As President/CEO of Jøtul North America, Bret has led a lean transformation that began in 2001 and continues today, utilizing a sustainable continuous improvement culture. Under Bret’s leadership, Jøtul has grown from 13 employees as a distributor to manufacturing assembly of sheet metal fabrication with 95 employees.
All products sold in North American market are developed in Gorham, ME headquarters for North American hearth products market. Jøtul has been a finalist or winner in the Best Companies to Work in Maine in 2006, 2008 and 2010 and won the 2009 Governor’s Award for Business Excellence in the state of Maine.
Bret received a BS degree in Economics/Psychology Magna Cum Laude from St. Lawrence University and a MBA from the University of Vermont.
The Manufacturers Association of Maine and partners are making a big splash in Maine with 40 events being hosted state-wide from Washington to York counties. These tours engage industry, students, teachers, parents, and community leaders to celebrate the opportunities in modern manufacturing.
Lisa G. Martin is executive director of the Manufacturers’ Association of Maine and has over 20 years in economic, workforce and business development. Since 1989, Lisa has had extensive experience with businesses, state and federal agencies, education institutes and Maine’s workforce.
She leads the effort to build the Manufacturers’ Association as an economically strong industry through partnerships and collaborations with other industries, with state and federal agencies and organizations and within the precision manufacturing industry.
Lisa directs the association with emphasis on economic development, membership growth and liaisons with associations, government, business leaders, legislature and state and national agencies.
Lisa chairs the Maine Technology Institute Precision Manufacturing Board and is an Alumni of the Maine Development Foundation’s Leadership Maine Mu Class.
Lisa holds a BA from University of Southern Maine, a Master of Science degree in Community Economic Development (CED) from New Hampshire College and an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. Lisa lives in her home town of Portland.
Marion Sprague is the outreach communications director at the Manufacturers Association of Maine. She started with MAMe is 2011 as the programs and events coordinator and through the industry driven work with the association learned about the vibrant manufacturing sector in Maine.
In June of 2013 she took on her new role as the outreach communications director. She takes her passion for the manufacturing sector into this new role where she will focus on promoting technology and manufacturing related career opportunities and tell the story of modern day manufacturing to students, teachers, parents and the general public.