Andrea K. Suter, Esq., MCE Board Chair
Pierce Atwood Law Firm
Andrea Suter represents start-ups, family-owned and established companies in a wide range of businesses and industries. Her practice focuses on commercial transactions, contracts, mergers and acquisitions, finance and general corporate law. Prior to Pierce Atwood, she worked at highly respected law firms in the California Bay Area and New York. Andrea has a Juris Doctorate in Law from the University of California, Berkley School of Law, and a B.A. in Art History from University of California, Los Angeles.
Vice President - Innovation, MaineHealth
Susan Ahern was hired by MaineHealth to lead its new Innovation Center in March 2020. The Innovation Center is a business incubator designed to serve a cohort of innovators affiliated with MaineHealth. Susan quickly forged a partnership with the new Northeastern University’s Roux Institute in Portland and led an innovation cohort of inventors who have addressed critical needs during the on-going Covid-19 health crisis. Prior to her current position, Susan led the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center in Boston, and a technology accelerator for Canadian businesses in Boston launched by the Canadian Consulate General. Susan has a BA degree in Business Administration from Colby College and has a certification in small business entrepreneurship from Boston University.
Skip Bates, MCE Board Treasurer
Director of Main Street Banking, Bangor Savings Bank
Skip has spent the past 13 years working with small businesses at Bangor Savings Bank in Bangor, Maine. Prior to Bangor Savings Bank, Skip worked at Bank of America for 12 years. Skip served as Board Chair, Maine Development Foundation, board member for Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Board Member and Treasurer at Maine Venture Fund. Skip holds a Certificates in Banking and Leadership from the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking and the University of Pennsylvania, The Warton School respectively; a Master’s Degree in American Studies from Doshisha University, and a B.A. in English and Religion from Amherst College.
CEO, Ocean Renewable Power Company
Stuart Davies is CEO of Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC). Prior to his CEO position, Stuart served as a board member and investor in ORPC and brings a wealth of experience from positions including Senior Investment Officer at Global Opportunistic Credit and investment committee member at Sankaty Advisors where he worked for 17 years. During that time, he served on the board of 20 companies and was a board observer for dozens more in industries ranging from energy, food, industrial manufacturing, and consumer products. Stuart graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Economics, and from the MIT Sloan School of Management with an MBA. Stuart is involved with MIT’s Sloan Sustainability initiative and serves as a member of its renewable energy finance roundtable.
Caroline “Cal” Hancock
Founder & Past President, Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co.
Cal Hancock founded Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. in 2000, which was acquired by Ready Seafood in 2019. Hancock Gourmet Lobster is an award-winning, premiere seafood brand, and winner of 11 food industry prizes at the International Fancy Food Show and Specialty Food Association, (the Oscars of the specialty food industry). The company specializes in shipping ready-to-eat, prepared gourmet seafood meals and has been featured on the Food Network three times, Oprah’s “list of favorite things” seven times running, in addition to other national publications like the New York Times and Chicago Tribune. Prior to founding Hancock Gourmet Lobster, Cal spent 25 years as an executive in the healthcare field. Cal has an MS degree from Ohio State University and a BS in Health Information Management from Colby-Sawyer College.
Director, Technology Transfer, Maine Medical Center
Todd brings thirty years of experience in licensing, business development, and marketing. He has established several technology transfer offices, including at Maine Medical Center Research Institute, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and the University of Vermont. He has managed the technology transfer affairs at Maine Medical Center for the last 13 years and the same for the University of New England for the last 8 years.
Todd’s private sector experience includes ten years in the Science and Medical Products divisions of Corning Glass Works in sales, marketing, and business development roles. He has also worked in startup and early stage companies. Todd’s twenty years of academic licensing experience includes the position of Vice President for Ventures at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and consulting to numerous non-profit institutions throughout New England. He has been an active member of the BioScience Association of Maine. He holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College.
Dr. Susan MacKay
Senior Program Manager at UMaine Advanced Structures and Composites Center
Dr. Susan MacKay is a Senior R&D Program Manager II at the UMaine Advanced Structures and Composites Center. She has 25 years’ experience in materials chemistry, product development, and manufacturing at both large corporations and early-stage companies. Prior to joining UMaine, she was the founder and CEO of Cerahelix, Inc. where she led the commercialization of their ceramic nanofiltration technology based on a patented DNA ceramic nanotechnology coating.
