Maine MEP announces Manufacturing Day keynote speaker
AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Maine MEP) is pleased to announce Carroll Thomas as keynote speaker at their annual national Manufacturing Day celebration. The event will be held on October 5, 2018, at 10 a.m., at Casco Bay Molding, 63 Smada Drive, Sanford, Maine.
Thomas is director of the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of the U.S. Department of Commerce, where she leads a nationwide network of MEP centers that focus on helping U.S. manufacturers strengthen their supply chain integration and access new technology, which helps increase their global competitiveness. She previously was associate administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Office of Small Business Development Centers.
Prior to joining SBA, she served in various leadership functions at NIST MEP. She has more than 30 years of entrepreneurial and small business development experience and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Drexel University in Design and a Master of Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University in International Business.
Maine MEP thanks longtime board member Dana Connors for service
AUGUSTA, Me. - Dana Connors, president of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, recognized for his 19 years of service on the Manufacturing Extension Partnership
(Maine MEP) Board of Directors.
"We appreciate Dana's unflagging support for our mission. Throughout his service, he always understood the value of our program and promoted it at every opportunity," said Muriel Mosher, president of Maine MEP. "We thank him for his service to Maine MEP."
A graduate of the University of Maine, Connors became president of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, the state's largest business association, in 1994. In that position, he oversees a broad range of activities, including advocacy efforts, economic and workforce initiatives, and a variety of member services for the business community. Connors has received numerous service and leadership awards, including an honorary doctorate from University of Maine and induction into Junior Achievement's Maine Business Hall of Fame.
Maine MEP's board of directors work with the management team to determine the program's vision and mission, engage in strategic planning, approve programs and services, educate legislative and governmental stakeholders, and ensure financial and risk management, among other responsibilities.
Maine International Trade Center President's Award Presented To
Muriel Mosher, Maine MEP President
A valued friend and partner to Maine International Trade Center for many years, Muriel Mosher has served as a member of the MITC Board of Directors since 2005. Under Muriel's leadership, the Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) and MITC have developed a mutually beneficial relationship that has led to significant export success for Maine's small manufacturers. Beyond the close organizational ties, however, Muriel has also been a tremendous source of support and guidance to both MITC presidents with whom she has worked. Muriel has announced her retirement from Maine MEP at the end of 2018. The staff, board, and alumni of MITC offer our sincere thanks for all she has done for MITC, Maine MEP, and our shared clients. We wish her nothing but the best.