Meet the Team

Meet our team of scientists, formulators, researchers, and technical experts crafting the finest quality CBD ingredients and products.

Executives

Dave Neundorfer

CEO

Tech and cannabis entrepreneur with deep channels to capital in Ohio, Silicon Valley, and Europe. Executed exclusive, royalty-based software licensing partnerships with leading semiconductor and industrial partners.

Dartmouth and Stanford GSB

Oscar Hackett, J.D.

President & CFO

New venture formation and capitalization expert with multiple start-ups built and exited. A strategic CFO and GC with deep fundraising (equity and debt) and regulatory experience.

Georgetown and Harvard Law

Scott Thorn

Chief Strategy Officer

Experienced business and cannabis executive. Formerly President and COO of the 12th largest vertical cannabis company in the U.S.; directed the exclusive distribution relationship that achieved #1 market share in the Colorado vape market in less than 12 months.

Boston College

Nicole Brown

Chief Innovation Officer

Seasoned marketing executive in the consumer and lifestyle space, including LVMH and Shiseido Cosmetics. Founded and sold a mapping technology company to TripAdvisor. Known for her keen sense of ever-changing consumer wants to drive huge growth.

Harvard University

David Stopher, M.S.

CIO

Operations executive who has overseen strategic partnerships with fortune 100 companies; skilled communicator who implements systems that leverage technology, team members’ unique abilities and partner synergies.

Princeton & Case Western Reserve University

Gang Tian, M.S.

CTO

Tech leader with extensive experiences on IT and industry. Commercialized a Cleveland State University technology. Authored 10+ patent portfolios acquired by one of the global leading drive companies.

BUPT & Cleveland State

Joe Keil

COO

Keil joins OBX from Medterra, where he served as Vice President of Operations, leading Medterra’s global operations, supply chain, procurement, quality, and customer care for consumer packaged goods across retail, wholesale, and e-commerce channels in the USA, EU, India, Japan, and South America.  Keil helped Medterra grow through key global partnerships including CVS, Walgreens, Kroger, Sprouts, Publix, Holland & Barrett, FlipKart India, Amazon India, and Megalabs Latin America. Prior to joining Medterra, Keil held executive roles in operations and procurement at Cummins and Colfax including a 6 year expat assignment in Beijing, China.  He is a certified Lean Kaizen Black Belt, 6 Sigma Green Belt and 6 Sigma Sponsor.  Prior to receiving his MBA in Supply Chain, Keil served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy and Senior Instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Operations

Andrea Baillo

Vice President of Product Innovation and Research

Baillo is an experienced scientist with a demonstrated history of working in cannabis research, development, and manufacturing, cancer research, and food and beverage industries. Baillo most recently served as Senior Director, Research & Development, Quality at Green Thumb Industries (GTI), and she is known for her focus on product safety and stability of cannabinoid focused formulations in highly regulated markets.

Wayne State University & Wayne State Medical School

Chelsea Pipkin

VP of Quality Assurance

Pipkin is a lo Quality Professional in the food production industry.  Pipkin served as Vice President of Quality Assurance at Gencanna, and has held previous quality roles at Bunge North America and SEMO Milling.  In these roles, she successfully completed Global Food Safety Initiative audit schemes BRCGS and SQF, 21 CFR 110, 111, and 117, U.S. Hemp Authority Grower and Processor, YUM brands QSA and FSA, and led a team recommended for accreditation against IS0 17025.   She holds a Master’s Degree focused in Masters of Natural Sciences.

Southeast Missouri State University

Alexandra DePalma

Director of Product Innovation

DePalma is a cannabis product developer and scientific researcher with 10 years’ experience in analytical chemistry, material science engineering, and product development across multiple industries.  DePalma spent the last 4 years as Research and Development Manager and Product Developer at Green Thumb Industries (GTI). leading product development, enhancements, and redesign with a focus on production, quality management systems, and strategic technology for multiple cannabis brands.

Chestnut Hill College & University of Maryland

Trevor Gentry, Ph.D.

Senior Product Development and R&D Scientist

Food Scientist with published research from Cornell University. 20+ years product development & formulation expertise for Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Givaudan Flavors, and Phillip Morris.

Cornell & University of Florida

Edward Nikitin, Ph.D.

