Meet The Entrepreneurs

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Lisbon Falls

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Scott Galbiati

Northern Maine

Twenty 2 Vodka

The Northern Maine Distilling Company didn't redefine vodka, they redefined distilling. Their one-of-a-kind "True Micro Distilled” process employs an array of 50-gallon pot stills to deliver consist quality vodka without the traditional limitations on production capacity. The innovate lineup of vodka products include Twenty 2 Vodka, currently America’s Most Awarded Vodka for quality, Twenty 2 High Proof Spirit, the World's First Vodka designed for infusing, and Twenty 2 Crafted Expressions, their latest innovation into flavors that are bottled-infused using real ingredients.

Founders: Scott Galbiati, Jessica Jewell
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Joel Alex

Blue Ox
Malt House

Blue Ox Malthouse supports Maine agriculture and pushes the possibilities of craft beer with locally sourced, quality malts. Until this year, Maine brewers and distillers had to import all their grain ingredients. Blue Ox Malthouse is helping breweries keep their business in state and allowing consumers to access locally brewed and sourced beers. An Old Town Maine native, founder Joel Alex runs the company with his business partner Steve Culver and two full time employees.

Founder: Joel Alex

Meet The Judges

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Meredith Strange Burgess
Meredith Strang Burgess is the President/CEO of Burgess Advertising & Marketing, a full service agency located in Portland, Maine, founded in 1986. Meredith also served with distinction as a Representative from the town of Cumberland in the 123rd, 124th and 125th Maine State Legislatures, including serving as House Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee during her final term. She is a cancer survivor and involved in cancer advocacy and fundraising in addition to serving on a number of non-profit, profit and educational boards and organizations. Meredith is a Camden, Maine native, resides in Cumberland and has three grown sons.
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Don Foshay
Maine native Don Foshay grew up in South Portland, and after management positions with Hannaford Supermarket and Welby Drug, he joined Summit Tire of New England, the tire distribution business that his father, Don Sr., had started. Don put his retail experience to work and in 1987 opened the first of what is now six retail stores, under the name of Don Foshay’s Discount Tire and Alignment. Don still lives in South Portland with his wife Darci, and has two grown sons Donnie, and Brady.
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Betsy Peters
Betsy has worked at the intersection of business strategy + information technology for the past twenty years, primarily as a founder or senior executive in innovative digital businesses. She has put in her ten thousand+ hours developing the practical leadership skills that have helped to launch multiple businesses, raise over $20 million in funding and create sustainable innovations for her partners and clients. She is currently the founder of 230Trees a strategic consultancy for technology companies seeking exponential growth.
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