The Team

Meet our farmers

Mike Sledd

Michael Sledd

Chief Oyster Officer

Acting as owner and operator, Mike has led WPOC from a start-up in 2008 in a challenging field to become one of the most innovative and enterprising oyster farms in Virginia. The grandson of Rappahannock oystermen, Mike challenges standards of the business and establishes a reputation for the farm and Virginia oysters.

In his free time you can find Mike scouring the beaches around Little Bay for ocean glass, stones, and artifacts, or planning the next big innovation for our farm.

Bill Geier

Bill Geier

Farm Manager

Established local talent, Billy has been on the water all his life. Raised in White Stone, Billy would go on to build docks, and eventually manage his own company before coming to work with Mike at WPOC. He keeps our farm running smoothly and has a knack for building exactly what we need.

During his free time you can find Billy out on the water fishing, crabbing, and having a grand old time.

dsc_1065

Spencer Nicholson

Operations

There is nothing Spencer can’t fix, fiddle with, or improve, on our farm. An endless stream of mechanical information, Spencer helps keep us up and running. A native of the Northern Neck, Spencer is an experienced waterman, and a capable sailor. He is currently pursuing his captain’s license and volunteers at the White Stone Fire Department.

In his free time you can find Spencer Drifting on a hammock in his classic Chesapeake Bay deadrise, Virginia Honey, on Carter’s Creek.

John May

John May

Technology 

John started in May of 2016 after speaking to his long time friend and former boss, Billy Geier. John supports regular farm tasks and processes, always looking for ways to establish protocol and figure out how modern media and technology mix with saltwater (surprisingly well).

Outside of work John can be found traveling in the virtual world and the real world, in England, Scotland and Germany. Aside from that you can find him pondering what to do with his Master’s in archaeology.

dsc_1088

Sean Lynch

Logistics

Sean began at WPOC in February of 2016 and has since become an essential part of our team. Aside from day-to-day farm tasks, Sean keeps a close eye on quality and our logistics pipeline, assuring that all oysters that leave the haus are consistently fresh and high quality. With an accounting bachelor’s from VCU he also assists in regular business tasks.

Off the clock we’ll find Sean at home relaxing or out on the town grabbing drinks. Sean is an avid musician and enjoys playing bass, guitar, and drums, to name a few of his many talents.