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

Customer Appreciation Event, Mattawamkeag, ME

On Friday, July 29th and Saturday, July 30th our Mattawamkeag  Maine location hosted a Customer Appreciation event.  This location was rebuilt in early 2016 and is the home of our Big Apple Store and CN Brown Heating Oil office.  Over 1,400 customers attended the event over the two day period.  Big Apple Uncle Rick t-shirts and popcorn were given away as a thank you to the customers; plus several deeply discounted items.  The CN Brown team had fun with the prize wheel which was onsite for all customers to spin & win a prize!

CN Brown Company thanks all our loyal customers that attended this fun event.  We appreciate your loyalty to our company!

Pictured below:  Store Manager, Gail Seavey, and Territory Managers, Kyle Frith and Nikki King.


7.30.2016 #8


Big Apple Store in Poland with McDonald’s


Ian is six years old and lives at 240 Pigeon Hill Road Mechanic Falls, Maine, just up the hill from the newest Big Apple and McDonald’s. He goes to Elm Street School in Mechanic Falls and is in the 1st grade. One of his favorite past times is getting Nannie and Poppie to bring him to McDonald’s for the ever famous cheeseburger happy meal. He has been watching every day as the buildings have gone up and very animatedly lets his Nannie know every detail as he sees it. He considers the Poland McDonald’s his own personal close to home restaurant!


Thank you to the Dave & Lisa Berry, along with their grandchildren, for being our first Big Apple Food Store Customers, December 18, 2014.

A special thank you to Ian for being our ribbon cutter!

Maine Heritage Policy Chairperson, Jinger Duryea

October 16, 2014

PORTLAND – The Maine Heritage Policy Center,
Maine’s preeminent free-market think tank,
announced today the election of Mrs. Jinger Duryea,
president, C.N. Brown Company to
Chair MHPC’s Board of Directors.

“Jinger will bring energy and enthusiasm to MHPC at a critical time for the state of Maine. Under her leadership, I am confident that MHPC will continue to grow and advocate fiercely for economic freedom,” said MHPC’s outgoing Chairman Peter Anania.

Anania served as Chairman of the Board of Directors from January of 2012 to October 14, 2014. Duryea joined MHPC’s Board of Directors in May 2007.

“MHPC could not have chosen a more capable Chair, in Jinger Duryea.  She is a successful businesswoman, a strong leader, and an eloquent champion of free markets. Mrs. Duryea brings with her a wealth of experience and an intimate knowledge of policy that will be critical for us in leading the conservative movement in Maine,” said Chief Executive Officer Matthew Gagnon.

Duryea retired as the President of C.N. Brown Company, a South Paris, Maine-based family business that operates all Big Apple Stores and CN Brown Heating Oil locations throughout Maine, New Hampshire & Vermont.  She has the distinction of having been the first female Chairman of the Maine Oil Dealers Association, and previously served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Convenience Stores.


MDA honors Tiffany J. Olson





August 26, 2014
STATE WIDE (WGME) — A Maine woman is being honored for decades a work on behalf of families with neuromuscular diseases.

For many years, one woman has been synonymous with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and later this week, she’ll be honored for “making a difference.”

It was the late 1970’s and channel 13, WGAN TV was undergoing a big change. It was moving day from the old newspaper building on Congress Street to the new studio on Washington Avenue.

Sure, there were cameras and sets to move but no one was going anywhere without the all-important telethon clock from the MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon and who better to move it than telethon hosts, Bob O’Wrill, the station weatherman and the one and only Tiffany Jones.

Tiffany’s connection with MDA dates back decades. As host of the telethon she got to know many of Jerry’s Kids in Maine and helped to shine a light on important advances in research that MDA helped to fund.

Her tenure with MDA is almost as long as it took to move that clock. It’s only just made it onto the elevator.

Tiffany may have stopped hosting the telethon, but she sure didn’t stop working with MDA. She became the organizations executive director, the face of MDA at countless events, including C. N. Brown golf tournaments.

And over those many years, Tiffany became great friends and supporters of all the folks at C.N. Brown, including the man for whom the Spirit of Life award is named, Chick Wilkins. Together, they hit one home run after another.

It’s almost impossible to think of MDA in Maine without thinking of Tiffany Jones Olsen and that clock finally made it all the way to its new home.

Tiffany Jones Olsen truly embodies the Chick Wilkins Spirit of Life. She has touched the lives of hundreds of families struggling with neuromuscular diseases in Maine.

Tiffany Jones Olsen says she will always support MDA, hoping that research and funding will help find a cure for neuromuscular diseases like ALS and Ducheness Muscular Dystrophy.

Tiffany retired from CN Brown Company in August, 2016.