Meet the Founder & CEO:

Spencer Wood

Spencer began his undergraduate career at UMaine in 2009 as a defensive end on the football team. He earned NCAA awards both on and off the field. Upon his graduation in 2013, he was invited to become a graduate assistant in the College of Human Development. In May of 2015, he received his Master’s in Human Development with a focus on violence prevention. Spencer founded Tip Whip in January of 2014.

Edward Mckersie

Investor & Partner

Ed McKersie is the Founder and President of LiveandWorkinMaine LLC, an initiative to increase awareness of career opportunities in Maine. He is also the Founder and President of Pro Search, Inc., a staffing and recruiting firm. Established in 1994 in Portland, ME. The firm is now the largest locally owned firm of its kind in the State of Maine.

Ed was also a co-founder and early investor in, a locally focused internet job site that has grown into the largest job site in Maine, New Hampshire Vermont and Rhode Island. He and his partners sold in 2005 to a publicly traded company. Ed has served as the Board Chair of the Maine Center for Enterprise Development and is also a member of the Maine Angels.

A Massachusetts native, Ed graduated from Bentley University with a dual major in Economics and Finance in 1983 and moved to Maine in 1989.

John Martin

Director of Northeast Expansion & UMaine Campus Manager

Currently a senior at the University of Maine, John has been driving for Tip Whip since the beginning of 2014. Coming up on his fourth year with Tip Whip John has gradually worked his way up from starting as one of the first drivers to now heading our operations in New England. He will be finishing his degree in Construction Engineering Technology in May ’18.

John Schermerhorn


John Schermerhorn is a graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University where he majored in Television and Radio. John has over 25 years sales and marketing experience in the sports and entertainment business, working with some of the top sports media agencies and networks in the country. In 2005, John became a Partner at TRP Sports and Entertainment and was a co-founder of college marketing agency, Fluent. In August of 2016, Fluent was sold to Teall Acquisitions, LLC.

Throughout his career, John has worked with a wide variety of clients including Anheuser Busch, Proctor & Gamble, Verizon and many others. Additionally, John has worked at
American Radio Systems, where he worked at WBMX and WEEI radio covering the Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins radio networks.

Ultimately, John became the Vice President, General Sales Manager at Fox Sports New England. At FSNE he was responsible for all local and national advertising sales revenue.

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