Prior to MCE, Tom was President of Rainey & Associates; a consultancy specialized in planning and implementing innovation-based development initiatives. Tom brings 25 years of experience in building and managing successful business incubators and accelerators for start-up companies in seven states. Tom’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, Tom 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 Tom 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 Tom 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. Tom developed business accelerator plans for the Cities of Goodyear and Sierra Vista, two rural communities in Arizona affected by major defense industry downsizing.
Tom 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.
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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.
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Cultivator Program Manager
As Program Manager for the Cultivator Food & Beverage Accelerator, 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 producers 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.
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MarketShare Program Manager
Janine serves as Program Manager of MCE’s MarketShare Food & Beverage Sales Accelerator – 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.
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Seafood and Aquaculture Specialist
As the Seafood and Aquaculture Specialist for MCE's Food Accelerator 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.
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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.
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Program and Marketing Coordinator
Hilary is the Program and Marketing Coordinator for MCE and is responsible for supporting program managers and overall administrative and operational support. Hilary was born and raised in Maine and grew up in Biddeford. She was a competitive swimmer from a young age and competed in a varsity championship while in college. She graduated from the University of Southern Maine in 2013 with a degree in Communication. She also studied philosophy and international marketing at the National University of Galway Ireland where she traveled to various countries. Hilary lived in California and then Nashville where her love of traveling and talent for singing were explored. With her roots being in Maine and her appreciation of what it has to offer always being in mind, she moved back to Maine in 2016 to be closer to her family and now resides in Portland. When she isn't working she can be found hiking, getting lost in a new book, spending time with her nieces and loved ones, or trying out new restaurants.
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As MCE's Operations Manager, Tara supports the Executive Director and program managers in all things financial and organizational. An attorney by trade, Tara started her solo practice, Neon Esquire, LLC, in Minneapolis, Minnesota with the goal to provide creatives and small businesses with the specific legal services they need and the respect they deserve. Through her work, Tara amassed a clientele of social media influencers, photographers, artists, academics, chief-marketing officers, filmmakers, advertisers, and designers of everything from graphic art to luxury goods. She's helped take companies from an idea to a successful business by forming entities, drafting contracts, negotiating with vendors and talent to resolving disputes, handling tough negotiations, and protecting intellectual property rights.
Before starting her law firm, Tara worked in the fashion merchandising industry for iconic brands like Kate Spade, Talbot's, Neiman Marcus, and Bailey, Banks, & Biddle.
Tara has also performed thousands of hours of pro bono work. She has primarily represented survivors of domestic abuse in their OFP and HRO evidentiary hearings through Tubman/Chrysalis and the Domestic Abuse Legal Advocacy Center. Tara also assisted the Advocates for Human Rights by helping those affected by the travel ban at the airport, aiding undocumented persons with designations of parental authority, and representing clients at their immigration bond hearings. Tara also worked with Wills for Heroes, which provides free wills, healthcare directives, and power of attorney documents to first responders and their families.
Tara lives with her husband and two big dogs in Harpswell. During her spare time, she enjoys knitting, exploring the Maine coastline, searching for the penultimate lobster roll, and watching "Parks and Rec" reruns.
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