Fred Forsley

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Fred Forsley

Co-Founder & President
Shipyard Brewing Company

Laureate 2016

Gray, Maine native Fred Forsley is an entrepreneur. Forsley has been involved in a number of business startups involving real estate development, recycling, health care, direct response marketing, and the food and beverage industry.

At age 19, he started Fred Forsley Realty and became one of the youngest real estate brokers in Maine to own his own firm. Following that, he assisted in the development of the largest recycling operation in the state and later served on the board of directors that fostered the sale of this business.

Forsley also founded Liberty Financial Group which is involved in syndicating government housing projects. In addition, Forsley is the president of Harborview Properties, a 20 broker real estate firm with offices in Portland and Falmouth, Maine.

Most notably, Forsley is the founder and co-owner of Shipyard Brewing Company, the largest brewery in Maine and a national leader in the craft brew industry. Shipyard grew out of the Kennebunkport Brewing Company and Federal Jack’s Restaurant and Brew Pub which Forsley began in 1992 as a way to turn around a troubled retail development in Kennebunk, Maine. These two businesses became the centerpiece of the property and continue to prosper today under Forsley’s guidance.

Forsley also owns and manages the Shipyard Brew Pub in Eliot, Maine; Sea Dog Brewing Company in South Portland, Topsham and Bangor, Maine; North Conway, New Hampshire; as well as Clearwater and Orlando, Florida; the Shipyard Brew Haus at Sunday River and Sugarloaf; and The Inn on Peaks Island.

Forsley is a graduate of Cheverus High School and the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Business Administration. In 2009 he was honored with a President’s Recognition Award by the Maine State Chamber of Commerce. In 2015 he received Sugarloaf’s Summiteer Award for his continuous commitment to giving back to the cancer community in Maine.

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