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Robert A. Martin is the President of The Maine Technology Institute; the industry-led venture organization that invests public funds into companies engaged in development of innovative technologies, and propels them to commercialization. Since 2000, MTI has invested over $162 million in Maine organizations and currently manages a $110 million portfolio of companies representing the industry sectors of Aquaculture and Marine; Biotechnology; Composites and Advanced Materials; Environmental Technology; Forest Products and Agriculture; Information Technology; and, Precision Manufacturing.

Previously, Bob was the Managing Partner of Strategic Equity Partners, LLC, a consulting firm providing strategic counsel, financial restructuring, mergers, acquisitions, brand architecture, marketing and operations analysis to help enterprises focus on those matters most significant to their success. The firm served a wide variety of firms in the consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, manufacturing and commercial real estate development sectors.

Bob’s business experience includes senior executive roles at The Washington Post, The Hartford Courant, and the Reichhold and Earthrise subsidiaries of Dai Nippon Ink & Chemicals, where he had global CEO responsibilities for polymer and biochemical products.

Bob is frequently invited to speak on the topics of innovation culture, entrepreneurship, leadership, and market segmentation. Bob serves on the Foreign Direct Investment Board of the Maine International Trade Center, the Advisory Boards for the Schools of Engineering and Business at the University of Southern Maine; he is a director for the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development, and leads the Executive Team for the Blackstone Accelerates Growth initiative. He is a member of the Portland Rotary Club.

Bob did his undergraduate studies at The George Washington University and earned his MBA degree from The Kenan-Flagler Business School at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a U.S. Army veteran.

He was appointed to his role at MTI by Governor Paul LePage and confirmed by the 125th Legislature in September 2012.

Shane joined MTI in March of 2004 and is primarily responsible for managing the TechStart Grant, Seed Grant, and SBIR/STTR funding components of Business Ventures.  He also manages MTI's IT needs and database platform.

Shane has over 10 years of experience with accounting management and program assistance. He is also a dedicated board member and coach for various youth sports program in the Augusta area, where he lives with his wife and children.

Martha Bentley has worked with the Maine Technology Institute in a variety of capacities since 2002, currently as the Cluster Initiative Program and the Maine Technology Asset Fund Program management contractor, as well as operations director for Blackstone Accelerates Growth. 

In addition to her work with MTI, Martha manages the Big White Barn, LLC.

Martha has a bachelor of arts in history from Davidson College and a master of arts in applied history from the University of South Carolina. She has held a variety of positions relating to non-profit management and philanthropy, including grants manager for the Public Welfare Foundation in Washington, DC, and director of programs at the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  She lives in a big white barn in Readfield, Maine with her two daughters and a variety of pets.


Christine joined MTI in December of 2012 as an Office Assistant and became Office Manager in July 2013. Before MTI, Christine resided in upstate New York working as the Senior Program Aide for the Advantage/After-School program at the Family Service Society in Corning, New York. As Office Assistant and Receptionist she provides support to the Finance and Administration Manager as well as supporting MTI staff on various tasks.

Christine graduated from the University of Southern Maine in 2010 with a B.A. in English and Media Studies. She has traveled the world, lived in various parts of the country, and takes great pleasure strolling through the Maine woods. She was born and raised in Winslow, Maine and now resides in Brunswick, Maine with her partner and their baby girl.


Scott Burnett joined MTI in 2013 as Director of Marketing & Analytics. Scott has over twenty-five years of professional experience. As a lawyer, Scott worked in the Enforcement Division of the Securities & Exchange Commission in Washington, DC, for a major New York law firm, and for the Bank of Boston. When he came to Maine in 1992 his focus changed to business and marketing. He worked for LL Bean for several years advising operating departments on investments in technology and new services, and led several projects to evaluate and improve business processes. He held senior marketing positions with technology and biotechnology companies where he gained extensive experience in strategic marketing, new product development, bringing products to market, building complex analytical models, market research, and measuring performance.

Scott earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Government from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. He earned both Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degrees from George Washington University in Washington, DC, where he was Article’s Editor for the George Washington University Law Review.

Scott lives in Falmouth with his wife Claire and their three dogs Rocket, Peanut and Boone. Scott, who enjoys sailing, has sailed transatlantic twice, raced in the Transpac and several international yachting events, and has cruised the Mediterranean and Caribbean extensively.

Jim joined MTI in April 2010 and is responsible for managing financial and accounting functions, HR functions and benefit plans, and general administration functions. Jim comes to MTI having served in the roles of Controller through Chief Financial Officer for companies in the biotechnology, real estate development, high-tech manufacturing and distribution industries. He is formerly a CPA as well.

