Ken has over 30 years of experience in government procurement. The son of a small businessman, Ken understands the pressures and benefits of running a business. With a degree in government from Suffolk University, Ken began his career in defense in the greater Boston area, working for the DoD and other government agencies. He also served as the government contracts administrator and export manager for a PTAC client. He lives in Bangor with his wife. He enjoys hiking, snowshoeing and kayaking. Ken serves Central Maine: Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis, and Waldo Counties.
Bryan is a Maine native who joined Maine PTAC after several years at Central Maine Community College. He has a professional background in workforce development and marketing. In addition to translating “government-speak” to “business-friendly English”, Bryan enjoys the process of creative planning within small business. He is immersed in soccer where he coaches for multiple clubs and at the collegiate level. He currently lives in Bowdoin with his wife and newborn daughter. Bryan serves Midcoast Maine: Franklin, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, and Somerset Counties.
Dana joined Maine PTAC in 2014 through the Northern Maine Development Commission in Caribou. He has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine School of Business, with a concentration in Finance. A Fort Fairfield native, Dana was happy to return to “The County” after graduation to begin his career in Houlton, where he currently resides. Before NMDC, Dana was with Ward Cedar Log Homes for over 28 years as Director of Sales and Marketing. He enjoys the challenges and rewards that come with government contracting. Dana serves Northern Maine in Aroostook County.
Katie joined Maine PTAC as part of the Sunrise County Economic Council. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Community Studies from the University of Maine at Machias and is working to complete a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Creighton University. Katie previously worked as a case manager in Washington County for several years. Prior to that, she owned and operated a hair salon. She lives in Machias with her husband, children, and their three German Shorthair Pointers. Katie serves Downeast Maine in Washington County.
Miranda joined Maine PTAC in 2020. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Husson University and is working to complete a master’s degree in Adult and Higher Education Administration from the University of Southern Maine. Miranda previously worked for numerous colleges/universities including Husson University and the University of Maine, Augusta. Her passion is helping her clients navigate through complex processes and empowering them to reach for their goals. She lives in Orono with her husband, daughter, and four dogs. Miranda serves Penobscot, Piscataquis, Hancock and Waldo counties.
Ed retired from the U. S. Navy after 26 years as a Navy Supply Corps Officer. He worked for many years in various commercial manufacturing and supply chain roles with Whirlpool, Staples, Exelon, and LL Bean. For seven years, Ed worked as a Maine PTAC counselor in central Maine. He later joined the executive branch of Maine State Government as Deputy Warden at the Maine State Prison, and was ultimately appointed as Director of the State of Maine’s Bureau of General Services (BGS). Ed has earned BS degrees from the University of Nebraska and Southern New Hampshire University, and an MBA from the University of Michigan. After retiring from Maine state government, he rejoined Maine PTAC and currently serves as the PTAC procurement counselor for Androscoggin, Cumberland, Oxford and York counties.
Morgan joined Maine PTAC in 2020. Before joining the team, he spent 15 years working in recreational programming in higher education and municipalities. His experience and certification as a life coach enhance his ability to problem solve and provide a quality customer experience to PTAC clients. As a Counselor, Morgan creates a positive environment for businesses that helps them succeed. Morgan serves York County and the Greater Portland area of Cumberland County. He is an active outdoor enthusiast and enjoys all the wilderness adventures that the State of Maine has to offer.
Preston works with Native American businesses and Tribal Enterprises throughout Maine to win federal, state, local and tribal government contracts. He has diverse experience with government contracting, starting his career as a procurement specialist with the first national American Indian Procurement Technical Assistance Center in the Southwest. He quickly advanced to managing a Native American incubator program in Metro-Phoenix and managing a statewide Native American Business Enterprise Center in Arizona. During his time in Arizona he assisted with forming the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Arizona. When he was Director of Business Development for national Native American public television and radio, he was recruited by Ho-Chunk, Inc. to manage All Native Systems, a tribal 8(a) enterprise. After Preston did his short tour of the mid-West he returned to Arizona to rejoin the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development as a Senior Procurement Specialist. Preston is an enrolled tribal member of the Navajo Nation and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from New Mexico State University located in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Mike joined EMDC in 2017 and performs outreach to businesses, community partners and stakeholders by connecting them with opportunities and resources for government contracting. Mike also manages the EMDC Brownfields program that focuses on the redevelopment and reuse of properties. Mike grew up working in a family-run business that was open 365 days a year. He received a Business degree from the University of Maine and spent many years providing insurance, financial and retirement services to individual and business clients. He volunteers with a number of community and civic organizations, especially those that focus on family and youth programs. Mike and his wife have two adult children, one grandchild and enjoy the festivals and roads-less-traveled throughout Maine while camping, paddling, hiking, biking, skiing and snowshoeing.
Jennifer holds a Master’s in Community Counseling and is a career coach and resume writer with over seven years of experience in the career services industry. After moving from Tennessee to Maine in 2017 after her husband left the Army, they started a small orchard and vegetable farm. When not providing program assistance for PTAC, you can find Jennifer writing career-related nonfiction or urban fantasy.
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