- President - Peter Flanders
- Vice President - Jon Mercier
- Treasurer - Rick Roy
- Secretary - Jim Pross
- Board Member - Eric Potvin
- Board Member - Jake Nason
- Board Member - Jason Renchy
Peter grew up in the historic town of Saratoga Springs, New York. There he was exposed to a city rich in culture, architecture, culinary arts and history. As a young man he witnessed the rebirth of Saratoga and learned to appreciate what it meant. This was his first real sense of community.
Peter spent summers in Maine on the ocean. While in Maine he spent time in Portland where he connected to the city through the similarities to Saratoga. It was during this time as a young adult he decided he would eventually settle in Maine; combining the heritage, culture and his love for the ocean. His path took a turn to the North East Kingdom in Vermont where he lived, worked and started his family. His new appreciation for rural living grew right alongside of his two daughters.
When it was time to relocate he sought employment in Maine. He stumbled on to Lewiston+Auburn and moved to Auburn in 2006. It was that same sense of heritage, history, community and the vision of what it would be after its rebirth. He knew the growth potential and wanted to be part of that all too familiar process. He could feel the resemblances to his home town of Saratoga as well as one of his favorite places Burlington, Vermont and he knew this would be exciting. Peter enjoyed making Auburn home for himself and his 2 daughters for 11 years. He has recently moved to Falmouth where he merged families with his wife Allison and her 2 sons. His focus on community remains in L+A.
Peter’s work has always been a passion. He has been a manager in the auto industry for over 25 years. He began as a service manager and also held the positions of finance manager and general manager; and now an operations manager for the largest automotive group in the state.
More than once in his life he has dabbled in real estate; owning, renting, rehabbing and even getting his license to sell. This lead Peter to create GFDG, his real estate development company that has been growing and operating successfully in Lewiston and Auburn for many years. His efforts have expanded to create Corner Pocket Properties, the commercial arm of GFDG. More recently GFDG has expanded into the hospitality industry; designing, building, and operating Sonder & Dram in Lewiston.
He has a passion for people, community, architecture, landscaping and has energy to match. He has always chosen to be involved; spending time on the boards of non-profits, volunteering and being an active community leader. He has embraced these same roles in Maine and is a founding member of Grow L+A.
Jon and his family of five resides in Auburn and enjoys being active in the community. Jon co-owns a local Real Estate company that specializes in the residential Lewiston+Auburn market. Jon is also active with different local organizations, most recently serving on the board of directors for Androscoggin Land Trust. As Vice President of GFDG, he helps in all aspects of the company and takes pride in making sure our clients have the best service possible. GFDG wants to be more than just your landlord but also help you make your housing needs as carefree as possible.
A native of Auburn and graduate of St. Dominic’s High School, Rick has deep roots and loyalty to the Lewiston+Auburn community. He continued his education in Burlington, Vermont studying at St. Michael’s College and received a B.S. in Psychology. He returned home after graduating and began a career in human services. Rick devoted 4 years to working with child protective services and the adoption unit for the Department of Human Services in Lewiston. He continued to diversify his career and chase a dream by co-owning and operating Rennen Performance, a successful automobile performance business for 7 years. He left the business to concentrate on building a career in advanced management and has since lead several successful service teams at local automobile dealerships. Rick, his wife, and 2 sons currently live in Raymond. His wife Kristen has also created a successful career in real estate and enjoys community involvement in the Sebago Lakes Region.
Rick has a passion for entrepreneurship that he intends to continue developing in the Twin Cities of L+A over the upcoming years. It has long been a desire of his to see L+A revitalize, and he feels fortunate to be a part of the rebuilding process. When Rick is able to find spare time, he enjoys anything that involves motorsports, skiing, boating, and spending quality time with his family.
Jim Pross is an attorney at Skelton, Taintor & Abbott in Auburn. Prior to joining Skelton Taintor & Abbott, Jim worked in private practice for a New Hampshire based law firm, where he spent 11 years managing their satellite office in Maine. Active in the community, Jim has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Androscoggin Land Trust since 2009, including two years as its President. He recently finished serving a two-year term as an Auburn City Councilor and a joint two-year term as a member of the Auburn School Committee. Born in Sussex County, New Jersey, Jim earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Charleston, where he rowed crew on their men’s team. He went on to attend law school and the University of New Hampshire School of Law. Jim has appeared in speaking roles in two films, enjoys skiing with his family, running, playing the guitar, and chess.
Eric Potvin is a Lewiston native and graduate of Lewiston High School. He graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts where he received his degree in Architecture. While studying in Boston he continued his passion for hockey by co-founding the Wentworth Roller Hockey team. They quickly turned from an upstart club to a perennial favorite. As a college graduate Eric continued his commitment as Head Coach and soon after the team would compete for a National Championship held at Colorado State University. After an 8 year experience in the big city it was time to move home to the place he loved and settle down with his wife in Lewiston. Since moving home to the Twin Cities, Eric has found employment at a local Architecture firm as well as committed to his belief in the great potential that lies along the shores of the Androscoggin. Eric is a former Lewiston Planning Board vice-chairman, where he served nearly 6 years, a member of the Young Professionals of Lewiston+Auburn, Great Falls Paddling Society and Androscoggin Land Trust. In his spare time he enjoys a night on the town, catching a hockey game, throwing some cornhole, a relaxing kayak trip along the Androscoggin River and discussing the future of the great city he has come to call home.
Jake grew up in Minot and graduated from Edward Little High School. After living in Auburn for 10 years, Jake and his family returned to Minot. Jake is a Project Superintendent for Warren Construction. He has 18 years of experience in all levels of construction and demonstrates a passion for building high quality projects. This attribute has proven to be a great asset to the GFDG team. In his free time Jake enjoys spending time with his family, fishing and golf.
Jason grew up in Turner and is a 1994 graduate from Leavitt High School. He then graduated from the University of Maine in Orono with a BS in Forest Management. Jason spent some time in San Francisco where he did research for the Forest Service and helped fight wild fires. His family now lives in New Gloucester. Jason is a Master Electrician who co-owns Casco Bay Electric. He has been in the field for 15 years and brings a lot of experience and knowledge to the GFDG team. In his free time Jason enjoys spending time with his family, four-wheeling, boating, riding his motorcycle and anything outdoors.