Nason joins Perry, Fitts, Boulette and Fitton CPAs

Tim Nason will join Perry, Fitts, Boulette and Fitton CPAs, which has offices in Oakland and Bath, the firm has announced.

Nason is preparing to take the CPA exam, and plans to become a member of the Maine Society of CPAs and American Institute of CPAs.

Nason studied accounting at Thomas College for a year, and graduated from Husson University where he finished the five-year MBA program early. He also played baseball at Husson, and was named the 2014 North Atlantic Conference Pitcher of the Year. He is a graduate of Bucksport High School.

He resides in Gardiner, volunteers with youth baseball programs, and will begin his career at PFBF CPAs, which has a staff of 22, in June.

Kalikow to speak at Mid-Maine Chamber Women’s Series

Theo Kalikow, the interim vice-chancellor for the University of Maine System and former president of the University of Maine at Farmington, will speak at the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce Leading Women’s Luncheon on Tuesday, June 2.

The event is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at O’Brien’s Event Center in Waterville. Leading Women’s Luncheon is a series of events organized quarterly by Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Anthem.

Kalikow, who holds master’s and doctoral degrees in philosophy and history of science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston University, worked as a college administrator in Massachusetts, Colorado, New Hampshire and Maine before spending 18 years as UMF president. After she retired in June 2012, she was tapped for a two-year stint as president of the University of Southern Maine and then was named interim vice chancellor for the University of Maine System, scheduled to retire in June.

For registration information, contact the chamber at 873-3315 or visit www.midmainechamber.com.

Kennebec Savings Bank reaches 100 quarter Bauer rating milestone

Kennebec Savings Bank has reached 25 years, or 100 consecutive quarters, as a five-star rated financial institution by BauerFinancial Inc. Bauer rates financial institutions throughout the United States using a five tier rating system, with five being their highest rating.

“We work very hard to provide great customer service with local decisions, while being a safe haven for our customers’ hard earned assets,” said bank President and CEO Andrew Silsby in a press release announcing the milestone. “This milestone designation by BauerFinancial, a reputable and independent reviewer, simply reaffirms and recognizes that commitment to our work.”

The five-star rating from Bauer, for this length of time, puts Kennebec Savings Bank among the top 4 percent of banks nationwide and is reflective of strong financial performance and capital, according to the release.

This designation signifies consistently outstanding performance in several categories including asset growth, returns on equity and efficiency, net interest margin over time, types of deposits and loan portfolios. No financial institution is allowed to pay for or opt out of Bauer’s review process.

BauerFinancial is the nation’s lead financial rating and research firm. It has independently and strictly analyzed the financial performance of all U.S. chartered banks and federally insured credit unions since 1983.

Five FedEx drivers earn honors at the Maine Truck Driving Championship

Five drivers representing FedEx Corp. placed among the top finishers at the 2015 Maine State Truck Driving Championship in Hermon on May 16.

Bob Cochran, a driver for FedEx Express based in Augusta, captured his third title, this year in the Step Van class.

FedEx Express driver Jared Elston, of Portland, also earned his third state title with a win in the 4-Axle class.

Cochran and Elston will go on to compete at the American Trucking Associations’ 2015 National Truck Driving Championships, known as the “Super Bowl of Safety,” Aug. 11-15 in St. Louis, according to a news release from FedEx.

Other winners were Fred Lindsey, a driver for FedEx Freight based in Bangor, who finished second in the 4-Axle class., and Scott Wickstrom, a driver for FedEx Express based in Bangor, and Jeffrey Thoms, of Thoms Express Inc., based at the FedEx Ground station in Bangor, with second- and third-place finishes in the Step Van class.

Raymond Rogers, a driver for FedEx Freight based in Bangor, won the Best Pre-Trip Inspection award.

Each state winner will be recognized by FedEx as part of its safe driving initiative, The Chairman’s Challenge.

“FedEx is dedicated to road safety,” said Frederick W. Smith, chairman, FedEx Corp, in the release. “The accomplishments of these participants at the Maine state level demonstrate our focus on safely sharing the roads with other motorists every day.”

The Maine State Truck Driving Championship is an opportunity for professional truck drivers to demonstrate their driving skills and safety expertise. The event includes a difficult driving-skills challenge, pre-trip inspection and written examination covering vehicle operation and knowledge of federal safety regulations.

In 2014, 138 driving professionals from 45 states representing FedEx Freight, FedEx Ground and FedEx Express qualified to compete at the National Truck Driving Championships by winning their respective state’s competition and driving accident-free for at least one year, according to the release. Four FedEx drivers captured National Champion titles in the Flatbed, 3-Axle, Straight Truck and Step Van classes. Six other FedEx drivers earned top-three finishes in their respective vehicle classes.

Compiled from contributed releases