The Community Cast
Let's build community, together.

Maine and New Hampshire are special places to live and work.

Join Chalmers co-workers each Tuesday as they interview local leaders and business owners who are giving back to their communities. Our conversations center around defining what “community” truly means and how it evolves with changing times. If you're looking for practical advice on how to build community and inspire kindness through entrepreneurialism, this is the show for you. 

If you would like to be a guest, or want to nominate a business owner to appear on our podcast, we'd love to hear from you.

Episode 41
In this episode, Steve Cote interviews Karen Albert, Director of Community Relations at MWV Adult Day Center. They discuss fulfilling the region’s critical adult service needs, how they collaborate with local non-profit organizations, and what lessons they learned in the pandemic.
Episode 40
In this episode, Steve Cote interviews John Eastman, Director of Conway (NH) Parks & Recreation Department. They discuss the importance of leading with a servant’s mindset, ongoing staff training and a strong volunteer board.
Episode 39
In this episode, Carissa Chipman interviews Meghan Courchesne, Marketing Manager and Master Spin Instructor at Rêve Cycling in Portland, Maine. They discuss taking advantage of opportunity, the hustle of a small business and how to start a fitness routine.
Episode 38
In this episode, Nina Cutter interviews Mallika Malhotra, owner of MikiFoto + Co. They discuss how she helps female entrepreneurs tell their stories, the questions business owners should ask themselves and how she shares her expertise with her community.
Episode 37
In this episode, Dottie Chalmers Cutter interviews Katie Shorey, Director of Engagement of Live + Work in Maine and proud boomerang. They discuss how to best attract talent to Maine,  the diverse workforce opportunities in the state and her path to entrepreneurship.
Episode 36
In this episode, Katie Piper interviews Erin Clymer Lessard, author, speaker, consultant, coach and CEO of Lessard Consulting. They discuss how to normalize conflict in the workplace, the benefits of a growth mindset and what makes a great leader.
Episode 35
In this episode, Dottie Chalmers Cutter interviews Faustine Reny, 3rd generation owner and Operations Manager at Renys.  They discuss how the pandemic has changed how people shop, why giving back matters and why it’s important to hire people smarter than you.
Episode 34
In this episode, Steve Cote interviews Laura Cummings, owner of White Birch Books in North Conway, NH. They discuss the power of books in building relationships, the thrill of discovering a new book or author and supporting local businesses.
Episode 33
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
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.
Episode 31
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
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 30
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
In this episode recorded in early January 2021, Dottie Chalmers Cutter, 4th generation owner of Chalmers Insurance Group and Pat Weigel, CEO of Norway Savings Bank,  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
Today we hear from Chris Bennett, owner of Chris Bennett Photography: how photography has evolved through technology; how watching others has helped him grow; his love for travel and the outdoors; advice when looking for a wedding photographer; and how he used his passion to raise awareness.
Episode 19
Today we hear from Chris Mattei, Chief of Police Conway, NH: the role of family in shaping one's work ethic and perseverance throughout life; organizational culture as a key driver of success; emerging challenges in law enforcement and how the Conway Police Department is responding; and the satisfaction and pride which grows from serving others. 
Episode 18
Today we hear from George Wiese, Executive Director of Mountain Top Music Center: 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; and the story behind the history Majestic Theater as the school's new home. 
Episode 17
Great leaders elevate organizations and communities, while simultaneously giving back.  Join Ethan Johnson, Account Executive at Chalmers, as he interviews local leaders who champion important causes in their community.  Today we hear from Nik Caner-Medley, professional basketball player & entrepreneur: opportunities beyond the NBA; inspiration on and off the court; understanding success;  importance of patience through the bumps in the road; creating opportunities for the younger generation.
Episode 16
Great leaders elevate organizations and communities, while simultaneously giving back. Join Mindy Prescott of Chalmers Insurance Group, as she interviews local leaders who champion important causes in their community.  Today we hear from Barbara Reilly, owner of Legal Eagles: what differs them from a traditional attorney’s office; how their relationships turn into referrals; advice for recently married couples; importance of wills; and how to talk to elderly family members about planning for the futu
Episode 15
Great leaders elevate organizations and communities, while simultaneously giving back. Join Business Development Specialist of Chalmers Insurance Group, Carissa Chipman, as she interviews local leaders who champion important causes in their community. Today we hear from Ryan Carey, owner of Noble Barbecue, Fire & Company and Pizza Pie On The Fly: 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.
Episode 14
Great leaders elevate organizations and communities, while simultaneously giving back. Join President of Chalmers Insurance Group, Steve Cote, as he interviews local leaders who champion important causes in their community. Today we hear from Amber Dalton, Owner of Spruce Hurricane: influences of being raised in an entrepreneurial family; attracting customers in an online/box store economy; innovating and being supported through challenge; importance and duty of giving back to one’s community.
Episode 13
