(Portland, Maine) Dirigo Capital Advisors announced today that it has recruited two of Maine’s most prominent and successful business executives to advise the company in its mission, redeveloping several of the state’s large and iconic commercial properties.
DCA has appointed Richard Bennett and Phillip Harriman to the newly formed DCA Board of Advisors in order to assist the company with strategic asset management and long term planning. Company president Kevin Mattson recently published a YouTube video to announce that Bennett and Harriman are now part of the company. Mattson, business partners with Jim Clair and Severin Beliveau, was the Chief of Staff from 1996 to 1998 for the House Majority Leader of the Maine Legislature, Rep. Carol Kontos (D-Windham.) He realizes news of DCA’s launch may raise eyebrows in political circles, but said political roles and rivalries will be irrelevant in the daily operations of the company.
“None of the political dynamics matter to us,” said Mattson. “DCA is a large holding company, requiring prudent governance of strategic assets. When Severin, Jim and I brainstormed about recruiting extremely sophisticated business talent, Rick and Phil came to mind immediately. Both men are real leaders in Maine, very interested in economic development, and they are perfectly suited to help grow this company. We’re very pleased they agreed to join our team.”
Dirigo Capital Advisors (DCA) is a company with expertise in financial modeling, investor recruitment, large project planning, regulatory compliance, construction supervision and property asset management. It currently controls more than $200 million in commercial real estate in Maine, including large, iconic properties like the Central Maine Commerce Center in Augusta, Saco Island, MaineGeneral Health’s former Seton Unit in Waterville, 415 Congress Street in Portland, and MaineGeneral Health’s hospital campus in Augusta’s East Chestnut Street neighborhood, which is currently being redeveloped.
Bennett is the current chairman of the Maine Republican Party, a former Republican state senator, and is currently vice chairman of GMI Ratings, a company that maintains broad coverage of the environmental, social, governance (ESG) and accounting-related risks affecting the performance of public companies. When he served in the Maine Senate, he served as its president under a unique power sharing agreement.
Beliveau is a founding partner in Preti Flaherty, one of Maine’s most well-known law firms. He is a former state senator and state representative, and former chairman of the Maine Democratic Party.
Harriman is a co-founder of Lebel & Harriman, LLP, which has worked with businesses throughout New England for over 35 years in business succession planning, incentive compensation and estate planning. He is a former Republican state senator. He is also a well-known political commentator for WCSH-TV, WLBZ-TV, 560 WGAN News Radio, and a political columnist for the Bangor Daily News.
Clair spent more than 17 years on the non-partisan staff of the Maine Legislature, including stints as the Director of the Office of Fiscal and Program Review, then as Executive Director of the Legislative Council.He presently heads up Goold Health Systems, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Emdeon that provides pharmacy and related services mostly to State Medicaid Agencies.He also serves on a number of Maine boards and commissions, including: the Maine Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission, the Loring Development Authority and the Maine Health and Higher Educational Facilities Authority.
Mattson is the president of Dirigo Capital Advisors, and was the founder of Harper’s Development, which later became Mattson Development. He was appointed to the Maine Uniform Building Code Task Force by Governor Angus King, and appointed to the Finance Authority of Maine by Governor John Baldacci.
Lengthier biographies of all DCA principals and officers are available at THIS LINK.
Project web sites, Dirigo Capital Advisors
- Saco Island: www.SacoIslandOffice.com
- Central Maine Commerce Center: www.MaineCommerce.com
- Augusta East: www.AugustaEast.com
- Seton Central: www.SetonWaterville.com
For more information about Dirigo Capital Advisors, visit www.DirigoCapitalAdvisors.com.