Hatt new senior VP for commercial lending at Skowhegan Savings Bank

Will Hatt has been named senior vice president of commercial lending at Skowhegan Savings Bank.

Hatt has more than 20 years of experience in commercial lending for Maine-based financial institutions, according to a press release from the bank.

Hatt will be based at the bank’s main office in Skowhegan and will oversee the overall commercial portfolio of the bank as well as the commercial loan department, according to the release. The bank has 15 branches throughout Maine.

“Hatt has extensive experience in the financial services industry and a keen understanding of business lending up and down the state,” said John Witherspoon, bank president, in the release. “He’s been very dedicated to working with the owners of Maine businesses to achieve financial success in a wide range of industries and markets. We’re happy to have him on-board as we believe his knowledge of commercial lending and dedication to the needs of his clients will be of great benefit to our current and future business customers.”

Hatt was regional vice president of commercial lending for Bar Harbor Bank & Trust for 12 years. He most recently comes to the bank from Business Lending Solutions LLC, where he was a senior vice president and chief operations officer.

Hatt has been a board member for several nonprofit organizations, including Downeast Health Services. He served as an incorporator of Down East Community Hospital and is a member of the Ellsworth Rotary. Originally from Machias, Hatt lives in Dedham.

Job fair to be held in Augusta Aug. 25

More than 10 employers seeking to hire construction, health care and production workers, and customer service employees will be exhibiting from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Aug. 25, at the Augusta CareerCenter, 21 Enterprise Drive.

According to a press release from the Maine Department of Labor, participating employers include Becket Family Services, Maine Staffing Group, Bonney Staffing, Sears, Sage Dining Services, Capital Area Staffing, Support Solutions, Home Care for Maine, Uplift Inc. and Providence Human Services among others.

All are seeking qualified employees to fill current positions, according to the release, which advised job seekers to dress appropriately, bring a current resume and expect to interview.

CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume writing and cover letter software, Internet access and O’Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are free of charge. More information is available on the CareerCenter website, www.mainecareercenter.com.

Bernstein Shur attorneys impart energy expertise to municipal leaders

Five attorney’s from Bernstein Shur, one of northern New England’s largest law firms, presented a seminar on laws applicable to natural gas infrastructure for municipalities recently at the Maine Municipal Association in Augusta.

The seminar was for local governmental leaders and associated professionals, according to a press release from the law firm.

The event featured in-depth analysis and discussion on where natural gas is produced and stored in the U.S., the nature and use of off-shore storage and over-road transportation, fundamentals of pipelines: distribution and transmission systems, overview of regulatory bodies including Maine PUC and various federal agencies, details of public safety issues, siting issues, and property tax and valuation issues.

The following members of the firm’s Energy Law Practice Group and Municipal and Regulatory Practice Group presented the seminar: Chris Aslin, Trish French, N. Joel Moser, Shana Cook Mueller and Phil Saucier.

Bernstein Shur has more than 100 attorneys in offices in Maine and New Hampshire.

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