McKeever ‘subject matter expert’ for Maine Bureau of Insurance

CAMDEN — For the 11th year, Allen Insurance and Financial’s Gene McKeever has served as an official “subject matter expert” of questions for the property casualty producer license exams given by the Maine Bureau of Insurance.

Each year, when it offers insurance exams to those seeking licensure in Maine, the state Bureau of Insurance calls upon experienced insurance executives from around the state to review exam questions for accuracy. The bureau seeks experienced insurance professionals who have reputations of honesty and integrity and a high degree of specific and current industry knowledge of their field.

This year, McKeever joined officials from the Maine Bureau of Insurance and other consultants in reviewing questions on the Maine property/casualty producer license exam for both the law section and general property/casualty sections of the test.

McKeever, who specializes in marine insurance, is one of 10 licensed property/casualty consultants in Maine who can help the state in this way. At Allen Insurance and Financial, McKeever runs the in-house license education program. Working with the state Bureau of Insurance is an extension of his belief in the importance of continuing education for all his colleagues, he said in a news release.


Camden International Film Festival director named to Forty Under 40 list in Maine

PORTLAND— Camden InternationalFilm Festival’s founder and director Ben Fowlie has recently been named to the Forty Under 40 list of Maine’s emerging generation of leaders. Fowlie will be honored during a presentation on July 14 by the sponsors of the list, Maine Today Media.

Fowlie was nominated for his work in creating and directing the fast-growing, and internationally recognized film festival now in its seventh year. The Camden International Film Festival highlights documentary film and nonfiction storytelling, screening over 50 of the year’s best films annually throughout Camden and Rockland, connecting audiences with filmmakers and key industry leaders from around the globe in intimate post-screening Q&A’s, panels, workshops and special events. The festival takes place this year Sept. 29-Oct. 2.


Last January, Fowlie was included in the list 20 Under 40: Industry Leaders To Watch Out For compiled by Thom Powers, director of documentary programming for the Toronto International Film Festival. Currently he sits on the nominating committee for both features and shorts for the Cinema Eye Honors in New York City, an annual awards presentation recognizing exceptional craftsmanship in nonfiction storytelling. Fowlie is a co-founder and programmer for The DocYard, a bi-weekly documentary screening series held at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, Mass. A frequent panelist and juror at festivals, he was most recently a juror for shorts at the Silverdocs Film Festival in Washington, D.C. and a panelist at the SXSW Film Festival and Sheffield Doc Fest in the United Kingdom. In 2008 he worked closely with the filmmakers of “The Way We Get By” on their New England theatrical run and works as a consultant and festival strategist for several emerging documentary filmmakers.

The Forty Under 40 list was created by Maine Today Media this year to recognize the state’s emerging generation of leaders who are making significant contributions in their career field and in their community.


Walck is Pen Bay employee of the month

ROCKPORT — “Lee is a wonderful asset to Kno-Wal-Lin. She shines like a bright, beautiful star, she makes all her patients feel special and she has a kind, gentle and reassuring way with dementia patients.”

This is just one of many glowing comments made by Lee Walck’s colleagues at Kno-Wal-Lin in support of her nomination as Employee of the Month for May.

Lee Walck, CNA, has been a home health aide with Kno-Wal-Lin for a little more than two years. She had done the same kind of work in Connecticut for six years. When she and her husband, Dave, moved to Maine in 1998, they bought and managed several Dunkin Donut stores, but Walck missed home health care. She took a job installing Lifeline equipment for KWL, and was delighted when Marcia Van Buskirk encouraged her to apply for a home health position.

“It’s so wonderful to really love to get up in the morning and know you are going to do something that you are passionate about,” said Walck in a news release. “The reward for this job is every single day, when the client gives you that look, or says that wonderful thing, that makes you want to soar.”

Walck was raised in Richmond, Va. She and Dave have four children and two grandchildren. They live in Lincolnville Center. In her free time, Walck likes reading, sewing, kayaking and snowmobiling.

Kno-Wal-Lin celebrated Walck’s selection as Employee of the Month with a surprise party and a cake, and many colleagues dropped in to congratulate her.

Edward Jones branch is tops in region for client service

CAMDEN — Ken Gardiner and Connie White of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Camden recently received the firm’s Client Service Excellence award for being the number one client service provider in their region.

“We are honored to receive this award,” Gardiner said in a news release. “The Client Service Excellence award is special because it is a direct reflection of the relationships we have with our clients.”

Jim Weddle, Edward Jones’ managing partner said, “Ken and Connie are outstanding members of the Edward Jones team. While all of our associates understand the value of client service, it’s obvious that they have been striving to provide the best service for their clients.”

This honor was bestowed upon the team based on the results of a survey in which random clients were asked to rank the service they received from the teams of their local Edward Jones branch offices.