|Howe, Cahill &
is Maine's leading firm specializing in governmental relations,
association management, and project development. Its origins go back to
1982 when its principal, Robert S. Howe, joined former Portland City
Manager, John Menario, at the consulting firm of Governmental Services, Inc. Bob served as the legislative advocate for that firm's clients until 1987.|
order to be nearer to the legislative arena, Mr. Howe moved his
operation to Augusta in 1987 by forming a partnership with Gordon L.
Weil, which became known as Weil & Howe. As
that firm and the work of its two principals become more diversified,
Mr. Howe created Howe & Company to better serve his clientele. The firm became known as Howe, Cahill & Company in 2006 when Pam Cahill became a partner.
Cahill & Company values its longstanding relationship with many of
clients. Some have been with the firm and its predecessor firms for
nearly 30 years, including the Maine Association of Independent Schools, the Maine Dental Association
and the Maine Innkeepers Association.
1998, Howe, Cahill & Company has occupied its own building at 11
Street, a two-minute walk from the state capitol in Augusta. These
offices also serve as the offices of the firm's association management
Cahill & Company's staff of five provides the firm's clients with a
range of skills and experience, including an intimate knowledge of the
legislative and regulatory processes, professional financial management
and reporting, convention and meeting planning, research, and publishing services.
Howe, Cahill & Company's legislative team combines more than 75 years of experience in the legislative process as legislators, legislative staff and lobbyists.
S. Howe is a native of Gorham, Maine. His interest in the political
process began as a member of the college Democrats in the mid-1960s. A
graduate of Gorham State College, Bob's career in teaching was cut
short in the fall of 1967. Following service in the U.S. Air Force, he
ran successfully for a seat in the Maine Legislature representing part of
South Portland in the House of Representatives. He won a second term unopposed,
then chose not to seek a third term in order to support a young family.
served on the Committees on Energy and Business Legislation, becoming
co-chair of the latter in his second term when that committee
encompassed the jurisdiction of today's Committee on Business,
Research & Economic Development and Committee on Insurance & Financial
Services. Among the legislative achievements he is most proud of are
authoring the first law (state or federal) in the nation giving
consumers the right to obtain complete copies of their credit reports;
the original Maine home construction contract law; the first adoption
register law in the country, later copied in other states; and a ban on
the use of lie detection devices in most employment screening.
two years in municipal government and completion of a Master's Degree
in Public Administration at Harvard's JFK School of Government, Bob
joined the Portland consulting firm of Governmental Services, Inc.
whose founder, John Menario, had been Portland City Manager and head of
the Greater Portland Chamber of Commerce. Bob served a variety of
clients in the fields of housing, education, and business.
the mid-1980s Bob moved his work to Augusta, forming a partnership with
Gordon Weil, a former Public Advocate and Commissioner of Business
Legislation, under the name Weil & Howe, Inc. A decade later he
began a new firm known as Howe, Cahill & Company, now the state's
firm specializing in governmental relations and association management.
Together with his years at the other firms, Bob has now specialized in
these areas for 28 years.
Pamela L. Cahill
is a seasoned veteran in Maine legislative circles, having served in
both the House of Representatives and the Senate for a total of 14 years, including serving as Republican
floor leader in the Senate. Pam has a broad knowledge of procedure and
protocol from a legislative as well as an administrative perspective.
Her experience also gives her insight into a wide range of public
policy issues which come before the legislature.
the unprecedented tie in the Senate after the election of 2000, Pam was
unanimously elected Assistant Secretary/Secretary of the Senate. Her
diplomacy and professionalism contributed to the success of this
first-of-its-kind power sharing agreement among Republicans, Democrats,
and the Independent in the Maine Senate during the 120th Maine
serving seven consecutive terms in the legislature, Pam ran for
the Republican nomination for Governor in 1994. Though unsuccessful on
Election Day, this campaign took Pam to virtually every town in Maine
and proved to be an excellent pathway into the community relations
field. Pam spent six years working for Duke
Energy as a community liaison, first for the Maritimes and Northeast
Pipeline project which traversed Maine, and more recently for the
Hubline project in Massachusetts. Cahill, a Waldo county native and resident of Woolwich, became a partner to the firm in 2006, creating the company name change to Howe, Cahill & Company.