Topic: The Changing CBD Industry
When: April 18, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Where: New Hope Network (5541 Central Ave, Boulder, CO 80301)
It is rare that a new, billion dollar market segment opens up suddenly. And yet, that is precisely what is happening today in the hemp / CBD space. Join this session to explore the promise (and potential perils) in this rapidly expanding market space – from sourcing, processing, manufacturing, retail and regulatory perspectives.
Learn from the Experts:
John Roulac – Founder & Chief Hemp Officer, RE Botanicals
Todd Runestad – Senior Editor Ingredients, New Hope Network
Scott Hansen – Director of Quality, Botanacor
Annie Brown – Director of Development, Rodale Institute
John Grubb – Summit Venture Management, Managing Partner (Moderator)
About the Panelists:
John W. Roulac is founder and Chief Hemp Officer of RE Botanicals, the Pure Organic Hemp Apothecary brand. In 1999, John founded the organic superfoods brand Nutiva. For seven consecutive years, under John’s leadership, Inc. Magazine selected Nutiva as one of American’s fastest growing companies. Governor Jerry Brown appointed John to serve on the California Department of Food & Ag’s Hemp Advisory Panel. A longtime advocate for healthy people and ecosystems. John has sourced and formulated close to $1B in retail sales of organic superfoods in the past 20 years. John is champion for regenerative agriculture, organic hemp farming and healthy oceans. He helped jumpstart the modern home-composting movement in the early 1990s and successfully sued the US DEA in a historic 2004 federal court victory to keep hemp foods legal. John has also authored four books on hemp and composting, with combined sales of more than one million copies. He has founded five nonprofit ecological groups, including GMOInside.org.
Todd has been writing on nutrition science news since 1997. He is a supplements editor for newhope.com, Delicious Living and Natural Foods Merchandiser. As he was the former editor-in-chief of Functional Ingredients magazine, he still covers raw material innovations and ingredient science.
Scott has spent his career focused on quality from working in quality control laboratories, to developing products by employing quality-by-design principles, to building quality systems for manufacturing from the ground up. As the Director of Quality Assurance at Agricor Laboratories and Botanacor Laboratories, ISO accredited cannabis testing and hemp testing laboratories respectively, Scott continues to drive quality initiatives by working to impart upon the cannabis and hemp industries the value of quality learned in his two decades in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Scott also recognizes the value of cannabis and hemp to people seeking wellness and relief from conditions where other therapies have failed. This is why he works tirelessly to drive the manufactures and regulators in the cannabis and hemp industries to improve quality standards and treat their processes and products with the care they deserve.
Annie has been with the global leader in organic research, Rodale Institute since 2012 and has been serving as Development Director since 2016. Rodale Institute is the leader in game-changing research, farmer training, and educating consumers about how to help heal broken agricultural systems via regenerative organic agricultural methods for over 70 years.
John is founder of Summit Venture Management based in Boulder, Colorado. Summit consults and partners with entrepreneurs and investors on brand and business growth initiatives. John has over 30 years of experience as a marketing and strategy executive in the consumer products world. His executive leadership experience includes over 15 years in food manufacturing, multi-channel retail, and contract manufacturing. As well, he has over 15 years of experience in business and brand growth strategy consulting – most recently as Managing Partner of Sterling-Rice Group (SRG) in Boulder, Colorado.
Members: $25, Non-members $40 (includes catered dinner)
Day of the event: Members: $35, Non-members $50
Refund requests will be honored up to 48 hours before the event.