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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

Top Gun 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

Cultivator 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.

Janine Bisaillon-Cary

Janine Bisaillon-Cary

MarketShare Program Manager

Janine serves as Program Manager of MCE’s MarketShare food accelerator program – helping more mature and established Maine food and beverage companies gain market share in regional and national retail and foodservice channels. Janine and MarketShare technical assistance mentors help companies access and navigate consumer and market data, identify best market prospects, and strategically grow their sales and distribution networks.

Janine has over 27 years of experience working with Maine’s food, agricultural, aquaculture and seafood producers to develop national and international markets in the HRI and retail sectors. In her previous positions as President of the Maine International Trade Center (MITC) and as a Senior Trade Advisor, Janine worked closely with food industry leaders with market development strategies, led B2B matchmaking between Maine suppliers and international buyers/distributors, and coordinated business attraction events in the U.S., European, Canadian, Latin American and Asian markets. She has coordinated Maine food and beverage pavilions, educational events, and matchmaking activities with buyers at various trade shows including the Natural Products Expo East, the West Coast Fancy Food Show, National Restaurant Association Show and Seafood Expo North America. She also served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Resource Trading Company- a Maine seafood processing and trading company with multiple seafood processing and co-packing operations, where she developed a robust domestic and export sales network in the retail and hotel/restaurant/institutional sectors.

Janine is President of Montserrat Group, LLC – a business consulting company, and is currently on the board of the U.S. Department of Commerce District Export Council, New England Canada Business Council, and Bristol Seafood of Maine. She also served on the boards of the Maine Port Authority, the Eastern Trade Council, and the International Business and Logistics Industry Advisory Board at Maine Maritime Academy. She holds a B.A. in Economics and French from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst; a Certificate of French History and Literature from the Sorbonne University, and a Global Leaders Executive Education Certificate from Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business.

Emily Lane

Emily Lane

Seafood and Aquaculture Specialist

As the Seafood and Aquaculture Specialist for MCE's Food Programs, Emily works to support the growing number of clients within this industry. She has lived on the island of Vinalhaven since 1971 and understands the varied Maine marine industries and how they sustain the economics of coastal communities.

She has a first-hand understanding of the challenges of dealing with diverse groups of stakeholders, potential investment opportunities, resource networking, and the barriers and opportunities in international markets.

Emily has extensive background in all aspects of the Maine seafood industry, including aquaculture, since the mid 1980’s. Her marketing focus has been export for almost thirty years. Emily has successfully executed networking, partnering and consensus building across segments of the marine industry in Maine on both State and Federal levels. Working in sales and marketing for four seafood processing companies she has managed multi-stakeholders and complex initiatives. Emily has strong communication and organizational skills as well as a knowledge of Maine’s economy and workforce opportunities and challenges. Emily has served on the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative, Maine Lobster Dealers Association, GMRI’s seafood sustainability project, and the Aquaculture Focus Group and as company representative to the Maine International Trade Center, Food Export USA Northeast and the US Global Leadership Coalition.

Emily possesses the depth of knowledge and ability to partner with public and private entities throughout the marine industry regionally, nationally and globally. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of New Hampshire at Durham.

Paul Fitzpatrick

Paul Fitzpatrick

BioStartup Program Manager

Paul serves as Program Manager of MCE's BioStartup Program, where he provides one-on-one expertise coaching to companies within the biotech, digital health, life sciences, and medical device industries.

Paul has a very diverse entrepreneurial & executive leadership background in the medical device, healthcare, consulting & hospitality services arenas. He has led teams which have taken innovative services and technology from ideation through to commercialization and exit. His experience includes 10+ start-ups, turnarounds, roll-ups, integration of acquired companies, multi-site & international operations. Specific industry sectors include: EMS/ambulance advanced life support emergency medical services, physical therapy and rehabilitation services, international nurse recruiting & staffing, breast cancer risk screening, complex Point of Care molecular DX testing and endovascular catheter-based drug delivery medical devices. Ventures ranged from pre-revenue to $250M revenue, completing over $50 million of private and venture backed financings and completing over 20 M&A transactions with a combined value in excess of $100 million.

Paul currently serves as CEO and Director of Advanced Catheter Therapies, Inc., (ACT) in Chattanooga, TN www.acatheter.com a research and development medical device company with a portfolio of innovative endovascular catheter based technologies focused on vascular disease including its novel next generation FDA cleared & patented universal targeted liquid drug delivery platform the Pressana® Occlusion Perfusion Catheter. Paul has been responsible for developing and executing the Companies business model, strategy and completing $9 million in grant & equity financings. He has taken ACT from ideation to revenue generation of $7.9 million in licensing fees & product sales to date.

In addition, Paul provides fractional C-level and board engagements along with advisory services to startups and small companies. He serves as a volunteer board member, was recently elected to Chairman of Life Science Tennessee, provides pro bono mentorship to startups and early stage companies and is a member of several professional and industry associations. Paul is a graduate of the Northeastern University degree paramedic program and was an adjunct faculty in the paramedic program for 10 years.

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.