Meet Our Team

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Johnherrigel
Libby
NickHagler
Quilla
EmilyJohnston
Megan
AlexPillsbury

John

Shuckmeiseter
Best described as organic, fate driven and synergistic, my journey with the Maine Oyster Company has been since its birth. What initially started as a seaweed endeavor, pivoted to starting a small oyster farm and has now grown ito grew into an event business/ oyster bar and is currently pivoting again into building an online oyster community and direct to consumer oyster pipeline that I believe will change the world for the better.. I love building, creating and connecting. I am originally from NJ, but spending every summer incredible coast of Maine has shaped who I am and led me into this incredible world of oysters and aquaculture. I have found my calling and look forward to.blending my passion for Maine, for the ocean, for entrepreneurialism and for helping build community.

Libby

Coordinator of Distribution Domination
In what began simply as pursuing a connection to work part-time at our raw-bar in Portland, my year and a half’s time working for Maine Oyster Company has evolved into a lifestyle and career that constantly excites and inspires me. With a background in biology and sustainable agriculture and past jobs having brought me all over the world, I am thrilled to be working on the Maine coast where I was born and raised. I have held many positions at MOC in our short history so far and although current passions are focused on expanding direct to consumer oyster sales and distribution, I also love shucking at private events, teaching our shucking classes and working on our oyster farm in Phippsburg. I am truly fascinated with every part of growing a business in aquaculture from marketing and branding to oysters and seaweed, and hope to soon have a sea farm myself. The entrepreneurial and environmental motivations behind this work are so fulfilling for me and working alongside farmers to shape this industry together, in real-time, is one of the most rewarding aspects of the job. There are so many innovations and opportunities for growth awaiting us on the horizon and I am very grateful to be a part of our Maine Oyster Company family and the many meaningful networks of amazing places and people it has brought me to.

Nick

Self proclaimed Marketing/ Renaissance M
Marketing/ Renaissance Man When I found a craigslist ad from a start-up oyster company seeking a marketing intern, I couldn’t resist applying. A week later I found myself in sunny West Point Maine, learning how to use photo editing software, the stench of dried oyster shells at the tip of my nostrils: I was hooked. What I love about working for Maine Oyster Company is the living-working lifestyle. I often find myself sorting oysters at the crack of dawn in West Point, and ending my day above the raw bar in Portland with John, knee deep in some web design. The Maine Oyster Company way is the true Maine The Way Life Should Be Way.

Quilla

I don't know if I've got a title
Although I’m now a rising sophomore at Tufts University, I’ve been careful not to stray too far from Maine. I started working at Maine Oyster Company the summer of 2019, and will hopefully be here for many years to come. I was hired originally for a one-time mural painting job, but I fell in love with the energy and enthusiasm of the company and was thrilled when John offered me a long-term position. Maine Oyster Company has allowed me to connect with Maine, farmers, and new people in incredible ways and I'm thankful to be part of the community it has to offer.

Emily

La Jefe:: MOC On the Go
I found my way to Maine Oyster Company through working on an oyster shell recycling program with the State of Maine where I helped collect buckets of oyster shells from participating restaurants around Portland, one restaurant being MOC. After learning of the company’s vision and mission, I was in. My career path has taken me sailing along the coast of New England, trekking through the forest and along coastlines with classes of elementary schoolers, all the while working in different restaurants learning what my favorite dishes and drinks are. Working for Maine Oyster Company has allowed me to blend my passion for food, drink and the environment into a job I love and care about in an industry that I am so excited to watch grow and flourish. I hope to help MOC and the oyster farming industry make the earth and its people a healthier and happier place!

Megan

Hospitality
With a background in event planning and production and a strong love for my home state of Maine, a position at Maine Oyster Company, building community through food and sustainable practices is a dream job for me! I’ve been interested in events and food since I was a child and have been working on and off in the food and beverage industry for 14 years. I believe in the power of a meal and its role in building and maintaining community. I’m thrilled to be able to highlight all of my passions while supporting the oyster industry in New England.

Alex

Farm Manager
Growing up on the coast of Maine, I have always had a love for the ocean. After graduating high school I moved to Colorado to be a ski bum. Six years later, I decided it was time to move back to the beautiful coast of Maine. I quickly found a love for the sustainable industry that is oyster farming. Working on the ocean is a dream for a lot of people. I am so fortunate that I get to experience that everyday. After a few years of learning the farming process, I discovered The Maine Oyster Company and loved the concept of building a local oyster community. Helping this industry grow is just as rewarding as watching millimeter oyster seed grow into delicious, slurpable oysters for all to enjoy!
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