Jim holds a bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College and a master's degree for Northeastern University. He actively supports civic and educational organizations. He was brought up in Augusta and resides in Portland with his wife and family.

Suzanne Hamlin has been appointed interim Director of MTI’s Business Ventures Group, the team that assists technology ventures with a variety of grants and loans. Hamlin currently heads the Transformative Knowledge Group, a Portland firm that provides a wide variety of business analysis and planning. She has been working with MTI since 2004 as a member of the SBIR/STTR Technical Assistance Program group which has been responsible for helping Maine businesses secure over $85 million in SBIR/STTR funding from the Small Business Administration.

Her direct industry experience includes retail, direct marketing, medical products, manufacturing, banking, and insurance, as well as a broad range of non-profits, and she has consulted heavily in all seven of Maine’s target technology sectors. Hamlin holds a BSE in Computer Science from Princeton University, with honors, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Catherine Marin has more than twenty five years combined experience in university research, manufacturing engineering, and business finance. Prior to relocating to Camden, Maine in 2007, Catherine was Manager, Corporate Business Development at Ford Motor Company in Michigan. After moving to the state, Catherine held a variety of positions in area non-profits  before joining MTI as a Portfolio Manager in the spring of 2012. Catherine’s responsibilities at MTI include expansion of the Entrepreneurs-in-Residence program at MTI to offer additional experienced technology entrepreneurs to more ventures within the MTI portfolio. In addition, Catherine monitors and advises companies having Development Loans with MTI.

Catherine earned an undergraduate degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University and a graduate degree in industrial engineering and management science from Northwestern University. In 1999 Catherine received her MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with a focus on economics, strategy, and entrepreneurship.

Catherine enjoys living in midcoast Maine with her husband Steve and two sons.

Joe is MTI's Director of Business Development.  Joe leads MTI's targeted effort to expand MTI's funding opportunities for technology development with early and late-stage ventures. Joe has been with MTI since its founding in 1999 and served as the Director of the Business Ventures Group. He is well-connected in Maine's entrepreneurial community, and serves on the Blackstone Accelerates Growth leadership team.

Joe has been involved with small business throughout his life, including ownership in specialty foods and retail service.  He has formal and practical training in immunology, bioassays, product development and business leadership. During 10 years at IDEXX Laboratories in Westbrook, Maine, he worked as an assay development project leader in R&D, a supervisor of global technical support and managed a multi-million dollar line of tests and equipment. He has had primary responsibility for product-line strategy, product launch, customer satisfaction and achievement of revenue goals.

Joe initially studied engineering at the University of Maine and graduated with an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Southern Maine. He holds an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH and serves on various business boards and committees.

Patti joined MTI as the administration assistant for the Maine Technology Asset Fund and other bond funds in February 2008. She had worked in similar capacities for the Maine Nutrition Network, Muskie School of Public Service (USM) and the University of Maine at Augusta.

Patti earned an associate of arts degree in liberal studies from the University of Maine at Augusta and is currently enrolled in its baccalaureate program for liberal studies. She resides in West Gardiner with her family and their wonder dog, Rudy.

Jessica joined MTI as Program Assistant in August 2012. Prior to joining MTI, Jessica worked for TD Bank.  As Portfolio Associate she provides support during the application and review processes for the TechStart Grant, Seed Grant, Development Loan, Business Accelerator Grant and Equity Capital components of Business Ventures.

Jessica graduated from University of Southern Maine in 2007 with a bachelor of science degree in business administration and in 2012 with a graduate degree in global studies from Northeastern University.  Jessica is originally from Harpswell, Maine and is thrilled to have the opportunity to live and work in Midcoast Maine.

Roger Brooks (2008-present)

Roger joined MTI in February 2008 and now serves as an Entrepreneur in Residence, coaching and connecting MTI client companies. Prior to joining MTI, Roger spent more than 25 years with a variety of technology companies, including serving as CEO of Intelligent Controls, Saco, Maine, and President of Dynisco, Inc., Sharon, Mass. He currently serves on several private company boards and previously served as lead director of a NASDAQ listed public company. His experience also includes private equity and he is a member of the Maine Angels network.

Roger holds an undergraduate degree in economics and government from the University of Connecticut and a masters degree in business administration from the New York University Stern School of Business. He lives in Cumberland with his wife, Elizabeth, and an assortment of farm animals and house pets. They have four grown children and seven grandchildren.

Paul Myer (2014-present)

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Betsy Peters (2014-present)

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Carl Spang (2014)

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David Stone (2014)

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