Hay Runner was founded on the belief that we connect through experience and place. The environment we occupy and share. We are, in part, where we are, in MAINE. Good design leads all important change, and it cannot be done alone. We support these changes and transitions with a circle of creatives and problem solvers

Shannon Richards - Founder


Born and bred in Maine, I have been an artist and entrepreneur since I was young, and I have spent the last 20+ years in the practice of designing and building.  I have manifested a life centered around creation, and I have had the privilege of being a part of producing hundreds of custom homes, commercial spaces, pieces of furniture and fixtures. I began Hay Runner because for many of us, it is hard to separate what we do from who we are. What we do is make something from nothing and that is very hard to do, certainly hard to do well. Who we are is not just business people, designers and builders. We are problem solvers. We seek the chance to do exceptional work and be outstanding.


Shannon passionately supports artists in Maine as a member of the Board of Directors of the Maine Crafts Association, which has more than 400 artist members and offers retail, educational and marketing support to artists and craftspeople in Maine.

Shannon passionately supports conservation in Maine as an advisor to the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, which ensures public access to some of Maines most beautiful coastline.

Shannon passionately supports the economic stability of Maine by working with the Maine Real Estate and Developers Association to bring thoughtful and important issues to the stage, as a part of the MEREDA events committee.

Shannon is a part of the Greater Portland Board of Realtors, the Maine Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.

Megan Bliss - Operations Coordinator


Megan is a creative problem solver, with expertise in boat building and picture framing. She is exceptionally helpful and thoughtful, self-motivated and attentive to detail. And, she has her own tools. You can find her with her family, friends, dogs and building custom frames when she’s not working with Hay Runner.