PRINCIPALS, OFFICERS & BOARD MEMBERS
Kevin Mattson, President
Kevin J. Mattson is the Managing Partner of Dirigo Capital Advisors. Kevin entered the field of commercial real estate in 1997, founding a company called Harper’s Development, which later became Mattson Development. At Harper’s and Mattson, Kevin oversaw the execution and development of several large scale commercial real estate projects totaling more than $200 million, primarily in Northern New England. Kevin was appointed to the Maine Uniform Building Code Task force by Governor King, and was appointed to the Finance Authority of Maine by Governor Baldacci, on which he served as Treasurer. He also has served on the board of the Maine Children’s Home in Waterville, Maine. He is the recipient of several professional awards for completed projects, including the Outstanding Historic Preservation Project from the Maine Downtown Center in 2010, and the Notable Project of the Year award from the Maine Real Estate Developers Association in 2011. Prior to founding Mattson Development, Kevin worked for the Maine Legislature as the Chief of Staff for the House Majority Leader. Kevin was awarded a BA in Accounting from Skidmore College and received an MBA from the University of Maine. He resides in Freeport with his wife Jeannie, and their two sons, Fionn and Ronan.
James A. Clair, Principal
Mr. Clair’s career spans over 30 years, split between managing privately-held companies, mostly in the healthcare space, and non-partisan positions in the public sector. Over this time he has worked in a variety of managerial roles, presently running a wholly-owned subsidiary of Emdeon, a leading provider of revenue and payment cycle management and clinical information exchange solutions, connecting payers, providers and patients in the U.S. healthcare system.On June 12th, 2013, Jim’s former company was acquired by Emdeon. Prior to the acquisition, he was CEO of Goold Health Systems, an Augusta-based healthcare management company that provided Medicaid services across the nation and had doubled in size over the preceding seven years.
Jim also was President of Goold Health Analytics, LLC, a woman-owned, health-care consulting and sister company to the former GHS that provided clinical and program integrity services in the healthcare space. Prior to joining GHS, Jim served on the non-partisan staff of the Maine Legislature for over 17½ years. He focused on fiscal matters, having served as the chief-of-staff for the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs, then Director of the Office of Fiscal and Program Review. He culminated his tenure at the State House as the Executive Director of the Legislative Council, serving in effect as the COO for major administrative duties, including one phase of a major renovation to the historic Capitol building.
He is an Owner, Co-owner, Partner or Member in a number of companies that manage Maine-based commercial real estate projects, or that invest in small and micro Maine-based businesses.
Jim serves on a number of non-profit boards in Maine, including: the Maine Early Learning Investment Group, the Maine Cancer Foundation, MaineGeneral’s HealthReach Network, the Maine Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission, the Maine Health & Higher Educational Facilities Authority and the Loring Development Authority. Jim holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Syracuse University, a Master of Science degree from the State University of New York and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts. He is also a graduate of the Beta Class of the Maine Development Foundation’s Leadership Maine program. He resides in China, Maine and Portland, Maine with his wife, Jennifer. They are the proud parents of daughters, Allison and Andrea.
Severin Beliveau, General Counsel
Severin Beliveau is one of Maine’s best-known attorneys, and has significant experience in legislative and regulatory issues. He is a Founding Partner of Preti Flaherty and directs the firm’s Legislative and Regulatory practice in Augusta and Washington, D.C. His practice also involves public issues, environmental projects and international trade.
Severin’s private practice experience as a legal generalist, along with his work in public practice, the Maine Legislature and the U.S. Congress, makes him uniquely qualified as a litigator concentrating in regulatory law and project development. His comprehensive understanding of every financing and regulatory agency in Maine allows him to employ creative, nontraditional legal solutions to problems by effecting changes in law as an alternative to litigation.
