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).
Please find us on the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE) under the ticker GRIN.
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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.
Operations and Distribution
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.
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.
Business Development Director
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.
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.
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 is now 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.
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 biodynamic practices. Rooted in living soil and natural concepts he is a driving force for sustainability that is thriving in our indoor operations.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Isaac was born and raised in southern Oregon graduating in the class of 1995 from Phoenix high school. After spending five years as a journeyman 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.
Director of Sales
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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.