by Dustyn Bailey and Bryan Roche
Here at Maine Icons, we enjoy following the progress of the various leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs in Maine business that we’ve profiled so far. It’s awards season, so there’s plenty of good news to share as the summer comes to a close. Let’s take a peek at what these folks have been up to….
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Great news for Maine as three Icons and their private companies have earned a spot on this year’s Inc 5000 list. In total, 10 Maine companies made this year’s list, and three can be connected back to one of our Icons. Savilnix, led by Maine Icon Heather Blease, was first among Icon-connected companies at #617. The Brunswick-based operation made the annual list after experiencing 9,000% growth over a three-year period. Tilson Technology Management, led by Maine Icon Joshua Broder, saw an increase of 251% with revenue of $44.2 million over the last year. Rounding out the group of Icons, the Shannon Kinney-led Dream Local Digital made the list after seeing a 122% increase in revenue since 2017. Congratulations to all these icons on their success!
Additional congratulations are in order for Kevin French of Landry/French Construction and Shawn Moody of Moody’s Collision Center after each of their companies was named to the annual Best Places to Work In Maine list. This recognition is awarded to businesses that work to foster an outstanding workplace environment, based off the feedback of their employees.
Susan Corbett and Axiom Technologies recently learned that their digital literacy program, the Axiom Education and Training Center, was chosen to receive a generous grant of $699,503 from the Maine Commission for Community Service. The funds will support 16 AmeriCorps workers that will be tasked with training people to effectively utilize today’s technology — all with the goal of shrinking the digital divide.
The 13th annual REAL Trends “The Thousand” list recognized David Banks and his team at RE/MAX by the Bay for their success so far in 2018. This list, which appeared in the Wall Street Journal, features those across the nation who have achieved the highest sales volumes this year. Congratulations to the David Banks’ Team for earning a spot on the list under the team sales volume category!
Under the leadership of Andrew Silsby, Kennebec Savings Bank has been recognized as the top rated bank in Maine by Forbes. Drawing data from Statista, Forbes compiled the list based on a combination of: terms and conditions, branch services, digital services, financial advice and trust. Congratulations to Kennebec Savings Bank for scoring a 89.45 with an emphasis on trust provided from their customer feedback!
Landry/French Construction, led by Maine Icon Kevin French, has recently completed the long-anticipated Colby College Alfond Commons project, right before the beginning of the fall semester. This project provides Colby with a new mixed-use building on Maine Street in Waterville. This marks a special occasion as it is one of the hallmark projects in the city’s effort to revitalize downtown. Congratulations to all involved!