For Immediate Release
January 19, 2021
Contact: Sara Olson, Director of Development & Communications
Cell: 207-317-3914 | Email: SOlson@AvestaHousing.org
Avesta Housing presents Mike Yandell Award to Clark Insurance
Portland, ME – Avesta Housing has awarded its annual company award, the Mike Yandell Award for extraordinary work in the field of affordable housing, to Clark Insurance. Avesta President & CEO Dana Totman presented the Mike Yandell Award virtually at Clark Insurance’s annual meeting.
Avesta selected Clark Insurance because it has been a strong partner in Avesta’s mission to create and preserve affordable homes. In presenting the award, Totman talked about Clark Insurance’s prominent role in the affordable housing community. “Clark Insurance has always been a thoughtful, skilled, attentive, and present partner to the groups working in affordable housing. They are a great supporter of what we all do to increase and improve affordable housing options in Maine.”
Jeff Lind, Chief Operating Officer at Clark Insurance, accepted the award during an all-company virtual meeting and commented on the longstanding relationship between Clark and Avesta: “I have worked closely with Dana and the Avesta team for nearly 15 years and have seen firsthand the importance and economic impact of Avesta’s work on the Greater Portland community, and Avesta’s growth across northern New England. To receive the Mike Yandell award is an honor and an inspiration to continue supporting the affordable housing industry at a time when their services are needed now more than ever.”
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. Recent past honorees of the Mike Yandell Award: Norway Savings Bank, Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, Portland Housing Authority, and the Press Herald.
Avesta Housing President & CEO Dana Totman presents Avesta’s Mike Yandell Award for extraordinary work in the field of affordable housing to Clark Insurance Chief Operating Officer Jeff Lind. The award was presented virtually due to COVID-19, but presented here through Photoshop technology!
About Avesta Housing
Avesta Housing is a nonprofit affordable housing provider with more than 45 years of experience as a leader in affordable housing development and property management in Maine and New Hampshire. The organization is headquartered in Portland, Maine and currently has 98 affordable properties, 2,700 apartments, and two assisted-living facilities in its portfolio. Avesta’s mission is to improve lives and strengthen communities by promoting and providing quality affordable homes for people in need. Its five areas of focus are advocacy, housing development, property management, senior/assisted living, and homeownership. www.AvestaHousing.org
About Clark Insurance
Founded in 1931, Clark Insurance is a 100% Employee-Owned independent insurance agency. With over 120 employees in 6 offices across Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, they operate as one of the largest independent agencies in New England. Their services include Business Insurance, Personal Insurance, Employee Benefits, Bonds, Life, Health, Annuities, and Safety & Risk Consulting Services. www.ClarkInsurance.com