30th Annual MDA Golf Classic

CN Brown Company believes in our mission to help raise money for research and support of families in Maine that live with Muscular Dystrophy.   For 30 years, CN Brown Company has hosted a golf classic raising over $250,000!  With the support of 80+employees, and over 50 vendors, this event has become a huge success.  Thank you to all the participants at our 30th Annual Event!

MMTA Recognizes Driver of the Month ~ Greg Hoyt

CN Brown Company’s Transportation Division is proud to share Greg Hoyt’s recognition as MMTA’s Driver of the Month for August 2017.  Greg was nominated for Driver of the Month by Ken Cannell, Director of Transportation.  Greg has 47 years of driving experience; 42 of which have been with CN Brown Company.  Greg was recognized for his 3,000,000 accident free miles; outstanding job, Greg!


CN Brown Company Business Meeting

Congratulations to employees recognized at the CN Brown Company Business Meeting on Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Jeremy Shaw ~ Corporate Office Employee of the Year

Karla Blackman ~ Marketing Manager of the Year

Jordan Fike ~ Heating Oil Manager of the Year

Greg Hoyt ~ Transportation Driver of the Year

Scott Pingree ~ Heating Oil Driver of the Year

Arline Waddell ~ Service Station Manager of the Year

Danielle Doyon ~ Big Apple Store Manager of the Year

Margaret Simon ~ MDA Top Big Apple Store Fundraising Territory of the Year

Amy Laverdiere ~ MDA Top Service Station Fundraiser of the Year

We’d also like to recognize the following employees for their years of service:

Ramona Smith ~ Heating Oil Manager – 46 Years

Kyle Frith ~ Marketing Manager – 10 Years

Dawn Hoyt ~ Big Apple Store Manager – 5 Years

Kelly Wheat ~ Big Apple Store Manager  – 5 Years

Big Apple’s Uncle Rick Radio Campaign Wins 2017 Broderson Award

On Thursday, April 20th the Ad Club of Maine recognized Big Apple and Vreeland Marketing with a Broderson Award for their “Uncle Rick” radio campaign.

You’ve probably heard Uncle Rick while driving to work listening to your favorite radio station or while pumping gas at your local Big Apple. In 2015, Big Apple partnered with Vreeland Marketing to develop the voice of the brand – the hard-working, fun-loving, trouble-making Uncle Rick, who just happens to be Big Apple’s biggest fan.

For over 35 years, the Ad Club’s Broderson Awards have recognized exceptional creative work from Maine ad agencies, brands and freelancers. This year’s awards featured nearly 30 different categories, spanning the entire spectrum of the modern advertising world. Vreeland took home a silver in the broadcast radio campaign category for the “Uncle Rick” radio campaign.

“We’re so proud to partner with Big Apple on this popular campaign,” said Rich Davies, Creative Director and Partner at Vreeland. “Uncle Rick brings the casual, local attributes of the brand to life, while offering a bit of humor for your morning commute.”

Listen to a sample spot.

Broaderson Award 4.28.2017

CN Brown Company Supports the MDA of Maine

MDA Shamrocks Tradition Thrives in Maine;  C.N. Brown’s Big Apple Convenience Store Raises $83,000 to Help Maine Families Fight Muscle-Debilitating Diseases

More than 76 Big Apple Convenience Stores throughout Maine and New Hampshire teamed with customers to raise $83,000 to help free kids and adults from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases that limit strength and mobility during the 35th annual MDA Shamrocks program to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

“Each year, C.N. Brown and Big Apple Store employees and customers open their hearts to make a big difference through the simple act of selling or purchasing an MDA Shamrock,” said Ashley King, Executive Director of MDA Maine. “We’re grateful to everyone who participated and we’re honored to have the People of C.N. Brown’s support of MDA’s mission to help local families affected by these muscle-debilitating diseases live longer and grow stronger.”

From February 20th to March 17th, Big Apple Stores participated in the nation’s largest St. Patrick’s Day fundraising program in which customers and associates purchased an MDA Shamrock at check-out for a $1, $5 or a larger contribution at check-out. Each Shamrock was signed by the customer and prominently displayed in each store, symbolizing strength, independence and life for MDA families in the community.

Since first teaming up with MDA in 1985, C.N. Brown and its customers have raised nearly $6 million dollars to help MDA provide the families it serves with critical resources and support to fulfill life goals.

This year, the MDA Shamrocks program united tens of thousands of retail locations throughout the country to benefit the organization’s shared mission to fund groundbreaking research across diseases and provide individuals with life-enhancing programs and support services, including state-of-the-art multidisciplinary care the MDA Care Center at Maine Medical Partners Neurology in Scarborough.

Funds raised also make MDA Summer Camp possible for more than 90 area kids where they can experience the best week of the year at no cost to their families at Camp Agassiz Village in Poland, Maine.

About MDA
MDA is leading the fight to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life. We use our collective strength to help kids and adults live longer and grow stronger by finding research breakthroughs across diseases; caring for individuals from day one; and empowering families with services and support in hometowns across America.

Learn how you can fund cures, find care and champion the cause at mda.org.

MDA Logo 4.7.2017


Convenience Store News Rising Star, Brandi Cushman

Atlanta, GA, October 19, 2016 – CN Brown Company’s Brandi Cushman was celebrated at the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center, during the annual NACS convention.  Brandi Cushman was recognized as one of twenty-one Rising Stars by the Convenience Store News editorial staff in conjunction with the Network of Executive Women (NEW) and the 2016 Top Women in Convenience Advisory Board.  Brandi was nominated by her peers drawing from her achievements during the last 12 months.  Nominators were asked to illustrate the candidate’s innovative corporate initiatives, extraordinary financial and strategic accomplishments, astute problem solving acumen, exceptional performance and selfless charitable participation, along with other attributes that go above and beyond the call of duty.  As one of two category managers at C. N. Brown Company, Brandi manages a variety of categories, including tobacco.  She is a 20 year veteran with 77 C-Stores in Maine, New Hampshire & Vermont.  Brandi is recognized each year for her work with the Muscular Dystrophy Association as she and her team coordinate an annual event, the C. N. Brown Company Miracle Ball.  C. N. Brown Company would also like to give an additional shout out for Brandi’s efforts on our Annual Golf Tournament and Trade Show.  We are honored to have Brandi on our team!


Picture taken at the Omni Atlanta Hotel, CNN Center, Wednesday, October 19th

CN Brown Company’s Corporate Office Employee of the Year 2015: Pat Tibbetts


Pat  answers the phone and welcomes visitors to the Corporate Office.  She gives the first impression of C N Brown Company, and what an impression it is!  She is the poster child for professionalism, positive attitude and hospitality.  From the appearance and mannerisms she chooses for herself,  the voice she sends across the phone line to those calling in, to the hospitality she extends to visitors, Pat is an excellent representative of CN Brown Company.

Pat is an invaluable asset to the company, and we are so lucky to have her!

Congratulations on a job well done, Pat!