Board of Directors & Advisors

Joshua Broder

Joshua Broder

Chief Executive Officer, Board Chair

Joshua Broder serves as CEO and is the majority owner of Tilson, which under his leadership, has grown from less than 10 employees to 240 in seven years. From 2010-2013, Josh led several large, successful Recovery Act funded technology infrastructure projects in New England for Tilson that included 2,300 new miles of fiber optic cable and 7,000 smart grid wireless nodes. Josh cut his teeth in leadership and technology as an Army Signal Officer on missions in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia, where he was awarded the Bronze Star for service in Afghanistan running the tactical communications network in support of US and coalition forces. Josh holds a Bachelor's degree from Middlebury College, is a distinguished military graduate of the University of Vermont's Military studies program and is a member of Leadership Maine's Omicron class. Josh is also a graduate of AT&T's Operation Hand Salute at JFK University. Josh serves on the boards of Kleinschmidt Associates (a multi-national engineering firm),  the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, and Skowhegan Savings Bank. Josh is an active member of the Construction Financial Managers Association (CFMA). 

Paul Anderson

Paul Anderson

Board Member, BP, former CEO Duke Energy

Paul Anderson was formerly chief executive at BHP Billiton and Duke Energy, where he also served as chairman of the board. Having previously been chief executive officer and managing director of BHP Limited and then BHP Billiton Limited and BHP Billiton Plc, he rejoined these latter two boards in 2006 as a non-executive director, retiring on 31 January 2010. He also served as a non-executive director on a number of boards in the US and Australia and as chief executive officer of Pan Energy Corp.

Paul Anderson became a board member of BP in early 2010, joining the President's Sustainability Committee (PSC). He was a member of the Gulf of Mexico committee from its formation in August 2010. He took the chair of the PSC in December 2012. As chair he has continued the committee’s focus on safety matters. His broad experience of the global oil and gas industry and of the US business environment has benefited the board, the SEEAC and the Gulf of Mexico committee. He has actively supported the work of the BP Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) academy. He has led the PSC on several visits to the company’s operations and has commenced a dialogue with the company’s socially responsible investors.

Alexander Kelloff

Alexander Kelloff

Partner, SDC Capital Partners

Alexander is a partner at SDC. Alexander most recently served as Global Joint Head of the Media, Communications & Information Services investment banking group at Jefferies. Alexander spent 14 years as an investment banker at Jefferies focused on the telecom and technology sectors, with a particular focus on IT and communications infrastructure. He sourced and executed over $20 billion of M&A, debt and equity transactions globally within the last six years.

Prior to Jefferies, Alexander spent four years with Booz Allen Hamilton advising telecom and technology companies globally on strategic and operational issues, as well as conducting due diligence on behalf of Innovate@, a joint venture between Lehman Brothers and Booz Allen Hamilton. Prior to Booz Allen Hamilton, Alexander spent two years at Coopers & Lybrand Consulting where he designed, implemented and managed all aspects of various data centers and networks for U.S. federal government and military clients. Previously, Alexander held a Top Secret SSBI security clearance.

Alexander has an MBA from INSEAD, an MS in IT / Telecommunications from Johns Hopkins University and a BBA from James Madison University.

Gary Merrill

Gary Merrill

CEO of Hussey Seating

Gary retuned to Hussey Seating in November 2008 as Vice President of Finance / CFO, after holding the same position at The Emery-Waterhouse Company since 2004. Prior to that he had worked at Hussey Seating in a variety of positions in Finance, Operations, and International Sourcing. He began his career working for the international accounting firm Coopers & Lybrand, now PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Gary graduated from the University of Maine Orono in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and received his masters in business administration, with a concentration in finance, from Babson College in 1981. He also received his CPA in 1981. Gary currently servers on Board of Directors of the American Red Cross of Southern Maine. He was also past Board Chair and Board member of Junior Achievement, a program that teaches students about entrepreneurship and financial literacy. He and his wife Tina live in Portland and have two adult children.

Jill McGowan

Jill McGowan

Founder and Owner, Jill McGowan, Inc., Creator of the Great White Shirt

Jill McGowan is the founder and owner of the apparel company, Jill McGowan, Inc.

