High Tech / Biotech - A Client Panel

    February 28, 2019
    8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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    University of New England, Ludcke Auditorium
    710 Stevens Avenue
    Portland, ME 04103

    Join us on Feb 28th from 8:00 – 10:00 am as we talk with leading high-tech and biotechnology industry partners about what impacts their industries and their ability to grow and expand, and what trends, future opportunities and future challenges they foresee.  Learn how design and construction impacts their ability to meet their goals and what they look for in an A/E/C partner. 


    8:00 – 8:30: Registration and Networking

    8:30 – 9:30: Client Panel

    9:30 – 10:00: Networking


    Peter J. DelGreco - President & CEO, Maine & Co.

    Peter serves as President and CEO of Maine & Co., a privately funded business attraction and economic development organization. Charged with helping companies establish successful and profitable operations in Maine, Maine & Co.’s Board of Directors consists of top executives from Maine’s business community. During Peter’s tenure, Maine & Co. has attracted numerous companies to Maine that now employ thousands of people across the state. Through his leadership, companies from various sectors, growth stages, and sizes have found locations throughout the state of Maine. Portfolio companies include: athenahealth, Sun Life Financial, Carbonite, Grand Rounds, Grove Collaborative, and Wayfair.

    Prior to joining Maine & Co. in 2004 as the Director of Client Services, Peter worked in Boston and Washington, DC, in the food industry. Peter was responsible for building new operations in those geographies. Responsibilities included: general management, sales, relationship building, inventory management, and forecasting.

    Peter is a graduate of Colby College and he earned his MBA from the University of Southern Maine. Peter and his wife and son reside in North Yarmouth, Maine.

    Marianne Naess, Nordic Aquafarms

    Marianne joined Nordic Aquafarms Inc last year as Commercial Director in the US where is responsible for sales, marketing, communications and all downstream activities. She comes from a position as Commercial Director at McKesson’s Norwegian subsidiary. She has previously held several executive positions in international corporations in areas such as business development, strategy and organizational development. She also has more than 10 years’ experience as a management consultant in EY and Andersen. Nordic Aquafarms started as a family business, thus she has been following the development of the projects since the very beginning. She is really excited to having joined the team full time when moving to Maine last fall.

    Marianne holds a M.A. in International Studies and a Master´s degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon. She also holds a B.A. in Communications from California Lutheran University.

    Patrick C. Taber, LEED AP

    Pat Taber is a Facilities Engineer for the JAX Engineering Department and is responsible for providing a full range of advanced professional engineering services within the architectural engineering discipline in support of campus wide physical plant construction, repair, operation and facilities planning programs.  He performs and/or oversees integrated architectural planning, design, and development, and provides strategic professional leadership, guidance, technical coordination, and review to architectural & engineering consultants and supports internal staff on a project basis. He also provides professional construction management of capital construction and renovation projects. His prior experience includes General Manager/Project Manager for Hewes & Company, a high end home construction company in Blue Hill, Maine and Construction Project Manager for Eastern Maine Medical Center and associated outpatient facilities in the Bangor, Maine region. Prior to that he was a Project Design Manager for Ames A/E. He was responsible for marketing, managing, construction cost estimating and specifications development for governmental, military, institutional, industrial and commercial clients throughout Maine.

    Timothy Pinkham

    Timothy has a degree in Biomedical Sciences and minors in Chemistry, Micro Biology, and Criminal Justice from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. He has worked at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences for six years and was previously a Material Design Engineer for over six years at Molnlycke Healthcare in Wiscasset, Maine.  He also has five years of residential construction experience. Timothy was born and raised in East Boothbay. 

    He currently manages the 74,000 sq. ft. of buildings on Bigelow's 64-acre campus. Timothy was the Clerk of the Works for the 15,000 sqft residence at Bigelow and GC for the 4,000 sqft greenhouse construction and involved from the beginning of those projects through punch list.


    Fran Harrison – CMO SMRT Architects and Engineers

    Fran Harrison is CMO of SMRT Architects and Engineers, a full service firm practicing nationwide in Science/Technology/Industry, Healthcare, Justice, Government and Education (smrtinc.com). She sits on the board of BioME and the Biopharma Committee for FocusMaine. Her work finds her frequently in Boston/Cambridge, today’s epicenter of life sciences, where she serves as a vice president and board member for the Massachusetts Building Congress. Previously, Fran led the communications, government relations and corporate philanthropy functions globally for Fairchild Semiconductor, beginning with its spinout as the industry’s first management led LBO, through eleven acquisitions, its IPO, and growth to the leading provider of power semiconductors worldwide. At Fairchild (now ON Semiconductor) she was a member of the CEO’s staff that built new or upgraded manufacturing facilities in the United States, China, Malaysia, the Republic of Korea, and the Philippines.  She started her technology career at National Semiconductor (now Texas Instruments) when she was recruited to handle communications and government relations during the construction of the +$1 billion wafer fabrication plant in South Portland.


    Aside from street parking, UNE offers free parking in the Bishop Street Extension Lot. A shuttle bus runs continually between campus and the Bishop St. Lot, Mon-Fri, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Waiting time for the shuttly is usually under 10 minutes. The shuttle drops off at building #19, and Ludcke Auditorium (pictured below) is building #3. See campus map here.


    $55.00 SMPS NNE Member

    $55.00 SMPS Member (Outside NNE Chapter)

    $75.00 Not-Yet-a-Member

    $250.00 Program Sponsorship & 1 Registration