Sponsored by:

Augusta Civic Center and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

A Night of Community and Celebration!

The 2023 Kenney Awards was one for the books! It was great to be back at the Augusta Civic Center and to see everyone dressed in their best formal attire. We had an amazing time celebrating the incredible achievements of the region’s greatest organizations and exceptional individuals. Thank you to everyone who attended and joined us in celebrating our community. 

Special thank you to the sponsors of the 2023 Kenney Awards. This event would not be possible without your support. 

Congratulations to this year's Awards Winners!

Business Person of the Year

Ingrid Stanchfield

Large Business of the Year

Kennebec Savings Bank

Small Business of the Year

Pickle's Potions

President's Circle Winner

American Awards

Community Service Winner

Chris Vallee

Cynergy Professional

Matt James

Congratulations to this year's Awards Finalists!

President's Circle Award

Hershey's Ice Cream

One River CPAs

Community Service Award

Carrie Arsenault

Rebecca Pushard

Cynergy Professional Award

Heather Allen

Michael Hall

Thank you to our 2023 Kenney Award Sponsors

Headlining Sponsors

Central Maine Power

Central Maine Pyrotechnics

Cross Insurance

Headlight Audio Visual, Inc.

Red Carpet Sponsor

Serra Public Affairs

Entertainment Sponsor

PERFORMANCE Foodservice - NorthCenter

Live Voting Sponsor

Ganneston Construction Corp

Photo Booth Sponsor


Platinum Sponsors

Everett J. Prescott Inc.

G&E Roofing

Lajoie Bros, Inc.

MaineGeneral Health

Cocktail Hour Sponsor

One River CPAs

Door Prize Sponsors

Day's Jewelers, Union Office Interiors

Reception Sponsors

Bourget & Banda, Boys & Girls Clubs of Kennebec Valley, Capital Area Federal Credit Union, J.S. McCarthy Printers, Macomber, Farr & Whitten,  Rizzo Mattson, REALTORS®, Senator Inn & Spa, Sprague & Curtis Real Estate, The Meadows Golf Club, University of Maine at Augusta, Wipfli, LLP, Woodlands Senior Living

Bronze Sponsors

C. Caprara Food Service Equipment, cPort Credit Union, Gardiner Federal Credit Union, Lipan Katz & Boston, Rodrigue and Associates Eye Care, Statewide Towing, Inc.

Women's Network Luncheon

Victoria Abbott

Executive Director

Bread of Life

Presenting on her leadership journey.

February 8th | 11:30AM-1PM

Augusta Civic Center

$25 Member $35 Non-member

Register Here

Sponsored by:

Kennebec Savings Bank and MaineGeneral Health

Cynergy Behind the Scenes

Cushnoc Brewing Co. - Tasting Room

February 8th | 5:30-7PM

40 Front Street, Augusta, ME 04330

Get an inside look at the brewing process and hear about the leadership journeys of the owners of Cushnoc.

Register Here

Sponsored by:

Central Maine Power and Maine Savings Federal Credit Union

Business After Hours

Hosted by:

Maple Hill Farm Inn & Conference Center

February 22nd | 5-7 PM

11 Inn Road, Hallowell, ME 04347

Come network with businesses and win some great door prizes!

Register Here

Sponsored by: Cross Insurance and Kennebec Savings Bank

Beverage Sponsor: Valley Beverage

Member News

Local Maine Athletes Sign First NIL deals with Maine Businesses

In the past month, Pliable Marketing in Augusta has announced two name, image and likeness partnerships for local Maine athletes with Maine businesses. 


Pliable athlete Riley Geyer (Augusta, ME) from the Norwich University football team has signed a name, image and likeness (NIL) partnership with The End Zone Pizza & Deli and the Countryside Diner restaurant. Geyer, a former standout quarterback at Cony High School in Augusta will receive compensation for the use of his name, image and likeness, including the production of a commercial for The End Zone Pizza & Deli and the Countryside Diner restaurant.


