||Zoe A. Zanidakis–Curriculum Vitae
Professions & Occupations
• Commercial Fisherman and Charterboat Captain
• Hotel Owner & Restaurateur
• Business Entrepreneur
• Television/Radio Personality
• Motivational Speaker
• Seafood Connoisseur
Education & Certifications
• High Seas of the North Atlantic
• USCG, Captain 100 GT
• Certified Open Water Scuba Diver
• Maine Central Institute
• Life's Lessons while growing up on Monhegan Island; a small, remote island 12 miles off the coast of Maine.
• 15 years commercial lobster fisherman, 13 of which skippered my own lobsterboat.
• Proprietor of Monhegan House, a hotel and restaurant on Monhegan Island, owned and operated for several generations by my family. Sold in 2000 to focus more on other pursuits.
• Co-produced, co-designed and marketed my 2003 "A Year in The Life of Zoe" calendar, designed to be functional and picturesque as well as informative, inspirational and entertaining.
• Contestant on popular national and international reality television series, Survivor. I appeared in every episode of the fourth installment, Survivor: Marquesas, which aired on CBS from Feb. 28 to May 19, 2002.
• Guest on numerous national and international television and radio talk shows, including CBS Early Show, David Letterman and Rosie O'Donnell show as well as local and regional television news broadcasts, mid-April through August, 2002.
• Acting classes under the direction of Drew Grindstaff of Four Winds Pictures, Inc.
Presentations & Special Appearances
• Museum of Natural History, New York, NY, Feb. 2002. Commercial fisheries presentation.
• Opened Kenny Chesney concert at Civic Center in Portland, ME, April, 2002.
• Maine Central Institute, May 2002, Inspirational speech to undergraduates
• Keynote speaker, Seamen's Memorial Day observance, Rockland, ME, June 9, 2002.
• Banknorth, N.A., Portsmouth, NH. Keynote speaker at luncheon for top salespeople from New England and New York.
• Appearance and food-tasting, Ipswich Shellfish Seafood Market, Ipswich, MA, July 26, 2002
• Celebrity judge for Seafood Cooking Contest, Maine Lobster Festival, Rockland, Aug. 2, 2002.
• Guest on exclusive three-day, two-state, motorcycle excursion with Maine Governor Angus King, Aug. 9-11, 2002
• Co-host Jake and Friends benefit variety show, 7:30 p.m., Aug. 12, 2002, Auburn, ME
• The Great Taste of Maine Lobster Governor's Tasting, Blaine House (Governor's mansion, Augusta, ME, Aug. 15, 2002.
• Ocean Spray Celebrity Golf Classic to benefit Massachusetts Special Olympics, Ballymeade Country Club, Falmouth, MA, Aug. 18-20, 2002.
• Survive the Rapids with Zoe New England Outdoor Center celebrity raft trip down the Kennebec River in Maine Caratunk, ME Aug. 22, 2002
• Special Guest of Irving Oil 150 Race, Beechridge Raceway, Scarborough, ME, Aug. 24, 2002.
• Sept. 11 Ceremonial Remembrance Guest Speaker, Sept. 11, 2002 Fairfield, ME
• Jason Program, Celebrity Spokesperson Sept. 13, 2002, Portland, ME
• Featured guest on "Bill Green's Maine," taping scheduled for Sept. 24, 2002.
• Guest Celebrity, Celebrity Golf Tournament to benefit Maine Special Olympics, Sept. 27-28, 2002, Boothbay Harbor
• Maine Marathon, Celebrity Host for Jason Program, Oct. 6, 2002 and Oct. 5, 2003
• Celebrity Guest, 75th Anniversary Celebration, Lundy's Seafood Restaurant, New York City, Fall 2002.