Becky McKinnell, MCE Board Secretary
President, IBEC Creative
Becky McKinnell is President of iBec Creative, a digital marketing agency in Portland, Maine. iBec Creative helps companies who are embarrassed by and frustrated with their existing website and would like to feel proud of it, realize what a powerful tool it can be for their bottom line.
In 2006, Becky started iBec Creative after graduating from college with a degree in Art and Entrepreneurial Studies from the University of Southern Maine and joined the business incubator at Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development. Becky felt that Maine was the perfect place to start her company. The opportunity to build a business that combines her passions for art, technology and strategy has been, and still is, exciting and rewarding for her. Becky and her team have developed over 250 websites for businesses around the country.
In 2010, Becky combined forces with Mark Girr to start her second company, iKNO Intranet, a social intranet designed for companies between 50 and 1,000 employees that need an easy and intuitive way to communicate online.
Becky has been featured in Business Week's Top 25 Entrepreneurs 25 and Under, awarded Small Business Administrations's Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and she's a recipient of the 2011 Women in Business Award.
Anthony E. Perkins, MCE Chair Emeritus
Shareholder, Bernstein Shur
Tony Perkins is a shareholder at Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson, a 110-attorney firm with offices in Portland and Augusta, Maine, and Manchester, New Hampshire, where he is a member of the firm’s Business Law Practice Group, Intellectual Property & Technology Practice Group and Food & Beverage Group.
Tony’s work includes day-to-day counseling and transactional assistance to start-up, growth and established businesses involved with product development, intellectual property protection, national and international commercialization and distribution agreements, angel and venture capital financing, joint ventures, and company sales and merger transactions in a variety of industries.
Since the late 1990’s Tony has assisted numerous clients with raising angel capital, venture capital and other private funding and advise and assist many clients with sales to private and public company acquirers. Many of these engagements involve transactions that cross state and national borders.
Managing Partner, Broad Sound Partners
Broad Sound Partners is a lower middle market equity firm focused on facilitating investments in and management of early-stage and growth-stage technology-centric companies in healthcare, IT and software industries. Prior to Broad Sound Partners, Dan started, grew and sold two companies and acted at CTO for many other startups. As co-founder and CEO of Freeport Metrics, Dan lead a team that designed software solutions for small businesses, large enterprises, governments and startups. Client projects included crowd sourcing platform design, creating interactive business intelligence system design and a wide variety of special app developments. Dan is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering. Dan also attended University College London, University of London.
Co-founder, Partner, 6ixth Event
Burak is an entrepreneur and investor with a focus on the space where deep socio-economic drivers meet emerging technologies. His firm invests in AI tech, Internet of Things (IoT), reinventing careers, and a range of opportunities tied to millennials. Prior to founding 6ixth Event, Burak was Co-founder & CTO of Sprigley [Acquired by Eliza, 2009]; and Co-founder & CTO of RowdMap, Inc. [Acquired by Cotiviti, 2017]. Burak was named an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year. His work has won praise in Entrepreneur Magazine, Forbes, Bloomberg, & US News. Burak was named an CMS Innovator. Burak is a graduate of Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey.
CPA, Tax Partner at Wipfli LLP
Cory Vargo moved to Maine in 2016; he is a certified public accountant and has practiced in public accounting since 2009.
Cory focuses his tax practice on private equity and corporate acquisition and divestiture due diligence, international tax structuring, and tax compliance. Cory received his Bachelors of Science in Accounting from the University of Delaware in 2009, as well as a Masters in Taxation from Suffolk University in 2012. He is a certified public accountant and member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Massachusetts Society of CPAs.
President, Maine Technology Institute
Brian Whitney is President of the Maine Technology Institute, a publicly funded, private, nonprofit organization established to stimulate research and development leading to the development of innovative new products, processes and services.
Brian has extensive experience in economic development. He previously served as a private sector manager and as Maine’s Director of Business Development & Innovation at the Department of Economic and Community Development. Prior to his work in state government, Brian was Director of Outreach and Economic Development for U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe, and served as Chief of Staff to Maine’s Senate President. He is currently a board member of the Maine Venture Fund and the Economic Development Council of Maine. Brian is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine (USM).