Company Mission/Philosophy

Grown Rogue is a seed-to-experience cannabis brand passionate about the environment, community, and education. We operate all facets of our business with principles of transparency and integrity. Our products are always organic meeting Clean Green Certification and our approach to classifying the experience of cannabis is rooted in science. We combine 50 years of cultivation knowledge with a diverse private sector background to bring you a fully integrated cannabis company offering top-shelf flower and extracts, business services for our peers, and education.

Founder's Vision

The genesis of Grown Rogue came about over a decade ago when we began cultivating cannabis under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program. What started as a hobby evolved into a passion to help local Oregonians who were beginning to turn the tide from traditional pharmaceutical products to cannabis. From cancer to glaucoma, veterans to grandmothers, we saw the potential of this plant to bring people together in common goals and to create better, healthier lifestyles.

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We met in early 2000 while both playing collegiate basketball and quickly realized we shared common goals with regards to ambition, drive, dedication, and trust which has not only carried us through our now 15-year marriage but is also the backbone of Grown Rogue’s culture which is built on family values, community, and respect. As we realized the need in Oregon for superior quality cannabis products, we expanded our medical operation to provide quality medicine to over 50 patients in Oregon. With the onset of legalization there was no question in either of our minds to apply our business principles and cultivation experience to provide premium cannabis products to the entire Oregon community and beyond.– Obie and Sarah Strickler

Executive Team

Obie Strickler

Chief Executive Officer

Grown Rogue is led by Obie Strickler, founder and CEO with a BS in Geology from Southern Oregon University. Obie has over 15 years of cannabis experience where he organically scaled his first medical garden in 2006 from a 15 plant single facility to 200 plants and 4 facilities. Obie founded GR in 2016 to capitalize on the opportunity to grab market share in this burgeoning recreational cannabis space. In addition to his cannabis expertise, Obie brings a diverse private sector background that includes running the Oregon division of regional environmental consulting company, founding a firm to provide full management services for multi-billion dollar natural resource projects, and co-founding a hyper-velocity impact technology company.

Elizabeth Bobek

Director of Finance

Elizabeth is the Grown Rogue CFO and in house counsel. Liz is the former CEO of Gilded Rogue, an impact investing company she founded to provide economic stimulus for small rural communities. She is the former CFO/GC for $450M annual revenue retail food company in Oregon. She has her JD/MBA from University of Oregon and was selected in the Portland Business Journal as a 40 under 40 accomplished executive.

Jacques Habra

Chief Strategy Officer

Jacques Habra is an award-winning serial entrepreneur recognized by national and regional media for excellence in entrepreneurship, leadership, and innovation. Jacques was the lead investor in FirstClick, SelfEcho, TrackR which recently won $50MM in Series B funding through the Amazon Alexa Fund. Jacques led early-stage fundraising for Grown Rogue and as Chief Strategy Officer he focuses on brand creation/development, management, and marketplace strategy. Jacques graduated with degrees in Philosophy and English from the University of Michigan with Honors.

Mike Brady

Director of Sales

Mike brings 15 years of sales and marketing experience to Grown Rogue. Mike believes cannabis as an opportunity to impact so much across our globe in a positive way; medical use, a renewable energy resource, tax revenue, jobs, etc. He is passionate about being on the ground floor with a team comprised of my friends and experts from various fields who all share in that vision.

Sarah Strickler

Director of Community Relations

Sarah is the co-founder of Grown Rogue with a BS in Communications that was started at the University of Hawaii where she was an NCAA Division I athlete (basketball). Sarah is a former Licensed Massage Therapist and Project Manager for a real estate development company. Sarah’s focus with Grown Rogue is in community out reach and brand management. Her deep seeded roots in the Southern Oregon community resulted in Grown Rogue securing their 17,000 square foot warehouse and fostering many of the relationships with local professionals and community members that have helped Grown Rogue become the company it is today.

Sarah is also a devoted wife and enjoys running marathons, mountain biking, and anything outdoor related. She is adventurous and loves to live her life in a passionate and meaningful way.

