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DENVER, February 9, 2022 /CNW/ – Super-regional, cannabis growth operator Schwazze, (OTCQX:SHWZ) (“Schwazz” or the “Society”) announces the appointment of three key executives to support the company’s significant expansion in its New Mexico operations.
Steve Pear joins Schwazze as president of the New Mexico division. He comes from Vancouver– based at Happy Gut Brands, Inc, where he most recently served as CEO. Pear graduated from University of Georgia, spending a significant portion of his career in the Southeast and Midwest working for Coca-Cola Enterprises before moving into national sales positions with formidable beverage companies. At Coors and Miller-Coors, he served as Vice President, National Sales, then moved to Odwalla where he eventually became President, Managing Director after working in both sales and operations. After his time at Odwalla, Pear served as CEO of Cheribundi for over five years, creating a high performance culture overseeing: sales, operations, marketing, supply chain, manufacturing, finance and human resources.
Two additional key executives – Alex Falter-Hahn and Jacob White – joined Schwazze’s New Mexico operating team, transitioning from R. Greenleaf and Associates, LLC (“RGA”).
Falter-Hahn joins Schwazze as Vice President, Operational Excellence. She is a proud New Mexican who has spent the past eight years working as CFO of RGA. She oversaw financial development, human resources, compliance and operations. Falter-Hahn is a graduate of the University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management and has spent his career working for various accounting firms, while focusing on local business development.
White joins Schwazze as vice president of culture and product development. He called New Mexico home for the past 12 years while working in New Mexico’s medical cannabis industry. White began his cannabis career in 2009 on the retail side where he opened from Albuquerque first medical dispensary. In 2011 Jacob joined R. Greenleaf Organics focusing on cultivation, setting the standard for quality cannabis flower and achieving the highest quarterly yields in the state.
“These three key additions to our New Mexico our leadership team is essential to our expansion across Colorado borders. Pear, Falter-Hahn and White bring cross-functional leadership to our New Mexico operations, and we are lucky to have them on our team,” noted Nirup Krishnamurthy, Managing Director of Schwazze. “We are delighted to be part of from New Mexico transition to the recreational cannabis market and leverage our deep experience in the Colorado market to bring the best variety of quality products with excellent service to our customers in New Mexico.“
“I am very happy to join Schwazze and lead the division in New Mexico. We have a solid base that we are looking to build on as we launch adult use on April 1, 2022,” noted Steve PearPresident of Schwazze’s New Mexico division.
A. Greenleaf is a licensed medical cannabis supplier with ten dispensaries, four cultivation facilities – three in operation and one in development – and a manufacturing site. Dispensaries are located at Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Roswell, Las Cruces, Subsidies and Las Vegas, New Mexico. Greenleaf’s approximately 70,000 square feet of cultivation as well as 6,000 square feet of manufacturing space are located in Albuquerque. the New Mexico State currently authorizes medical cannabis and has approved sales of recreational cannabis for adult use, which by law begin no later than April 2022. New Mexico The market is expected to grow by approximately 300% over the next 5 years. (1)
Schwazze (OTCQX: SHWZ) is building a first vertically integrated regional cannabis company with assets in Colorado and New Mexico and will continue to expand its operating system to other states where it can develop a position of differentiated regional leadership. Schwazze is the parent company to a portfolio of leading cannabis businesses and brands from seed to retail. The company is committed to unlocking the full potential of the cannabis plant to improve the human condition. Schwazze is rooted in a high performance culture that combines customer-centric thinking and data science to test, measure and drive decisions and results. The company’s management team has deep expertise in retail, wholesale and building consumer brands in Fortune 500 companies as well as the cannabis industry. Schwazze is passionate about making a difference in our communities, promoting diversity and inclusion, and doing our part to incorporate climate-conscious best practices. Medicine Man Technologies, Inc. was the former trading name of Schwazze. The legal entity continues to be called Medicine Man Technologies, Inc.
Schwazze gets its name from the technique of pruning a cannabis plant to improve plant structure and promote healthy growth.
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