Portland Properties, formerly known as ELC Management, is a family-owned commercial real estate development and property management firm based in Portland, Maine.

John DiFiore, Maintenance Technician

John DiFiore is a member of the Portland Properties Maintenance Team. On the job, John is highly regarded for his easygoing, positive nature. Born and raised in Portland, John is a trained mason who enjoys keeping his skills sharp with new projects at work and at home (the next is a pizza oven). When he’s not working, you might find him volunteering at a Portland soup kitchen, boating, riding a motorcycle, or spending time with his son and daughter or any of his 10 siblings.

Rick Hinkle, Maintenance Technician

Rick Hinkle is a member of the Portland Properties Maintenance Team. Before joining us, he worked as a remodeling contractor, and in the Navy as an electrician. Our tenants always appreciate his meticulous attention to detail. Rick has two daughters, both honor students, and lives in Old Orchard Beach. In his spare time, he enjoys presenting comedy and working on vehicles.

Ryan Nadeau, Maintenance Technician

Ryan Nadeau is a member of the Portland Properties Maintenance Team. Before joining us, he worked in residential property management. Ryan has a vast skillset in carpentry, electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems. Ryan lives in Casco and enjoys being outdoors, specifically ice fishing during the winter months.

Daniel Bernard, Property Manager

Dan Bernard is the Property Manager for Portland Properties and joined the company in December 2020. He adds 5 years of facilities and property management experience and has a background in business management, customer service, and the electrical trade.  Dan is a problem solver and always looks for quality, long term solutions to complex issues. Dan’s favorite part of his job is working with and supporting the businesses that occupy Portland Properties’ spaces. Dan grew up in Southern NH and graduated from Keene State College with a B.S. in Management. He now lives in Freeport, ME, with his fiancé and can often be found trail running, cycling, and surfing.

Pam Wilson, Accounting Specialist

Pam Wilson is an Accounting Specialist at Portland Properties. Before joining our team, she worked at Webster Engineering in Lewiston for 14 years as the Office Manager. Prior to that, she worked at PRC Industrial in Portland for over 20 years as Office Manager and Bookkeeper. She likes to walk, cook, work in the garden and has retired from raising Havanese dogs. Pam and her husband Brian of over 42 years live in Falmouth and have two ‘now grown’ children, Brianna and Nicholas.

Deb Vargo, Office Manager

Deb Vargo manages the Portland Properties office, making sure our computers work, our bills are paid, and that we all know when the next storm is coming.

Andy Walker, Director of Real Estate Operations

Andy Walker is Portland Properties Director of Real Estate Operations. He is responsible for the delivery of construction-related projects and overall real estate leasing/operations. He manages the construction oversight, leasing administration, budgeting, scheduling, staffing, safety and coordination of resources within Portland Properties portfolio. He has over 10 years of experience in the Operational Facility realm with projects exceeding $3M. Andy is a native to Maine and graduated from Saint Joseph’s College with a B.S. in Business Management. He currently resides in the Town of Standish with his wife Amy, oldest son Hudson, daughter Jovie and youngest son Sawyer. In his spare time you can find him and his family on Sebago Lake enjoying their camp on Frye Island.

Sam Brown, Chief Financial Officer and Controller

Sam Brown is Portland Properties Chief Financial Officer and Controller. He is a CPA with a background in public and corporate accounting in a variety of industries. Sam holds a Masters in Professional Accounting and BS in accounting from Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. It was at Butler University that Sam met his wife, Meredith (a Mainer) and she brought him back to Maine with her. Sam lives in Kennebunk with his wife Meredith and their two boys Jacob and Evan.

Michael Cianchette, President and Legal Counsel

Michael Cianchette is Portland Properties’ President and in-house legal counsel. He was the chief counsel to Gov. Paul LePage from 2012-2013 and deputy counsel from 2011-2012. A Navy reservist, he was deployed to Afghanistan from 2013-2014 as a trainer and adviser to the Afghan National Police. He is an alumnus of the Leadership Maine program and holds a B.A. in economics and political science from Boston College along with a JD and an MBA from Suffolk University. Michael lives in Cumberland with his wife Michelle and their oldest son Luke, daughter Julia, and youngest son Dean.

In the Community

Portland Properties is a loyal supporter of several Greater Portland community organizations. We love giving time and financial support to great nonprofits like the Easter Seals, The Center for Grieving Children, the Junior League of Portland, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Cheverus High School.