Chemist

PhD Organic Chemist with numerous peer-reviewed articles. Expert in a wide variety of complex organic transformations and multi-step syntheses. Specialist in developing synthetic paths to advanced materials and high-value specialty chemicals across a variety of industries.

Moscow State University, University of Nevada

David Temelkoff, M.S.

Director of R&D and Quality Control

Analytical chemist with extensive quality control, instrumentation, and R&D background during his 15-year career at GlaxoSmithKline. Expert in analytical techniques using NMR spectrometry, GCMS, HPLC, LCMS, IR, TLC et al.

Youngstown State University

Gabriel Smith, M.S.

Production Manager

Innovative chemist with 14 years experience in analytical chemistry, and experimental design and implementation at BASF and Catalent Pharma. Plant extraction and purification R&D background with method development and validation expertise.

UNC Wilmington & East Tennessee State

Daniel Koons

Equipment & Facility Manager

Seasoned engineer with a 30+ year career at Revlon, Inc. responsible for managing, designing, fabricating, and modifying its custom manufacturing equipment and product line automation. cGMP compliance, Lean Manufacturing, and cost reduction expert.

Wake Tech, Vance Granville CC and Manatee CC

Chris Hewat

Filling & Packaging Manager

Management professional with 20+ years experience, with a diverse background ranging from film & tv production to the cannabis industry. 

UNC Asheville

Alex Kneier

Inventory Manager

Detail-oriented polymath with a track record for creating strategic objectives and implementing road maps to achieve milestones. Focused on fulfilling OBX’s mission through the execution of our industry-leading tracking system, guiding team members throughout the process.

Ohio University

Sales

Andrea Groncy

Senior Director of Project Management and Sales

Groncy is an accomplished Sales Director and a top performing Project Management leader with a successful career in nutraceuticals for 12+ years. Groncy is an active member of ASQ, PMI and is a committee member for the SoCal Dietary Supplement Consortium. In 2018, Groncy was nominated and won the WISA Best Woman in Sales Support (North America). Groncy most recently served as Senior Director of Sales and Project Management at Vit-Best Nutrition, and has held senior leadership roles at Bettera Brands and International Vitamin Corporation.

Cal State University, Fullerton & William Taft University

Zach Edge

Director, Global Strategy & Corporate Development

Seasoned cannabis executive and ingredient sales professional. Subject matter expert in cannabinoid extraction & separation, with a proven track record of finding and commercializing cutting edge technology.

The University of Texas at Austin

Brad Jones

Technical Sales Manager

Jones brings almost a decade of strategy, operations, and technical sales expertise in the cannabis industry to the team at OBX. Jones is a technical expert in extraction, purification, & separation technologies, and skilled in navigating complex operations in nascent markets and intricate regulatory environments. Previously, Jones served as Vice President of Technical Sales for Folium Biosciences as well as Director of Production at Folium Biosciences, where he designed, implemented and managed all production processes.

Steve Concilla

Business Development

Early hemp entrepreneur with a background in Finance and over a decade of experience in cannabis extraction, formulation, and product development. He has won awards as an extractor, has a patent pending processing methodology, and has long supported the development of the US CBD industry.

Franklin University

Kelly Burkhart

Sales Lead

Results driven sales professional with over 10+ years in B2B and B2C sales and leadership experience. Prior to transitioning into the hemp industry, Kelly lead 12 stores as a district manager for Premier Salons, helped established a US presence for London-based fashion brand, LK Bennett and worked in the PEO industry where she provided HR solutions for small and medium sized businesses.

Virginia Marti College of Art and Design

Jake Puckette

Sales Operations Manager

 

University of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University

Adam Bushey

Director of Strategic Growth

After years in the medical field working on both the human & veterinary sides, Adam made the jump into the Cannabis/CBD industry. Adam started with a major vertically-integrated company and then branched out in the manufacturing space and as VP of Sales, led a team of sales rep to grow revenue by over 700%. Skilled in Sales, Project Management, Service, Sales Operations, Film Production, Video Marketing, and Biomedical Engineering.

Sacramento State

Marketing, Human Resources & Finance

Jeremy Amos

Creative Director

Seasoned Designer & Creative Director with over a decade of experience building and managing a boutique creative agency.  Dedicated to creating art and designs that work in the real world. Seeks simple solutions to complicated problems and believes in building brands that don’t just look beautiful, but have functional value with lasting impact.