Cultivation Team

Noah Cochren-Hawks

Lead Grower

Born and raised in Southern Oregon, Noah graduated from Ashland High School in 2008. Noah has a background in Automotive work after completing an associates degree in automotive technology from Rogue Community College in 2010. Noah has been working with Grown Rogue since 2015 as an outdoor specialized grower. In 2017 Noah was the lead grower of a Tier 2 outdoor recreational facility for Grown Rogue. He now is a co lead grower for Grown Rogue’s new indoor growing facility. Outside of work Noah has a passion for music and has been producing music for almost 10 years.

Ken Cobb

Lead Grower

After nearly two decades of experience in landscape design, Ken utilized his master gardening experience managing a local tier one recreation grow for two abundant years before joining the team at Grown Rogue. He has a passion for cultivating organic, regenerative, and bio dynamic practices. Rooted in living soil and natural concepts he is a driving force for sustainability that is thriving in our indoor operations.

Matthew Igoe

Lead Grower

Matt is a native Oregonian. Leaving his passion for preparing food and leading kitchens as a chef he has transferred his high standards and organizational skills to the world of cannabis cultivation.

Jake English-Dalbec

Grow Tech

A Rogue Valley native born and raised in Medford, I am literally grown Rogue. Stemming from a culinary background, I bring an accurate eye for detail and and a strong aspiration for perfection all backed with a solid work ethic to support me along my way. Surrounded by such a knowledgeable and amazing cast here at Grown Rogue, I am ecstatic to see what seeds the future sows. So it goes!

Operations and Administration

Seann Igoe

Operations Manager

I am a hardworking family man that is dedicated to family and work. As for my job description I lead our crew through projects, and make sure everything gets done professionally and correctly in a timely manner.

Ali Helzer

Fulfillment Specialist

Alison grew up on a rural farm in Dexter, OR and graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Neuroscience. Her passions include sustainability, tenor banjo, and caring for animals. She started working for Grown Rogue in the trimming department and now works as an administrative assistant and project manager.

Drew Borresen

Compliance Manager

Drew harnesses a wide variety of experience in the workplace learning and performance field centered around creating evidence-based performance improvement solutions for non-profit, higher education, health care, and IT/Technology organizations. As a consultant, Drew has had the opportunity to work with both large enterprises and startup companies to identify and close performance gaps to improve overall company efficiency and performance. Drew is excited to engage in a blossoming industry to help create industry standard best practices and procedures.

Caleb Morrison

Inventory Manager

I’ve been working with Grown Rogue and the predecessor company Canopy for 3 years. I’ve been a grower and farm hand, and now I am the Inventory Manager for our central Warehouse. Personally, I’m an audio engineer/DJ and studied music in college, and I enjoy watching basketball (go Blazers!).

Tim Kunde

Security Manager

I have over 28 years of project management experience in the Mining and Construction Industry. My passion for executing and completing complex and large-scale investment projects has been my inspiration throughout my career, I am extremely excited to be working in the cannabis industry for a company like Grown Rogue. The opportunity offers new and exciting challenges that lend themselves well to my experience. I look forward to helping Grown Rogue become a leader and helping to create a sustainable company that people know produces the highest quality cannabis in the industry.

Ike Lavelle

Facility Manager

Isaac was born and raised in southern Oregon graduating in the class of 1995 from Phoenix high school. After spending five years as a journey man painter at Lazzara yacht company in Florida he returned to the seasons and landscapes in Oregon. With ten years in outdoor gardening experience he joined the Grown Rogue team full time in the spring of 2017 to design, build, and manage the outdoor recreational gardens.

Sales Team

Dave Aldersebaes

Sales Manager

Dave Aldersebaes brings 20 years of sales experience to the Grown Rogue team, along with his love of all things cannabis. Dave acted as the National Sales Manager for Ironclad Performance Wear, as well as the Brand Manager for Olympia Beer, a division of the Pabst Brewing Company before joining Grown Rogue. Dave brings a proven track record of building sales teams and brands across multiple market platforms. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife Emi, and is a competitive cyclist and accomplished bass player.

