We Are

Open Book Extracts

We are a team of thinkers, doers, solvers…Xers. We believe in the power of cannabinoids & that together with you, we can help to make the world a healthier, happier place.

Executives

Dave Neundorfer

CEO

Dave Neundorfer

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CEO

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Bio

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.

College/University

Dartmouth and Stanford GSB

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Favorite thing about OBX

The OBX team came together around an idea and has turned that idea into a company that is now the industry leader in cannabinoid production. We are making products that work for brands who care.

Oscar Hackett

President & CFO

Oscar Hackett, J.D.

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President

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Bio

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.

College/University

Georgetown and Harvard Law

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Favorite thing about OBX

Our team is always innovating and pushing the boundaries of what can be done with cannabinoids. When a client asks for something that has never been done before, we don't say no, we say, "give us a few weeks."

Scott Thorn

COO

Scott Thorn

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COO

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Bio

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.

College/University

Boston College

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Favorite thing about OBX

Since day one OBX has been a people business - gathering together the brightest, hardest working, most innovative people this industry has ever known. Being surrounded by these people everyday challenges me to always be at the top of my game.

Nicole Brown

Chief Innovation Officer

Nicole Brown

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Chief Innovation Officer

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Bio

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.

College/University

Harvard University

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Favorite thing about OBX

The question I get asked the most often in interviews is ‘What do I love most about my job?’ My answer, every time, is always the same: our team. The opportunity to work alongside so many extraordinarily talented people is truly humbling, yet each one remains humble themselves. I have learned so much from the people on our team, and I continue to learn from them every single day.

David Stopher

CIO

David Stopher, M.S.

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CIO

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Bio

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.

College/University

Princeton & Case Western Reserve University

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Favorite thing about OBX

The OBX team is pretty astounding. I don't quite know how we aggregated this group, nor how we kept them together through a ridiculous couple of years, but it is a privilege to work with people who demonstrate such skill, drive, and humility on a daily basis.

Joe Keil

Chief Procurement Officer

Joe Keil

Title

Chief Procurement Officer

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Bio

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.

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Favorite thing about OBX

The people at OBX are exceptional. Dave and Oz are fantastic leaders who have assembled a great team focused on establishing a positive company culture. OBX is the perfect combination of products and people!

Operations

Andrea Baillo

VP of Product Innovation and Research

Andrea Baillo

Title

VP of Product Innovation & Research

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Bio

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.

College/University

Wayne State University & Wayne State Medical School

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Favorite thing about OBX

OBX has a strong, creative, open-minded leadership team that supports the discovery of cannabinoids and their impact on wellness and health. OBX offers an incredible opportunity to explore cannabis science and technology in a global market.

Chelsea Pipkin

VP of Quality Assurance

Chelsea Pipkin

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VP of Quality Assurance

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Bio

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.

College/University

Southeast Missouri State University

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Favorite thing about OBX

The team is very talented, highly intelligent, and treats each other with respect and courtesy. We all have a tremendous amount of work to complete and trust each other to do that work.

The company culture is genuine. The company has a forward look and solid footing on how to be successful in the future with chemical compounds found in cannabis and not solely the commercialization of cannabinol and cannabidiol consumer packaged goods.

Alexandra DePalma

Director of Product Innovation

Alexandra DePalma

Title

Director of Product Innovation

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Bio

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.

College/University

Chestnut Hill College & University of Maryland

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Favorite thing about OBX

Our people and their unique and rare talents stand out of the crowd. Our team is composed of a beautiful blend of scientific and strategic powerhouses that work towards common goals to achieve excellence in the hemp industry. Our quest for knowledge backed by solid scientific evidence and data fuels our strategies and is the core of our business's competitive advantages.

David Temelkoff, M.S.

VP of R&D and Quality Control

David Temelkoff, M.S.

Title

VP of R&D and Quality Control

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Bio

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.

College/University

Youngstown State University

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Favorite thing about OBX

The ability to work in such an exciting natural product space for a company that has transparency, in all aspects of the business, as a founding principle is really what makes me excited to come to work each day.

Edward Nikitin, Ph.D.

CBN Production Scientist

Edward Nikitin, Ph.D.

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CBN Production Scientist

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Bio

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.

College/University

Moscow State University, University of Nevada

Dan Koons

Equipment & Facility Manager

Dan Koons

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Equipment & Facility Manager

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Bio

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.

College/University

Wake Tech, Vance Granville CC and Manatee CC

Chris Hewat

Compounding Manager

Chris Hewat

Title

Compounding Manager

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Bio

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

College/University

UNC Asheville

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Favorite thing about OBX

I love that we embrace a management style that trusts in individuals’ critical thinking abilities, leaning into their strengths for the greater good. The core of what we do is deliver highest quality plant based medicine to the world.

