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The Grow Maine Show

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Stacey Giulianti of Florida Peninsula Insurance Co

Stacey A. Giulianti, Esq. is the Chief Legal Officer at Florida Peninsula Insurance Company, where he oversees the Claims, Special Investigations, and Legal Departments. He founded the company with his partners in 2005 and has since helped it grow to become the 6th largest homeowners insurance company in Florida. He has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1993. He is the Author of Florida Insurance Law, Thomson West Publishing, 2007-2019. Mr. Giulianti graduated from the University of Miami School of Law cum laude in 1993 (staff member, University of Miami Law Review). Stacey lives in Maine and offers great perspective on remotely managing a large company, and doing business in Maine vs. Florida. He is also adjunct faculty at Southern Maine Community College, teaching entrepreneurship.

48 min1 d ago
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Stacey Giulianti of Florida Peninsula Insurance Co

Joe Bruno of Community Pharmacy

Joe Bruno served as the State Representative for the towns of Raymond and Windham for 5 Legislative Sessions. He was a member of the Health and Human Services Committee, the Banking and Insurance Committee and the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee. He was elected House Republican Leader for two terms. He is the owner of Community Pharmacies, LP a nine store independent chain located throughout Maine. He was previously a Director of the Waldron Group of Companies. As Director, Joe served as CEO of Community Pharmacies before purchasing the company in September 2010. He has served as CEO of Goold Health Systems and Sable Oaks golf course in his capacity as a Director. After his departure from state politics, Joe was elected four terms to the Town of Raymond, Board of Selectmen and served as its parliamentarian and Chairperson. Joe serves as Town Meeting Moderator. He was appointed by Governor John Baldacci to serve on the Dirigo Health Board of Directors and was unanimous...

47 min1 w ago
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Joe Bruno of Community Pharmacy

Corky Ellis, Entrepreneur and Angel Investor

Corky Ellis was previously Founder and Chairman of Kepware, an industrial software communications company that sold to PTC, a Boston-based enterprise software company, in January 2016. Ellis has served as Board Chair of Maine Venture Fund (MVF) and Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) and is currently a board member of Coastal Ventures, a Maine-based venture capital firm. Corky also invests in and advises software startups, serves on several technical investment boards, and supports the Lewiston, Maine public school system in their effort to institute a K-12 software coding curriculum. Don't miss this story of entrepreneurial guts and grit, pivoting to a smaller market niche -- and having that decision pay off and lead to a very successful exit and a new career of giving back to the next generation of Maine entrepreneurs.

47 min3 w ago
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Corky Ellis, Entrepreneur and Angel Investor

Lucky to be Different, with Khaled Habash of Blue Lobster Gift Shop and Scenic Route Maine Tours

Khaled and Jen Habash are both adventurers at heart. Khaled grew up in the deserts of the Middle East while Jen was raised on the farmlands of central Maine, yet both share the same wanderlust and love of travel. They have traveled both solo and togetherthroughout the world. On a whim, Khaled packed his bags and headed for Juneau, Alaska; Jen soon followed. There, he sold shore excursions to cruise ship passengers and Jen spent her time as a tour guide.As luck had it, this set the blueprint for the next great adventure. After four great summers in Alaska, they came back home full of experience, enthusiasm and a family; thusThe Scenic Route Maine Tours&The Blue Lobster Gift Shopwere born. Don't miss this story of listening to the customer when your assumptions were wrong from Day 1, and using that management & learning style to handle the pandemic pivot.

47 minSEP 24
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Lucky to be Different, with Khaled Habash of Blue Lobster Gift Shop and Scenic Route Maine Tours

Graig Morin and Darrell Pardy of Brown Dog Carriers

Graig Morin has been in the Transportation industry for 21 years and President of Brown Dog Carriers for just over 3 years. Director of Business Development Darrell Pardy is an experienced entrepreneur who has led several Maine companies through strong growth, including Bristol Seafood &Thomas Moser. Together, they operate their steadily growing trucking company with safety and customers and drivers satisfaction as their top priority. Learn how a trucking company in southern Maine has positioned itself to be an enduring success.