Pliable athlete Maddie Niles (Benton, ME) from the Lawrence High School field hockey team announced she has signed a name, image and likeness (NIL) partnership with Hilltop Boilers, a Maine maple producer in Newfield. Niles is a former Miss Mini Maine Maple winner and model. She will receive compensation for social media posts and promotional appearances for Hilltop Boilers. The partnership is the first of its kind for a Maine business and a Maine high school athlete.


Pliable was also recently featured in this news story on News Center Maine. 


To see the full list of Pliable athletes, including several from Maine, visit PliableMarketing.com/pliable-athletes

Make-A-Wish Maine

Make-A-Wish Maine is creating life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses in your community. Join them for their Mornings with Make-A-Wish event on Wednesday, February 8th. Learn about how the wish experience brings hope to the entire wish family and hear Kate Vickery, Make-A-Wish Maine CEO, and Nichole Rutherford, Director of Development, discuss the various ways that you or your business and employees can get more involved with our mission.


RSVP by February 6th by emailing Nichole Rutherford: nrutherford@maine.wish.org

Welcome Home Breakfast for Vietnam Era Veterans

Vietnam Era Veterans and a guest are encouraged to sign up for their FREE Vietnam Era Veterans 'Welcome Home' breakfast, 9 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 29 at the Augusta Civic Center. Sign up for tickets here: give.classy.org/vietnamveteranbreakfast


Held by the Travis Mills Foundation, which serves recalibrated veterans and their families at its Retreat in the Belgrade Lakes Region, the event was established as a way for founder, SSG Travis Mills, to say 'Thank you' to veterans of the Vietnam War era.

The SECURE Act 2.0 Offers Incentives to Businesses and Employees for Retirement Plans. With the signing of the omnibus spending bill into law, employers and employees can take advantage of the expansion of credits and opportunities created for workplace retirement plans under SECURE Act 2.0.

Read more here: 


MAINE ARTS ACADEMY, a free public charter high school specializing in the arts, is pleased to announce the purchase of the former Veterans’ Home in Augusta, Maine. The 69,615± SF building, located at 310 Cony Road, is situated on 8.9± acres near the Capital Area Sports Complex and Viles Arboretum. The property was purchased on January 4, 2023. 


“Maine Arts Academy has grown in enrollment every year it has been opened and we are excited to continue to expand programming to any high school student in the state of Maine who is interested in a free public arts education. We look forward to moving to our new centrally located home”, said Heather King, Head of School at Maine Arts Academy. “We feel honored to purchase the former Veterans’ Home with the support from Maine Charter School Commission, Kennebec Savings and Sprague & Curtis while continuing the Veterans’ Home legacy of excellence.” 


Maine Arts Academy is Maine’s only free public high school for the arts serving approximately 80 Maine communities. Bussing is available from a number of bus hubs. MeAA provides a rigorous college and career preparatory curriculum and well-rounded arts education to enrich the lives of our students. For more information please visit www.maineartsacademy.org or contact Diane Manter, dmanter@maineartsacademy.org or call 207-618-9808 extension 901. For more information about our relocation, please contact Heather King, Head of School, at 207-816-0173. 

The Mendall Financial Group LLC Team has been voted by Forbes as the Best-in-State Wealth Management team! Read more here: 


One-of-a-kind Training Program Piloted by Kennebec Valley Community College

Kennebec Valley Community College has created and launched a one-of-a-kind training program for Virtual Assistants. An up-and-coming profession in the new world of remote work, virtual assistants support businesses and companies in marketing, administrative, and management tasks.

The training is part of the Remote Work for ME program through the Maine Community College System, which is also offering other occupational programs in jobs that can be done remotely. In addition to these occupational programs, Deputy Executive Director of Workforce Training and Remote Working Joshua Howe has created self-guided training around topics such as working in a remote environment and leading a team of remote workers.

Through the Virtual Assistant Training program, trainees will receive a certificate in either project management or digital marketing. Trainees also gain experience in using a selection of modern web- based tools, communication techniques, and accessing business resources throughout Maine.

Each cohort of trainees is led through the 5-month training program by Monique Bouchard, who meets weekly with the group to provide support and expertise. Bouchard's experiences as an entrepreneur, business mentor, and marketing communications consultant have given her an insider's understanding of the skills needed to help support Maine's business community.

