Waterville’s GHM Insurance acquires PBC Consulting, LLC

GHM Insurance has announced its acquisition of PBC Consulting, LLC, a human resources consulting firm.

Founded in 2004 by Peter B. Chavonelle and his wife, Shelley, PBC Consulting provides professional, quality and ethical human resources consulting services to a variety of businesses across Maine, including for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Chavonelle ran PBC for 11 years before retiring and selling the business, according to a news release from Bill Mitchell, CEO of GHM Insurance. Chavonelle will remain as an adviser for an indefinite period.

GHM Insurance, a family-owned independent insurance agency founded in 1901. PBC Consulting, as a division of GHM, will be headed by Bethany R. Mitchell, a vice president. Bethany MItchell comes to PBC with nearly eight years of experience in corporate marketing and branding and three years of non-profit development. She also has experience with employee handbooks, performance improvement plans, conflict management, special projects and more. She obtained a certificate in human resources management from Villanova University before becoming a Society for Human Resources Management Certified Professional. She is the third generation of the Mitchell family to work at GHM Insurance.

Also joining PBC Consulting is Waterville attorney Richard C. Nale. Nale’s previous position was director of risk management and associate director of human resources with Colby College. He brings extensive experience to PBC regarding legal employment issues, including employee relations, disability management, employee and supervisory training and development, executive suite consulting, insurance negotiations and other insurance related matters.

MaineGeneral Gastroenterology adds two doctors in Augusta

Drs. Fady Asslo and Joseph Charpentier have joined MaineGeneral Gastroenterology, according to a news release from MaineGeneral Medical Center.

They specialize in diagnosing and treating digestive and liver diseases and see patients by referral at MaineGeneral Gastroenterology’s location at the Alfond Center for Health in Augusta.

Asslo completed residency training in internal medicine at Seton Hall University School of Health and Medical Sciences in South Orange, New Jersey, and completed a fellowship in gastroenterology at Seton Hall University/New York Medical College at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey.

Dr. Charpentier completed both his residency training in internal medicine and fellowship training in gastroenterology at the University of Massachusetts-Worcester.

Both are certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine and eligible for certification in gastroenterology by the American Board of Gastroenterology.

Augusta attorney McKee again on Best Lawyers in America list

Attorney Walt McKee has been selected again by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America, according to a news release from the McKee Law firm.

McKee, whose office is in Augusta, has been on the list for the past five years.

First published in 1983, Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on a peer-review evaluation. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed.

McKee also has been named a New England SuperLawyer for the past five years and holds an AV-Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. McKee has been a practicing attorney for over 23 years and is a veteran of over 180 jury trials.

Human resources seminar set for Sept. 20 in Lewiston

September’s Central Maine Human Resources Association program will tackle the issue of succession planning, according to a news release from the group.

Succession planning recognizes that some positions are the lifeblood of the organization, and planning well for the continuity of key leadership roles ultimately determines future success or failure, according to the group. To plan, it is helpful to understand behaviors and characteristics of an organization’s leaders, what the association describes as the alignment of the head, heart and stomach.

The program is scheduled for 7:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Sept. 20 at the Carriage House, at 1119 Lisbon St. in Lewiston. There will be time to network before and after the program.

The speakers are Kim Anania, of KMA Consulting; and Phil Harriman, of Lebel & Harriman LLP.

Membership in the association is open to all for-profit, nonprofit, public and private organizations. Meetings regularly are attended by human resources managers; benefits administrators; health, wellness and safety managers; training and development professionals; supervisors; small business owners; and other people interested in human resource issues.

Registration online is preferred and available at cmhra.shrm.org/events.

Compiled from contributed releases.