Board Info

They say in unity lies real strength. With that in mind, the Florida Hemp Council was established to bring necessary resources to the Florida hemp industry and work together to overcome challenging times and remain sustainable.

2020 Board Members

CHRIS MARTINEZ

CHRIS MARTINEZ

Chairman Kaycha Labs

Chris Martinez is at the center of progress for the patient and consumer safety, providing cannabis testing and related services to physicians, research institutes, law enforcement agencies, farmers, processors, and manufacturers nationwide. He leads a diversified commercial laboratory, humanizing, streamlining, and automizing the process between data and diagnosis. As the largest full-service network of ISO […]

DAVID SMITH

DAVID SMITH

Vertical Veritas Farms

Over an almost 40-year career, Mr. Smith has held various executive management positions in marketing, sales, operations, and business development. Prior to joining SanSal Wellness, for the past 7 years from 2011-2018, he was President of Inter-Continental Cigar Corporation, distributor of Al Capone Cigarillos, the #1 premium cigarillo in the U.S. From 2008-2011, Dave was […]

BRUCE VANAMAN

BRUCE VANAMAN

Processor Evello International

As Vice President of Evello International, Bruce Vanaman is responsible for the development of technology and formulations, as well as the standard operating procedures associated with botanical oil extraction and processing. Mr. Vanaman brings with him 15 years of knowledge and expertise in the cannabis industry. He has a very successful track record in the […]

ARBY BARROSO

ARBY BARROSO

Manufacturer Green Roads

Arby Barroso was a born athlete and competitor, but his world changed when he blew out his hip and femur in a sporting injury at age 23. Doctors didn’t know how to help him for 28 excruciating days, during which he was on a cocktail of painkillers like morphine, Demerol, Percoset and more. He recovered […]

CHRIS MARRIE

CHRIS MARRIE

Compliance HBK CPAs & Consultants

Chris is a Principal in the Naples, Florida office of HBK CPAs & Consultants and has been with the firm since 1998. He is also Director of the firm’s Cannabis Solutions Group in the southern tier of the firm’s service region. Chris has been instrumental in the growth of HBK’s Cannabis Solutions Group. He has […]

GABRIEL SUAREZ

GABRIEL SUAREZ

Retail Natural Life Stores

Gabriel Suarez is a remarkable professional and a tenacious entrepreneur. The founder and president of the Natural Life Corporation, Gabriel’s achievements in his industry have made him a pacesetter with significant contributions. A South American native, Gabriel started his career in the corporate world more than 13 years ago and owns over 6 businesses including […]

SARAH GROVES

SARAH GROVES

Large Retail Southeastern Grocers

Southeastern Grocers, Inc. (SEG), parent company and home of BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, is one of the largest conventional supermarket companies in the U.S. SEG grocery stores, liquor stores and in-store pharmacies serve communities throughout the seven southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and South […]

MIKE BLUME

MIKE BLUME

Professional Blume Hemp

MICHAEL BLUME is a leading pioneer in the Hemp industry and has been actively involved behind the scenes creating opportunities and networking foundational relationships. These relationships have grown to support the success of numerous leading companies that have impacted the historical turning point of the Hemp industry. As a new leaf turns in the Hemp industry, regulatory […]

HUSSEIN RAKINE

HUSSEIN RAKINE

At Large 1 Just CBD

Mr. Rakine is an innovative entrepreneur with a business background in retail and distribution. Prior to JUST CBD, Mr. Rakine launched Speedy Distribution, one of the nation’s leading wholesalers of popular smoke and vape products, and also opened World of Smoke & Vape, a chain of modern retail smoke and vape shops spanning multiple states. […]

BRIAN DICKERSON

BRIAN DICKERSON

At Large 2 Star Manufacturing Hemp

Brian Dickerson grew up in Naples, Florida and is the owner of Grassy Run Ranch, a cattle ranch, in Labelle, Florida. Mr. Dickerson is a partner with the law firm of FisherBroyles (22 offices nationwide), where he specializes in representing pharmaceutical companies, pharmacies and health care practices. Additionally, Mr. Dickerson represents private label and OTC […]

DUREE ROSS

DUREE ROSS

Public Relations Duree & Company

Durée Ross, who had the bold passion to launch her own public relations agency, Durée & Company, at the age of 24 in 1999, has since been setting the bar for excellence in public relations, serving the corporate, agency and nonprofit arenas for local, national and international clients. An award-winning entrepreneur, she has been nationally […]

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