45 minSEP 19
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Graig Morin and Darrell Pardy of Brown Dog Carriers

Pete Murray, CEO of DAVO Sales Tax

As the CEO of DAVO Sales Tax , Pete leads a talented team focused on removing the hassle of sales tax management from the to-do list of business owners and managers across America. DAVO integrates with popular Point-of-Sale systems such as Clover, Square, and Toast to set aside sales tax daily for merchants and then file and pay it to the state when due. With DAVO, merchants no longer need to even think about sales tax - “Sales Tax on Auto Pilot”. Joining DAVO on the back of a career in entrepreneurial businesses, Pete brings a strong technology background and proven leadership experience to DAVO. He believes that DAVO is the company to bring sales tax management into the modern age and is leading the DAVO team to deliver on this belief. Pete is also an avid sailor, skier and enjoys spending time with his family in Freeport, Maine.

47 minSEP 13
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Pete Murray, CEO of DAVO Sales Tax

Nick Baudoin, Co-Founder of Powermarket

Nick Baudouin is the Co-Founder and Director of Business Development at PowerMarket. PowerMarket has grown to 20 people since it’s humble beginnings 6 years ago. Located in NYC (although scattered around New England at the moment), PowerMarket isthe industry leader in bringing community solar management tosolar developers and bill savings to households. He graduated with a Masters in Energy, Trade and Finance from Cass Business School in the UK anda BA in Human Geography and Economics from Boston University.Before PowerMarket, he spent time with a geothermal company doing project development around North America. He played professional baseball in Ireland while living in Dublin, however his baseball talents are mediocre at best.

46 minSEP 5
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Nick Baudoin, Co-Founder of Powermarket

Sam Hotchkiss, CEO & co-founder of Reconnect

Sam combines technical skill with vision to identify markets and motivate teams. He's built and sold two successful tech companies, including Parka to Automattic, so he knows how to take on a problem and address it. When an acquaintance of his received a DUI, the difficult, outdated court mandated follow-up process struck him as an industry primed for disruption, as well as a place to do well by doing good. That led to the founding of Reconnect. Early in the process he would meet Ed Larson, an investor with a long history in the telco industry. The two would go on to found Call2test, a revolutionary tool for automated and randomized drug court check-ins. 2018 would see the release of ConnectComply, an app-based tool for participants to check in with just a selfie. Sam then saw another criminal justice market that needed disrupting; court-ordered monitoring. He asked the question “how do we replace bulky, expensive and stigma-inducing bulky ankle monitors?” and went on to rebuild t...

47 minAUG 19
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Sam Hotchkiss, CEO & co-founder of Reconnect

Mike Davis of Industrial Roofing Co.

Mike Davis is an owner & President of the IRC Industrial Roofing Companies in Lewiston, Maine. With over 100 team members, and offices in both Maine and Massachusetts, IRC is Northern New England’s leading commercial roofing, siding, and service company. IRC has been a winner of numerous Safety awards and the Customer Service Award from the Maine Family Business Awards. Mike earned a chemical engineering degree from the University of Maine and an MBA from the New York Institute of Technology. In his spare time he enjoys skiing with his kids and chasing Striped Bass on Casco Bay. Don't miss this interesting story of a business leader in a sector that doesn't get much attention but is leading the way in renewable energy and running strong through the economic recovery.

45 minAUG 11
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Mike Davis of Industrial Roofing Co.

Brett Wickard of Bull Moose & Fieldstack

BrettWickardfounded his first company, Bull Moose Records, after his junior year at Bowdoin College.Wickardoversaw Bull Moose's rise to become the largest retailer of music, movies, games, and books in northern New England.Wickardthen founded Crickery Wood - a provider of point of sale software and services.Wickard's newest company, FieldStack, fuses elegant inventory, point of sale, loyalty, and eCommerce modules with enhanced analytics, decision making and automation into a Lean Retail platform for medium to large sized retailers. This is everything the GrowMaine Show is passionate about -- being innovative, looking out for employees, building community, giving back -- in one remarkable business. Don't miss this interview with one of Maine's most innovative entrepreneurs operating with great success in a sector that most people think died when Blockbuster went away.