• Guest Speaker, Central Maine Newspapers "Newspapers in Education" Mock Gubernatorial Election Convention for schools, Augusta Civic Center, Oct. 30, 2002
• Model for Velvet Fashion Show~Benefit for Ripple Effect November 2002 and 2003, Portland, ME
• Waterville Christmas Parade Nov. 29, 2002, Waterville, ME
• A Touch of Country Annual Christmas Show Waterville Opera House, Waterville, ME Dec. 7, 2002
• Maine Education Association Leadership Conference, keynote speaker Jan. 17, 2003, Portland, ME
• Pray Street Elementary School, guest speaker Jan. 24, 2003, Gardiner, ME
• Benefit Gala for the Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care, Feb. 1, 2003 Toronto, Canada
• Teen Issues Day, guest speaker Feb. 11, 2003, Falmouth High School Falmouth, ME
• Naughty or Nice Pajama Party & Lingerie (fashion) Show, Master of Ceremonies Feb. 28, 2003, Pavilion, Portland, ME
• Read Across America Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration, March 3, 2003 Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, Maine Medical Center, Portland, ME
• WSKI-TV, Sugarloaf USA, special guest March 8, 2003, Carrabassett Valley, ME
• Harley Muster Tour 100-Year Anniversary Ride March 15, 2003, Sydney, Australia
• University College at Rumford/Mexico Graduation Ceremonies, keynote speaker May 2, 2003, Rumford, ME
• Some Like it Hot Fashion Show, Master of Ceremonies, Roxy’s, May 30, 2003, Portland, ME
• Miss Maine Teen Scholarship Pageant, judge, May 24, 2003, Portland, ME
• Women’s Fisheries Network, keynote speaker, June 8, 2003, Portland, ME
• Central Maine Power Advertisement June 12, 2003, Portland, ME
• A Touch of Country Benefit Show June 21, Oakland, ME
• Edge Productions documentary, June 23, 2003, Monhegan Island, ME
• Rockport International Film Workshops Documentary Host, June 25, 2003 Monhegan Island, ME
• Maine Red Cross public service announcement July 1, 2003, Portland, ME
• Treasure Island Casino Celebrity hostess at Sirens of TI finalists’ competition, July 11-12, 2003 Las Vegas, NV
• Cameo appearance in film feature by Christopher Gregson, Writer & Director, premiering August 2003, Portland, ME
• Central Power Company public service announcement, August 2003
• Camp Sunshine Benefit Motorcycle Ride Boothbay to Casco, Maine, Aug. 24, 2003
• International Film Workshops of Rockport, ME Acting in student productions and working with teams of student directors, producers, screen writers and cinematographers, Summer & Fall, 2003
• Competitor in Maine Barrel Racing Association and National Barrel Horse Racing Association events, Summer and Fall, 2003
• Empire Falls, HBO feature production starring Paul Newman, Helen Hunt and Ed Harris Acting role, Fall 2003
• Zoey’s Room, Virtual Teen Community for Girls Sponsored by Mainely Girls, non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing girl’s need in a preventive, proactive and productive manner. I was featured guest, “Fab Female,” Oct. 2003
• Celebrity host, 17th Annual Snowmobile Egg Run to benefit Pine Tree Camp sponsored by Citadel Communications, Feb. 7, 2004
Honors & Awards
"Special Sentiment and Recognition" by Maine's House of Representatives and Senate, presented by House Speaker Michael Saxl and co-sponsored by Senate President Richard Bennett, among other noted dignitaries. April 24, 2002.
Articles about Z.A.Z. have been published in a number of regional and national newspapers magazines.
• International Harley-Davidson HOG member
• Maine Film and Video Association
• Maine Women's Network
• Maine Lobstermen's Association
• Kiwanis of Rockland, ME
• National Barrel Horse Association
• Lifetime Member, American Quarter Horse Association
Professional Developement Contacts
• Bert Padell of Padell Nadell Fine Weinberger LLP, New York, NY
• Carol Amore, Wildlife Worlds~Adventures in Nature Productions, New York, NY
• Judy Yeaton, Byline Productions, Manchester, ME
• Caron Bryan, Port City Models, Portland, ME
• Working with Harper Collins Book Publishers, New York, NY, on a seafood cookbook that includes novel and exciting recipes for lobster and life.
• Also in the planning is a creative nonfiction work about my life that elaborates upon the theme and information in my 2003 calendar, "A Year in the Life of Zoe."
• Playing ice hockey
• Horseback Riding, Serenity Trails, Manchester, ME
• Barrel Racing, Lessons with World Class Racer Sylvia Morrill
• Piloting helicopters
• Motorcycle riding on a Harley-Davidson
• A True Love of Life!