Edward McKersie

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Edward McKersie

Founder & President
Pro Search, Inc. & LiveandWorkinMaine

Laureate 2019

Ed McKersie is the Founder and President of LiveandWorkinMaine, a statewide initiative focused on keeping young people here in Maine, and marketing Maine as a career destination to job seekers around the globe – and to those already here. The website was launched in November 2015.

He is the Founder and President of Pro Search, Inc., a staffing and recruiting firm. Established in 1994 in Portland, the firm is now the largest locally owned firm of its kind in the State of Maine, and as of 2017 is an employee owned company.

Ed was also a co-founder and early investor in JobsintheUS.com, a locally focused job site that had grown into the largest job site in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Rhode Island when it was sold in 2005.

Ed has served as the Board Chair of the Maine Center for Enterprise Development, a business incubator located in Portland. He was also a member of Maine Angels and invests in early stage companies, primarily in the technology sector.

He is past President of the Human Resources Association of Southern Maine. He also served on the Maine Society of Human Resources Management Council where he was charged with establishing the Best Places to Work in Maine program. This program, launched in January 2006, recognizes Maine based employers that adhere to “best practices” when it comes to employee relations and human resource issues. He was inducted into the SHRM Maine Human Resources Hall of Fame in 2012.

Ed has served on the University of Southern Maine Foundation Board since 2011 and was Chairman from 2016 through 2018. He also serves on the Boards of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southern Maine (where he is also on the Executive Committee) and is Board Chair of Rippleffect. He is a Corporator for both Maine Health and Gorham Savings Bank. Ed joined the Board of Directors of Martin’s Point Healthcare in 2017 and currently serves as Chair of the Finance Committee.

In 2012, Ed was appointed by Maine Governor LePage to the State Workforce Investment Board, where he continues to serve. In 2015, Governor LePage appointed him to the Civil Service Review Panel to provide recommendations on best practices related to recruiting, hiring and retention of State employees.

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

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