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: 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.
Jess is a Maine Native who joined Maine PTAC as part of the Sunrise County Economic Council. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing and Finance from Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire. Jess graduated from Franklin Pierce University in December of 2019, then moved to Washington County to join her fiancé, a lobster fisherman. Jess previously worked in the banking industry in Washington County and enjoys creating a positive environment for her clients to obtain their goals and succeed. Jess resides on Beals Island with her fiancé and two dogs and 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.
Christopher Paradis is a life-long Mainer who recently joined the PTAC team after more than ten years promoting workforce development with Maine’s Community College System (MCCS). Prior to joining MCCS, he gained more than twenty-five years of marketing, sales, and international business experience with Philips Lighting-Somerset, NJ and Elmet Technologies-Lewiston, Maine. Christopher is a customer-driven business professional with a strong focus on internal and external customer relations and win-win business solutions coupled with a desire to give back to community through a combination of volunteer participation and micro-philanthropic activities. Christopher serves Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford 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.
John works with Native American businesses and Tribal Enterprises throughout Maine to win federal, state, local, and tribal government contracts. In addition, he assists businesses with: government registrations and certifications related to selling to the government; interpretation of regulations; finding opportunities; marketing to government buyers; proposal development; post-award activities and more. He has diverse experience with over 30 years in Financial Services, Sales, Marketing, and Data Analytics and has held positions for MBNA, Bank of America, VZW, Athenahealth, Maximus, and Dun & Bradstreet. John graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science in Economics.
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.
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