Elevate Cannabis Pioneers: The pioneers of this industry have been building the foundation long before California voters passed Proposition 215. To all who came before and to all who have come since I offer proven, executive level operations management and industry experience to elevate those who are breaking new ground and building the future.
Craft at Scale: A great business mentor once told me, “Even in a crowded market there is always room for a superior product.” Taking the knowledge and experience of craft cultivation and scaling that passion with smart design, technology, and standardized processes, will result in brands that win the long game.
Innovation Requires Foresight: In an industry that is evolving and maturing as fast as the cannabis industry is, staying ahead of the curve means being able to see all possible outcomes. Deploying strategic foresight, considering the various outcomes of the future based on available data and previous experience, allows the ability to make present-day decisions with a high level of accuracy and precision.
Experience with over 300 commercial cannabis cultivation facilities from 2,000 to 200,000 square feet of canopy. I have worked with over 100 cannabis companies in North America.
Entrepreneurial and innovative industry executive with documented excellence designing, building, and managing day-to-day operations for CEA centric companies.
Over a decade in Controlled Environment Agriculture - a passion for highly efficient, tightly controlled, indoor cultivation.
My career in CEA began in 2010 with the design, construction and operation of Aqua Vita Farms.
Experience with all methods of production including aeroponics, aquaponics, and hydroponics including flood and drain and pressure compensated drip systems. Single tier, vertical farming, archive style racking, and all media types including rock wool, coir, peat based, and soil.
Having been part of the team for hundreds of cannabis cultivation facilities I have seen what works and what does not. Greenhouse, warehouse, and outdoor experience in all U.S. States with legal markets, Canada, South America and Europe. This level of experience allows for an unprecedented capability for speed to market, on time and on budget construction, and reduced operational expense.
I seek to bridge the gap between those who are entering the cannabis space financially and the realities of the cannabis cultivation with regard to design, construction, and operations. Advising investors, owners, operators, growers, and the myriad of other stakeholders to bring the "right people, to the right place at the right time".
A motivating leader with a commitment to building loyal teams with a culture of transparency and respect. Experienced in strategic business planning and goal setting. Ability to convey and implement company vision to create cohesive, driven teams.
Adept at driving business growth through strategic planning, identifying opportunities, and developing loyal customer relationships. Known for excellent negotiation skills.
Highly experienced leading complex $20M+ CEA facility construction projects, from planning and scheduling to budgeting and cost control to delivery and commissioning of custom indoor grow systems. Offer strong negotiation and contract management skills.
Indoor cultivation facilities may be purpose built or constructed in unused or underused warehouse or manufacturing space. I have worked on projects that range from 2,000 square feet of canopy to 200,000 square feet of canopy.
Greenhouses come in a wide variety of styles and levels of automation. Of primary concern for the success of Greenhouse production facilities is crop selection and location. For crops which require high Daily Light Integral (DLI) greenhouses will require supplemental light to an extent which may degrade the advantages gained from sunlight in certain regions.
I have worked directly with the top equipment and systems providers in the Controlled Environment Agriculture industry. Such as: Priva, Argus, Dosatron, Netafim, PL Light Systems, Fluence, BIOS, Gavita, Phantom, Soleil, GGS Structures, Conley's Greenhouse Mfg., Accelerated Growth Solutions (AGS), DryGair, BioTherm Solutions, Desert Aire, Trane, Carrier, among others.
My experience in Controlled Environment Agriculture began in 2010 when I founded Aqua Vita Farms. Located in Upstate New York AVF was a first of its kind, 14,000 square foot indoor aquaponic farm cultivating lettuce, basil, custom herbs, and seafood for local restaurants and food service establishments.
Managed the entire design and construction process of converting an abandoned factory in Central New York into an indoor ecosystem that consisted of 20,000 gallons of stock tanks, and over 7,000 square feet of Deep Water Culture Hydroponic, double stacked, cultivation all under artificial light. This provided a "crash course" in CEA, the lessons learned I try to pass on to the entrepreneurs I work with today.
Aquaponinc cultivation of lettuce, basil, custom herbs for sale to the restaurant industry via wholesale produce distributors. Developed a market with a 100 mile radius of the production facility . Engineered specialized operating processes and documented standard operating procedures for germination, harvesting, crop rotation, sanitary processing, storage and shipment of goods.