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We have created a community based podcast called, The Community Cast, in an effort to give local business leaders a much deserved platform to share great ideas and to learn more about the things that make Maine and New Hampshire special places to work and live. We love partnering with folks who share our passion for community involvement and invite you to listen to our A+ local line-up! 

If you would like to be a guest or offer a topic or music suggestion, please contact:

 Carissa Chipman, Business Development Specialist

Episode 34

Laura Cummings: "Are Books 'Pandemic Busters'?"

In this episode, Steve Cote interviews Laura Cummings, owner of White Birch Books in North Conway, New Hampshire. They discuss the power of books in building relationships, the thrill of discovering a new book or author and the importance of supporting local businesses.

Episode 33

Michael Katz: "Hope and Joy for Children with Life-Threatening Illnesses and Their Families"

In this episode, Jim Chalmers interviews Michael Katz, Executive Director of Camp Sunshine on Sebago Lake in Casco, Maine. They discuss the evolution of Camp Sunshine, how it provides a normalizing space for families and campers and how the pandemic has created new fundraising opportunities.

Episode 32

Chelsea Locke Miller: "Turning Your Career Into Your Passion"

In this episode, Carissa Chipman interviews Chelsea Locke Miller, owner of The Locke Group of Townsend Real Estate in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.  They discuss how Chelsea has built a successful real estate brand, how the pandemic has impacted home buying and the importance of work life balance.

To learn more about Chelsea, visit her Instagram or reach out to her via email at chelsea@upscalegroup.com.

Episode 31

Ryan Wallace: "Financial Freedom and Giving Back"

In this episode, Steve Cote interviews Ryan Wallace, entrepreneur, real estate agent and police sergeant in Conway, New Hampshire. They discuss how Ryan has created passive income through innovative vending machines, as well as his commitment to his community, which includes running for Conway school board and supporting the Child Advocacy Center of Carroll County.

Episode 30

Geoff Iacuessa: "Minor League, Major Passion"

In this episode, Steve Cote interviews Geoff Iacuessa, President and General Manager of the Portland Sea Dogs. Steve and Geoff discuss the evolution of minor league baseball in Portland, how they engage Sea Dogs fans in creative ways and how a great office culture can help an organization thrive. 

Episode 29

Tyler Ray: "A Voice for the Outdoors"

In this episode, Jim Chalmers interviews Tyler Ray, founder of Granite Outdoor Alliance. Jim and Tyler discuss work-life integration, the benefit of remote work and how the pandemic has pushed us all to explore our own backyard.

 

Episode 28

Michele Dutton: "Family, Farming and Always Striving to Be Better"

In this episode, Crystal Deane interviews Michele Dutton, third generation owner of Sherman Farm in East Conway, New Hampshire. Michele and Crystal explore the intersection of family and business, her belief in instilling a strong work ethic in our youth, and how forward thinking opens up unique opportunities.  

Episode 27

Keegan Hyland: "Passion On and Off the Court With Keegan Hyland"

In this episode, Ethan Johnson interviews Keegan Hyland, Financial Advisor and former Maine basketball player. They discuss how healthy habits lead to success, the importance of mentoring youth in the community, and the impact of giving your all.

Episode 26

Kelly Taxter: "Healing The Souls of Our Youth"

In this episode, Katie Piper interviews Kelly Taxter, founder of Trust Your Gut, Inc.  They discuss the importance of modeling a positive body image, the impacts of isolation and how Kelly brings wellness into her community.

Episode 25

Michael Bourque: "From Sports Journalist to Insurance CEO"

In this episode, Jim Chalmers interviews Michael Bourque, President and CEO of MEMIC.  They discuss how MEMIC created a workplace safety culture in Maine and how Michael’s community involvement led to leadership opportunities.

Episode 24

Jonathan Rivers: "Taking Initiative and Creating Opportunity "

In this episode, Steve Cote, President of Chalmers Insurance Group, interviews Jonathan Rivers, owner of Indian Mound Golf Course. They discuss how the pandemic has created new opportunities for recreational activities, the importance of being continuously innovative, and how he supports fellow golf course owners.

Episode 23

Heather Whitaker: "Getting Students Hooked On Learning"

In this episode, Carissa Chipman from Chalmers Insurance Group interviews Heather Whitaker, an alternative education teacher at Gorham Middle School and Maine’s 2020 Teacher of the Year. They discuss different learning paths, how she motivates her students, and how the pandemic has led Heather to become even more innovative in her teaching.  