Great leaders elevate organizations and communities, while simultaneously giving back. Join President of Chalmers Insurance Group, Steve Cote, as he interviews local leaders who champion important causes in their community. Today we hear from Brenda Thibodeau, Owner and VP of Green Thumb Farms: passion for farming and family drive this 3rd generation business; evolving to meet today’s consumer demands; responding and adapting in challenging times; incredible life experiences through the love of aviation.
Episode 12
Great leaders elevate organizations and communities, while simultaneously giving back. Join President of Chalmers Insurance Group, Steve Cote, as he interviews local leaders who champion important causes in their community.  Today we hear from Nick Orgo, Executive Chef and Owner of MANE Catering and Event Service: being raised to appreciate and share the passion for good food; collaborating with small business partners to create opportunity; and planning for and making community connections;
Episode 11
Great leaders elevate organizations and communities, while simultaneously giving back. Join Business Development Specialist of Chalmers Insurance Group, Carissa Chipman, as she interviews local leaders who champion important causes in their community. Today we hear from Julie Marchese, Founder/Race Director of Tri For A Cure: what it’s like to learn a loved one has cancer; how to be your own best advocate; why personal growth comes from within; and how she grew her cause through successful fundraising. 
Episode 10
Great leaders elevate organizations and communities, while simultaneously giving back. Join Marketing Specialist of Chalmers Insurance Group, Nina Cutter, as she interviews local leaders who champion important causes in their community.  Today we hear from Jennifer Bravo, Chef, Health Coach and Artist: 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 what community means to her.
Episode 9
Great leaders elevate organizations and communities, while simultaneously giving back. Join President of Chalmers Insurance Group, Steve Cote, as he interviews local leaders who champion important causes in their community. Today we hear from Dajuan Eubanks, President of Maine Red Claws: the importance of education beyond athletics; initiation and hustle leads to opportunity; reward of community presence and involvement; Maines hunger and love for the game of basketball. 
Episode 8
Great leaders elevate organizations and communities, while simultaneously giving back. Join 4th Generation Owner of Chalmers Insurance Group, Dottie Cutter, as she interviews local leaders who champion important causes in their community. Today we hear from Lindsay Skilling, CEO of Giffords Famous Icecream: her journey into the family business; what it is like working alongside family; manufacturing and staffing challenges during a pandemic; and what it means to stay even.
Episode 7
Great leaders elevate organizations & communities, while simultaneously giving back. Join President of Chalmers Insurance, Steve Cote, as he interviews local leaders who champion important causes in their community. Today we hear from Erin Mayo of Fryeburg Academy: what it means to be the first female in her position; how she's kept Fryeburg Academy relevant and exciting; how a pandemic has changed the student experience of a town academy; and her proudest moments at Fryeburg Academy. 
Episode 6
Great leaders elevate organizations and communities, while simultaneously giving back. Join President of Chalmers Insurance Group, Steve Cote, as he interviews local leaders who champion important causes in their community. 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; and how she is setting her family up for success and opportunity.
Episode 5
Great leaders elevate organizations and communities, while simultaneously giving back. Join President of Chalmers Insurance Group, Steve Cote, as he interviews local leaders who champion important causes in their community. Today we hear from George Cleveland of the Gibson Center for Senior Services: the many different careers that led him to his current position; the services the Gibson Center provides; who's influenced his career; and how the pandemic has impacted the social services sector.
Episode 4
Great leaders elevate organizations and communities, while simultaneously giving back. Join Account Executive of Chalmers, Bob Logan, as he interviews local leaders who champion important causes in their community. Whether you own a company or support a local passion project, this is the podcast for you. Today we hear from Brian & Denise McGrath owners of The Back Burner Restaurant: how they became involved in the industry; how they create a unique customer experience; and the future of their restaurant.
Episode 3
Great leaders elevate organizations and communities, while simultaneously giving back. Join Business Development Specialist, Carissa Chipman, as she interviews local leaders who champion important causes in their community. Whether you own a company or support a local passion project, this is the podcast for you. Today we hear from Kendra of Kendra Jarratt Coaching: how life brought her back to her true passion; how already being virtual helped her thrive; and how her clients' transformations inspires her.
Episode 1
Great leaders elevate organizations and communities, while simultaneously giving back. Join President of Chalmers Insurance Group, Steve Cote, as he interviews local leaders who champion important causes in their community. Whether you own a company or support a local passion project, this is the podcast for you. Today we hear from Brenda Leavitt of Badger Realty in New Hampshire: how she grew into her leadership role; what the pandemic has taught her; and how she is shaping the future of real estate.
Episode 2
Today we hear from Kim Brown of Harbor One Mortgage in Maine: how she ended up in the mortgage business; the biggest successes of her career; her guide to handling difficult conversations; how patience and clear expectations build client relationships; qualities to look for in business partners; and ways she gives back to the community.
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