Brick & Beam Society is a community of established and emerging professionals committed to increasing STEM and educational enrichment opportunities for children in Greater Portland. Our members represent companies from various industries and we have more than 150 donors supporting our work.
We leverage United Way of Greater Portland’s resources, knowledge, and relationships to get results.
OUR PURPOSE: To utilize education as a vehicle for social change, by financially supporting educational opportunities for high need populations in the area of childhood education up through 8th grade. We provide funding for projects that are aligned with Thrive2027’s Community-Wide Goals, and are high-impact, sustainable and replicable and approaches that are innovative, holistic and collaborative.
Eric Sharkey, Unum
Chair, Steering Committee
Three words to describe yourself? Friendly, honest, driven
Favorite childhood book? Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
If you could snap your fingers and learn to do one thing, what would it be? Play the piano
Name one thing on your bucket list? Travel the world
Why Brick & Beam? Brick & Beam allows me the ability to make a difference for the children who need it in my community while building new relationships with likeminded leaders.
Joe Ha, Unum
Chair, Impact Investment Committee
Vince Mariano, WEX Inc.
Chair, Membership & Programming Committee
Three words to describe yourself? Determined, Intentional, and Adventurous
Favorite childhood book? The Power of One
If you could snap your fingers and learn to do one thing, what would it be? Speak all languages
Name one thing on your bucket list? Play golf on all seven continents (yes, including Antarctica)
Why Brick & Beam? Every child has the right to a quality education, especially one that prepares him or her to thrive in the 21st century