Throughout his career, he has been a leader in national and international organizations, giving him perspectives that transcend state boundaries. As a former director of the bipartisan American Council of Young Political Leaders, he helped promote cultural and political exchange programs among NATO countries and Eastern Europe. His work took him to Moscow, Leningrad, Riga and Tbilisi in the former Soviet Union. He also served on political leadership committees dealing with U.S.-Canadian relations, European security, the environment and technological change.
In 2008, Severin received the French Legion of Honor Award, the highest distinction France awards civilians, for his leadership on key projects to improve the relationship between Maine and France. He is a former State senator and State representative, and a former Chairman of the Democratic State Committee. During his last two years as chairman, he was a member of the Executive Committee of the Democratic National Committee. His exhaustive record of civic involvement is too lengthy to detail here. Suffice it to say, Severin is an invaluable asset to DCA Development.
Michael McNaboe, Chief Financial Officer
Mike has more than 20 years of experience in the real estate and financial industries, with pivotal involvement in private equity deals, real estate media and marketing, and all facets of business start-up and management. Using effective sales and development approaches, Mike has been able to successfully grow many businesses, thereby helping him develop a deep network of business relationships throughout the United States. Prior to joining Dirigo, he was a principal at Crucible Marketing, and Vice President of Lending at Coastal Realty Capital.
Hon. Richard A. Bennett, Vice Chairman, GMI Ratings
Richard A. Bennett serves as Vice Chairman of GMI Ratings, having served as Chairman from 2010 to July 2013. From 2006 to 2010, Richard A. Bennett served as President and CEO of The Corporate Library, one of the three businesses that merged to form GMI Ratings in 2010. Mr. Bennett has an extensive background in politics and government service as well as a wide range of private sector experience. He worked as Director of Corporate Governance for Lens Investment Management from 1997 to 2002.
He is an independent director of GWI, the Maine-based telecom company, and a non-executive director of Trucost, Plc, a U.K.-based environmental research firm. A former president of the Maine State Senate, Mr. Bennett served four terms in the Maine Senate and two terms in the state’s House of Representatives. Since 2009, he has served on the Board of Governors of the International Corporate Governance Network. In July 2013, Mr. Bennett was elected Chairman of the Maine Republican Party.
Mr. Bennett has been written about in Pensions & Investments, The Daily Deal and Barron’s, and has been cited in numerous publications including BusinessWeek, USA Today, Fortune and The Wall Street Journal. In each year since 2008, he has been recognized by Directorship magazine in its list of the 100 “most influential people in corporate governance and the boardroom.” In December 2010 he was named by Global Proxy Watch as one of the “10 people around the world who had the most impact on corporate governance in the previous year”.
He serves on the Advisory Board of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware. Mr. Bennett is a member of the board of trustees of Hebron Academy, and he was a member of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships from 2005 to 2009. He graduated with honors from Harvard College in 1986 and received his M.B.A. from the University of Southern Maine in 2000.
Hon. Philip E. Harriman, CLU, ChFC, RFC, Co-Founder of Lebel & Harriman
For over thirty years, Phil Harriman has worked with family-held and nonprofit businesses in the areas of retirement plan management, business-succession arrangements, executive compensation arrangements and estate planning.
He started his career with former Maine Governor James B. Longley’s insurance agency in 1977. In 1983, he and Michael A. Lebel formed an independent insurance and investment brokerage firm - Lebel & Harriman, LLP.
Phil is a graduate of Husson University in Bangor, Maine earning a B.S. degree in Business Administration, majoring in Insurance. He was awarded the Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant designations from The American College in Bryn Mawr, PA. He is a licensed and bonded life insurance consultant. Banks, law firms and accounting firms often retain him for his expertise.
He serves on numerous boards including Husson University. He is a former director of The American College Foundation. He is a former board member of Mid Coast Health Services, Cancer Community Center, Ingraham Volunteers and a former Co-Director of the Yarmouth Clam Festival. Phil’s civic involvement includes serving four terms in the Maine Senate.
Phil provides political analysis for the NBC television affiliates in Maine as well as 560WGAN News Radio. He Is also an award winning political columnist for the Bangor Daily News.