Ashley Grace

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Ashley Grace

General Manager

Ashley Grace is a consumer packaged goods industry veteran who has worked with most of the top Food and Beverage companies at some point, has been a part of 4 David Ogilvy Award-winning (Campbell Soup, Pepperidge Farm, Brown Forman, Career Education), was recognized for Innovation Leadership by PepsiCo, and spoke twice at Nestle’s Global Digital Marketing Summit.

Ashley is also an expert in the cannabis industry – both as a user who has enjoyed amazing relief from nerve pain and migraines that persisted after a terrible accident and as an industry veteran who jumped into the business in 2015 given his passion from personal experience.

Ashley’s cannabis industry experience began as the founding Chief Marketing Officer and Head of e-Commerce for Charlottes Web. While there, he helped create the CBD category while growing the CW business to $40M and positioning CW for IPO. This invaluable experience included consumer data/surveys, data/CRM infrastructure, weekly FDA legal compliance calls (the CW FDA issue came after Ashley left), retailer questions and education, overseeing new product development, and launching the Stanley Brothers THC brand in Colorado and California.

Ashley served as the founding General Manager in charge of building the ingredients division of Caliper CBD as a B2B expansion into the Hemp market by Colorado THC soluble technology leaders, Stillwater Brands. This focus included building a $1M, clean-label water-soluble CBD beverage business serving Vybes, GT Kombucha, Bimble, and Recess. As the founding Chief Marketing Officer at HempFusion, Ashley helped expand retail sales by 2000 stores, launched the brand’s e-commerce operations, and oversaw 4 marketing test markets to evaluate various forms of CBD marketing.

Ashley co-founded The H. Hemp Company where he became deeply familiar with the nuances of hemp sourcing, growing, extracting, formulating, testing, payment processing, banking, shipping, etc. Ashley also served on the Board of Directors for BDS Analytics (cannabis industry POS data leader) and helped BDS create a partnership with SPINS to close the data loop in the Hemp/CBD POS data category.

A Bachelor of Science in Finance from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business forms Ashley’s business consulting foundation upon which he has leveraged his strengths as profiled in Gallop’s Strength Finders (Strategic, Deliberative, Futuristic, Analytical and Responsible) to become one of the most knowledgeable cannabis industry executives.

Andrew Ellis
Angie O’Keefe
Ashley Grace
Dani Staley
David Nagel
Eric Singular
Halston Puchek
Jeff Frazier
Stan Fischer
Tian Scherer

Andrew Ellis

Operations Lead

Andrew Ellis is an established operations leader with an extensive work history assisting both public and private sector clients to navigate strategic, regulatory, and operational challenges. He has led projects for clients in highly regulated industries including cannabis, alcohol, energy, finance, healthcare, and transportation.

Angie O’Keefe

Angie O’Keefe comes to GPS with nearly 25 years of operational and financial experience. She spent the last seven years running operations for private equity-backed software companies, which included establishing best practices across sales, finance, marketing, customer success, and other functional areas, as well as integrating eight acquisitions across four different platform investments.

Ashley Grace

General Manager

Ashley Grace is a consumer packaged goods industry veteran who has worked with most of the top Food and Beverage companies at some point, has been a part of 4 David Ogilvy Award winning (Campbell Soup, Pepperidge Farm, Brown Forman, Career Education), was recognized for Innovation Leadership by PepsiCo, and spoke twice at Nestle’s Global Digital Marketing Summit.

Dani Staley

Business Development Manager

Danielle Staley’s entry into the cannabis space began as an executive assistant to the CEO of a consulting firm specializing in cannabis.

David Nagel

VP of Global Development for Asia-Pacific

David J. Nagel is VP of Global Development for Asia-Pacific Opportunities and has extensive experience in highly regulated industries including liquor, consumer packaged supply chain goods, oil and gas, hemp, gaming, zoning/construction law, broadband, tax mitigation and securities, with experience in an array of areas

Eric Singular

Marketing Director

Eric’s path into the hemp industry began in the agricultural sector, heading up marketing for the leading North American provider of AOSCA certified hemp seed, Bija Hemp. Eric brings a unique perspective to the entire industrial hemp supply chain.

Halston Puchek

Marketing and Business Development

Halston Puchek became a pioneer in Colorado’s medical marijuana industry since its formation in 2009, sitting on local and national panels, hosting political events, providing locations for industry networking gatherings, advocating, and volunteering; She also operated one of the first vertically integrated, licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in Boulder, Colorado.

Jeff Frazier

Consultant

Jeff Frazier advises individuals and companies doing business in Latin America, primarily Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Chile, and Argentina.

Stan Fischer

Senior Vice President

Stanton Fischer joins Franklin Global, Inc. as Senior Vice President following a 20-year career in the FBI. His FBI career started in Los Angeles where he was assigned to national security matters, including espionage, counterintelligence and counter-proliferation investigations.

Tian Scherer

Project Manager

An integral part of the California Cannabis industry for nearly a decade, a veteran retail operations expert, and renowned writer, Tian has made quite an impact on the cannabis industry.