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Oliver Griswold

I do up a strong, human, mission-driven brand.

Job Brand Strategist / GMMB (remote)

Lives In Woodfords

I'm a freak about all things Maine, so it still puzzles me that after four years at Colby and a stint at VIA, I spent 15 years wandering in the wastelands. Now I'm back, older and wiser, married, a dad twice over. I love helping companies and organizations find their true brand identities - the ones that make my clients go "Yes. That's who we are." The ones that make sense for the future. The ones that sing. Having just returned to town, I'm still exploring all the amazing new stuff that's arrived in Portland since 1999. But give me El Rayo or a Local Press sandwich, and many cups of Black Cat coffee whilst watching my daughters splash in Kettle Cove, and I'm happy. I currently work from home right on Back Cove for www.gmmb.com, so if you're running by on the trail just wave.

Why did you choose Portland? Best small city in America.

Who are Portlanders you admire and why? Jess Knox for his boundless energy. Yasmin Mahal for healing the sick. And the entire staff of The Telling Room for creating a world-class non-profit in an unlikely spot.

What do you like to do with out-of-towners? Tell them to move here, using Tandem lattés as bait.

Where's your "happy place" on the peninsula? It used to be Stone Coast Brewing. I'm still looking for a new one.

What's the most surprising thing about this city? That it hasn't quadrupled in size every year for the past decade.

What's your favorite indulgence and where do you find it? Gelato Fiasco's Pistachio - never tasted anything like it before.

What's the most under-appreciated place or thing in town? Amatos.

Describe your perfect night—and the following morning—in Portland. Dinner at Outliers. Show at the State. Walk to the Western Prom. Pancakes at Bintliffs the following AM.

Do you have a serendipity spot? Where do you always bump into good people? Back Cove trail between 6-7 AM, and the Deering Oaks Farmers Market.

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