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Woodlands Senior Living honored at Maine Family Business Awards

May 18, 2018
Woodlands Senior Living ownership, family and longest-serving employees accept Renys Large Business Award at 2018 MFBA; from left, Bob Pelletier, Pam Smith, Joyce Walters, Linda Johnston, David Walters, Lon Walters, Kerry-Sue Walters, Matthew Walters, Jennifer Walters, Jill Sirois, Rose Hale, Sue Plisga.

Rockland — Woodlands Senior Living, which operates Woodlands Memory Care of Rockland, was named the Renys Large Business of the Year at the 2018 Maine Family Business Awards. Woodlands Senior Living was selected from 24 finalists out of a record-breaking 186 nominations at the 19th annual awards.

The award is described by MFBA as “celebrating an outstanding family business with 25 or more full-time employees, and which demonstrates excellence in all facets of business, including family involvement, succession planning, communication, and value being family-owned and community service.”

Woodlands Senior Living founder, President and CEO Lon Walters, along with his son, Matthew Walters, chief operating officer and co-owner, accepted the award on behalf of the organization.

Woodlands Senior Living provides residential care for Maine seniors. The organization first opened in 1980 and now consists of 12 assisted living and specialized memory care communities in eight locations — Brewer, Cape Elizabeth, Farmington, Hallowell and Hillside Terrace in Hallowell, Lewiston, Rockland and Waterville. The organization employs more than 325 people statewide and cares for more than 500 residents.

The Maine Family Business Awards, presented by The Institute for Family-owned Businesses in partnership with MEMIC, and hosted by News Center Maine anchor Cindy Williams, recognize exemplary small and large Maine-based and family-owned businesses. A panel of independent judges determines winners based upon criteria that include the nature of family involvement, the success of the business, work environment, commitment to employees, contributions to the community and innovative practices or strategies.

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