46 minAUG 4
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Brett Wickard of Bull Moose & Fieldstack

Latest Episodes

Stacey Giulianti of Florida Peninsula Insurance Co

Stacey A. Giulianti, Esq. is the Chief Legal Officer at Florida Peninsula Insurance Company, where he oversees the Claims, Special Investigations, and Legal Departments. He founded the company with his partners in 2005 and has since helped it grow to become the 6th largest homeowners insurance company in Florida. He has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1993. He is the Author of Florida Insurance Law, Thomson West Publishing, 2007-2019. Mr. Giulianti graduated from the University of Miami School of Law cum laude in 1993 (staff member, University of Miami Law Review). Stacey lives in Maine and offers great perspective on remotely managing a large company, and doing business in Maine vs. Florida. He is also adjunct faculty at Southern Maine Community College, teaching entrepreneurship.

48 min1 d ago
Comments
Stacey Giulianti of Florida Peninsula Insurance Co

Joe Bruno of Community Pharmacy

Joe Bruno served as the State Representative for the towns of Raymond and Windham for 5 Legislative Sessions. He was a member of the Health and Human Services Committee, the Banking and Insurance Committee and the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee. He was elected House Republican Leader for two terms. He is the owner of Community Pharmacies, LP a nine store independent chain located throughout Maine. He was previously a Director of the Waldron Group of Companies. As Director, Joe served as CEO of Community Pharmacies before purchasing the company in September 2010. He has served as CEO of Goold Health Systems and Sable Oaks golf course in his capacity as a Director. After his departure from state politics, Joe was elected four terms to the Town of Raymond, Board of Selectmen and served as its parliamentarian and Chairperson. Joe serves as Town Meeting Moderator. He was appointed by Governor John Baldacci to serve on the Dirigo Health Board of Directors and was unanimous...

47 min1 w ago
Comments
Joe Bruno of Community Pharmacy

Corky Ellis, Entrepreneur and Angel Investor

Corky Ellis was previously Founder and Chairman of Kepware, an industrial software communications company that sold to PTC, a Boston-based enterprise software company, in January 2016. Ellis has served as Board Chair of Maine Venture Fund (MVF) and Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) and is currently a board member of Coastal Ventures, a Maine-based venture capital firm. Corky also invests in and advises software startups, serves on several technical investment boards, and supports the Lewiston, Maine public school system in their effort to institute a K-12 software coding curriculum. Don't miss this story of entrepreneurial guts and grit, pivoting to a smaller market niche -- and having that decision pay off and lead to a very successful exit and a new career of giving back to the next generation of Maine entrepreneurs.

47 min3 w ago
Comments
Corky Ellis, Entrepreneur and Angel Investor

Lucky to be Different, with Khaled Habash of Blue Lobster Gift Shop and Scenic Route Maine Tours

Khaled and Jen Habash are both adventurers at heart. Khaled grew up in the deserts of the Middle East while Jen was raised on the farmlands of central Maine, yet both share the same wanderlust and love of travel. They have traveled both solo and togetherthroughout the world. On a whim, Khaled packed his bags and headed for Juneau, Alaska; Jen soon followed. There, he sold shore excursions to cruise ship passengers and Jen spent her time as a tour guide.As luck had it, this set the blueprint for the next great adventure. After four great summers in Alaska, they came back home full of experience, enthusiasm and a family; thusThe Scenic Route Maine Tours&The Blue Lobster Gift Shopwere born. Don't miss this story of listening to the customer when your assumptions were wrong from Day 1, and using that management & learning style to handle the pandemic pivot.

47 minSEP 24
Comments
Lucky to be Different, with Khaled Habash of Blue Lobster Gift Shop and Scenic Route Maine Tours

Graig Morin and Darrell Pardy of Brown Dog Carriers

Graig Morin has been in the Transportation industry for 21 years and President of Brown Dog Carriers for just over 3 years. Director of Business Development Darrell Pardy is an experienced entrepreneur who has led several Maine companies through strong growth, including Bristol Seafood &Thomas Moser. Together, they operate their steadily growing trucking company with safety and customers and drivers satisfaction as their top priority. Learn how a trucking company in southern Maine has positioned itself to be an enduring success.

