RE/MAX agent Vallee among 2014 Real Trends ‘Best Agents’

Christopher Vallee of RE/MAx Capital in Hallowell is among nearly 100 RE/MAX of New England agents named to the list of 2014 REAL Trends “America’s Best Real Estate Agents” in partnership with Trulia. Vallee was ninth in Maine rankings.

Dan Breault, executive vice president and regional director of RE/MAX of New England said in a news release the recognition, “It is a true testament to their hard work and dedication in 2013 and we look forward to watching their continued success.”

More than 9,500 agents were included in this year’s list, which ranks agents and teams by transaction sides and sales volume in all 50 states and more than 250 metro areas. Agents who completed at least 50 transactions or $20 million in sales last year made the 2014 list.

REAL Trends Inc. is a communications and consulting company considered to be the leading source of analysis and information on the residential brokerage and housing industry. REAL Trends is based in Denver, Colo.

Gove named to new Nancy Marshall Communications post

Account executive Kevin Gove has been promoted to chief content officer at Nancy Marshall Communications in Augusta, Nancy Marshall, CEO of the firm, has announced.

“Kevin has proven he knows how to generate content that engages the targeted audiences of our clients,” Marshall said in a press release. “He puts toether strategies that build brands through the written word, powerful photographs, dramatic video footage and other forms of media. Using his background in journalism and his neverending quest for knowledge about all the social media networks, he is the perfect candidate for this newly created position at NMC.”

As chief content officer, Gove will oversee all marketing content initiatives across multiple platforms and formats to drive sales, engagement, client retention and overall awareness for all agency clients and for the agency itself, the news release said.

Gove said he’s “excited to help NMC clients expand and improve their marketing content.”

“The way people consume and react to marketing messages and PR campaigns has changed with the popularity of mobile and social platforms,” he said in the release. “Businesses and organizations must adapt their marketing content to ensure that it is reaching their audience and providing real value.”

Gove joined NMC in 2002. He received a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from the University of Maine and lives in Bowdoin with his wife and two children.

Men are focus of new Augusta consignment shop

A consignment and reseale shop that specializes in men’s clothes is opening in downtown Augusta.

“Guys want to look good, have their toys and their space,” said owners Michael and Kim Bard in a press release. The store is at 265 Water St.

DeNovo, which means new beginnings, carries men’s new and gently used brand name clothing and accessories. The store has in season sporting goods, music, art and memorabilia and, the Bards said, “anything that screams man cave.”

The business will have a grand opening 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 2.

Seaver’s design to wins Common Ground art contest

Kate Seaver’s drawing of medicinal herbs will be featured on this year’s Common Ground Country Fair poster (and T-shirts, cotton bags and other goods) after winning the Unity fair’s annual contest.

Her design “emits a bright and positive energy that reflects the artist, her farm and the healthful qualities of herbs,” according to a press release from the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardener’s Association, which hosts the fair.

Kate and her husband, John, are in their second season of market gardening at their MOFGA-certified organic Up-Beet Farm in Porter Village, where they live with daughter Cora.

Seaver began creating art as a child, and after her first visit to the Common Ground Country Fair, at age 13, knew she wanted to design a winning fair poster someday, according to the news release.

She used Prisma colors — pencils with colors that blend — for the poster design. The herbs that inspired the poster grew at Up-Beet Farm. “They’re bright, pretty, alive. The herb garden is very healing,” she said in the release.

Seaver will sign posters at the Country Store at the 2014 Common Ground Country Fair in September.

Every year MOFGA holds a poster contest and welcomes all Maine residents and MOFGA members to enter. Submissions are currently being accepted for the 2015 contest, with a deadline of Friday, Aug. 8. The poster guidelines and application are available online at

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