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Advisory Board of Directors
John Beauregard, Beauregard Equipment
A graduate of Champlain College, John and his brother Carl now run their family business. Beauregard Equipment was founded in 1968 by Bob Beauregard, as a Family-Owned and Operated business, providing construction equipment products and support services. Groomed from childhood and cross-trained in sales and rentals, service and parts, John can answer most questions on the spot. The company has full service locations in Colchester, VT Concord, NH and Bangor & Scarborough, ME.
Together, the brothers share a memory of Beauregard Equipment, maintain its character and values, and are proud to see it flourish in their generation. As they grow, they pass on their knowledge and family values to all employees who in turn, carry the personal Beauregard touch to all of their customers. As a family-owned and operated business, they put people before their machines, literally. To learn more about John click here.
Janet Cole Cross, Cole Cross Connections, LLC
Janet Cole Cross is a lifelong advocate for family business. As third generation family member of Cole’s Express, she first worked outside, then inside and also consulted to family businesses. She served as a founding board member for the Institute for Family-Owned Business for 19 years and founding member of the Women’s and Next Generation affinity groups. She has been an active member of family business programs at the Wharton School, UNH, Northeastern University and The Family Firm Institute. Most recently, Janet created and developed Peer Advisory groups for the Next Generation, which she facilitates. As owner of Cole Cross Connections, LLC, Janet coaches the Next Generation, as they create their own unique development and career plans.
Maddy Corson, AMG Associates
Maddy Corson is known for actively working to preserve the unique legacies of family-owned businesses. As the Chairman and Publisher of the former Guy Gannett Communications, a Portland-based, family-owned media company, Maddy successfully translated into business the skills she had gained from her extensive leadership work for Maine non-profits. After fifteen years of service to the Institute board, Maddy enjoys being on the Advisory Board.
Harry Fraser, Alcom LLC
Harry G. Fraser is Chief Executive Officer of Alcom LLC, a premier trailer manufacturer headquartered in Winslow, Maine. In addition to his leadership role at Alcom, Harry is also President of The H.G. Fraser Group, a management consulting firm specializing in helping family businesses move to the next level. Prior to his association with Alcom, he was the General Manager of Johnny’s Selected Seeds, the Chief Executive Officer for Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers and previously served as the manager of an $800M business segment of Digital Equipment Corporation.
Harry holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Husson University, a MBA from the University of Southern Maine and is a Certified Business Valuation Analyst. He has a passion for family owned businesses and is on the Board of Advisors for a number of family owned businesses in Maine and Massachusetts. He is the past chair of the Institute for Family Owned Businesses and speaks regularly at various family business events on succession planning, board of advisor development, and strategic planning for family businesses.
John Isaacson, Lee Auto Malls
John A. Isaacson, past chair of the board of directors of IFOB, is the CEO, an equity partner and a board member of Lee Auto Malls. He started with the company as a salesperson in 1983 and held various management positions within the company before obtaining his current position in 1996.
John has held a variety of leadership roles, including board chair and chair of numerous key committees, for St. Mary’s Health System in Lewiston. He also serves on the boards of directors of Community Clinical Services; Covenant Health Systems (board chair); Greater Atlantic Insurance Company; Key Royal Insurance; Covenant Health Systems Insurance Limited and is a founding trustee of the Maine Auto Dealers Health Insurance Trust.
John grew up in Lewiston, Maine, where his family has lived for over 115 years. He is a 1980 graduate of Lewiston High School and a 1984 graduate of Dartmouth College (cum laude). He lives in Cumberland, Maine with his wife and 2 children. To learn more about John click here.
Maureen Costello Wedge, Sun Media Group
Maureen Costello Wedge is Vice President, Human Resources and part of the fourth generation ownership who manage Sun Media Group, which includes a daily newspaper, 12 weekly newspapers and their websites, a commercial printing division, real estate holdings and a software development company. Maureen has worked at the Sun Journal since 1988 and has served in leadership positions in a variety of industry and community associations. Maureen has extensive knowledge in all aspects of managing a family business, including human resources, employee relations and benefits and compensation.