Episode 22

Dr. Rob Lavoie: "Bringing the Community “Back” Together with Dr. Rob Lavoie"

In this episode, Ethan Johnson, Account Executive at Chalmers Insurance Group, and Dr. Rob Lavoie, owner of the Chiropractic Clinic of Gorham, talk about Dr. Rob's journey to becoming a chiropractor, the challenges of having a client facing business during a pandemic, and the void Dr. Rob filled in the Gorham community.

Episode 21

Pat Weigel: "Building a Resilient Business"

In this episode recorded in early January 2021, Dottie Chalmers Cutter and Pat Weigel talk about Norway Savings Bank’s resiliency amid the pandemic, how the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program led to new opportunities, Pat’s plan to retire at the end of 2021 and her advice for young professionals.  

Episode 20

Chris Bennett: “The Intersection of Artistry and the Outdoors”

Today's Host: Carissa Chipman, Program Business Development Specialist at Chalmers Insurance Group

Today we hear from Chris Bennett of Chris Bennett Photography.

In this episode he shares:

To learn more, visit Chis Bennett Photography

Episode 19

Chris Mattei: “Community Involvement and the Public’s Trust”

Today's Host: Steve Cote, President of Chalmers Insurance Group

Today we hear from Chief Chris Mattei, Chief of Police in Conway NH.

In this episode he shares:

Episode 18

George Wiese: “Enriching Lives and Building Communities Through Music”

Today's Host: Steve Cote, President of Chalmers Insurance Group

Today we hear from George Wiese, Executive Director of Mountain Top Music Center in Conway, New Hampshire.

In this episode he shares:

About being raised in a family of serious amateur musicians
How Mountain Top Music Center gives back to their community
How they are expanding adult learner enrollment
The story behind the historic Majestic Theater as the school’s new home

To learn more, visit Mountain Top Music Center.

Episode 17

Nik Caner-Medley: “Sacrificing Individual Goals For Long Term Success”

Today's Host: Ethan Johnson, Account Executive at Chalmers Insurance Group

Today we hear from Nik Caner-Medley, professional basketball player and entrepreneur.

In this episode he shares:

About his professional opportunities beyond the NBA;
Who inspires him, both on and off the court;
How he understands the steps to success;
The importance of patience through the bumps in the road;
And how to create opportunities for the younger generation.

To learn more, visit Cloudport.

Episode 16

Legal Eagles: “Be Your Voice When You Can”

Today’s Host: Mindy Prescott, Account Manager at Chalmers Insurance Group

Today we hear from Barbara Reilly, owner of Legal Eagles and her team in Conway NH. 

In this episode they share:  

For more information, please visit Legal Eagles

Episode 15

Ryan Carey: “Flexibility and the Covid-19 Pandemic”

Today’s Host: Carissa Chipman, Program Business Development Specialist at Chalmers Insurance Group

Today we hear from Ryan Carey, owner of Noble Barbecue, Fire & Company and Pizza Pie On The Fly in Portland, Maine. 

In this episode he shares:  
How social media can inspire people; 
The value of partnering with local businesses;  
How to use the pandemic as a reset button;
And how being adaptive can help a business thrive. 

For more information, please visit Noble Barbecue, and Fire & Company.

Episode 14

Amber Dalton: “Taking Your Business Personally”

Today’s Host: Steve Cote, President of Chalmers Insurance Group

Today we hear from Amber Dalton, Owner of Spruce Hurricane, a women’s boutique in North Conway, NH

In this episode she shares:

For more information, visit Spruce Hurricane.

 

Episode 13

Brenda Thibodeau: “Innovation and Fertile Soils Reap Opportunity for Green Thumb Farms”

Today’s Host: Steve Cote, President of Chalmers Insurance Group

Today we hear from Brenda Thibodeau, Owner and VP of Green Thumb Farms

In this episode she shares:

To learn more, visit Green Thumb Farms.

 

Episode 12

Nick Orgo: “The Art of Turning Dreams into Memories”

Today’s Host: Steve Cote, President of Chalmers Insurance Group

Today we hear from Nick Orgo, Executive Chef and Owner of M.A.N.E. Catering and Event Service

In this episode he shares:

About being raised to appreciate and share the passion for good food

How collaborating with small business partners creates opportunity

How to plan for and make community connections

The importance of local involvement and helping others

For more information, email Nick @ nicholasorgo@manecatering.com, visit M.A.N.E. Catering, or follow him on Facebook.

