At its annual meeting this week, Machias Savings Bank announced seven new corporators. The following have been voted on and approved by the existing companies of Machias Savings Bank: Marci Booth of LIHC Investment Group in Portland; Seraphina Erhart of Maine Coast Sea Vegetables in Hancock; Luke Holden of Luke’s Lobster in Portland; Cathy Manchester of Keller Williams Realty in Portland; Paul Paradis of Paradis True Value in Bar Harbor; Hugh Reynolds of Greenhead Lobster in Stonington; Drew Sigfridson, SIOR of The Boulos Company in Portland.
“We are proud to support a variety of industries across the state, and these companies are a representation of the diversity of the companies we work closely with. We are proud that they are joining us, ”said Larry Barker, CEO of Machias Savings Bank. [quote needs approval]
Marci Booth – LIHC Investment Group (Portland)
Leader, operations visionary and financial enabler with over 20 years of experience, Booth is an expert in the management and growth of organizations. Currently, she is CEO of LIHC Investment Group, a national real estate group specializing in the acquisition and preservation of affordable housing. Prior to joining LIHC, Booth merged her own consulting firm with MacPage, where she was a director and leading the management consulting practice focused on outsourced CFO services and strategic business management.
A native of Maine and a USM alumnus, Booth was a founding member and treasurer of the Scarborough Education Foundation and a member of the advisory board of the Brick and Beam Society. She joined the USM Foundation Board in 2017 and is a member of the Steering Committee of Mercy Hospital Fore River in Portland. Booth is a resident of Scarborough.
Seraphina Erhart – Sea Vegetables from the Coast of Maine (Hancock)
Erhart’s parents founded Maine Coast Sea Vegetables in 1971, which allowed her to see the small business grow around her and spend spring and summer days on the rocky shores while her parents harvested. Currently, she works as a Managing Director, supporting the company’s 22 employee team through stages such as building a new facility, developing an employee share plan, certified compliance biological and food security and human resource needs.
In addition, she sits on the Maine Sea Grant Policy Advisory Panel as a representative of the seaweed industry and is an active member of the Maine Seaweed Council. Erhart is a resident of Franklin.
Luke Holden – Luke’s Lobster (Portland)
Holden is a third-generation lobster who aimed to bring a true Maine lobster roll to New York City after moving there after college. His business has since grown to include locations in Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, Las Vegas, Miami, San Francisco, Tokyo, Singapore, and Maine.
Holden sits on the board of directors of the Lobster Institute, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, the Maine Aquaculture Co-op, and the Tenants Harbor Fisherman’s Co-op, which he helped found. In 2018, Luke’s Lobster continued its commitment to sustainability and socially responsible business practices by becoming a certified B Corporation®. That same year, Luke’s was named Global Supplier of the Year by Whole Foods Market and received its Purpose Driven Empowerment Award. Luke’s Lobster is also part of the 2018 INC 5000 and Holden was named one of the 2018 Top 100 Real Leaders. During his career he was also included on the “30 Under 30” lists of Forbes, Inc and Zagat as well. that Crain is 40 under 40 and was recently interviewed on NPR’s “How I Built This” podcast. He lives in South Portland.
Cathy Manchester – Keller Williams Realty (Portland)
Manchester is COO of the Greater Portland Keller Williams Market Center, the third most profitable market center for Keller Williams Realty in 2020. Manchester entered real estate in 1996 after a 15-year career in law enforcement. law, during which she was the first female police chief in the state of Maine. She graduated as a major from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy and was the first woman in Maine to graduate from the FBI National Academy.
Manchester was the recipient of the Business Achiever of the Year Award from Gray / New Gloucester, the Maine Women’s Fund Award and the Thomas J. Hardy Award for Global Excellence from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. She has volunteered with the Senate Speakers’ Affairs Advisory Council, the Maine Real Estate Commission and as a councilor for the City of Gray. Manchester is a resident of Raymond.
Paul Paradis – Paradis True Value (Bar Harbor)
After attending Babson College and serving in the Coast Guard for 5 years, Paradis joined his family’s hardware business, which he has run for 25 years. In 2020, he was elected to the Hancock County Commission and is currently Treasurer of the Bar Harbor Yacht Club. Paradis served on Bar Harbor City Council for 13 years and on the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative for 6 years. He resides in Bar Harbor.
Hugh Reynolds – Green Head Lobster (Stonington)
Reynolds has owned Greenhead Lobster, a family business since 1997 that focuses exclusively on fresh wild-caught Stonington lobster. He oversees all aspects of the operation from his headquarters at Stonington Wharf and has grown the business to 5 locations in Maine and New Hampshire. Reynolds is passionate about providing a top quality product supplied by the local intergenerational fishing community and served on the board of directors of the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative from 2012 to 2019. He resides in Deer Isle.
Drew Sigfridson, SIOR – The Boulos Company (Portland)
Since 1998, Sigfridson has worked with The Boulos Company, focusing on new business development and brokering investment and development projects in Maine and New Hampshire. As Managing Director, he leads the strategic growth and operations of Boulos brokerage offices in Portland, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He was a director and past chairman of the Maine Commercial Association of Realtors, past chairman of the Maine Real Estate & Development Association, and past chairman of the board of Avesta Housing.
Sigfridson is the co-founder of an Opportunity Zone Fund that focuses on sourcing and sub-writing qualified Social Impact Investments in an Opportunity Zone in a 17 state region. He resides in Portland.