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ACE Monthly Meeting - April 19, 2013

  • April 19, 2013
  • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Portland Country Club, Rt 88, Falmouth Maine


  • Member Pricing when paid in advance
  • Non-member pricing
  • Pay now for the next 6 months and you do not have to remember to register again for 6 months!
  • 12 meetings for the price of 11! Plus the bonus of not having to register again for a year!

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"Can Maine become the Start-up State? -- Lessons from Start-up Nation"


Maine and businesses in Maine face a number of challenges in the effort to remain competitive. Our population is small and it is aging. Our location does not afford us direct access to large concentrations of talent or capital. Our infrastructure is limited, and connectivity must be improved. With all of these challenges, how can we get ahead?


Perry Newman, president of Atlantica Group LLC, suggests we look at Israel for some of the answers:


With almost no natural resources, a small population and neighbors that are less than friendly, Israel faces daunting existential challenges. Yet it has managed to excel in a range of technologies and disciplines that have made it a global poster child for innovation and economic growth. Israel publishes more scientific papers per capita than any country in the world. There are more start-ups per capita in Israel than in any country in the world. There are more Israeli companies traded on the NASDAQ than any other country except the US and China. Microsoft, Google, Intel and Apple all have major R & D facilities in Israel...


Why has Israel succeeded? And what lessons can we learn from what many are calling "Start-up Nation?"


Join us for a provocative and informative discussion on what Maine can do to get in the game! Perry’s email is


Perry B. Newman is the founder and president of Atlantica Group LLC. Founded in 2000, Atlantica Group is a global business development consultancy based in Portland, Maine. Atlantica Group assists business, governments and not-for-profit organizations in achieving international development objectives.


Prior to forming Atlantica Group, Mr. Newman served from 1996 – 2000 as Maine’s first Director of International Trade and President of the Maine International Trade Center. In that capacity and as an international business attorney he has facilitated exports, projects and exchanges with partners in more than twenty-five countries on four continents. In 2000, Mr. Newman was selected by the European Union to study project and infrastructure development in Brussels and Scandinavia.


He serves as the Chair of the Maine District Export Council, appointed first by United States Department of Commerce Secretary William Daley (Clinton administration), then by Secretaries Evans and Gutierrez (Bush administration), and most recently by Secretary Gary Locke (Obama administration). Long an advocate for international business and regional economic development, Mr. Newman is the author of the export guide, “The Ten Commandments of International Business,” which is now available in French, as well as in English.


A frequent speaker and writer on global business topics, Mr. Newman’s work has appeared in Northeast Export, World Trade Magazine, Corp!, Progress Magazine (Canada), Israel 21C, the National Law Journal, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Lewiston Sun-Journal, the Bangor Daily News, the Portland Press Herald and The Forecaster. An adjunct professor of international business at the University of Southern Maine, he has spoken to groups on international business and economic development throughout the US and in Canada, and has been interviewed on such matters by National Public Radio, the Wall Street Journal, US Business Review and the CBC, among others.


Mr. Newman is a graduate of Oberlin College (B.A.) and Washington University (J.D.), and has served on the Board of Directors of the French American Chamber of Commerce for New England, the New England Canada Business Council, and the New England Israel Business Council. In 2004, Mr. Newman was named Canada’s first Honorary Consul to Maine.


In 2010, the State of Israel honored Mr. Newman for his “remarkable efforts” to promote economic collaboration between Israel and New England. Also in 2010, the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine presented Mr. Newman with a grant to study joint Jewish - Arab economic development initiatives in Israel.


Mr. Newman is an avid musician and is married to Sharon G. Newman, an attorney with expertise in environmental law. He has two grown daughters.



Takes place 9:45-10:30 after the regular meeting and is optional


“Understanding and Dealing With Leader Arrogance”


Facilitated by: Stephen Jenks and Fritz Steele, authors of the book The Arrogant Leader - Dealing With the Excesses of Power


In the roundtable discussion Stephen and Fritz will lead an informative discussion on:


•·    the roots and consequences of leader arrogance in the workplace

•·    why so many leaders can’t find humility

•·    why top leadership arrogance is destructive to organizational health


Helpful strategies for dealing with arrogance in others and, even occasionally, in oneself will be covered.


Stephen Jenks, of Greyledge Consulting, has focused his work on helping technology-based early stage venture-backed companies become fully viable and meet their potential. 


Fritz Steele, of Fritz Steele consultants, works on organizational health and organizational ecology: the intersection between workplaces and how people use and are affected by those spaces.



The Facts...

The A.C.E. regular meeting has networking, a buffet breakfast and a speaker. Guests are welcome.

Registrations are required by April 16, 2013. If you want to be included on the registration list at the meeting then you need to register by the due date.

You can pay online by credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover NOT AMERICAN EXPRESS!) or mail a check to:
110 Marginal Way #142
Portland ME 04101

If you are mailing a check, please register here so the system can track the registrants for us. Thanks!

Members: the $22 fee only works if you pay in advance. At the door, it is $28.

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