Kevin Hancock honored for leadership

The Maine Development Foundation has presented Hancock Lumber’s CEO with the Kenneth M. Curtis Leadership Award.
a man standing in front of a house
Kevin Hancock at Hancock Lumber's Saco, Maine headquarters.

During a recent virtual ceremony, Kevin Hancock, chairman and CEO of Hancock Lumber, was honored by the Maine Development Foundation (MDF) and presented with the Kenneth M. Curtis Leadership Award. 

Each year MDF’s Leadership Maine alumni nominate candidates for the award, recognizing the achievements of Leadership Maine graduates.

The award is named after former Maine Gov. Curtis who served as the Dean of the Leadership Maine program for one year. 

Jan Kearce, MDF’s senior team leader for Leadership & Workforce Development, presented the award during the virtual ceremony while honoring Hancock and reflecting on his journey.

“Kevin, your dedication, commitment, and willingness to dive deeply into your experience, rediscover truths, and steadily work towards change is inspirational,” Kearce said. “Congratulations, and thank you for all you do for Maine as you listen, empower others, share leadership, and give back to your community.”

During his acceptance speech, Hancock reflected on his time as a member of the Lambda Leadership Maine class.

“When I look back on my time in the Leadership Maine program, two learnings really stand out,” he said. “The first is the importance of getting out of our lanes and interacting with a much more diverse set of people and organizations and places. The second takeaway from my time at Leadership Maine and thinking about our class – which was very diverse – is that I think humanity is much more aligned than we might think. We are all trying to do the same things, which is make Maine, make America, make the world a better place.”

Based in Saco, Maine, Hancock Lumber operates 11 lumberyards, 9 kitchen design showrooms, 3 sawmills, and truss and wall panel manufacturing facilities, in addition to owning timberlands in the states. The company has more than 600 employees.

Last month, Hancock Lumber announced that it was acquiring Winnipesaukee Lumber, an independent, family-owned building materials supplier in Wolfeboro, N.H.

A video of the MDF’s presentation of the Kevin M. Curtis Leadership Award to Hancock can be viewed here.

More information about the MDF is available here.

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