Island combined. It contains about 78 percent of Maine's population and major commercial and manufacturing centers.



Tuesday, March 12th - Occupational Fraud: How to Detect and Prevent Fraud

According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, organizations lose an estimated 5% of their revenue to fraud each year with an average loss of $140,000. The most vulnerable industries are banking and financial services, government and public administration and manufacturing. Maine has seen its share of fraud recently and external audits can not be relied on as the sole source to uncover fraud.

Presenter Ken Capron '79, CPA and certified fraud investigator will lead this edgy discussion of where your profits may be going. He will share some of his experience, examine case studies and provide you with some subtle ways to detect and prevent fraud. This presentation will help your business and is also recommended if you serve as a Board member in an organization. As serious as this topic is, Ken also brings a sense of humor that is pointed and refreshing. Bring your questions and any colleagues or guests you think might find this interesting.



Tuesday, April 23rd - Pratt & Whitney

This month's breakfast highlights the importance of Pratt and Whitney both here in Maine and throughout the world as a leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, industrial gas turbines and space propulsion systems.

Pratt and Whitney's large commercial engines power nearly 30 percent of the world's mainline passenger aircraft fleet. Their engines are found in the military aircraft of twenty-nine nations. They are a leader in the industrial gas turbine arena and have been behind more than 1,600 space launches.

Our guest speaker, General Manager, Michael Papp oversees the production floor at the Pratt and Whitney Parts Center in North Berwick, Maine. Mr. Papp is a strong advocate for manufacturing in the U.S. and the quality workforce at Pratt and Whitney underscores the reasons why. The company, a part of United Technologies, is a huge multinational corporation employing approximately 1,300 workers in Maine.


Thanks to our sponsor:




Tuesday, May 21st - David Vazdauskas and Katie Greenlaw, Rinck Advertising

While you're probably familiar with social media properties as consumers and (perhaps avid) participants, we may not have kept pace with the tremendous power of established and newly emerging social media to market your business or organization.

This presentation by Rinck Advertising provides actionable tips on how to utilize and implement social media strategies to improve your business. The presentation will also focus on one of the most important yet overlooked aspects of social media marketing -- how to develop achievable, measurable goals and objectives. David Vazdauskas, Chief Brand Strategist, and Katie Greenlaw, Director of Public Relations, will also address the art of developing impactful and refreshable content, and even how to use social media for crisis management. They'll share some best practice examples and show how social media tactics can work seamlessly with traditional marketing plans.

Founded by CEO Peter Rinck and President Laura Davis, Rinck Advertising of Auburn, Maine is an award-winning full service marketing, promotion and public relations firm offering strategic planning, management and creative services in brand building, logo and identity packages, web strategy and development, and advertising campaigns.

Invite your clients and colleagues to our last event of the season.