Jennifer Glawson

Quality Assurance Assistant Manager

Jennifer Glawson, MPH

Title

Quality Assurance Assistant Manager

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Bio

Passionate quality assurance professional with a background in biology, chemistry, and public health. Right out of graduate school, Glawson began her career in the hemp industry, starting with sales and then joining the OBX team; first as a lab technician, then working her way into quality assurance. Since then, she has become the safety coordinator for OBX, a PCQI, lead/internal auditor, and has been HACCP trained.

College/University

East Carolina University

Sales

Gabrielle Krupp

Director of Sales Operations

Brad Jones

Senior Director of Ingredients

Brad Jones

Title

Senior Director of Ingredients

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Bio

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.

College/University

University of Colorado

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Favorite thing about OBX

One of the things I love most about OBX is the collaborative approach to problem solving of complex issues. It is hard to come by a company that truly empowers its employees in this way. 

The grit and determination within the organization is infectious. I could tell from my first day that this is the right place for me. To be surrounded with such intellectual firepower and drive is pushing me to be my best.

Jake Puckett

Director of Project Management

Jake Puckett

Title

Director of Project Management

College/University

University of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University

Stephen Simpson

Key Account Manager

Stephen Simpson

Title

Key Account Manager

College/University

Union College and Duke University - The Fuqua School of Business

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Favorite thing about OBX

After seeing the status of every other manufacturer in the industry, OBX was a breath of fresh air. Seeing the drive towards innovation and growth rekindled my own passion for this space, and I knew I had found a long-term home.

The cooperation and camaraderie of the team is unmatched, and the constant drive to achieve greatness is instilled in every member of our team.

Steve Concilla

Key Account Manager

Steve Concilla

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Key Account Manager

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Bio

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.

College/University

Franklin University

Kelly Burkhart

Key Account Manager

Kelly Burkhart

Title

Key Account Manager

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Bio

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.

College/University

Virginia Marti College of Art and Design

Ken Putzlocker

Key Account Manager

Shannon Hamilton

Sales Project Associate

Marketing, HR & Finance

Jeremy Amos

Creative Director

Jeremy Amos

Title

Creative Director

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Bio

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.

College/University

Wheaton College

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Favorite thing about OBX

The people at OBX are super smart, super honest, super open to learn from each other, and super passionate about figuring out every possible way cannabinoids can help people live better lives. They’re a group of the most solid people on the planet, and it is such an honor to work with them.

Steven Ferrell

VP of Human Resources

Elizabeth Garver

Payroll Manager

Elizabeth Garver

Title

Payroll Manager

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Bio

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.

College/University

University of Southern California

Stephanie Sadler-Drake

Director of Finance

Summer Henderson

Purchasing & Payables

Lab & Facilities

Zach Bell, Ph.D.

Innovation Advisor (University of Okinawa)

Lee Mains, Ph.D.

R&D Scientist

Charlie Murray, Ph.D.

R&D Scientist

Sarah Lundfelt

Associate Scientist, Stability Program Manager

Sarah Lundfelt

Title

Associate Scientist, Stability Program Manager

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Bio

Growing industry professional with experience in product manufacturing and managing extensive product stability of cannabis products for Green Thumb Industries (GTI) with emphasis on thorough and accountable data acquisition and reporting. Additional work in R&D implementing quality control measures in cannabis production including product specifications, sanitation, and microbial assessment procedures.

College/University

Salisbury University

Payton Daly

Associate Scientist

Megan Jones

Associate Scientist

Angela Vong

Associate Scientist

Donnie Gillis

Facility Technician

Benjamin Lewis

Facility Maintenance & Equipment

Lawrence Overbey

Easysnap & Facilities Technician

Bart Vickers

Lab Associate

Calvin Sims

Lab Associate

Vickie Barnes

Lab Tech

Cristy Cross

Lab Associate

Dalia Davis

Lab Associate

Dominic Fuller

Lab Associate

Brianna Walker

Quality Control

Jem Morrow

Fulfillment Manager

Travis Vickers

Lab Associate

William Wilkens

Lab Associate

Jonathan Taylor

Lab Associate

Advisors

Dr. Martha Hackett, M.D.

Medical Advisor

Dr. Martha Hackett, M.D.

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Medical Advisor

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Bio

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.

College/University

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

Jackie Williams, M.S.

Advisor

Jackie Williams, M.S.

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Advisor

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Bio

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

College/University

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

Dr. Engdawork Engda, Ph.D.

Advisor

Dr. Engdawork Engda, Ph.D.

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Advisor

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Bio

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.

College/University

Ghent University

Chuck Dietzel, Ph.D.

Advisor

Chuck Dietzel, Ph.D.

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Advisor

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Bio

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.

College/University

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

We are

Gritty
Great cooks
Honest
Creative
Solvers
Believers
Family first
Seekers

We aren’t

Bullshitters
Lazy
Finger-pointers
Bad Disc Golfers
Early leavers
Finger-twirlers
Bad at fun
Ego driven

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