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Avesta Housing presents 2013 Mike Yandell Award to John Ryan of Wright-Ryan Construction


"John Ryan is a true professional, an accomplished business owner, a tremendous leader, and someone who takes the success of each and every project seriously."

Portland, MAINE, June 12, 2013 — Avesta Housing has awarded the 2013 Mike Yandell Award for extraordinary work in the field of affordable housing to John Ryan, president of Wright-Ryan Construction.

During a presentation Monday, June 10, at Pearl Place II in Portland, Avesta President Dana Totman presented the award to John in recognition of his commitment to making Maine communities better. Portland-based Wright-Ryan has built six projects for Avesta, three of them award-winning.

In presenting the award, Totman highlighted John’s service to the community, including his role on Portland’s task force to end homelessness, his company’s work for Preble Street, and his support of the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Maine. “John Ryan is a true professional, an accomplished business owner, a tremendous leader, and someone who takes the success of each and every project seriously,” Dana said.

“I am deeply honored to accept this award,” said John Ryan. “I do so on behalf of the entire team at Wright-Ryan, whose dedication to serving our customers and the end users of our projects is unrivaled in our industry.”

About the Mike Yandell Award

Since 2005, Avesta Housing has recognized an individual or organization for their service and dedication to the affordable housing industry. The award is named for the late Mike Yandell, a former Avesta Housing board chair and the former president of Gorham Savings Bank, who is remembered for his commitment to improving the community. Read more about the award.

Past honorees of the Mike Yandell Award

  • 2012 USDA Rural Development, Maine State Office
  • 2011 Gorham Savings Bank
  • 2010 The Genesis Fund
  • 2009 Ben Walter, CWS Architects
  • 2008 John Gallagher, Westbrook Housing Authority
  • 2007 David Bronson, TD Bank
  • 2006 Northern New England Housing Investment Fund
  • 2005 Preble Street Resource Center

About Avesta Housing

Avesta Housing is celebrating 40 years of providing and advocating for affordable housing. An award-winning agency, Avesta has grown to become the largest nonprofit developer in northern New England and one of the country’s most innovative leaders in affordable housing. Avesta manages a portfolio of more than 1,900 apartments in 31 Maine communities including Portland, Windham, Saco, Rockland and Kennebunk.

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