Episode 11

Julie Marchese: “United for a Cause”

Today’s Host: Carissa Chipman, Program Business Development Specialist at Chalmers Insurance Group

Today we hear from Julie Marchese, Founder and Race Director of Tri for a Cure

In this episode she shares:

What it’s like to learn a loved one has cancer

How to be your own best advocate

Why personal growth comes from within

How she grew her cause through successful fundraising

For more information, email Julie at Julie@shejams.com

You can also join Julie for a cycle class at Cycle Bar.

Episode 10

Jennifer Bravo: “Inspiring Joy In Food & Community”

Today’s Host: Nina Cutter, Marketing Specialist at Chalmers Insurance Group

Today we hear from Jennifer Bravo, Chef, Health Coach and Artist

In this episode she shares:

How her multi-faceted career has evolved

Why she’s an advocate for intuitive eating and body acceptance

How the pandemic has affected her business

And finally, what community means to her and how she collaborates with other local businesses.

For more information about Jennifer, visit her Instagram and Campfire Pottery.

Episode 9

Dajuan Eubanks: “Presence Makes A Difference”

Today’s Host: Steve Cote, President of Chalmers Insurance Group

Today we hear from Dajuan Eubanks, President of Maine Red Claws.

In this episode he shares:

The importance of education beyond athletics;

How initiation and hustle leads to opportunity;

The reward of community presence and involvement;

And Maine's hunger and love for the game of basketball. 

For more information about Dajuan, visit his LinkedIn or Twitter. For more information about Maine Red Claws, click here.

Episode 8

Lindsay Skilling: “Leadership During a Pandemic, One Scoop at a Time”

Today’s Host: Dottie Chalmers Cutter, 4th Generation Owner of Chalmers Insurance Group

Today we hear from Lindsay Skilling, CEO of Gifford's Famous Ice Cream

Her journey into the family business           

What it is like working alongside family

Manufacturing and staffing challenges during a pandemic

What it means to stay even

For more information, email: lindsaygifford@giffordsicecream.com, or visit Gifford's on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Episode 7

Erin Mayo: “Transparent Communication at a New England Town Academy”

Today’s Host: Steve Cote, President of Chalmers Insurance Group

Guest Erin Mayo, Head of School at Fryeburg Academy

Today we hear from Erin Mayo, head of school of Fryeburg Academy

How she has kept Fryeburg Academy relevant and exciting

The advantage of being proactive during a pandemic

How a pandemic has changed the student experience of a town academy

Her proudest moments of Fryeburg Academy

What it means to be the first female in her position

 

Episode 6

Nancy Plante: “For the Love of Doughnuts – Determination and Smiles, One Customer at a Time”

Today’s Host: Steve Cote, President of Chalmers Insurance Group

Guest: Nancy Plante, Owner of Peace of Mind Baking Co.

Today we hear from Nancy Plante of Peace of Mind Baking Co.

Her life experiences that led her to gluten free baking

How she pivoted her business during a pandemic

How she is setting her family up for success and opportunity

Nancy always had a love for baking.  After finding out she had Celiac Disease at the age of 28, she knew her mission was to create quality gluten free items that would satisfy her cravings.   She has built a successful baking business offering delicious and nutritious muffins, pizza, cookies, whoopie pies and donuts. 

"Peace of Mind Baking Company" was created out of love for my children and baking, with compassion for all those suffering with food related issues. Our mission at "Peace of Mind Baking Co." is to bake with "LOVE" and a "conscience" using only the healthiest and finest ingredients that will nurture Mind, Body, and Soul!

 

 

Episode 5

George Cleveland: "Just Hug 'em, Georgie!" Leading with Your Heart

Today’s Host: Steve Cote, President of Chalmers Insurance Group

Guest: George Cleveland, Executive Director, Gibson Center for Senior Services

Today we hear from George Cleveland of Gibson Center for Senior Services:

The many different careers that led him to his current position

The services the Gibson Center provides         

Who has influenced his career

And how the pandemic has impacted the social services sector

The Gibson Center for Senior Services is a non-profit corporation providing services to senior citizens of Northern Carroll County since 1979. Their goal is to enable seniors to remain in their homes, while maintaining a high level of independence and quality of life by offering an evolving array of programs and services. Their programs are designed to serve the needs of active and passive senior residents through nutrition programs (home delivery, congregate meals and nutrition education), transportation programs for the elderly and disabled to help meet their daily living needs, and referral and networking programs with related community service agencies.

For more information, email: info@gibsoncenter.org.

