The Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce is governed by an 18-person Board of Directors. Each board member is elected to a three-year term on the board, and each year our Chamber Members collectively have the opportunity to elect three board members. Our annual election is now open, and will run through 5PM on Wednesday, October 20. Please review the candidates below, and vote for up to three candidates. Each member business gets just one ballot to vote for up to three candidates.
Maggi Blue, owner of Magpie Creative and development consultant for MCH Meals on Wheels, has been working in marketing and communications for well over 20 years. She has a strong sense of design, and the ability to build and nurture relationships across many networks, an unwavering passion for community and a keen awareness of how to bring these all together for the greater good – whether for a client, a board, or her community. She has played integral marketing and communications roles during her time at PenBay Healthcare, LifeFlight, and the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce, along with countless clients – both non-for-profit and for-profit.
Maggi’s skillsets include branding, collateral production, product development and design, website design and maintenance, social media consulting, public relations management, development and fundraising, and email marketing – to name a few. Along with her professional work, Maggi is a creative through and through – spending any non-client time working in her studio creating jewelry, glass art, and pottery.
For two decades, Maggi has lived in Warren with Dwight, her husband, a 20-year veteran of the Rockland High School/Oceanside English department. Atticus, her 15-year-old son attends Medomak Valley High School and attempts to terrorize their 3 cats on a regular basis.
Lindsey is a Rockland based Business Development and Closing Agent for Red Door Title, which offers real estate transaction services such as title searches, legal document preparation and real estate settlement services to commercial and residential buyers and sellers of land or property. Her focus is to build relationships with real estate agents and mortgage lenders and provide top level service to their clients to ensure smooth transaction processing through closing. Lindsey would like to establish a larger presence in the local business community by participating in, and helping to grow membership, for the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Jeff and his wife Diane have lived in Rockport since 2015. Jeff is a Maine native, grew up in the western part of the state, is a University of Maine Chemical Engineering graduate, and did master’s level work in Administrative Science at George Washington University and earned management certifications from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He had a 35 year career in the pulp and paper industry spanning 12 manufacturing sites in Maine, Virginia, Michigan, and Wisconsin holding management, operations, and technical positions. Jeff was also the plant manager at FMC/DuPont in Rockland from 2015 to 2019.
Jeff is now president of J A Hamilton Consulting, LLC, a local business and operations management consulting firm established in 2019. Jeff is very active in the Midcoast community. He has been on the Chamber Board for several years, served as it’s Treasurer in 2020 and is the current Board Chair for 2021. He recently served a 3 year term as a member of the Select Board for the Town of Rockport. He is also a member of the Camden Rotary Club, a Director-at-Large for the Rockport Boat Club, and a member of the Camden Yacht Club. Jeff enjoys sailing, skiing, playing guitar, and powerboat racing.
Martha Kempe is the Head of School at Wayfinder Schools. She joined Wayfinder, formerly The Community School, in 2004 as Program Director of Passages, a home-based high school degree program for teen parents. Expanding the program to eight counties and opening it to any teen not succeeding in traditional high school. Prior to moving to Maine, Martha was Director of Grants and Contracts at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her past experiences include directing residential services for mentally disabled adults, coordinating educational programs at Slater Mill Historic Site, and apprenticeships at the Swain School of Design, assisting grantees at the National Endowment for the Arts, and teaching reading to elementary school children. Her formal education includes B.A., M.A. in fine and expressive arts therapy, C.A.S. in Educational Leadership and Maine Dept. of Education Administrator Certification. She loves seeing the creative process in action and the way it sheds light on our lives and souls. Martha’s two daughters and husband keep her guessing. Give her good books, dear friends and family scattered across the U.S. and she is happy. If not, she is content to hike Maine, explore new places or bask near any body of water.
I am a lifelong resident of Rockland and President of our family business Knight Marine Service which has been going strong on Main Street for 55 years. Community service is in my blood; my Mother Alice Knight was community person of the year in 2011. I am the current President of the Maine Lobster Festival, a current board member for the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce as well as the Sail, Power & Steam Museum and Station Maine. I sit on the Rockland Downtown Waterfront Ad Hoc Committee, and support many non-profits and am always willing to lend a hand to help our Community. I have a 12 year old son at the Oceanside Middle School and help out with any events that they have. My first term on the board was difficult with the pandemic and I know with another term, more can be achieved! I am so proud of this City, and how far it has come in my 55 years.
Jake was born in Rockland and raised in Midcoast Maine. After high school, Jake attended the University of Maine at Farmington.
His professional career began 23 years ago at MBNA call center, where he played a vital role as a high performing leader managing various teams in several departments. He moved on from there to become a branch manager at Bank of America for six years, followed by branch management at First National Bank. Jake brings his years of experience at a call center, together with retail/commercial banking, and residential lending, to his current role at First National Bank as Vice President & Senior Business Development Officer.
Jake also currently serves as Board President and Welcome Aboard Committee Chair for the St. George Business Alliance. Jake is an active member of the Midcoast Municipal Association, the Vinalhaven Chamber of Commerce, Penquis Steering Committee for Knox County, the Membership Committee for the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce, and is the Chair for the Camden Connect over Coffee Committee. Jake is also the most recent past President of the Rockland Main Street Board of Directors, where he served in various leadership positions during his 7 years of tenure on their Board.
Jake hosts a weekly walking program in downtown Rockland called “Walk with your Banker” each Monday at noon during the late spring, summer, and early fall.
Jake resides in Tenants Harbor with his wife Laura and their four sons.
I attended Rockland District High School and the University of Maine in Orono where I studied Business Management. I have been a Chamber member for over 10 years, and am nearing the end of my first term on the Chamber board.
I currently operate two businesses in Rockland. Rock Harbor Pub & Brewery, which is located on Main Street, in the heart of downtown Rockland. The other is Rock Harbor Brewing Co., which is on Payne Avenue. Rock Harbor Brewing Co. has a tap room and has distribution of Rock Harbor beer to hundreds of locations statewide.
Community Involvement (past & present)
– Maine Lobster Festival
– Pints for a Purpose
– Ducks Unlimited
– Rockland Main Street
– Chamber of Commerce
– Pints for Paws
– Several other charitable events throughout the year
I am a Maine Native and have lived and worked in the Mid-Coast Area for 24 years. I am the Business Partner with Michael Jones at Breakwater Design & Build, Inc where I have worked for 20 years. We provide construction services to customers in Mid-Coast Maine. I have also served on the Chamber of Commerce Board in the past, I did take a break while raising our children, now they grown I am ready to serve our community again. I have served on the Chamber, Habitat for Humanity and The Builders alliance in the past.
I am excited to help grow community awareness and support the local businesses in Mid-Coast Maine.