2005 - 2015: Growing Family Roots
Obie and Sarah Strickler have been in the cannabis industry for 15 years, having created and managed a successful medical cannabis operation in Oregon. Providing premium cannabis for 50 medical patients gave Obie and Sarah insight into the industry few Cannabis executives truly appreciate. The values of consistency, integrity, and customer experience were rooted in the early days when only a handful of States legalized cannabis – even at a medical level.
2016: Launching Grown Rogue
The first thing the Stricklers did when they made the decision to develop the medical operation into a recreational cannabis brand was to recruit an experienced and savvy management team. The management team had to bring a blend of cannabis business experience and a track record of successful execution in respective categories.
Vertical Integration for Multi-State Expansion: January 2017 - June 2017
The management team implemented the ground-work for true vertical integration in multiple states. This implementation included significant infrastructure including expansion of two outdoor farms that now boasts 80,000 sq ft of canopy and one state of the art indoor facility featuring 8 flower rooms at full capacity.
At the same time, Grown Rogue became the first and only company to introduce Experience branding to the nascent cannabis industry. The methodology? Give consumers products classified by experience driven by data/surveys provided by actual consumer experiences. This innovation blossomed into the ROGUE Study and has led to 5 product lines across two brands all organized by one of five experiences based on the word ROGUE: Relax, Optimize, Groove, Uplift, and Energize. The Right Experience, Every Time.™
Lots of Products and Intellectual Property: July 2017 - December 2017
The company’s branded products evolved from just premium flower into high end pre-rolls (patent pending nitrogen sealing technology), quality oils, and various forms of shatter.
Grown Rogue’s distribution team took the diverse products and quickly grew dispensary relationships.
All the facilities came on-line and indoor cultivation reached new levels of standards recognized by regional media and even government agencies lauded the accomplishment. Simultaneously, Grown Rogue completed a friends and family financing.
Perhaps most indicative of Grown Rogue’s commitment to community and changing perception on cannabis, Grown Rogue became the first cannabis brand to sponsor a cycling team – now the Grown Rogue Cycling Team.
By the end of 2017, the small startup grew into a formidable cannabis brand driven by a passionate 35 person team ready to grow in every respect.
Exponential Sales Growth and Expansion: January 2018 - June 2018
Grown Rogue found tremendous success in Oregon – while most producers were struggling with over supply and price compression. Sales have increased in 2018 by a monthly average of 28% and distribution has a presence in over 220 dispensaries. The secret of success while other brands and farms closed doors? Distribution.
Grown Rogue introduced Rogue Distribution to consolidate supply, provide value add to dispensary partners, and ultimately achieving financial success by controlling a greater percentage of supply and responding to demand. Part of that strategy included the launch of the GRAM Brand – solid quality at an affordable price for all.
Grown Rogue’s reputation and reach broadened and led to ties with state legislators interested in the future of Cannabis.
The experience branding grew along with the community reach and the community began to set the expectation for the right experience, every time through Grown Rogue. The company began preparations for a public offering which garnered the attention of savvy investors worldwide.
Exponential Sales Growth and Expansion: June 2018 - December 2018
- The company officially began California operations featuring a 14,000 sq ft microbusiness equipped with all licensing under one roof.
- The team expanded at all levels with a total staff of 50 and established an Investor Relations desk to communicate with the growing community of shareholders.
- Grown Rogue announced two new product lines, 1) Experience Flower Jars – 3.5 gram nitrogen sealed – an industry first, and 2) an edible dark chocolate line featuring a world-renowned chocolatier (launching December 2018).
- Two additional states are in development and will be announced when projects finalize.
- Grown Rogue closed the public offering – now trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the ticker GRIN – Grown Rogue International.
Grown Rogue has the history, infrastructure, branding, and management team to leverage the explosive growth of the cannabis industry (projected to exceed $75 Billion by 2030 according to Cowen Group).
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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.
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.
Chief Operating Officer
Adam Wolf is an energetic, compassionate, and dynamic operations and sales executive with a proven track record of building high performing brands, companies, and teams. Adam spent the last several years bringing best-in-class practices to early-stage cannabis enterprises to help them scale and mature into global organizations. Adam joins Grown Rogue with 15 years of hands-on leadership experience across operations, logistics, supply-chain, sales, and revenue optimization in both large corporations and start-up ventures including The Wonderful Company, Hyatt and Hilton Hotels, and MarijuanaPackaging.com. Adam graduated at the top of his class at The George Washington University and UCLA’s Anderson School of Management where he received his MBA with a focus on strategy and operations.
Chief Financial Officer
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.
VP of Finance
Adam serves as the Financial leader for Grown Rogue. He previously spent over 15 years at Harry & David, a vertically-integrated multi-channel specialty food retailer where he held multiple roles with increasing levels of responsibility, ultimately serving as Vice President of Finance and Corporate Treasurer. Adam graduated with honors from Whitman College with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. He also graduated at the top of his class when earning his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Oregon.
VP of Marketing
Rob Rigg is an entrepreneurial modern marketing leader with a broad range of experience having worked with both start ups and Fortune 500 companies to propel growth by focusing on empowering and inspiring consumers. Rob joins Grown Rogue with over a decade of leadership in brand and product marketing, digital and social media management, strategic planning and consumer insights. He started his career with Goldman Sachs, before moving into the passion sports world where he founded and launched the innovative golf footwear company TRUE linkswear, and held various marketing and business leadership roles at Nike, TaylorMade, and Cannondale. Rob graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College.
Head of Administration
Elizabeth manages company Operations with an emphasis on growing the Distribution reach of Grown Rogue. 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 a $450MM 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.
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 outreach 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.
Director of Sourcing
Mike brings 15 years of sales and marketing experience to Grown Rogue. Mike believes cannabis as is 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 friends and experts from various fields who all share in that vision.
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.
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.
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.