While working as a pattern maker in the men's apparel industry early in her career, Jill recognized the need to improve the quality and standards of women's apparel. 

She started her company in 1994 and sold to four stores in New England.  Today, the brand is available in specialty stores throughout the United States and her flagship Jill McGowan retail store at 56 Main St. in Freeport, Maine.
She enjoys the summer months kayaking, swimming and camping and playing hockey sustains her throughout the long Maine winters.

She lives in Falmouth with her husband and son.

Doug Morrell

Doug Morrell

Former CEO of SGC Engineering, LLC

Mr. Morrell has over 40 years of experience in management, engineering design, project management and development, regulatory, and operations. He has worked on both public and private sector projects, with extensive experience managing a broad range of issues related to the electric utility power engineering business.
As the Manager of Plant Engineering at Bangor Hydro Electric Co., Mr. Morrell was responsible for managing the internal generation facilities consisting of hydro, both Peaking and Run-of-River, storage dams, and steam generation. He was responsible for design, regulatory affairs such as FERC Licensing, redevelopment and improvements of generation facilities, in addition to environmental services and compliance. He also represented Bangor Hydro as a member of the Maine Yankee Nuclear Power Plant Board of Directors.
In 2002 Mr. Morrell incorporated SGC Engineering, LLC a professional services firm providing engineering and related services to the Energy Industry including electric utilities, private power developers in both the electric and gas market segments. The company grew to approximately 180 employees with several offices located across the country. 

Richard Schotte

Richard Schotte

Investor and President of the Maine Capital Strategies Corporation

Richard Schotte is a successful telecom investor and fund manager. Richard was recently involved in the sale of Oxford Networks, a Maine ILEC, CLEC, and cloud services provider to a Canadian venture fund after serving on the board since 2009. Richard is currently retired after a career in investment management. He was briefly at Manufacturers Hanover Trust in New York before spending ten years with the investment division of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance, where he was a venture capitalist and later managed the company’s marketable bond operations. After MassMutual, Mr. Schotte spent twenty years as a fixed-income portfolio manager in Los Angeles with Capital Group, whose subsidiary Capital Research and Management Company manages mutual funds under the name The American Funds Group. He was also a portfolio manager of pension and endowment accounts for Capital Guardian Trust Company, a sister company. The years that he was at Capital Group were ones of spectacular growth.

 
 

Joshua Broder serves as CEO and is the majority owner of Tilson, which under his leadership, has grown from less than 10 employees to 240 in seven years. From 2010-2013, Josh led several large, successful Recovery Act funded technology infrastructure projects in New England for Tilson that included 2,300 new miles of fiber optic cable and 7,000 smart grid wireless nodes. Josh cut his teeth in leadership and technology as an Army Signal Officer on missions in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia, where he was awarded the Bronze Star for service in Afghanistan running the tactical communications network in support of US and coalition forces. Josh holds a Bachelor's degree from Middlebury College, is a distinguished military graduate of the University of Vermont's Military studies program and is a member of Leadership Maine's Omicron class. Josh is also a graduate of AT&T's Operation Hand Salute at JFK University. Josh serves on the boards of Kleinschmidt Associates (a multi-national engineering firm),  the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, and Skowhegan Savings Bank. Josh is an active member of the Construction Financial Managers Association (CFMA). 

Paul Anderson was formerly chief executive at BHP Billiton and Duke Energy, where he also served as chairman of the board. Having previously been chief executive officer and managing director of BHP Limited and then BHP Billiton Limited and BHP Billiton Plc, he rejoined these latter two boards in 2006 as a non-executive director, retiring on 31 January 2010. He also served as a non-executive director on a number of boards in the US and Australia and as chief executive officer of Pan Energy Corp.

Paul Anderson became a board member of BP in early 2010, joining the President's Sustainability Committee (PSC). He was a member of the Gulf of Mexico committee from its formation in August 2010. He took the chair of the PSC in December 2012. As chair he has continued the committee’s focus on safety matters. His broad experience of the global oil and gas industry and of the US business environment has benefited the board, the SEEAC and the Gulf of Mexico committee. He has actively supported the work of the BP Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) academy. He has led the PSC on several visits to the company’s operations and has commenced a dialogue with the company’s socially responsible investors.

