Marc Bagala – Marc is the owner and President of Bagala Window Works. He started his preservation journey twenty-four years ago, learning to make windows and doors energy efficient with Accurate Metal Interlocking Weatherstrip. Expanding on this nearly-lost trade, he picked the brains of every preservationist he could find, to learn everything he could about architectural preservation and historic windows and doors. Now, Marc likes to say, “I’ve never met a window I couldn’t restore”, and he feels very fortunate that so many people over the years have allowed him to restore their original windows. Marc realizes he cannot save all the windows in the world that need saving, so now he teaches others what he knows, vicariously preserving windows through them.
When not working in the shop, he loves fishing, and learning about and trying to understand the physical world around us. He enjoys spending time with Ann and their two grown sons, and he’s planning a trans-continental rail trip in the near future.
Ann Bagala – Ann has been part of the Bagala Window Works story for 24 years. After working as a part-time administrator while raising two little Bagalas, she is now the full-time Business Manager. Marc tells everyone that she is the “Boss”, but she will tell you that he’s the boss. In addition to her work with BWW, Ann also works as a reserve Disaster Relief Manager for the American Red Cross.
Ann is passionate about life, family, doing good work and pursuing as much knowledge as possible. In her free time, she is studying happiness, working on a novel and enjoying all that life in Maine has to offer, especially in the summer. She is planning a trans-continental train trip with Marc as soon as Bagala Window Works is the smooth running machine she imagines it can be.
John Alexander – John has worked for BWW for 7- years. His primary role is managing our busy shop, scheduling, and project management. Previously, he was the CFO/List Manager for a catalog retailer. Being unsatisfied with corporate life, he made a radical change and was lucky enough find himself learning the art of window restoration from Marc. He loves the satisfaction of working with his hands preserving historic properties.
He lives in Falmouth with his wife and teenage daughter, Piper, where he enjoys actively doing theatre, writing, hiking, and spending time with family and friends. Some day he would like to own a theater company.
Barry Cousins – Barry came to work at BWW 2 years ago. Barry is our Jobsite Supervisor and does the majority of our millwork and fabrication. He grew up in Buxton and graduated from Bonny Eagle High School. After graduating, he worked as a Building Contractor for 10 years. This led him to a small woodworking shop that specialized in architectural building components, reproduction homes and custom furniture.
Barry lives in Gorham with his wife Christy on a gentleman’s farm. He enjoys the life of a small farmer, caring for two horses (Stetson and Dutchess), one dog (Boomer) and three cats (Rigley, Fenway and Camden). He is proud to have four grown children, all living locally, and six grandchildren.
Alice Alexander – Alice works as the administrative coordinator for BWW. She fulfills a variety of roles from marketing projects to occasionally even cleaning glass in the shop. Her background is arts management, but she is very much enjoying the opportunity to learn about preservation trades, even becoming an avid advocate for restoration.
She spends her free time volunteering for Meals on Wheels, is passionate about working with people, especially young children and the elderly, and loves exploring what the Greater Portland area has to offer with her husband John, daughter Piper and Millie their dog.
Dustin Thompson – Dustin began working at Bagala Window Works just over a year ago after working 11-years as a woodworker and carpenter. He enjoys playing the drums and spending time with his family.
Mara Saxer – Mara began working at BWW as an intern through the Greater Portland Landmarks training program. She is an Austrian who grew up in New Mexico and now finds herself in Portland, Maine. Mara studied architecture at Tulane University, with focuses in Historic Preservation and Permaculture Design. Mara became interested in preservation by accident almost. Faced with a class that sounded less than interesting, she chose a preservation class, discovering it to be, in her opinion, what architecture should be about. When she is not heroically saving old buildings, Mara moonlights as a jeweler and fiber artist.