Amalgam Skis vs. McDermott Shapes

Episode Three: October 1

Greenlight Maine / Season Two

Sponsored by Maine Start Up and Create Week, Maine Angels, HOG

The Presenters

Amy Taisey
Founder / Co-Owner (Pic 1)
Phillip Taisey
Founder / Co-Owner (Pic 2)
Amalgam Skis is a small independent ski manufacturer building high performance skis locally in Freeport, Maine. It is our mission to engineer and manufacture superior products that inspire passionate athletes, while maintaining a stewardship to our environment and community. Amalgam Skis was founded in 2012, by co-owners Philip & Amy Taisey.
Ryan McDermott
(Pic 1)
Andy McDermott
(Pic 2)
McDermott Shapes is a small business, owned and operated by brothers, Andy and Ryan McDermott. Since 2004 they have dedicated themselves to building surfboards and stand up paddle-boards that are durable and custom designed for both riders and the type of waves they surf. Six years ago they opened Blackpoint Surf Shop in Scarborough; providing in-house board repair, restorations, custom shaping, and a full retail space. As of recent, Andy and Ryan are hoping to improve and grow board production, while continuing to focus on 'green' manufacturing possibilities within the surfboard industry. After receiving a Seed Grant in 2013, Andy and Ryan have worked closely with the Maine Technology Institute (MTI), testing various composites in the hopes of finding a manufacturing process that is environmentally conscious without sacrificing quality or board performance.

The Judges

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Susan Morris
Susan Morris is a real estate developer and Principal of The NewHeight Group, a consulting firm specializing in providing marketing, branding and business strategy to organizations developing new products and services or repositioning existing ones. Susan is a Maine Angel and actively engaged in Maine Startup and Create Week, Women Standing Together, TopGun and the House of Genius. She has built and exited from several businesses. Prior to having her own businesses, Susan worked for 13 years for Marriott International. She is co-author of a college textbook, Hospitality Sales: A Marketing Approach and serves as a speaker, adjunct professor and facilitator.

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Laurie Lachance
Laurie Lachance is Thomas College’s 5th President and the first female and alumna to lead the College in its 122-year history. From 2004-2012, Laurie served as President and CEO of the Maine Development Foundation. Prior to MDF, Laurie served three governors as the Maine State Economist and before joining state government, she served as the Corporate Economist at Central Maine Power Company. A frequent author and speaker on leadership, education, and the economy in Maine, she holds an undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College, an MBA from Thomas College and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Laurie was inducted into the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame in 2014 and has been the recipient of several awards, most recently being recognized by Maine Magazine as one of the 50 Mainers Charting the State’s Future and making the Mainebiz NEXT list as a trailblazer in her industry. Laurie chairs the Boards of Educare Central Maine and the Maine Independent Colleges Association, is a Trustee of Foxcroft Academy and a Board member of Educate Maine.

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Briana Warner
Briana is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of programming to address island and remote coastal communities’ priorities related to strengthening diverse economies, and workforce development initiatives.

Prior to joining the Island Institute, Briana started Maine Pie Line, a wholesale bakery that exclusively employed newly resettled refugees. The business received extensive media coverage in the Boston Globe, Portland Press Herald, and other national and local media outlets and was awarded the Portland Entreverge Award. Briana’s work with the company earned her a spot as one of the 50 semi-finalists nationally for the “Eater Young Guns” award in 2014.

Before launching Maine Pie Line, Briana served with the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer. While in the Foreign Service, Briana served as a Political Officer and Special Assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium, and the Political/Economic Section Chief in Conakry, Guinea. She also served at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya. Briana holds a BA from George Washington University and an MA from Yale University in International Affairs and Economic Development.
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