Wheaton College

Justyn Bostic

Marketing & Global Partnerships Manager

Business professional with experience in management consulting, finance, operations, and marketing. He is experienced in leading teams and developing people. Founded of a podcast studying health, entrepreneurship, leadership, and human optimization.

The Ohio State University

Will Eyman

Marketing Associate

A budding business professional with experience in social media brand building, video production, and marketing. Focused on creative ways to share a compelling message. Has experience in content creation with Margaritaville University. And has helped establish an active audience base with Airtime Inc.

The Ohio State University

Joe Ackerson

Controller

Versatile Finance Executive with deep experience in manufacturing accounting and FP&A reporting.
Demonstrated record of improving operational efficiencies, leading cost saving initiatives, and enhancing the financial reporting processes.

State University of New York at Albany

Megan Hightower Martins

VP of Human Resources

HR leader with extensive experience implementing HR initiatives that align culture with organizational vision and values. Navigated complex challenges to significantly mitigate risk, streamline processes, and improve employee engagement in multi-state and multinational organizations. Serves as the Director of Emerging Professionals for SHRMJC and volunteers as an SME for the HR Certification Institute

SHRM-SCP, GPHR, University of Missouri

Elizabeth Garver

HR Manager

During her 15-year career at the University of Southern California, Elizabeth supported EEO investigations and analyzed data for the Office of Equity & Diversity.  With a degree in music business, she then managed orchestral recording productions, operations, and finances for USC’s film music program.

University of Southern California

Lab & Facilities

Peyton A Daly

Associate Scientist, Product

Francesco Alagna

Product Development Consultant

Jennifer Glawson

Purification Technician

Donnie Gillis

Facility Technician

Benjamin Lewis 

Facility Maintenance & Equipment

Lawrence Overbey

Easy Snap & Facilities Technician

Bart Vickers

Lab Associate

Calvin Sims

Lab Associate

Christy J Cross 

Lab Associate

Dalia E Davis 

Lab Associate

Dominic Fuller 

Lab Associate

Jonathan Taylor

Easy Snap & Facilities Technician

Vickie Barnes 

Lab Technician

Travis Vickers

Lab Associate

William Wilkins

Easysnap Associate

Manuela White

Senior Accountant

Alternative medicine and eco enthusiast, formally educated in accounting with a forensic concentration. Big Four public accounting experience in external audit ranging from small start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.

Penn State University
Georgia Southern University

Megan Hightower Martins

VP of Human Resources

HR leader with extensive experience implementing HR initiatives that align culture with organizational vision and values. Navigated complex challenges to significantly mitigate risk, streamline processes, and improve employee engagement in multi-state and multinational organizations. Serves as the Director of Emerging Professionals for SHRMJC and volunteers as an SME for the HR Certification Institute

SHRM-SCP, GPHR, University of Missouri

Elizabeth Garver

HR Manager

During her 15-year career at the University of Southern California, Elizabeth supported EEO investigations and analyzed data for the Office of Equity & Diversity.  With a degree in music business, she then managed orchestral recording productions, operations, and finances for USC’s film music program.

University of Southern California

Advisors

Dr. Martha Hackett, M.D.

Medical Advisor

Director of Integrative Medicine for Lake Health, Lead Practitioner of Hackett Medical, a family medicine practice, and Founder of LivAwareMD, a lifestyle medicine program that marries Eastern and Western medicine.

Wooster, B.S.
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, M.D.

Jackie Williams, M.S.

Advisor

An experienced executive with deep expertise in public policy, economic development, marketing and public relations;  leadership in business, financial services and government.

Miami University (Ohio) B.A. and M.S.

Dr. Engdawork Engda, Ph.D.

Advisor

With a Ph.D. in chemistry, Dr. Engda is an expert in separation sciences and mass spectrometry. He has worked in product development with Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline and has extensive experience designing and implementing SOPs for pharmaceutical-grade product development.

Ghent University

Chuck Dietzel, Ph.D.

Advisor

Seventh generation North Carolina farmer overseeing a 200 year-old family agricultural and forestry operation. Breadth of executive experiences including leading billion-dollar global operations, with a passion for developing strategic planning and data-driven decisions.

Washington & Lee University, Duke University, University of California at Santa Barbara

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