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Sean Sullivan

I connect people to one another, organizations, and ideas.

Job Executive director & co-founder / Maine Brewers' Guild, Buoy Local

Lives In South Portland

I'm just a guy who moved to Portland and found an incredibly supportive community  of people, businesses, and nonprofit organizations who were actively working towards the common good and gave me an opportunity to contribute.  I have been involved with a variety of organizations and ventures around town usually erring toward environmental and socially focused goals, from Surfrider Foundation to Portland Greendrinks (an awesome event series for new and old Portlanders!), and now on to Buoy Local - a company I am co-founded with someone I met at StartUp Weekend. I'm also currently working to support small business owners and the Maine craft beer industry through my work as executive director of the Maine Brewers' Guild.

Work/life balance has always been important to me so I can always find time to fish on the fresh and salt water during the summers, take my small putt putt boat out to laze and camp on the islands of Casco Bay, and continue to explore all the harbors, bays, inlets, ponds, lakes, mountains and beaches around Maine. 

Why did you choose Portland? Access to beaches for surf, small community, walkable downtown, lack of traffic, high priority placed on work/life balance.

Who are Portlanders you admire and why? Those who have started and grown businesses and nonprofits and stayed in Maine and/or who started an organization elsewhere and brought it to town.

What do you like to do with out-of-towners? A walk around Fort Williams in Cape Elizabeth, camping trips up around Sugarloaf, cross country skiing at Crescent Beach State Park in the winter, mussels at the Street & Co. bar, beer tastings and brewery tours, trips over to Fort Gorges and up to Reid State Park, walk around the Eastern Prom

Where's your "happy place" on the peninsula? Eastern Prom hillside in the summer, anywhere near the waterfront, drinking a cold beer in a cozy pub in the Old Port

What's the most surprising thing about this city? The number of people doing interesting work - so many companies have a small presence in Portland, but they usually fly under the radar. Also, the amount of support locals are willing to offer if you are willing to make the ask.

What's the most under-appreciated place or thing in town? Getting out on to the water. Visiting Fort Gorges - hands down. Also Maine Marimba Ensemble!

Describe your perfect night—and the following morning—in Portland. Appetizers and drinks at a variety of restaurants around the Old Port and up in the Arts District, stumbling on to Maine Marimba Ensemble playing

Do you have a serendipity spot? Where do you always bump into good people? Novare Res, LFK, Local 188

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