Event to highlight economic vision of legislative candidates
FALMOUTH — Steve Woods, Democratic candidate for state Senate District 25, said he is “very ready and very enthusiastic” to discuss key economic issues at an upcoming Meet the Candidates Forum sponsored by the Cumberland- Falmouth Chamber of Commerce.
The event is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 6 at Cumberland Town Hall and will be rebroadcast nightly via local access cable in Cumberland and Yarmouth. DVDs will be made available for others, and the forum can also be downloaded from the Town of Cumberland website the day after the event, at http://vimeo.com/cumberlandmaine.
Woods was one of the first to commit to appearing at the event, and praised the Chamber’s effort.
“Economic issues are of such importance right now, and well into the future,” Woods said. “It’s important that Democrats voting in the Senate District 25 primary on June 10 be able to fully examine each candidate’s credentials for working together to create economic prosperity.”
Woods is chairman of the Yarmouth Town Council and president and CEO of TideSmart Global, a conglomerate of international marketing companies based in Falmouth. His experience as an entrepreneur includes managing multimillion-dollar budgets and implementing complex health care and other benefits for dozens of employees across a wide enterprise.
“He is the only candidate in his contest with governmental, campaign and business experience, and the only one who’s strengthened his local economy by creating quality jobs and millions in taxable value,” campaign spokesman Bob Mentzinger said.
Mike Edes, a Cumberland town councilor, representative to the Chamber board and a leading candidate for Cumberland County sheriff, will welcome candidates. Greater Portland Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Chris Hall will serve as moderator.
“The forum is intended to offer the viewpoints of each candidate so residents can become more educated prior to making a choice,” said Cumberland Town Manager William Shane, event organizer.
AT A GLANCE
What: Cumberland-Falmouth Chamber of Commerce Meet the Candidates Forum
When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 6
Where: Cumberland Town Hall, Cumberland Center, ME
ABOUT STEVE WOODS
Woods is founder and CEO of TideSmart Global, comprised of six industry-leading companies primarily focused on experiential marketing and headquartered on a 6-acre eco-friendly campus in Falmouth.
TideSmart Global’s flagship agency, EMG3, is widely recognized as one of the most successful marketing agencies in the United States, earning national awards and industry accolades for exceptional strategy, creative delivery and operational expertise.
Throughout his three-decade career, Woods has represented a variety of companies and more than 100 professional athletes as a former NBA and MLB player-agent. In addition, he has served as the Tournament Director for many major ATP, AVP and other professional sporting events. Woods has negotiated and managed athlete/client contracts totaling more than $350 million.
Beyond his professional pursuits, Woods has demonstrated a passion for experiential marketing and sport/entertainment business. He spent a decade serving as an Adjunct Professor of Sports Business with academic affiliations at three major universities. Woods has also appeared frequently as a commentator/industry expert/guest for various media outlets (USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, ESPN, CNN, HBO, MSNBC) on the subject.
From 2008 to 2010, Woods served his community as chairman of the Yarmouth Planning Board. In June 2010, Woods was elected to serve on the Yarmouth Town Council, where he currently serves as the only three-year chairman in Yarmouth’s history.
In 2012, Woods ran as an independent for an open U.S. Senate seat to inspire change in partisan politics and increased civic participation. Early in the campaign, Woods made a commitment to former Gov. Angus King that, if he was trailing King by 10 points or more the week prior to the election, he would drop his bid and endorse King. The agreement was honored a week prior to the election.
Woods has supported numerous charities and civic groups in Maine, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine, where he is a current board member. Woods is also a co-owner of the NBA D-League team, the Maine Red Claws – the NBA affiliate of the Boston Celtics. And he hosts a national weekly radio talk show. Airing on WLOB (1310 AM) in Portland, “TideSmart Talk with Stevoe” can be heard each Saturday, from 11 am to 1 pm – and is available by podcast around the world.