Businesses and organizations can request help from a virtual assistant in KVCC’s training program here:



New Members

Bourget & Banda

Darrick Banda, (207) 623-3731



Central Maine Title Company

Kayla Tracy, (207) 622-7505




Corvette Repairs of Maine

Chuck Mailhot, (207) 333-7955



Maine Beef Alliance

Stasha Baldwin, (207) 530-6520




Make-A-Wish Foundation

Nichole Rutherford, (207) 221-2306



Member Anniversaries

40+ Years

G & E Roofing Co., Inc., Gosline Insurance Group, Hammond Lumber Co., Kennebec Journal, KeyBank, Knowlton Hewins Roberts Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, KV Federal Credit Union, Le Club Calumet, Inc., Macomber, Farr & Whitten, Maine Evergreen Hotel, Maine Instrument Flight, Meadow Park Development Corp., Plummer Funeral Home, Senator Inn & Spa, Sprague & Curtis Real Estate, The Copy Center 

30+ Years

Dead River Company, Delta Ambulance, J.S. McCarthy Printers, Maine State Museum, MaineGeneral Health, Marketplace at Augusta, Wipfli, LLP


20+ Years

Kennebec Valley Council of Governments, Kristie Rowell Insurance Agency, Maine State Credit Union, Neokraft Signs, Inc., Quirion Insurance Agency, Readfield Insurance Agency, LLC, Richmond Insurance Agency, SCORE, Windsor Fair

10+ Years

Cornerstone Insurance Agency, Inc., Darling's Chrysler, Dodge, Hyundai, Erickson Bonding & Insurance Associates, Inc., Gosline Retirement Planning, J/R Metal Frames, Karen Johnson CPA, LLC, Kennebec Wealth Management, Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance


5+ Years

AARP Maine, Capitol Insights, Day's Jewelers, Emery's Meat & Produce, Gardiner Federal Credit Union, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, KYOCERA Document Solutions New England, Maine Information Network, Maine Laser Skin Care and Medi Spa, Serra Public Affairs



Affinity LED Lighting, Ameriprise Financial - D. Farago, Androscoggin Home Healthcare & Hospice, Burano's Wood-Fired Pizzeria of Hallowell, Capital City Chiropractic, Cloud 9 Restaurant, Dave Dostie Photography, Gagne and Son, Hancock Lumber, Lallis and Higgins Insurance, Maine Dental Association, Maine Osteopathic Association, Monkitree, The Whiskey Kitchen, Weathervane Restaurant & Lounge, Winthrop House of Pizza

KVCC Board of Directors

Tim Walton, Chair*

Walton External Affairs, LLC.

Michele Pelletier, Chair Elect*

PERFORMANCE Foodservice - NorthCenter

Amy Marston, Vice Chair*

Central Maine Power Company

Matthew Tardiff, Treasurer*

J.S. McCarthy Printers

Earl Kingsbury, Past Chair*

City of Augusta

Cathy DeMerchant, Human Resources*

Capital Area Staffing Solutions, Inc.

Katie Doherty, President & CEO*^

Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce

* Executive Committee  ^ Full-Time Executive

Randall Anderson

The Meadows Golf Club

Joyce Blanchard

The University of Maine at Augusta

Karen Boston

Lipman Katz & Boston, P.A

Nathan Cotnoir

Camden National Bank

Lori Dube

Sprague & Curtis Real Estate

Sue Grenier

G&E Roofing Co., Inc.

Eric Jermyn

Cross Employee Benefits

Robbi Lockhart

Team EJP

Steven Marson

Central Maine Pyrotechnics

Nicole McSweeney

MaineGeneral Health

Stacey L. Morrison

Ganneston Construction Corp.

Rebecca Pushard


Lynn Quirion

Macomber, Farr & Whitten

Alec Rogers

Maine Evergreen Hotel

Andrew Silsby

Kennebec Savings Bank

Special Counsel

Dennis Carrillo

Cloutier Carrillo, Capitol Law, PLLC

KVCC Staff

Katie L. Doherty, President & CEO

Lindsay L. Corbett, Chief Operating Officer

Melissa L. Walden, Membership & Development Manager

Jennifer M. Quint, Marketing & Events Coordinator

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