The Finance Authority of Maine will help lead the creation of good paying jobs for Maine residents by working at the nexus between economic and workforce development.
FAME was established as Maine’s business finance agency in 1983 and charged with supporting the start-up, expansion and growth plans of Maine’s business community. The agency began working closely with Maine’s lending community to improve access to capital as well as to help fill gaps that exist in the State’s capital delivery system.
To meet the financing needs of Maine’s business community, FAME offers a wide array of business assistance programs, ranging from traditional loan insurance programs for both small and larger businesses, to investment tax credits. FAME has also established taxable and tax-exempt bond financing programs that allow strong, creditworthy firms in Maine to access capital at favorable rates and terms.
In April of 1990, FAME’s mission was significantly expanded when the agency assumed responsibility for administering the State’s higher education finance programs. Through a variety of loan, grant and scholarship programs, FAME helps Maine students and families meet the costs associated with higher education. To aid in this important effort, FAME also oversees an extensive outreach and counseling program that is designed to encourage young people to aspire to and pursue higher education. FAME is also the administrator for the State’s Section 529 Plan – the NextGen College Investing Plan®.
FAME is committed to innovative, flexible solutions that address the needs of Maine individuals and companies in a changing economic landscape. With a core competency in finance, and a highly experienced staff, FAME is the place to turn to for resources that build success.
Carlos Mello, Acting CEO
Carlos has over thirty-five years of banking, lending, investment, finance and accounting experience. In addition to his role as FAME’s Acting CEO, he has served as the Chief Risk Officer at the agency. Prior to joining FAME, Carlos served as the President and CEO of Prudential Bank & Trust, FSB, and held other leadership positions at Prudential Financial. He also held senior vice president and managing director positions at People’s United Bank. Carlos is a certified financial planner and has held investment representative, investment advisor, and securities principal licenses. He is a former certified public accountant and received his B.S. in accounting from Boston College. Carlos currently serves as chair of the CEI Ventures Board of Directors and is an active member of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine, serving as senior warden at St. Thomas’ Camden and as a trustee of Diocesan funds. Carlos and his wife live in Camden and are the parents of three adult children.