45 minSEP 19
Comments
Graig Morin and Darrell Pardy of Brown Dog Carriers

Pete Murray, CEO of DAVO Sales Tax

As the CEO of DAVO Sales Tax , Pete leads a talented team focused on removing the hassle of sales tax management from the to-do list of business owners and managers across America. DAVO integrates with popular Point-of-Sale systems such as Clover, Square, and Toast to set aside sales tax daily for merchants and then file and pay it to the state when due. With DAVO, merchants no longer need to even think about sales tax - “Sales Tax on Auto Pilot”. Joining DAVO on the back of a career in entrepreneurial businesses, Pete brings a strong technology background and proven leadership experience to DAVO. He believes that DAVO is the company to bring sales tax management into the modern age and is leading the DAVO team to deliver on this belief. Pete is also an avid sailor, skier and enjoys spending time with his family in Freeport, Maine.

47 minSEP 13
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Pete Murray, CEO of DAVO Sales Tax

Nick Baudoin, Co-Founder of Powermarket

Nick Baudouin is the Co-Founder and Director of Business Development at PowerMarket. PowerMarket has grown to 20 people since it’s humble beginnings 6 years ago. Located in NYC (although scattered around New England at the moment), PowerMarket isthe industry leader in bringing community solar management tosolar developers and bill savings to households. He graduated with a Masters in Energy, Trade and Finance from Cass Business School in the UK anda BA in Human Geography and Economics from Boston University.Before PowerMarket, he spent time with a geothermal company doing project development around North America. He played professional baseball in Ireland while living in Dublin, however his baseball talents are mediocre at best.

46 minSEP 5
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Nick Baudoin, Co-Founder of Powermarket

Sam Hotchkiss, CEO & co-founder of Reconnect

Sam combines technical skill with vision to identify markets and motivate teams. He's built and sold two successful tech companies, including Parka to Automattic, so he knows how to take on a problem and address it. When an acquaintance of his received a DUI, the difficult, outdated court mandated follow-up process struck him as an industry primed for disruption, as well as a place to do well by doing good. That led to the founding of Reconnect. Early in the process he would meet Ed Larson, an investor with a long history in the telco industry. The two would go on to found Call2test, a revolutionary tool for automated and randomized drug court check-ins. 2018 would see the release of ConnectComply, an app-based tool for participants to check in with just a selfie. Sam then saw another criminal justice market that needed disrupting; court-ordered monitoring. He asked the question “how do we replace bulky, expensive and stigma-inducing bulky ankle monitors?” and went on to rebuild t...

47 minAUG 19
Comments
Sam Hotchkiss, CEO & co-founder of Reconnect

Mike Davis of Industrial Roofing Co.

Mike Davis is an owner & President of the IRC Industrial Roofing Companies in Lewiston, Maine. With over 100 team members, and offices in both Maine and Massachusetts, IRC is Northern New England’s leading commercial roofing, siding, and service company. IRC has been a winner of numerous Safety awards and the Customer Service Award from the Maine Family Business Awards. Mike earned a chemical engineering degree from the University of Maine and an MBA from the New York Institute of Technology. In his spare time he enjoys skiing with his kids and chasing Striped Bass on Casco Bay. Don't miss this interesting story of a business leader in a sector that doesn't get much attention but is leading the way in renewable energy and running strong through the economic recovery.

45 minAUG 11
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Mike Davis of Industrial Roofing Co.

Brett Wickard of Bull Moose & Fieldstack

BrettWickardfounded his first company, Bull Moose Records, after his junior year at Bowdoin College.Wickardoversaw Bull Moose's rise to become the largest retailer of music, movies, games, and books in northern New England.Wickardthen founded Crickery Wood - a provider of point of sale software and services.Wickard's newest company, FieldStack, fuses elegant inventory, point of sale, loyalty, and eCommerce modules with enhanced analytics, decision making and automation into a Lean Retail platform for medium to large sized retailers. This is everything the GrowMaine Show is passionate about -- being innovative, looking out for employees, building community, giving back -- in one remarkable business. Don't miss this interview with one of Maine's most innovative entrepreneurs operating with great success in a sector that most people think died when Blockbuster went away.

46 minAUG 4
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Brett Wickard of Bull Moose & Fieldstack
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