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Mr. Bechtel has over 30 years’ experience, as an executive, entrepreneur and consultant, managing and advising businesses from start-ups to divisions of large Fortune 500 companies. Since 2015, Mr. Bechtel has been the principal of Bechtel Consulting, LLC, which provides consulting services in mergers and acquisitions, financial and investment analysis, capital markets, turnarounds and special situations. Mr. Bechtel became involved in the cannabis industry as a private investor, consultant and advisor.
In September 2014, Mr. Bechtel joined the advisory board of Supreme Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a Canadian publicly traded company committed to becoming a leading supplier of affordable medical cannabis. In November 2014, Mr. Bechtel was appointed as an Independent Director and the Chairman of Supreme, where he served in such positions until resigning in April 2016. From October 2014 to April 2016, Mr. Bechtel also served as a Director of ebbu, llc, a privately held, Colorado-based company offering a line of branded cannabis products and a bulk oil extraction service for cannabis producers.
In 1983, Mr. Bechtel co-founded Omni Laboratories, Inc., a privately held company that provides geologic services for oil and gas companies, where he was initially responsible for all business development activities, including a number of business acquisitions. From January 1995 to September 2006, as the owner and President, Mr. Bechtel was responsible for leading the organic growth initiative as well as expanding Omni’s service offerings, eventually employing 175 people with 14 laboratory locations in six countries. In September 2006, Mr. Bechtel sold Omni to Weatherford International, Inc. (NYSE: WFT), one of the largest global providers of innovative mechanical solutions, technology and services for the drilling, completion and production sectors of the oil and gas industry. Mr. Bechtel was appointed Group Vice President responsible for managing and growing the former Omni business, which was renamed Weatherford Laboratories, and in 2011, he was promoted to lead the worldwide operations of Weatherford’s Surface Logging Systems division. Mr. Bechtel retired from Weatherford in March 2015.
Mr. Bechtel is a 1981 graduate of Michigan State University with a B.A. degree in Marketing.
Mr. Keating has 31 years of Wall Street experience, including 17 years’ experience as the principal owner of Keating Investments, LLC, which he founded in 1997.
Before founding Keating Investments, Mr. Keating held senior management positions in the Equity and Equity Derivatives departments of Bear Stearns, Nomura, and Kidder Peabody in both London and New York. He also served on the Equity Capital Formation Task Force: its members consisted of leaders from America’s startup and small-capitalization company ecosystems. The Task Force’s report on refueling job creation and growth by reconnecting investors with small-cap companies was presented to the U.S. Department of the Treasury in 2013.
Mr. Keating is a 1985 cum laude graduate of Harvard College with an A.B. in Economics.
Brandy Keen has served as a Vice President of Sales since July 2014 and as a Director and Secretary since August 2015. Ms. Keen’s career includes highly technical sales, entrepreneurship, and leadership in the semiconductor, construction, and indoor agriculture industries. In 2007, Ms. Keen co-founded Hydro Innovations, where she developed a sophisticated knowledge of the controlled environment agriculture industry and established herself as an expert on the garden and indoor climate.
J. Taylor Simonton
Mr. Simonton is serving or has served on eight corporate boards of directors, including six other public companies since 2003 where he has served as the Chair of the Audit Committee. His board service has included Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc., and currently includes Advanced Emissions Solutions, Inc. He also has extensive experience in corporate governance and nominating and governance committees.
Mr. Simonton served for 10 years until 2015 on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), where he served over time as its Treasurer, President, and Chairman. He is a Board Leadership Fellow, NACD’s highest director credential, and was honored as Colorado’s 2014 Outstanding Public Company Director by the Denver Business Journal and NACD-Colorado. Simonton spent his entire professional career, including 23 years as an Assurance and National Office SEC Services Partner, at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLC (PwC). He has extensive experience with SEC filings, including assistance with over 100 IPOs during his PwC career. His last seven years with PwC were in the SEC Services of the firm’s National Professional Services Group, which handles the firm’s SEC, corporate governance, accounting and auditing, risk management and quality matters. He is admitted as an expert witness in accounting, auditing, and corporate governance in U.S. District Court, Colorado Division.
Mr. Simonton is a 1966 graduate of the University of Tennessee – Knoxville with a B.S. in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in Colorado.