Episode 4

Brian and Denise McGrath: Embracing Challenge with Small Town Hustle and Hospitality:

Today’s Host: Bob Logan, Account Executive

Guest: Brian and Denise McGrath, owners of The Back Burner Restaurant in Brownfield, Maine

Today we hear from Brian and Denise McGrath, owners of The Back Burner Restaurant

How they became involved in the restaurant industry and what drew them back

How the hospitality industry has changed in Mount Washington Valley

How they strive to create a unique customer experience

What is in store for future of The Back Burner Restaurant

Having grown up in the hospitality and tourism industry, Brian and Denise McGrath decided to purchase The Back Burner Restaurant in Brownfield ME in 2018. Their passion for their business and community has helped them build both a successful restaurant and staff.  Learn how they did it by tuning in to The Community Cast today.

Episode 3

Kendra Jarratt: The Art of Motivation in Virtual Times

Today’s Host: Carissa Chipman, Program Business Development Specialist

Guest: Kendra Jarratt, Founder of Kendra Jarratt Coaching

Today we hear from Kendra Jarratt of Kendra Jarratt Coaching. 

How life brought her back to her true passion.

How already being virtual helped her thrive during this time.

Ways she helped her community stay fit virtually.

How her clients’ transformation energizes and inspires her.

What she thinks the fitness industry will look like going forward.  

The connections she has made through Zoom and social media.

Kendra Jarratt is a Nutritional and Fitness Coach in Portland ME. In her early 20s, she became a certified personal trainer and nutrition coach through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and focused on combining balanced nutrition with versatile functional strength straining. She left the fitness industry for many years while pursuing a corporate 9-5 job, but the fitness industry called her back. Her husband is a chiropractor and has helped expand her knowledge of both strength and recovery.  Now that she is older and wiser, she has discovered that her life experiences, nutrition and fitness consistencies in her own life as well as a psychology degree provide her with a unique perspective to help clients.  She helps them with a wide variety of goals, including: weight loss/gain, strength building, athletic performance, fit lifestyle coaching.

Kendra offers free 8 Week Transformation Challenges throughout the year to help you learn about how nutrition impacts our bodies individually. The next group starts July 12th, 2020.  For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/coachkendrajarratt/.

To work with Kendra, visit https://www.kendrajarratt.com/ or email her at kendrajarratt@gmail.com

 

Episode 2

Kim Brown: How Building Relationships and Success Go Hand In Hand

Today’s Host: Katie Piper, Sales Manager - Personal Lines of Chalmers Insurance Group

Guest: Kim Brown, Senior Loan Officer of Harbor One Mortgage

Today we hear from Kim Brown of Harbor One Mortgage.

How she ended up in the mortgage business.

The biggest successes of her career.

Her guide for handing difficult conversations.

How patience and clear expectations build client relationships.

Qualitities to look for in business partners.

Ways she gives back to the community.

Kim Brown, Senior Loan Officer of Harbor One Mortgage, is a Maine native. Growing up in Portland and attending schools at both Catherine McAuley and USM, Kim is a true Portlander. Her South Portland office enables her to stay in tune with the hub of the Greater Portland market. She started her career in lending as a residential mortgage banker in 1999. She has experience in several areas of real estate to include commercial lending as well as property management. As a former owner of a property management company, Kim is extremely well versed in income producing properties, but also thrives in the finance of new construction and luxury homes. Providing outstanding service and high attention to detail are the cornerstones of Kim’s approach. Kim’s ability to create lasting relationships both professional and personal have proven to be the foundation of her success.

To work with Kim, visit homewithkimbrown.com or call 207-329-2100.

 

Episode 1

Brenda Leavitt: Building a Resilient Organization Around Mentorship and Community

Today’s Host: Steve Cote, President of Chalmers Insurance Group

Guest: Brenda Leavitt, Managing Partner of Badger Realty

Today we hear from Brenda Leavitt of Badger Realty.

How she grew into her leadership role.

What leading through the pandemic taught her.

Shaping the future of Real Estate.

Creating the Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund for diabetes education, testing, and care: https://mainehealth.org/memorial-hospital/ways-to-give/donation-form

Brenda is a local Realtor who has helped to build Badger into the most well-known and respected agency in the MWV. Her experience, of more than 41 years in the real estate business, makes her an invaluable resource for customers and agents alike. Brenda is licensed in both Maine and New Hampshire and holds the Certified Residential Brokerage Management designation. A community activist, Brenda believes the key to success for both the company and community where you live is to give back to your community by becoming involved.

To work with one of their three area offices, visit Badger at https://www.badgerrealty.com/contact/ or call Brenda at 603-356-5757.