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Bath-Brunswick Regional Chamber's Annual Awards Dinner Presented by Clark Insurance and One River CPAs 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM St. John's Community Center 43 Pleasant Street , Brunswick

 

2024 Annual Awards Dinner Presented by Clark Insurance and One River CPAs- Event Details

BBRC Annual Awards Dinner
Friday, March 8, 2024
St. John’s Community Center (43 Pleasant Street, Brunswick)
5PM-8PM (program begins at 5:45)

Eight award winners will be recognized for their outstanding contributions to the Bath-Brunswick Regional Chamber and the communities we serve. 

Catered by: Cook’s Lobster & Ale House
Videos Produced by: Sturdy Production
Sponsors (as of now, many more welcome): Clark Insurance, Wilcox Wellness and Fitness 

 

Agenda for the Evening
5PM   Guest Registration/Guest Arrival Begins

          Happy 45/Networking Begins

          Appetizers available

5:45    Call to seats

          Welcome Address (Board Chair Shannon Anketell)

          Sponsor Recognition (Executive Director Cory)

5:50    Dinner Break

6:30    State of the Chamber Address (Cory)

          Cornerstone Sponsor Announcements

          2023 Accomplishments; 2024 Look Ahead

6:45    Award Presentations (4)

7:20    Dessert Break

7:25    Final four Award Presentations

8:00    Event ends

 

Award Honorees Summary

You will learn much more about our award winners with their videos and the write-ups that we will publish leading up to and following the event, however in brief, here is what makes our eight honorees such valuable members of our region:

Glenn Hutchinson has been an influential leader for years, and as the CEO of Bath Savings Institution has helped shape this region into what it is today.  Beyond the impact Bath Savings has on the businesses and citizens in the region, Glenn has also created a corporate culture that makes every branch, regardless of location, feel like the hometown branch. Glenn is the 2024 Harry C. Crooker Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, which goes to individuals who have gone above and beyond to help make the Bath-Brunswick region thrive over decades of work. 

Ray Nagel of Independence Association is a leading advocate for adults with disabilities and has helped raise the awareness of mental health both across our region and statewide.  Being less out-front than other non-profits due to the sensitive nature of the work, Ray has worked with legislators to craft better bills to address specific needs and has grown Independence Association to one of the most reputable organizations in their industry anywhere.  Ray’s leadership style is driven by his 22 years of military service in the Army where he reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  For his leadership and military background, the veteran’s committee has selected Ray as the 2024 recipient of the prestigious Joshua L. Chamberlain award

Morgan Miller is a midwife, lactation consultant, and owner of Soft Corner Midwifery. Morgan started her business from zero clients in March of 2020 when she and her partner moved to Maine, to now owning a thriving birth center and midwifery practice in Bath. Soft Corner has expanded from just Morgan to now three midwives, two assistant midwives, and a care team of six professionals. Their story is a tremendous one which we can’t wait to share with you and Soft Corner Midwifery is the recipient of the 2024 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award.

Evan Gleason of Clark Insurance is, to put it plainly, a top-notch human.  He received glowing nominations from several people in the area not only for his professionalism and knowledge in his industry, but also for the care and welcoming approach he gives to all he interacts with.  We’ve noticed the same attributes in the projects he has helped with at the BBRC as Evan has been an active member of several committees and was involved in all three of our major events of the BBRC last year.  Evan is the 2024 Volunteer of the Year.

Jen Charbonneau, along with husband Nick, have become leading voices and supporters of the chamber and advocates for all things Harpswell since taking over Cook’s Lobster & Ale House seven years ago.  Beyond what they do as business owners, they are through-and-through community leaders in helping with whatever is needed, including their great work with the Harpswell Home Heating Assistance program, and many more fundraisers. Jen joined the BBRC Board of Directors in the little spare time she has, and has helped our organization immeasurably.  She has partnered with the chamber on several big and small projects, is a sound voice in the meetings, and is a huge supporter of what we do.  Chamber Board President Shannon Anketell has selected Jen to be the 2024 President’s Award recipient. 

Reform Physical Therapy, our 2024 Small Business of the Year and Hammond Lumber Company, our 2024 Large Business of the Year have lots in common. They’ve built strong company cultures and their employees are engaged with numerous community projects and events because it’s clear they make it a priority.  They are both truly industry leaders in their fields, and their engagement in our BBRC programs, makes them more than worthy of our recognition. 

Reform Physical Therapy is led by Jill Partridge who chose Brunswick as the company headquarters just over two years ago, while also having a Topsham branch.  Jill is a straight-forward leader, who walks the walk and engages in seeming everything the region does. 

Hammond Lumber Company is led out of Brunswick by Jason Gagnon, and we have had the pleasure of seeing the intense support the give the community at the Midcoast Tree Festival. Furthermore, they do so much in the region.  The sheer number of local contractors they network, and support, is astonishing and the community volunteering their staff does in inspirational. 

Finally, we have our 2024 Non-Profit of the Year.  Often, we have honored non-profit organizations doing great work by using another category, but we created this stand-alone category this year.  In awarding this for the first time, Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association stood out to us for their unbelievably active year in representing the fisherman in our region, creating work transition programs, launching the monkfish stew initiative, and supporting their industry when climate change crisis and legislative policies have struck in a negative way.  We’re honored to recognize MCFA for their hard work. 

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