The information below is from the completed 2022 event. Check back in the fall for 2023 updates.

Maine HR Convention: May 9 – 12, 2022


Maine Great Leader Series

Wednesday, May 11th, 2022 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am

Maine Great Leader Session is FULL

Messer Truck Equipment and Chalmers Insurance Group New Thinking from 4th Generation Maine Businesses

Why you’ll want to attend. Family-Owned Business Power! We are delighted to welcome to the breakfast table Jeff Messer, President of Messer Truck Equipment in Westbrook and Dottie Chalmers Cutter, VP of Operations at Chalmers Insurance Group in Bridgton, both of whom serve on the Board of the Institute for Family-Owned Business. We’ll start with their stories, because the roots of these companies go deep. Dottie and Jeff are the fourth generations of their families to continue the business. Chalmers Insurance opened its doors in 1857, and Messer Truck Equipment started as a blacksmithing shop in Portland in 1899. And here they are today, with a wave of fresh thinking for our attendees on the issues described below. Moderated by Dave Vasconcelos and Bud Bernstein.

What’s it all about?

  • Learn about the HR traditions and business platforms at these two companies.
  • Discover the mission and underlying values that have been able to stand the test of time and the role that generational shift has played.
  • Hear about the nimbleness, adaptability, and innovation required to sustain the long term.
  • Witness their community connections and how giving back to their employees and to the surrounding towns, both serves their values and business models.

Approved for SHRM credit and HRCI Business Credit

Program Faculty: Bud Bernstein, Dave Vasconcelos, Dottie Chalmers Cutter, Jeff Messer