Kelly Linstrom

Sales Administrator

Kelly draws her business experience from being part of her family owned business for the past 35 years. Before Grown Rogue she was an Elementary School Teacher for 13 years.

Brent

Sales Associate

Brent has over 10 years in sales and 8 years in the Oregon medical marijuana industry. I’m an Avid reader and cyclist when not snuggling my pitty!! Residing in SE Portland with fiance, two kids, and a small jungle of animals.

Ben

Sales Associate

I have 10+ years experience in Cannabis and customer service, my experiences in these fields have developed a love and passion inside me for both people and Cannabis. I believe the Cannabis industry is in its infancy stage and we are yet to see the red carpet be rolled out. I am proud and excited to sell high quality Grown Rogue products. Grown Rogue is an Industry innovator and soon to be industry leader.

Britney Scarantino

Sales Associate

Britney started her cannabis journey about 3 years ago as a trimmer. Soon after, she embarked on a new journey as a grower’s assistant, growing medical cannabis for 2 years. After that, Grown Rogue came into fruition and she continued growing for one more year under the recreational bracket. Today, she is a sales representative for Grown Rogue. In her free time, she enjoys aerial silks and circus arts.

Doug Hibbert

Sales Associate

I have 20 years of sales experience and 10 years in the medical marijuana program, and am excited to be a part of the Grown Rogue team. This is an amazing time we live in, to be a part of a historical industry making waves nation wide. I’m proud to be a part of a company who not only cares about the quality of their product, but ensures that the end user has the right experience every time.

Advisory Team

Abhilash Patel

A serial entrepreneur, venture investor, speaker, and philanthropist. He is currently Founder & Principal at Lotus Capital, an early-stage investment fund in Santa Monica, CA. He is on the Board of Directors for several non-profit organizations in Southern California, including the Los Angeles Food Bank, Junior Achievement of Southern California, and 10,000 Beds . Previously Abhilash was founder and CEO at Ranklab, a digital marketing agency listed in Inc. Magazine’s fastest growing private companies in 2015, and Co-founder at Recovery Brands, a digital publishing company based in San Diego, CA. In 2015 both companies were acquired by AAC, Holdings Inc. and Abhilash remained in an active leadership position at both companies until his exit in late 2016. Abhilash holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Philosophy from Columbia University, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles’ Anderson School of Management.

Buck Jordan

Founder of the early stage venture funds “FUTURE” and “Canyon Creek Capital”, Buck Jordan is a technologist focused on investing in transformative businesses disrupting massive markets and solving hard world problems through technology. He has collectively invested in over 50 Companies and his fund is currently performing in the top quartile of venture funds. Prior to starting Canyon Creek, he founded a fintech company in the commercial lending space, was a management consultant and worked in Senator Arlen Specter’s office. He is an advisor to several start-ups in the Los Angeles community, received his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and is a former Army Captain and Blackhawk Pilot.

Mr. Michael Johnston (CPA, CA)

Mr. Johnston is a graduate of Western University, and joined Forbes Andersen LLP, Chartered Professional Accountants in 2004 and became a partner in 2012. Mr. Johnston has over 10 years of experience with both private and public companies in various capacities, including that of Chief Financial Officer.

Michael Mitgang

Michael founded WGD Partners, with over 25 years’ experience advising and investing in growth companies. He is focused on working with technology and cannabis companies and has successfully raised equity capital for and/or executed the sale of a number of businesses in the US, Canada and Israel. He brings the perspective of both an advisor and investor to his work, and in addition to his experience executing M&A transactions, has raised over $500 million of private equity capital for emerging growth companies.

Based in Silicon Valley, Michael was previously Managing Director and Head of Private Placements at U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray where he was also on the firm’s fund investment committee. Earlier, he was with Salomon Smith Barney’s technology investment banking team in New York and BMO Nesbitt in Toronto.

