Tom Rainey

Tom Rainey

Executive Director

Prior to MCE, Thomas was President of Rainey & Associates; a consultancy specialized in planning and implementing innovation-based development initiatives. Mr. Rainey brings 25 years of experience in building and managing successful business incubators and accelerators for start-up companies in seven states. Mr. Rainey’s experience in rural business development, international trade, aerospace, defense and life sciences combined with a broad national and international business network provides unique capabilities.

Since 1990, Mr. Rainey has been involved in a number of pioneering Defense Adjustment programs including the decommissioning of a military port in in a rural area of California; launching new export assistance programs through the World Trade Center he managed in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, and serving as Director of Business Development for the Defense Adjustment Program in St. Louis in 1993. In 1998 Mr. Rainey was recruited by the State of Florida and Kennedy Space Center to establish a network of six NASA-funded incubators to assist laid-off aerospace workers in the wake of the Challenger disaster. From 2001-2012 Mr. Rainey developed a biotechnology strategy for New Hampshire; plans for a Health Care Institute for Wisconsin and award-winning incubators at the University of Vermont, Dartmouth College, Northern Arizona University, and the BioInspire accelerator in Phoenix. Mr. Rainey developed business accelerator plans for the Cities of Goodyear and Sierra Vista, two rural communities in Arizona affected by major defense industry downsizing.

Mr. Rainey holds a Master's Degree in Science and Technology Policy (March 1988) from Lund University, Sweden; a Graduate Degree in Social Sciences, (June 1986) from the University of Stockholm, Sweden; and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science (August 1985) from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Mr. Rainey can be reached by email at tomrainey@mced.biz.

Laurie Johnson

Laurie Johnson

Program Manager

Laurie is the manager of the Top Gun Program and is responsible for MCE’s workshop series. Laurie grew up in Maine working in a family-owned small business where she served as company treasurer for a number of years until the company was sold in 2003. She is a graduate of Mt. Ida College in Boston, MA and Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY where she received degrees for an Associates program in Graphic Design and a Bachelors program in Commercial Photography respectively. She lives in Westbrook with her husband and children and is active in many community organizations. Laurie can be reached by email at ljohnson@mced.biz.

Sue Hanson

Sue Hanson

Program Manager

As Program Manager for the Cultivator Food, Beverage & Agriculture Program, Sue is responsible for launching and managing all operations of the program which focuses on providing the necessary skills and resources to food, beverage and agriculture manufacturers looking to successfully scale-up their companies. Sue has over 20 years experience in the food business starting with Barber Foods in Portland, Maine and expanding into other operations in Ohio, Oklahoma, and the Carolinas through the acquisition of Barber by AdvancePierre Foods in 2011. She previously held the position of Continuous Improvement Director at AdvancePierre partnering with ten manufacturing facilities to deploy Lean Manufacturing and build best practices to deliver $10+ million year over year productivity savings. Sue also has experience, and been responsible for, Strategic Planning, Project Management, Marketing, and Phase Gate Product Development throughout her career.

Sue graduated from the University of Maine with a BS degree in Business Administration. She lives with her husband and children in Brunswick and is a volunteer for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Northern New England Chapter. Sue can be reached by email at shanson@mced.biz.

Terry Johnson

Terry Johnson

Maine Mentor Network Manager

Terry manages the Maine Mentor Network and is responsible for ensuring that the network has the skills and experience needed to support companies and entrepreneurs in all the MCE programs. Terry over 30 years experience in product design, technology development, customer support and enabling new product line growth at Texas Instruments, Fairchild Semiconductor, and National Semiconductor. Terry is an experienced manager, consultant, and product and technology development professional. He is experienced in all aspects of design - product, program, process, and organizations. Terry’s current focus is to assist growing companies in transition to improved profitability and larger scales. He brings a business process and systems perspective to tie the needs of the business and needs of the customer to appropriate systems and methods ensuring high productivity and cost effective solutions.

Terry graduated from Montana State University with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Philosophy. He and his wife Karen live in Cape Elizabeth where they are active supporters of Special Olympics, Goodwill Industries, and all causes concerning adults with disabilities. Terry can be reached by email at terry@practicaldecisions.com.

Cindy Talbot

Cindy Talbot

Operations Manager

As MCE’s Operations Manager, Cindy supports the Executive Director and staff with grant and financial management services. Cindy is also the Principal of CJTalbot Services, a woman-owned business that provides grant writing, technical writing/editing, and other freelance project support services to a range of clients from startup entrepreneurs to established environmental consulting firms and government agencies. Prior to launching her own business, she managed large environmental investigation projects at E.C. Jordan/ABB Environmental Services, currently, AMEC Foster Wheeler, in Portland and also worked in direct marketing at LL Bean. Cindy holds a BS from the University of Maine and an MS in Hazardous Materials Management from Tufts University.

Despite not being a native Mainer, Cindy has spent all of her adult life here, raising her two sons and several dogs, growing gardens, fixing up an old house, and enjoying camping, skiing, cycling and the beautiful Maine coast.