Samuel W. Collins
Samuel W. Collins has been a Director since 2001. He has been President of S.W. Collins Company since 1981. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and a minor in Government from St. Lawrence University. Mr. Collins was awarded the Maine Dealer of the Year Award by the Retail Lumber Dealers Association of Maine in 1992. His community service has been recognized by his being named a Paul Harris Fellow of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
Jean M. Deighan
Jean M. Deighan, joined the MMG Board of Directors in 2014. She is Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Deighan Wealth Advisors, an independent wealth management firm located in Bangor, Maine. Ms. Deighan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maine School of Law. She is a graduate of the American Bankers Association National Graduate Trust School at Northwestern University and the American Bankers Association Trust Management School at The Kellogg Graduate School of Business. She is a Certified Financial Planner™. Ms. Deighan’s community service has been recognized by her being named a Paul Harris Fellow of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International and by receiving the Greater Bangor Chamber of Commerce Athena Award, the City of Bangor Paul Bunyan Citizenship Award, the Maine Business School Achievement in Business Award, and the University of New England’s Deborah Morton Award for Professional and Community Service.
Dawn Hill, Esq.
Dawn Hill has been a Director since 1990. She is a small business owner and served as a Maine State Senator from 2010 to 2018. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Juris Doctorate from West Virginia University Law School.
Michael D. MacPherson
Michael D. MacPherson has been a Director since 1997. He is the President/Owner of Just Value Associates. He has been the owner of several communications businesses in the Presque Isle area and has been Vice President and owner of Future Security, Inc. since 1993. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Maine at Orono. He was a Captain in the U.S. Army at the Signal School in Fort Gordon, Georgia. Mr. MacPherson is the recipient of the Army Commendation Medal, Association of the United States Army Award, Superior Cadet Award and was a Distinguished Military Graduate. Mr. MacPherson’s community service as President or Chairman of numerous civic organizations has been recognized by his being named a Paul Harris Fellow of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International as well as Citizen of the Year.
Kevin P. McCarthy
Kevin P. McCarthy has been a Director since June of 2018. He served as the President and CEO of Unum US from 2007 to 2013 before stepping down prior to his retirement in 2014. After joining Unum in 1976, he served as Product Manager, Second Vice President, and Vice President Long Term Care Markets and Products. In 1993, he joined Unum’s Japan operations and was promoted to President of Unum Japan in 1996, Chairman in 1998, and Senior Vice President of International Operations in the same year. In 2001, he became Senior Vice President of Underwriting and in 2006 Executive Vice President of Risk Operations for the company before his time as President and CEO.
Mr. McCarthy previously served as a director/trustee of the University of Maine System, the Maine Public Broadcasting Network, the Davis Foundations, and AHIP (America’s Health Insurance Plans). He has previously been the Chairman of the Insurance Subcommittee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, where he was significantly involved in U.S. – Japan bilateral negotiations regarding deregulation and market access. He has previously been a director of LIMRA International, the International Insurance Council, the Maine International Trade Center, the World Affairs Council, the Portland Museum of Art, the United Way of Greater Portland, the Maine Make-a-Wish Foundation, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Corporator of Maine Health, and Chairman of the Advisory Council for the University of Southern Maine School of Business.
Mr. McCarthy received his degree in business, graduating summa cum laude, from the University of Southern Maine in 1978. He also holds an Honorary Doctoral Degree in Public Service from St Joseph’s College in Maine.
Jay Y. McCrum
Jay Y. McCrum has been a Director since 2005. He is the President of Penobscot McCrum LLC, Mars Hill, Maine and Belfast, Maine. He holds an Associates Degree in Accounting from Northern Maine Technical College. Mr. McCrum founded the Maine Potato Alliance. He was named Young Farmer of the Year in 1986, Farmer of the Year in 1995, and Farm Family of the Year in 2001.
Donald W. Perkins
Donald W. Perkins has been a Director since 2005. He is the President of Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Portland, Maine. He holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Dartmouth College where he graduated with High Distinction, Magna Cum Laude. He is a Tucker Foundation Fellow and Rufus Choate Scholar. Mr. Perkins also holds an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he received the Ernest R. Arbuckle Award. He is a past Co-Chair of the Governor’s Ocean Energy Task Force and is a past appointee to the Governor’s Task Force on Planning and Development of Aquaculture in Maine. Mr. Perkins was the recipient of the 1992 Gulf of Maine Visionary Award and the 1991 Maine Audubon Society Environmental Award.
