"Family-owned businesses are one of the driving factors in the Maine Economy.  Having the Institute as a resource for family businesses in Maine helps these businesses succeed and prosper."
- Maddy Corson, AMG Associates


Catherine Wygant Fossett, Executive Director

Prior to joining the Institute for Family-Owned Business (IFOB) in 2014 as its executive director, Catherine was the executive director of the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce where she oversaw the 50th Anniversary of Windjammer Days, developed the Claw Down lobster bite competition, and annually produced the region’s definitive travel guide. She is a graduate of the Maine Association of Nonprofits’ Executive Leadership Institute.

Catherine’s prior experience includes 20 years in the travel industry, at Hewins Travel, as director of marketing, and Hurley Travel Experts, as director of sales. A graduate of Bates College, she has served on dozens of boards including the Advertising Club of Maine, the World Affairs Council of Maine, MidCoast Chamber Council, Mobilize MidCoast Maine leadership committee, Maine Sports Commission, and Rotary.  She currently serves on the Board of the Amputee Association of Maine, the  committee for the Boothbay Treasures #Giving Tuesday and the Advisory Board for the MWM Maine Women Magazine and the Boothbay Sea and Science Center.  She lives with her husband in the MidCoast, is an avid boater and outdoor enthusiast with a love of great food and local crafts.

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Listen to a recent interview with Catherine Fossett and IFOB Board member, David R. Ciullo from HR Power Hour, CMA Career Management Associates and Dale Carnegie Maine about the IFOB.  Click here or on the image below.


Listen to a recent interview with Catherine on Love Maine Radio and learn more about the IFOB.  Click here or on the image below.


To learn more about how you can join the IFOB family contact:


Catherine Wygant Fossett
Executive Director
Institute for Family-Owned Business
P.O. Box 3364
Portland, ME 04104

207.798.2667 - catherine@fambusiness.org - www.fambusiness.org

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