Early Bird Breakfast June 2023 - "The Maine State Chamber Report"
"The Maine State Chamber Report to Our Region"
The Maine State Chamber is excited to bring “the State Chamber to your region,” enabling us to hear first-hand about the concerns of the Bangor region’s local business, as well as providing an opportunity to present the latest public policy information that employers need to know. We hope you will join the State Chamber and the Bangor Region Chamber for this important legislative update.
Linda joined the Maine State Chamber of Commerce in January 2008, and serves as the Senior Government Relations Specialist in Taxation and the Director of Grassroots Advocacy. Previously, she held the position of director of Government and Public Affairs at the Maine Pulp and Paper . She is a graduate of Saint Anselm College, with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology. Linda attended Central Connecticut State University for additional studies in taxation and accounting and is a graduate of Connecticut School of Broadcasting.
Ben Lucas, Senior Government Relations Specialist
Ben Lucas comes to the Maine State Chamber of Commerce after serving as the first ever Executive Director of the Maine Jobs Council. Prior to the Maine Jobs Council, Ben served as a member of Senator Susan Collins’ successful 2020 re-election campaign staff. He was also an adviser to Marty Grohman’s Independent Congressional Campaign in Maine’s First District, and worked in the Energy, Environment & Municipal Practice Group at the law firm of Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer, and Nelson. As an Augusta native, Ben has considerable experience with Maine political campaigns and public policy. Ben has been active in several public policy and campaign efforts, both at the state and federal level. These experiences have allowed Ben to develop an understanding of the Maine economy and business community. He has become an expert in effective advocacy efforts and coalition building. Ben has great experience working on issues with both sides of the political spectrum and brings competence, energy, passion, and intelligence to this important work.
Peter Gore, Human Resources/Labor Consultant
Peter has been with the Maine State Chamber of Commerce since 1994, serving initially as the Senior Governmental Affairs Specialist, and since 2008, as the Vice President for Advocacy and Government Relations. In this capacity, Gore represents the Chamber's network of more than 5,000 business members before the Maine Legislature, the Office of the Governor, and the public in the specific areas of workers' compensation law, labor/management issues, and healthcare/health insurance and economic development topics. Peter is a graduate of the University of Maine at with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and a minor in Sociology.
Julia Munsey, President & CEO
Julia Munsey became president of the Maine State Chamber in March of 2023, succeeding Dana Connors, who retired as Chamber president after nearly 30 years at the helm. Munsey previously was Membership & Corporate Development Director for the Maine International Trade Center (MITC), where she led MITC’s efforts to attract and retain members and develop and steward relationships with corporate donors, and helped secure support for MITC’s programs and events, helping Maine businesses grow internationally. Munsey was a key leader in bringing the Cross Insurance Center to Bangor. She also created the Cross Insurance Center Advisory Board and the Troop Greeters Museum in Bangor. A Maine native, Munsey is a graduate of Orono High School and the University of Maine. In 2009, she earned Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) from the Public Relations Society of America. Munsey currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the University of Maine Alumni Association, Girl Scouts of Maine, and the Cross Insurance Center Advisory Board. She also serves on the Boards of Directors for BanAir and the Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership.