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Get to Know Jeff Wahlstrom

by Lydia Swann

Jeff Wahlstrom is managing director of Starboard Leadership Jeff2Consulting. He has more than 30 years of hands-on experience as a nonprofit leader, board member, and consultant to an extensive list of clients, large and small, throughout Maine. He regularly provides counsel to boards on governance best practices, succession and transition planning, and strategic planning. Jeff has developed an online board self-assessment tool for Maine nonprofits, and he is a frequent speaker on a wide range of board governance and nonprofit management topics.

To help you get to know Jeff, we asked him the following questions.

What’s your hometown?
I’ve lived in Bangor for 21 years, so that is “hometown” for me. I grew-up in Middleport N.Y. and South Yarmouth MA.

What’s something we might not know about you even after we spend a day with you?
I am the unpaid music director for a friend’s commercial internet radio station. Check-out the “Coastal Cafe” stream on Maine Internet Radio.

What do you do for fun?
I love canoeing, whether it is canoe camping with family or friends or racing in Maine’s early spring racing season.

What’s your greatest strength?
Showing people or organizations the path from where they are now to where they want to be and what steps to take along the way.

Coffee or tea?
Definitely coffee.

Who is your hero?
My wife Lisa. Anyone who knows her can appreciate why.

Favorite part about living in Maine?
I love living in Bangor and all that it offers my family: a tremendous sense of community, the feeling of a small town but with all the best attributes of a city, easy access to the outdoor wonders of Maine, and a great place to grow-up or to raise a family.

What is your favorite vacation destination?
Lisa and I have always place a priority on travel, usually vacationing in different places every year, but the one spot that draws us back again and again (in our canoe) is Lobster Lake here in Maine.

What was the last movie you went to? Thumbs up or thumbs down?
I wish I could respond here with some highbrow title, but it was the latest James Bond movie: “Spectre”. It was pretty good, but I still miss Sean Connery.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Merging onto the highway is a basic driving skill that is obviously not taught in driver’s ed in Maine. Talk to anyone about this who learned to drive in another state and they’ll say, “What’s wrong with these people!?”

What book is on your nightstand/coffee table?
“In the Kingdom of Ice–The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette,” by Hampton Sides. For some reason, my friends are always recommending stories of survival to me.

Learn more about (and from) Jeff by joining him at this upcoming webinar series: Strategic Board Recruitment: Getting the Right People at the Table.

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