Luke’s Lobster—Co-Led by Bryan Holden ’09—Featured on CBS This Morning

Bryan Holden ’09, managing partner at Luke’s Lobster

Luke’s Lobster, the seafood chain run by Bryan Holden ’09 and his brother Luke (who founded the company), has been featured in a report on CBS This Morning about the strength of the Maine lobster industry. Luke told CBS’s Don Dahler that the price of lobster meat has more than doubled since he started the company seven years ago, and demand continues to outstrip supply, despite the fact that Maine lobstermen hauled in a record catch last year.

One factor keeping prices high, we are told, is the popularity of the lobster roll, with prices now “hovering around $20.” Luke’s Lobster operates more than twenty-five outlets throughout the US and a further six in Japan, all offering Maine-sourced seafood, said Dahler.

Twelve Student Interns Learn on the Job at WEX with Rapkin ’88

A dozen Bowdoin students are taking advantage of an opportunity Career Planning fostered with WEX, a global leader in corporate payments solutions that strives to simplify the complexities of payments systems across continents and industries including vehicle fleet, travel, and healthcare.

(L. to r.) Duncan Cannon ’18, international finance intern; Molly Foley ’19 legal compliance intern; John Dana ’19, sales operations intern; Hilary Rapkin ‘88; Luis Paniagua ’16, Treasury Department intern; Jordan Castonguay ’18, strategy and innovation intern; Ian Dieli ’18, application development Intern; Adrian Van der Eb ’19, marketing intern; Andrew Walter-McNeill ’19, software engineer intern; Justin Weathers ’18, product release intern; Joseph Staudt ’19, corporate communications intern; Simone Laverdiere ’19, acquisitions and new business development intern; Ian Squiers ’19, marketing analytics intern.

The twelve students are part of an ambitious plan by WEX to hire interns from Maine colleges and universities. Hilary Rapkin ’88, senior vice president and general counsel at WEX, participated in a presentation Career Planning had coordinated on campus this past year.

The twelve students are working at the company’s South Portland, Maine, headquarters this summer in roles in a wide range of fields including acquisitions, application development, finance, legal compliance, marketing, product release, sales, and software engineering.

Bowdoin Basketballer Returns to Israel to Represent US in ‘Jewish Olympics’ (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Ally Silfen ’17

Former basketball forward Ally Silfen ’17 is among thousands of athletes gathering in Israel for the 20th Maccabiah Games, known unofficially as the Jewish Olympics. Joining Silfen in Israel is fellow basketball player Danny Janel, a graduate of Connecticut College.

According to an article in the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, the two first met when they competed at the last Maccabiah games in 2013—that’s when they fell in love. Silfen and Janel are one of at least ten couples who have been brought together by the game, reports the JTA. The event runs through July 18.

Michael Howe ’96 and Company to Appear on ‘Jay Leno’s Garage’ (WCSH)

Jay Leno visits Howe and Howe Technologies (Image: WCSH)

Michael Howe ’96 and his brother, Geoff Howe, owners of Howe and Howe Technologies, welcomed a familiar face — and his 25-member production crew — for a bit of a show-and-tell of their company’s products.

Former Tonight Show host Jay Leno, now the host of Jay Leno’s Garage on CNBC, visited Waterboro, Maine, to check out the EV-2, featured in the latest Fast and Furious film. Read more about Leno’s visit here.