The Founder

Rachel Sagiroglu, Founder & CEO Experience Maine, has over 20 years of experience planning meetings, travel and events and experiential marketing campaigns, and has an innate love for Maine, its culture and its natural beauty.

She is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), an internationally recognized certification program designated by the Events Industry Council (EIC). There are more than 11,000 meeting professionals in 55 countries around the globe holding the CMP designation. Rachel represents the standard of excellence in today’s meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry.

In 2015, Rachel was asked to join the Customer Advisory Board for Maritz Global Events, one of the largest, most respected leaders in the meetings and events industry, worldwide. She has been an active member of Meeting Planners International (MPI), New England Chapter for the past 10 years.

Rachel’s professional background includes seven years overseeing marketing and events for Clean Harbors, a $3.5B environmental, energy, and industrial services company, where she planned and executed over 50 corporate meetings, trade shows, experiential marketing campaigns and customer events annually. Prior to this, she worked in various marketing and event planning roles, including Marketing Manager at WEX in Portland; Director of Sales & Marketing at 33 Management Group in Boston; Promotions Manager for Time Warner in Portland; and Marketing & Events Coordinator for Vreeland Marketing & Design in Yarmouth.

Rachel has lived in and Experienced Maine for most of her life, she grew up on Great Pond in the picturesque Belgrade Lakes region, where she mastered boating, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, hiking and hanging out with friends. She lived for 10 years in Portland’s Old Port, where she discovered her love for food and wine, live music and the working waterfront. Rachel has an intrinsic love for the ocean. To this day you can find her walking along low tide at one of Maine’s many beaches, collecting shells, broken sand dollars and sea glass for her collection. She’s even enlisted her five-year-old daughter to start her own treasure chest of tidal pool discoveries. Rachel most recently lived in Boston for the last 10 years, but moved her family home in 2018…back to the way life should be…to launch Experience Maine!

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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