Jon J. Prescott
Jon J. Prescott has been a director since 2005. He is the President & CEO of Katahdin Trust Company, Island Falls, Maine with branches in fourteen locations. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Maine where he graduated with Distinction. He is also a graduate of the National Commercial Lending School where he also graduated with Distinction. He also attended the Northern New England School of Banking. He serves as a Director for the Maine Bankers Association and is Chairman of the Executive Committee. Mr. Prescott is a past Chairman and Treasurer of the Board of Directors of Aroostook Partnership.
Larry M. Shaw
Larry M. Shaw has been with the Company since 1982 and serves as President and CEO. Prior to being promoted to President & CEO in 1995, Mr. Shaw served in various capacities, including Chief Operations Officer, Vice-President, Secretary. He also held various positions within the Underwriting Department from 1982 to 1992. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Maine and a Master of Science Degree from Husson College. Mr. Shaw also attended the Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School in 2008 and 2012. He is a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU). He has also earned an Associate in Underwriting (AU) designation and a Certificate in General Insurance.
Mr. Shaw serves on the University of Southern Maine Risk Management and Insurance Program Advisory Board. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors of Maine Early Learning Investment Group (MELIG) and on the Board of Directors of Aroostook Partnership for Progress (APP) and is a past Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer of APP. Mr. Shaw is a member of the University of Maine at Presque Isle Foundation and serves as a member of the Executive Board and Investment Committee. He is a Director of TAMC Endowment Board and a member of TAMC Investment Committee. He also serves on the Mark and Emily Turner Foundation Scholarship Committee. Mr. Shaw is a member of the Mitchell Institute Aroostook Advisory Board. He is also an Honorary Director for the Aroostook Aspirations Initiative. Mr. Shaw is past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Maine Development Foundation, a past member of the Governor’s Board of Visitors for the University of Maine at Presque Isle, is a past member of the Governor’s Financial Services Economic Development Group, and served on the Maine Leadership Council for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Mr. Shaw is a recipient of the Maine CPCU’s Lee Allen President’s Award for Excellence.
Donald E. Simon, CPCU, ARe, CIA, LLIF
Donald E. Simon has been a Director since October 2019. He is the CEO
of Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan, a group of multi-line insurance
companies writing Property/Casualty and Life/Annuity business. He was
appointed to CEO in December 2017. Mr. Simon’s career at the
Michigan Farm Bureau Family of Companies spans 27 years, starting in
the Internal Audit Department performing audits of all Michigan Farm
Bureau entities. He was promoted to reinsurance administrator in 1997,
reinsurance manager in 2000, and Property/Casualty accounting &;
reinsurance manager in 2005. He was promoted to associate vice
president of Farm Bureau Insurance’s Claims Division in April 2009, and
to vice president of Claims in August 2010. Under his leadership, Farm
Bureau continues its long tradition of exemplary, personal service as
well as a renewed willingness to lean forward and embrace innovation
and ease of business platforms.
Mr. Simon has served on the Michigan Auto Insurance Placement
Facility Board of Directors, the Michigan Basic Property Insurance
Association Board of Directors and is a past president of the Mid-
Michigan Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters chapter. He
currently serves on a variety of industry and community committees
and boards including the Michigan Department of Insurance and
Financial Services Presidents’ Council, Lansing Economic Area
Partnership (LEAP) Board, Mid-Michigan Business Travel Coalition
Board, and the Sparrow Hospital Foundation Board.
Mr. Simon earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from
Michigan State University. He also holds many industry certifications,
including the CPCU, ARe, LLIF and CIA designations.
Lisa M. Ventriss
Lisa M. Ventriss has been a Director since 2000. She became President of the Vermont Business Roundtable in June 2002 and prior to that was the President of the Vermont Captive Insurance Association. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Vermont and a Master of Science Degree in Public Administration from the University of Vermont. Ms. Ventriss is a recipient of the 2002 Community Excellence Award, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce. In 2017, she was awarded the Catherine McAuley Award.