Curtis Picard, CAE

President & CEO

Curtis Picard joined the Retail Association of Maine in November of 2007.

Prior to his current position, Curtis was Vice President of Business Development and International Trade for the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. He was responsible for the chamber’s International Trade Program with offices in Shanghai, China and Taipei, Taiwan. Additionally, he coordinated the annual VT Business and Industry EXPO, the largest Business to Business tradeshow in Northern New England and managed the Vermont Aerospace and Aviation Association (VAAA), a group formed to support the aviation industry in Vermont and an affiliate of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.

Picard currently serves on the board of directors of the NE Society of Association Executives and  Topsham Development, Inc. He has previously served on the boards of the Maine Tourism Association, Council of State Retail Associations, National Retail Federation and InforME.  He was appointed by Governor Janet Mills to the Economic Recovery Committee in 2020. In 2018, he was honored with the J. Thomas Weyant Award by the National Retail Federation recognizing the state retail association executive of the year. 

He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1991 with a B.S. in Business Administration and he received a New York University Certificate in Sports and Event Management in 1993.  He is a 2008 graduate of the U.S Chamber’s Institute for Organization Management and earned his Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in January of 2012.

Curtis also serves as President & CEO of the New Hampshire Retail Association as the Retail Association of Maine provides association management services to their NH counterparts.

Picard is a runner who has completed four marathons and is a former volunteer firefighter.  He is married with one son and lives in Topsham.