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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.

Theresa Cloutier, DMM, Inc.
Theresa is a Managing Partner with two sibling’s partners at DMM, Inc. a privately held manufacturing company her father founded in 1983 based in Scarborough, ME. The company specializes in digital document and direct marketing solution’s and in 2010 was named a Xerox Global Service Provider. Theresa is responsible for the marketing and customer experience as well as board governance. She has a BA in Psychology and Marketing from the University of Southern Maine and a Master’s in Educational Psychology from Boston College. Theresa was recently named the 2015 recipient of the Crystal & Company FFI GEN Scholarship in Family Business from The Family Firm Institute in Boston. A graduate of USM’s FastTrack Program for entrepreneurs, she also serves on the board of the New England Direct Marketing Association and a member of the MyPlaceTeen’s 500 Club.

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.

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.

Harry Fraser, The Fraser Consulting Group
Harry is President of The H.G. Fraser Group, a management consulting firm specializing in helping businesses move to the next level. Previously Harry held the positions of: CEO of Alcom, LLC, a premier trailer manufacturer headquartered in Winslow, ME; CEO of Johnny’s Selected Seeds, a 100% employee-owned company headquartered in Maine; CEO for Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers of Auburn, ME; Manufacturing Plant Manager of an $800M business segment of Digital Equipment Corporation in Augusta, ME. Harry holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Husson University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern Maine and is a Certified Business Valuation Analyst. He has a passion for family-owned businesses and is a student of ESOP’S. He sits on the Board of Directors for a number of employee-owned and family-owned businesses. He is the past chair of IFOB and speaks regularly at various business events on succession planning, board development and strategic planning. He currently spends most of his effort working with clients as an independent Trustee, Board Director and business consultant in their transition to employee ownership.

Jane Hilburt-Davis, Key Resources, LLC
Jane Hilburt-Davis, ACFBA, is President of Key Resources, LLC, a Boston-based consulting firm. She is President Emeritus of the Family Firm Institute and past Academic Director of the Global Education Network. She received the prestigious Richard Beckard Practice Award in London for her outstanding contributions to family business practice. Jane is the author of many articles and case studies, and has trained, mentored and coached hundreds of family business advisors. She is senior author of the widely acclaimed book, “Consulting to Family Businesses” and co-author of, “Family Enterprise: Understanding Families in Business and Families of Wealth,” both published by Wiley. Jane serves as consultant and advisor to family businesses throughout the United States, and has taught in the family business field in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia. 

Thomas Hussey, Hussey Seating Company
Thomas Hussey is the Perma National Sales Manager and part of the sixth generation ownership of Hussey Seating Company, which was founded in 1835 and is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of spectator seating. Thomas came to work at Hussey Seating Company in 1997 after working in the financial industry and management of sports arenas. In his 17 years at Hussey Seating Company, he has gained extensive knowledge of managing a family business and how it differs from other 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. 

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