Michael served on the board of private equity backed Flexstar Technology, the executive board of the Silicon Valley chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth and as Vice Chair for the Business Leadership Council. He holds a BASc. in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo, an MBA from Columbia Business School and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Michael is an avid sailor having sailed the Pacific (from California to Australia) for over two years with his wife and two kids.

Stephen Gledhill

Stephen Gledhill is a seasoned executive leader with over 25 years of C-suite and senior management experience. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA). Mr. Gledhill has built his career on his meritorious and professional conduct and his experiences encompass both the corporate and entrepreneurial sectors. He has been a successful business executive, entrepreneur, partner and trusted advisor.

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Outdoor Grow

Our outdoor properties are nestled in two distinct locations in the world famous Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon. The diverse micro-climates coupled with our team’s 50 years of cultivation results in the most consistent, highest quality product available. Our clean-green certification and phylos certification provides assurance to the consumer and our dispensary partners that our product was Grown Rogue.

Manzanita Glen

Situated in a wide open valley just outside of Grants Pass, this farm is a true cannabis gardeners’ dream. Constructed by our team in 2015, it embodies all of the learnings from years of operations. Constructed with individual cedar beds, this garden is nestled between groves of manzanitas and madrones with fantastic south facing sun angles, this property produces some of the largest and most potent strains in our portfolio. With rows of terraced hitting hillside sitting below a large pad, these rows of cannabis plants have all the space, nutrients, water, and sun to be one of our showcase gardens.

Trails End

Situated in the northern portion of Jackson County, Trails End was the first garden built by Grown Rogue management under the Oregon Medical Marijuana program. With natural spring water providing the source of water and nestled in the towering pines and cedars of Southern Oregon, this garden is typified by long continuous beds terraced on the southwestern sloping hillside that contains more than 500 yards of premium, mature soil. Catching the late afternoon suns’ rays until they disappear over the horizon results in wonderful aromas and vibrant colors of the Grown Rogue strains produced.

Indoor Grow

Grown Rogue’s state of the art 17,000 square foot grow facility ensures our customers can achieve the Right Experience, Every Time – year long. In this well-engineered facility, we control all aspects of the climate to maximize the number of healthy harvests. The indoor grow environment provides stability and optimal conditions for ideal growth with none of the challenges and risks of Mother Nature. The net result for Grown Rogue are stunning flowers with calculated Terpene and THC levels.

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Please find some of our recent press below. To access our media assets, click here to download our .zip file of assets. For information on GR Media or to schedule an interview, please contact us at media@grownrogue.com

Black Chem Diesel CO2 Cartridge by Grown Rogue

June 5, 2018

The “Rogue” in Grown Rogue stands for the company’s “Experience Profiles”: Relax, Optimize, Groove, Uplift and Energize. Each strain is categorized as such to ensure customers know what they’re getting.

Good Herb

June/July 2018

Three articles featured Grown Rogue:

  • 3rd Largest Cannabis Company in OR (page 9)
  • Standing Out from the Crowd, branding story with CSO quoted and pictured (pages 32-34)
  • Article about Entourage Effect, with CEO quoted (pages 36-38)

Oregon's Grown Rogue aims to deliver a dialed-in cannabis experience

May 31, 2018

Obie Strickler, who co-founded of Grown Rogue with his wife, Sarah, says they came to understand that “the concept that resonated with us was enhancing an active lifestyle.”

Overproduction of marijuana floods market

May 26, 2018

Recreational cannabis has been legal in Oregon for only two years, but the state produced enough last year to supply every adult resident with more than 5 ounces of legal marijuana. There were more than 1 million pounds in the supply chain.

