Chairman and a Director
Mr. Britz is currently Chairman and a director of the Company. In 2014, through DropLeaf, Mr. Britz obtained the license for the Julian Marley JuJu Royal brand and has been securing sub-licensees including growers, edible manufacturers and manufacturers of related products. Mr. Britz has a consistent track record of success building and operating large, successful, public and private companies in various industries during his 40-year career. Mr. Britz’s accomplishments include the following:
- From 1963 to 1987, Mr. Britz turned a small fabric company into Pacesetter Industries, one of the 50 largest publicly held garment companies in the United States with almost $50,000,000 in sales and over 2000 employees prior to Mr. Britz’s divestiture.
- From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Britz founded and operated First Realty Reserve, a real estate syndication firm, which owned over $200,000,000 of commercial real estate through limited partnerships.
- From 1987 to 1998, Mr. Britz founded and operated Allison Baer Securities, a company that managed initial public offerings of small high technology companies.
- From 1992 to 2001, Mr. Britz built Hudson Physical Therapy and its affiliated management company, Professional Management Bureau, from one physical therapy center in Jersey to over 65 physical therapy centers in New Jersey and Florida.
- From 2007 to 2014, Mr. Britz was involved in various ventures focused on the purchase and rehabilitation of residential real estate, including developing a lease to own program of over 50 homes in Atlanta, Georgia, founding WRI Capital II in 2010, a company that purchased and sold approximately 200 single family homes, and working with a large private equity firm in acquiring, leasing and managing over 5,000 single family homes in Atlanta and Florida.
CEO and a Director
Steve is a renowned expert in the legal marijuana sector and whose analysis is featured prominently in outlets like Forbes, Wall Street Journal, CBS News, US News and World Report, Chicago Tribune, and Marketwatch. Steve presently serves as COO of Silverback Investments, Inc. Silverback Investments, Inc., is a management services company providing business solutions to licensed lawfully operating medical marijuana cultivation and distributions businesses. Silverback is focused on the Michigan market. Likewise, he presently serves as Alta Via Ventures, LLC a management services company to licensed cannabis businesses in the Los Angeles, California operator. From 2012 to 2016, Steve served as Chief Business Development Officer and member of the Board of Directors for OSL Holdings, a publicly traded management services in the cannabis industry. Steve has operated a hydroponics retail gardening supply enterprise in Los Angeles as well as licensed cultivation facilities in California.
Steve Gormley has nearly twenty years’ experience developing, branding, marketing, launching, managing and operating businesses in the US and international markets. Steve has over seven years experience in the cannabis industry. He has lived and worked in Asia, Europe, South America and Australia. Steve got his start in media in television production in the early 90s. After developing content and producing for MTV, Paramount Pictures, Tribune and others, Steve leveraged his expertise in content into the on-line sector for a new media private equity fund in the late 90’s and early part of the new century. Steve helped develop, launch, manage and sell a number of new media properties and eventually founded a branded entertainment company in China. Steve has also served as managing director for a California based media private equity fund. He deployed C-Level Management Services specializing in startups and turn-arounds.
President of JuJu Royal and a Director
Mr. Travis Belcher is the President of JuJu Royal and a director of the Company. Mr. Belcher was a Managing Member, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of DropLeaf since its inception in 2014. Mr. Belcher oversees the day-to-day operations, nationally and internationally. His daily tasks include but aren’t limited to, Product/ Brand Development, Packaging, Fulfilment, Quality Control, and Celebrity Endorsements Management. Between 1999 and 2014, Mr. Belcher owned and operated Madison Avenue Café, a family business established in 1992 with fifteen retail locations and direct wholesale customers throughout the Midwest states. At Madison he was directly responsible for the procurement of raw coffee beans from various regions around the world, as well as securing state and government contracts, and management of all retail locations. Mr. Belcher sold this business in 2014. In addition to his experience in the Cannabis and Coffee industry, Mr. Belcher has extensive experience in the entertainment and nightlife industry. The relationships that were built and maintained throughout the entertainment business have enabled DropLeaf to create the Julian Marley Brand.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Mark Scott is the Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Mr. Scott was appointed Consulting Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of DropLeaf on June 1, 2017, and has been a consultant to DropLeaf since December 1, 2016. Mr. Scott is the proposed Chief Financial Officer for the Company. He has significant financial, capital market and relations experience in public and private microcap companies. Mr. Scott is a certified public accountant and received a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from the University of Washington.
Director and Secretary
Mr. Reeves is Secretary and a director of the Company. Mr. Reeves is a partner with TingleMerrett LLP, a Calgary based law firm with a focus on securities, corporate finance and commercial transactions for emerging and growth companies, joint ventures and partnerships. He has advised numerous private and public corporations (including registered dealers) in a wide range of business matters including access to capital markets, corporate governance and operational issues both nationally and internationally
Mr. Ruggieri is a director of the Company and was the President, CEO and a director of the Company prior to the Transaction. Mr. Ruggieri is a professional engineer, executive and financier based in Calgary, Alberta. He was founder, CEO and Director of two engineering firms, President and Director of a home building company as well as a real estate manager before moving into his current role. Mr. Ruggieri is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) and the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD). Furthermore, he has served on Technical, Investigative and Audit Committees. He graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering from Concordia University in Montreal and an MBA from the University of Calgary
Mr. Pomroy is an experienced legal cannabis investor with deep domain knowledge and focus on technology, manufacturing, cultivation and retail. He has over twenty years’ experience with private equity, growth and venture capital companies including Credit Suisse/DLJ Merchant Banking. Prior to his experience on Wall Street, Mr. Pomroy was a managing director for 15 years as a Strategy and Operations consultant at Mercer Management Consulting/Oliver Wyman. Mr. Pomroy holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree from the University of Virginia and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Harvard University.
None of the members of management have entered into a non-competition or non-disclosure agreement with the Company