Corporate Partners

List of Previous 2013 - 2014 Breakfasts Hosted by Corporate Partners

Thursday, May 22nd

Return on Integrity - Lessons in Ethical Leadership

Presenter: Bill Burke, Chairman, Portland Sea Dogs

An experienced media executive and current chairman of the Portland Sea Dogs baseball team, Bill Burke will draw from his personal experiences working with Ted Turner, his own leadership experiences and research of other business leaders who have succeeded because of, not in spite of, their high standards of ethical conduct.  We encourage you to bring young professionals, high school and college students to join us for an energetic and insightful presentation.

Wednesday, April 23rd

Presenter: Donna Cassese, Westbrook Mill Managing Director, Sappi Fine Paper NA
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Sappi Fine Paper North America is a preeminent producer of coated fine and release papers, as well as dissolving wood pulp and market kraft pulp in the United States. Sappi’s focus on research and development is responsible for many industry firsts, such as the first paper coated and calendered on two sides, first dull coated paper, and the first mill branded LOE paper. Innovation has been the key to their success as is evident in how they have reconfigured the 1854 Westbrook mill into a 21st century plant producing unique release papers that are used in the automotive, fashion and engineering industries around the world. As one of the leading manufacturers, Sappi is committed to sustainability and invests in initiatives to reduce solid waste, wastewater and air emissions, as well as improve water and energy utilization. Each of their mills implements internationally-recognized environmental management systems to ensure that current and planned operations meet or exceed all requirements. USM is proud to have received tremendous support from Sappi over the years and are delighted to feature Westbrook Mill, Managing Director, Donna Cassese in sharing a story of innovation and how Sappi is much more than just a "paper" company.

Tuesday, March 25th

Growing Portland
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[view promotional video: Portland, Maine. Yes. Life's Good Here.]

Steve Hewins, Executive Director, Portland Downtown District
Lynn Tillotson, President & CEO, Greater Portland Convention and Visitors Bureau
Jennifer Hutchins, Executive Director, Creative Portland

You do not have to look too far to see the burgeoning value of growth of tourism and how investors and developers are embracing a commitment to a year round tourism industry for Portland. The future on the waterfront, hotel renovation and new construction, the Thompson's Point Project, growth of sports venues, renovation of the Civic Center and the robust restaurant culture are elements of an emergence of Portland as a city looking to be more savvy and sophisticated in drawing visitors, residents, and businesses here.  Come and hear what some of these developments mean for our future, the vision for growing Portland economically, creatively and culturally.

Thursday, February 13th

An Overview of ORPC: From a Crazy Idea to a New Innovative Source of Renewable Energy
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[video: Born to Design]
[video: Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy Project]

Presenter: Chris Sauer, President & CEO, Ocean Renewable Power Company

Our presenter Chris Sauer, President & CEO of Ocean Renewable Power Company, will share the vision that led to ORPC and review the latest developments in Maine-made river and tidal energy hydrokinetic technology, an emerging sector in renewable energy, and the enthusiastic international markets forming for them. A professional manager, energy entrepreneur, and strategic development consultant, Chris has more than 40 years of experience in executive management, engineering, construction, project development, marketing, financing, and startup company formation in the electricity, cogeneration, renewable energy and energy efficiency industries.

Tuesday, January 7th

Breakfast with Charlie: The 2014 Maine Economic Forecast
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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 2013 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 2014.  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!

Thank you to our sponsors:
Fluid Imaging Technologies
Norway Savings Bank
Pro Search, Inc.
Systems Engineering
WEX, Inc.

Thursday, November 21st

Maine's Changing Demographics: The Future of Our Aging Workforce
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Our Presenter John Dorrer will review the demographics and the impact on workforce recruitment and managing older workers who may want to stay in the workplace but in different capacities. John has 30 years of experience in workforce development with the Maine Department of Labor, Jobs for the Future and Training and Development Corporation.  We encourage you to bring your HR professionals to this event and perhaps some of your own clients as well.

Thank you to our sponsor
Broadreach Public Relations

Wednesday, October 23rd

Keeping Your Business Safe & Secure in the Digital Age
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Despite enormous resources devoted to combating data breaches and other cybercrimes, incidents continue to grow. In fact, it costs corporations an average of $417,748 and 18 business days to recover from a breach.

Portland-based Bernstein Shur has a leading team of attorneys who provide clients with legal and technical counsel before, during and after a breach. The team's co-chairs, Dan Mitchell and Josh Silver, will use case studies and best practices to guide you through the process of avoiding a data breach and recovering from one if it occurs.

Widely regarded as one of New England’s most entrepreneurial law firms, Bernstein Shur is a multi-service firm with more than 100 attorneys in offices in Maine and New Hampshire. Founded in 1915, the firm provides practical and innovative counsel in the areas of business law, litigation, and municipal law to clients throughout the region and around the world. Bernstein Shur is Maine’s exclusive member of Lex Mundi, the world’s leading association of independent law firms. More information is available at

Thank you to our sponsor
Broadreach Public Relations

Thursday, September 19th - USM President Theo Kalikow

President Kalikow will provide a University update as we begin another 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.