Oregon Leaf Instagram

May 14, 2018

Featuring the ROGUE Experience Study

 

The Pre-Rolls: Nitrogen-sealed joints from Oregon’s Grown Rogue

April 20, 2018

The Pre-Rolls: Nitrogen-sealed joints from Oregon’s Grown Rogue. Which give off a small hiss after opening their glass tube, like tennis balls or soda. Only with super fresh, high-grade outdoor herb inside. And not, say, Tab. Grown Rogue


 

Portland Business Journal - Grown Rogue named 3rd Largest Cannabis Business

April 19, 2018

Fully integrated, seed-to-experience cannabis brand offering quality, consistency and customer service


 

DOPE Pre-Roll Review

April 10, 2018

 

 

 

Grown Rogue Introduces CO2 Cartridges

March 20, 2018

As a pioneer in developing cannabis products that provide consistent experiences to consumers, Grown Rogue is now making “The Right Experience” products available in CO2 oil cartridge form.

 

Cannabis Company Grown Rogue Unveils its
Seed-to-Experience Concept and Products

March 20, 2018

Founded in Oregon in 2016, cannabis company Grown Rogue is pushing the envelope on what a company in the marijuana industry should be. They are a business that is focused on the environment, the community and educating consumers about the cannabis plant.

 

Magnetic Magazine

March 16, 2018

Learn all about their seed-to-experience concept!

 

The Weed Blog

March 15, 2018

Grown Rogue, a fully integrated cannabis company out of Medford, Oregon with Clean Green Certified cannabis, is now launching a full line of cannabis experience products.

 

Marijuana Times Video Show

March 9, 2018

Marijuana Times’ Joe Klare interviews Obie Strickler about Grown Rogue.

 

Willamette Week

February 28, 2018

Medford’s Grown Rogue is the first farm in Oregon to tackle the Pre-Roll Problem by nixing air from the equation.

 

Not after the Cheech & Chong profile': Inside the normalization of cannabis marketing

February 16, 2018

Legal cannabis is projected to be a $21 billion market in the U.S. by 2021, and providers of recreational pot are gearing up for consumer demand.

 

OR Based Grown Rogue Introduces Nitrogen Sealed Pre-Roll Tube

February 15th, 2018

The only way to ensure that cannabis is packaged for retail void of any oxygen is to hermetically seal the container…

Cannabis Gifts For Valentine's Day

February 14th, 2018

Forget flowers and candy, your Valentine really wants cannabis this year. Fortunately for you, there’s a variety of lovely items to make Valentine’s Day extra special this year.

3 Big Mistakes for Cannabis Investors in 2018

January 26th, 2018

Mainstream media like CNN or CNBC is not the place to be gathering information about Cannabis Investing. Instead take time to visit cannabis focused sites like this one…

 

Cannabis Industry Leaders Talk About Future

January 26th, 2018

A cannabis industry representative says marijuana brought in 500-million dollars in sales in Oregon last year, and he expects it to bring in even more this year…

Grown Rogue Introduces Nitrogen Sealed Pre-Roll Tube

January 11th, 2018

The only way to ensure that cannabis is packaged for retail void of any oxygen is to hermetically seal the container. The process of nitrogen-sealing has been used extensively for years to package foods around the world, preserving freshness and allowing for longer transport and extended shelf life…

Does Cannabis Belong in Bike Racing?

November 24th, 2017

Opening up a conversation about drugs in cycling world is dangerous. One quickly falls into a big black hole of past scandals that continue to taint our sport. But riders like Floyd Landis and Teal Stetson-Lee are willing to take the risk if it means de-stigmatising the use of cannabis…

Cultivating Trust

As marijuana moves out of the shadows of the black market and the gray area of poorly-regulated dispensaries, consumers are increasingly paying attention to how their cannabis is grown. Like with produce, many health-conscious people want to know exactly what they’re ingesting…

Oregon Marijuana Company Tries to Grow Brand Through Cycling Sponsorship

December 12th, 2017

As more and more marijuana companies look for ways to get their brand name out in front of the public, an Oregon cannabis business has decided one way to do that is to sponsor a local cycling team…

My Ideal Cannabis Experience

July 30th, 2017

Enjoying cannabis can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. The more sophisticated approach involves achieving an experience like unwinding after a stressful day, or a post intense workout chill session, or a natural enabler to fall asleep easier…