How Mainers are making money in 2013
Take a drive around the Pine Tree State and you’ll see evidence of the new Maine economy, a sometimes tense collaboration of metro flair and country tenacity unified by an intense devotion to work as homage to place. Time and again, we heard from the Mainers profiled here that excelling at their job is a way to make the state they love even better. There’s a humble sense of community that remains old-fashioned even as Maine modernizes. Business, of whatever stripe, is personal, and success is a village concern.
To find out how Mainers make it, Down East interviewed eleven members of Maine’s top ten industries, selected by the number of people the industry employs, and, therefore, its presumed breadth of influence. (Healthcare and education deserve a brief note here: While they are bundled as one industry by the Department of Labor, we have profiled them separately to better illuminate their distinct roles in our state’s economy.) While it may go without saying that there were many more voices than could be included here, we hope that these brief profiles serve as entertaining glimpses of our larger economy. And so, without further delay, from fire rangers to lobbyists to a lighthouse restoration specialist, north and south, urban and rural, here are stories from working Maine.
- The Mentor: Emanuel Pariser
- The Baby Catchers: Ellie Daniels and Donna Broderick
- The Hipster Honchos: Pete and Kim Erskine
- The Haute Host: Peggy S. Liversidge
- The Influencer: Severin Beliveau
- Master of Play: Barrett Brown
- King of Credit: Michael Dubyak
- The Lighthouse Keeper-Upper: David Nazaroff
- The Woodsman: Jeremiah Crockett
- The Cat Whisperer: Hilda Taylor
- The Anti-Diva: Suzanne Nance