Our stand-out, specialized staff includes experts at every level of the integrated vertical supply chain.
Director of Supply Chain
Shawn represents the fourth-generation of his family’s farm, operating outside Charlotte, North Carolina. Having graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture and a minor in business management, Shawn has pursued entrepreneurial enterprises throughout his life with success in manufacturing and ag-related industries. Shawn brings his experience to GPG from co-founding The Naked Pig Meat Company, which provides farm families economic value through grain and animal purchasing and meat processing, and Aggrist Inc., an agricultural solutions company, providing farmers network services for industrial hemp cultivation, genetics, and bulk derivatives processing.
Botanical Science Director
Bradley grew up in rural North Carolina, where he found his calling surrounded by nature and farming. After serving in the military and attending college, he spent more than a decade focusing on small-scale agriculture. Interested in helping small farmers achieve success, Brad brought agricultural techniques, like aqua/hydroponics and outdoor production methods to Aggrist, Inc., a farmer-focused company that works with industrial hemp farmers to increase profitability through value-added services and support.
Director of Formulations
Gene graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering. An entrepreneurial executive with 35+ years’ experience in developing and growing companies, Gene has researched, developed, and patented numerous products and invented a proprietary skin delivery technology. He has spent 20 years on direct response marketing strategies and now manages a high-capacity OTC pharmaceutical manufacturing facility. Gene is active in many organizations, including the National Association of Chain Drugstores, Consumer Healthcare Products Association, Society of Cosmetic Chemists, and the American Chemical Society.
Dr. Brian Szabo, D.O.
Dr. Brian Szabo, D.O., graduated from Lake Erie School of Osteopathic Medicine. As a practicing Ophthalmologist, Dr. Brian is also certified in the State of Florida to recommend medical cannabis and is Global Products Group’s medical cannabis expert in charge of designing product formulae and education. He is DEA Certified and Medical Director of DOC-MJ, the country’s largest physician group recommending to medical cannabis patients. Dr. Szabo has trained 50+ physicians on the use and good practice of medical cannabis as an alternative to treating specific state-approved chronic diseases. Having certified 3,000+ Florida medical cannabis patients, Dr. Szabo has also lectured and educated at conferences, presenting “Medical Marijuana Misconceptions.” Dr. Szabo has also reviewed literature and authored for vertically integrated medical cannabis dispensaries throughout the state of Florida.
John Logan holds a master’s degree in mathematics and statistics from North Carolina State University and is an expert in trading applications with extensive experience in establishing IT and trading protocols for investment firm management. Co-founder of InstaQuote, an execution and software platform for financial institutions, and a founding, managing member of NT Financial Group, a worldwide clearing broker/dealer, John also speaks internationally with Bloomberg at Bloomberg global events. John is currently President of TAS TradeSoft Corporation and CEO and founding member of TAS Professional, LLC, which supplies software applications, automated trading algorithms, and technical analysis expertise to the institutional trading community.
John Rider has over 25 years’ experience as an industry sales and marketing founder and executive in manufacturing, wholesale distribution, retail, online/offline marketing, and sales. Well-experienced in acquiring joint ventures and partnerships for emerging brands, including Ask Men, Yahoo, HBO, and Hallmark, John is also involved in non-profit organizations, such as Autism Speaks, The Red Cross, Folds of Honor, and Erase MS. Mr. Rider has secured, negotiated, and managed product-licensing partnerships and implemented product endorsement campaigns for multiple A-list celebrities and hall of fame/all-star athletes.
Director of Operations
Derek grew up in Southern California and graduated from California State, San Bernardino, with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He has nine years’ experience in management and three years as C.O.O., running the largest medical cannabis physician group in Florida and Ohio. Derek brought a struggling business of only 10 employees with 3,000 patients bringing in 300k a year to a 100+ employee, 60,000 patient, $1 million+ a month organization, all while increasing profits. Specializing in retail, building businesses, and expanding and implementing new sources of revenue, Derek is driven by his love of building structure that’s easily understandable and replicable.
Chief Strategy Officer
Trevor is a leader in digital marketing and specializes in high-yield ROI marketing campaigns. Co-founder and CEO of Titan Publishing, a digital marketing company, Trevor has helped fortune 500 companies, like Masterbrands, understand how to leverage digital marketing by integrating backend systems with front-end analytics. Since 1998, Trevor has successfully built over 100 enterprise-level web applications. Trevor is a certified Google Partner and Titan Publishing is 1 of 35 businesses with a private API directly to Google.
Chief Marketing Officer
Sarah has spent most of her career in sales and sales management and is an expert at creating and training high-performance sales teams. Co-founder and COO of Titan Publishing, a national digital marketing agency, Sarah is one of the world’s leading sales and marketing consultants. Sarah holds an MBA, is a Master Certified Coach, Neuro-Linguistic Master Practitioner/Trainer, Master Hypnotist, and has worked individually with 211 companies in 16 countries around the world, increasing marketing and sales performance. Her skills include writing hypnotic sales/marketing copy, mapping the marketing message with funnel strategy, guerilla marketing tactics, and developing killer marketing messages. Sarah is a dynamo speaker and lecture favorite, having spoken at 1000+ engagements and training seminars worldwide.
Chief International Officer / Legal
Jason has a master’s degree from the University of Miami and is a seasoned 15-year practicing lawyer. His work experience includes positions at a full-service, national law firm and a multinational, independent investment bank/financial services company. Jason has also served as general counsel in the health-care industry and a Florida MMTC (cannabis) applicant. Jason uses this experience to provide expert legal, practical, and risk management advice to facilitate compliance in this highly-regulated industry.
Albert “AL-B” Hannemann is a graduate of the University of Hawaii where he was Student-Athlete of the Year and an Academic All-American. He played professional beach volleyball for 18 years and is a former Olympic Festival Gold Medalist, U.S. Open Champion, Hermosa Beach Open Champion, founder of the National Volleyball League Professional Beach Volleyball Tour, and managing director of the Beach Agency Group. Serving as a spokesperson and ambassador for many top brands, including Monster Energy, Club Med, GAP, Jose Cuervo, Nike, Paul Mitchell, FIJI, Kind Bars, and Oakley, Albert created marketing strategies, promotional activations, and new sales distribution channels. What sets Al-B apart is his years of producing top-notch branding opportunities, hospitality, event management, and helping to connect brands to strategic alliances, often leading to acquisitions.