Samuel A. Ladd, III
Council of Advisors
Sam Ladd has been in banking since the mid-1960s. He retired as the Maine Division President of People's United Bank. A 1963 graduate of Bowdoin College, he joined Maine National Bank after spending one year with Aetna Life Insurance Company and two years in the U.S. Army in Berlin, Germany. By 1985 Ladd was the Executive Vice President responsible for Trust, Retail Banking, Operations and Commercial Lending at Maine National Bank. In 1991 he was a founder of Maine Bank & Trust and was with the bank through its rebranding to People's United Bank in July 2010. Sam Ladd has been President of the Maine Bankers Association and Chair of the Maine Chamber of Commerce. He has served as the Greater Portland United Way Campaign leader, and as a Trustee of Bowdoin College and the Portland Symphony Orchestra, where he served as Treasurer. He is the past Chairman of Maine Maritime Museum and past Chairman of the Southern Maine Community College Foundation. He has been a trustee of The Portland Museum of Art, the Maine Historical Society and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute.
In 2005 Sam was the recipient of the Portland Regional Chamber's Henri Benoit Award for Leadership. He received the 2007 Distinguished Citizen Award by the Pine Tree Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and he won the National Distinguished Eagle Scout Award in 2008. He was also added to the The Business Hall of Fame by Junior Achievement. Sam was the Finance Chair for Susan Collins’ two recent successful runs for the U.S. Senate.