Alexander is a partner at SDC. Alexander most recently served as Global Joint Head of the Media, Communications & Information Services investment banking group at Jefferies. Alexander spent 14 years as an investment banker at Jefferies focused on the telecom and technology sectors, with a particular focus on IT and communications infrastructure. He sourced and executed over $20 billion of M&A, debt and equity transactions globally within the last six years.

Prior to Jefferies, Alexander spent four years with Booz Allen Hamilton advising telecom and technology companies globally on strategic and operational issues, as well as conducting due diligence on behalf of Innovate@, a joint venture between Lehman Brothers and Booz Allen Hamilton. Prior to Booz Allen Hamilton, Alexander spent two years at Coopers & Lybrand Consulting where he designed, implemented and managed all aspects of various data centers and networks for U.S. federal government and military clients. Previously, Alexander held a Top Secret SSBI security clearance.

Alexander has an MBA from INSEAD, an MS in IT / Telecommunications from Johns Hopkins University and a BBA from James Madison University.

Gary retuned to Hussey Seating in November 2008 as Vice President of Finance / CFO, after holding the same position at The Emery-Waterhouse Company since 2004. Prior to that he had worked at Hussey Seating in a variety of positions in Finance, Operations, and International Sourcing. He began his career working for the international accounting firm Coopers & Lybrand, now PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Gary graduated from the University of Maine Orono in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and received his masters in business administration, with a concentration in finance, from Babson College in 1981. He also received his CPA in 1981. Gary currently servers on Board of Directors of the American Red Cross of Southern Maine. He was also past Board Chair and Board member of Junior Achievement, a program that teaches students about entrepreneurship and financial literacy. He and his wife Tina live in Portland and have two adult children.

Jill McGowan is the founder and owner of the apparel company, Jill McGowan, Inc.

While working as a pattern maker in the men's apparel industry early in her career, Jill recognized the need to improve the quality and standards of women's apparel. 

She started her company in 1994 and sold to four stores in New England.  Today, the brand is available in specialty stores throughout the United States and her flagship Jill McGowan retail store at 56 Main St. in Freeport, Maine.
She enjoys the summer months kayaking, swimming and camping and playing hockey sustains her throughout the long Maine winters.

She lives in Falmouth with her husband and son.

Mr. Morrell has over 40 years of experience in management, engineering design, project management and development, regulatory, and operations. He has worked on both public and private sector projects, with extensive experience managing a broad range of issues related to the electric utility power engineering business.
As the Manager of Plant Engineering at Bangor Hydro Electric Co., Mr. Morrell was responsible for managing the internal generation facilities consisting of hydro, both Peaking and Run-of-River, storage dams, and steam generation. He was responsible for design, regulatory affairs such as FERC Licensing, redevelopment and improvements of generation facilities, in addition to environmental services and compliance. He also represented Bangor Hydro as a member of the Maine Yankee Nuclear Power Plant Board of Directors.
In 2002 Mr. Morrell incorporated SGC Engineering, LLC a professional services firm providing engineering and related services to the Energy Industry including electric utilities, private power developers in both the electric and gas market segments. The company grew to approximately 180 employees with several offices located across the country. 

Richard Schotte is a successful telecom investor and fund manager. Richard was recently involved in the sale of Oxford Networks, a Maine ILEC, CLEC, and cloud services provider to a Canadian venture fund after serving on the board since 2009. Richard is currently retired after a career in investment management. He was briefly at Manufacturers Hanover Trust in New York before spending ten years with the investment division of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance, where he was a venture capitalist and later managed the company’s marketable bond operations. After MassMutual, Mr. Schotte spent twenty years as a fixed-income portfolio manager in Los Angeles with Capital Group, whose subsidiary Capital Research and Management Company manages mutual funds under the name The American Funds Group. He was also a portfolio manager of pension and endowment accounts for Capital Guardian Trust Company, a sister company. The years that he was at Capital Group were ones of spectacular growth.