We are pleased to announce that we’ve appointed five new Corporators at our 2023 Annual Meeting, which took place on April 25th. As active leaders in their communities and areas of expertise, they bring valuable perspectives to our economic and community initiatives. The new Corporators are Ray DeBlois, Adilah Muhammad, Sharon Reishus, Josh Soley, and John Wipfler.
“We are excited to welcome such a talented group of individuals who bring a wealth of insights and experience,” said Neil Kiely, President and CEO of Androscoggin Bank. “We know they will have a significant, positive impact on our initiatives to better serve our clients and our communities.”
Ray DeBlois is the Chief Financial Officer of DeBlois Electric, an electrical contractor providing residential and commercial services to customers statewide. He joined the family business in 1993, and in 2019, Ray lead the management transition of the family-owned business to a 100% employee-owned organization. He also played college hockey on the nationally ranked team at University of New York at Plattsburgh, and along with his lifelong achievements in that sport as both a player and coach, was inducted into the Auburn-Lewiston Sports Hall of Fame in 2018. He currently is a Board member of the Lewiston-Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and serves as Treasurer along with other key committee roles.
Adilah Muhammad is the Executive Director and Founder of The Third Place – a cross sector networking organization within Maine’s ecosystem of community builders, entrepreneurs, and professionals of African descent. Prior to founding The Third Place, she worked as an independent strategic planning and research consultant for 15 years and continues to co-operate her real estate investment company. She is Board Vice-Chair for the Maine Community Foundation and she currently serves on the Lewiston Economic Development Council. In 2021, Adilah was chosen as a MaineBiz Woman to Watch and was recognized as a 2022 Mainer of the Year by Maine Magazine.
Sharon Reishus has over 30 years of experience in the energy sector, providing strategic and policy insights, as well as serving as an independent Board Director to organizations in other regulated sectors facing similar challenges, such as Community Health Options, in Lewiston, and Unity Environmental University, headquartered in New Gloucester. She previously was appointed Chairman of the Maine Public Utilities Commission, where she served on the Board of the first multi-state carbon-trading regime, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, Inc. Before entering the energy industry, Ms. Reishus served as an Intelligence Analyst and Presidential Briefer in The White House Situation Room.
Josh Soley began his career in commercial real estate in 2011 as an Asset Manager for Lincoln Center Property Management where he oversaw more than 1 million square feet of retail, office, and industrial space throughout Southern Maine. In 2014, he launched Maine Realty Advisors where his firm consistently has been a leader in both commercial brokerage and asset management and specializes in investment sales in Maine, Vermont, New York, Maryland, and Florida. In 2022, MaineBiz named Josh on their 40 Under 40 list of dynamic individuals changing Maine’s economy.
John Wipfler, JD, MBA has been a health care executive for the past 25 years as the CEO of Eyecare Medical Group, the CEO of OA (Orthopaedic Associates) and as COO of Spectrum Medical Group. Prior to that, Mr. Wipfler practiced healthcare law at Pierce Atwood in Portland, was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Maine and also served as Executive Director of the Maine Health Care Finance Commission. John has held a number of Board roles including Chair of the Institute for Civic Leadership, Chair of Onpoint Health Data, and many others in his career to date.
About Androscoggin Bank
We are a leading Maine community financial institution with a mission to enrich the lives of our clients, colleagues and local communities through trusted relationships. Headquartered in Lewiston, we have been fiercely independent for over 150 years. In 2021, we became a Certified B Corporation™, joining only twelve other banks nationally to meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability. We have a unique workforce with a large number of leaders having previously owned a business. Our team is eager to empower Maine’s consumers and small business owners to improve their financial lives and continue to fuel economic growth for the state. We’re dedicated to helping Maine communities thrive and has invested more than $340,000 in philanthropic donations, grants and sponsorships throughout the state last year. We are a Member FDIC. Follow the conversation on LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram.