Our Team

    Jared Tapley

    Executive Director, SADC

    Jared is a Houlton native and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration – Management from the University of Maine at Orono.  He has held several positions in the service, retail, and economic development sectors, most recently as a Small Business Development Center business advisor at the Northern Maine Development Commission, serving the business community in southern Aroostook and Washington Counties.  Jared has served in the Maine Air and Army National Guard for a combined 11 years in Cyber Network Systems Operations and as a Medic.

      Joshua McLaughlin

      President & Chair

      Josh is the current President of SADC, where he supplies the horsepower behind our Public Relations and Existing Business Committee.  He is a lifetime resident of Houlton and works daily to promote the benefits of living and working in the region.  Josh is the president of J McLaughlin Construction, LLC, a heavy civil earthwork contracting firm, where he manages day-to-day operations.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in construction management engineering from the University of Maine at Orono with a minor in business administration.  Josh attribute part of his success in business to other veteran business owners in town who have served as mentors willing to offer critical feedback and support when needed.

      Chris Anderson

      Board Member, Past President

      Chris is a founding member of SADC and works daily to promote the merits of living in Aroostook County and running a business in Northern Maine.  He is active in Leaders Encouraging Aroostook Development (LEAD) and Aroostook Partnership for Progress (APP).  As President of F.A. Peabody Company (FAPCO), Chris oversees a privately held, family corporation with roots dating back to 1927 in the Town of Houlton. FAPCO started as a property casualty insurance agency, but over the years has expanded and diversified into real estate brokerage, travel services, life, health and group benefits, investment management, risk management services, and third-party administration and broadband internet services.  With 8 sales offices from Calais to Presque Isle, Chris covers the immense geography of Northern Maine and has an intimate knowledge of the people and ideals of the region.

      Kristi Brannen

      Board Member

      Kristi owns and operates SADC’s 2013 Business of the Year, Spring Break Maple and Honey in Smyrna with her husband, Kevin.  Like many small business owners, she wears many hats, overseeing processing and production, finance management, human resources, and marketing.  Along with an extensive resume of volunteer experiences, Kristi is very active in trade organizations.  She holds memberships in the Maine Maple Producers Association, Maine Beekeepers Association, Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association, Small Woodlot Owners Association, and is a member of the Maine Tree Farmers.  Kristi, through her business, has an intimate relationship with the forested landscape of Northern Maine; this relationship carries over to the rest of her life.

        Peter Chase

        Board Member, Past President

        A transplant from the central Maine area, Peter has lived in southern Aroostook for the past 35 years. After obtaining a BS in forest engineering from UMO, he was employed with Cianbro Corporation. Upon completion of the construction of the Louisiana Pacific OSB mill in New Limerick, Maine, he was hired by LP as plant superintendent. He rose quickly to operations manager for northeast oriented strand board as well as the gypsum fiberboard facilities. Ten years later he embarked on his own venture as president of Buildings Etcetera, a general contracting company serving northern Maine. He resides in New Limerick with his wife, Kathy ,where they have raised three fine young men who have all earned engineering degrees.

            Chris Fitzpatrick

            Board Member

            Chris is the Executive Vice President, Chief Lending Officer of Business Banking at Machias Savings Bank in Houlton. He is in charge of all business banking activities across Maine. Chris is a graduate of University of Maine in Orono with a BS in Agricultural and Resource Economics and attended the New England School of Banking at William’s College.

              Fred Grant

              Board Member

              A native of Houlton, Fred returned to Southern Aroostook in 2005 after spending 12 years working in higher education serving at Adelphi University and Babson College as the Director of Campus Life.  In addition to his experience in higher ed, Fred is also the owner of an internet based business, CollegeHelpers.com which he created in 2000 to help college students find part-time employment.  In 2011 he purchased WHOU 100.1 FM in Houlton, Maine, one of the last privately owned radio stations in the State.  Fred earned a degree in Music from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford and later earned and MBA from Adelphi University.  He now lives in Houlton with his family and servers in multiple organizations including Rotary, McGill’s Community Band and the SAD #29 School Board.

              Carl Lord Jr.

              Board Member

              Carl has lived in Houlton most of his life.  He has a background in high pressure boilers, and currently works as the On-Site Maintenance Supervisor for the Houlton and Orient Ports of Entry and Hodgdon Border Patrol.  Carl’s civic interests are extensive.  He has served on the Houlton Roads Advisory Committee, as the chairman of the Zoning Board, on the Board of Assessment Appeals, and on the Houlton Police Chief Selection Committee.  He is a member of the chamber of commerce and has great passion for economic and community development.

                  Lori Weston

                  Board Member

                    Jerry York

                    Board Member, Past President

                    Jerry is one of the founding members of SADC.  He promotes Southern Aroostook as an ideal place to run a business, raise a family, and recreate throughout his travels.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in business administration and serves as the general manager of his family’s car dealership and vehicle service center, York’s of Houlton.  Though he seeks greener fairways in Florida for a brief time on occasion, he remains firmly planted in Houlton where he and his wife, Jane, built a new home in 2014.

                    Jane Torres

                    As Executive Director of Greater Houlton Chamber of Commerce, Jane holds a position as one of SADC’s ex-officio members.  Her knowledge of area businesses and people are a great asset to SADC, often guiding us toward solutions and area opportunities.  Jane’s tireless work promoting the area led to her receiving SADC’s Presidential Award in 2013.  If a group is hosting an event to assist business in Houlton, you can rest assured Jane is or has been part of that group.  She has served as County Co-op and Farm Store Vice President, Community Market Treasurer, and Houlton Rotary Sargeant-at-Arms and Vice President, along with serving on Houlton’s Planning Board, the Riverfront Committee, and Moosestompers Committee.