JAMES R. OTT

CEO


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James R. Ott has worked in nearly every position in the food production and processing system over the course of his 30+year career in Agriculture.   He grew up on a fourth generation family farm in Nebraska and received a degree in Agronomy and Agricultural Economics from the University of Nebraska.   Jim has lived and worked in various capacities inside and outside of the U.S. and has held many functional positions in Agribusiness ranging from field level farm sales, product research & development to international executive management for Syngenta, a multi-billion dollar Swiss Agriculture and Biotechnology corporation. 

After years of improving the production and business models of agricultural and vegetable crops, Mr. Ott has chosen to draw on his plant science and business experience to develop a model for genetic trait, production optimization and business sophistication for the cannabis plant.  He believes the cannabis plant holds far more compelling medical, nutritional and industrial benefits to society than any other crop currently being grown in America.  

Mr. Ott has extensive experience in the seed, pest management, biotechnology, plant science, animal and human nutrition, plant and animal genetics, food processing and farm real estate development industries.   He has consistently utilized his experience and innovative approaches in sales, marketing, product development, market and business development, to expand into new markets and commercialize and launch new products and reorganize businesses.   Following 10 years with Syngenta, he started Precision Foods, a nutrition analysis company that was sold to Monsanto.    He has studied industrial production systems at Harvard University with Dr. Ray Goldberg and has successfully utilized his entrepreneurial, empowering and high expectation leadership approach to start and run business units and divisions ranging from $1M to $200M in revenue. 

Mr. Ott’s mission is to advance the development, delivery and utilization of crops for the enhancement of human health.    He has forwarded this mission with his vision, passion and broad horizontal & vertical experience in the food and agricultural system by providing food and agricultural companies with financing, management and marketing expertise and support.  The broad vision that drives Mr. Ott, is to grow and deliver medical & health products for consumers by developing improved genetic traits and the most efficient production systems. 

James R. Ott currently serves on the Colorado Department of Agriculture's Hemp Advisory Committee and is the Vice Chair of the National Cannabis Industry Institute's Cultivation Committee.  He also has frequent speaking engagements at industry conferences and events on the topics of genetic development, plant & production science, standardization of industry practices and business development. 

JEREMY RAAB

DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION


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Jeremy Raab is a professional cannabis grower, researcher and consultant with 12 years’ experience in the cannabis production industry.  Though Jeremy grew up in Colorado, he was first introduced to cannabis cultivation in 2004 while attending Whittier College in Southern California.  The state had a flourishing medical cannabis industry and Jeremy was able to work his way through school while learning the processes he would refine in the years to come.  Jeremy designed, built and managed several production facilities during his time in California and provided wholesale cannabis to local retailers. 

After college Jeremy returned to Colorado.  Though the state’s cannabis industry was in its infancy, he was able to continue producing medical cannabis for patients as a caregiver.  Towards the end of the decade, evolving regulations paved the way for hundreds of new producers to enter the marketplace.  At this time Jeremy began working as a production consultant, aiding new cultivators in establishing themselves as well as helping existing producers to maintain a competitive edge.  

Early on in his consulting Jeremy discovered the need for standardization in production methodology.  Each existing cultivator had a unique production process, often ill-suited to producing a consistent, high-quality product at a competitive cost.  Jeremy seized upon this opportunity, beginning his research and development of a least-cost, highest efficiency production model.  His areas of focus included lighting, environmental control, nutrient profiles and fertigation methods, growing substrates, plant manipulation and canopy management, production cycles, plant populations and integrated pest management.  These efforts resulted in the development of a standardized production process tailored to the unique needs of the cannabis plant.

Jeremy has implemented these prescription cultivation methods in many facilities with a high degree of success.  By reducing materials and labor costs as well as increasing yields and the rate of crop turnover, he significantly increased his clients’ efficiency and profitability.

After developing and proving his standardized production systems, Jeremy joined CFH, Ltd. to build upon this research.  Though his methodologies optimized the production of the cannabis plant, the wide range of diversity in Cannabis species and subspecies remained a variable that had to be accounted for.  CFH, Ltd.’s development of novel genetics coincides with the development of production processes tailored to those genetics.  By pairing a cultivar with a prescription cultivation method, Jeremy aids producers in consistently executing on the expression of the desired traits that make each variety uniquely valuable.

HEATH THOMSON

Director of Business Development 


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Heath Thomson is a partner and the director of business development at CFH, Ltd. where he focuses on strategic partnerships, operations, marketing, and team dynamics.

In addition to his work at CFH, Ltd., Heath is a partner and director at Chugach Powder Guides, an Alaskan heli-ski guide company, where he provides strategic planning, business development, and product design expertise. He was also the founder, chief executive, and head chef of Metes & Bounds – Table to Farm, a Silicon Valley based events and hospitality start-up.

As an angel investor, Heath has invested in a number of early-to-mid-stage startups including Kodiak Sciences, a biopharmaceutical company which develops novel therapies for retinal diseases, and is a limited partner in several real estate ventures and venture capital funds in the digital media and consumer services industries through Kinship Capital.

Heath is a chef who has trained at several Michelin starred restaurants including Spruce and The Village Pub in the Bay Area. His philanthropic pursuits include work with the National Outdoor Leadship School, Peninsula Open Space Trust, and The Nature Conservancy. He enjoys spending his "free" time with his wife, friends and dog fishing, flying, and skiing, ideally on top of some steep, snowy mountains.

GREG MULLER

COO


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Greg Muller is an entrepreneur with over 25 years business experience encompassing financial management and continuous product innovation to strategic planning, gross margin expansion, value chain enhancement, domestic and international sales, and wide scale distribution logistics.

His experience is extensive in the commercial agriculture sector, specifically in the produce and floral areas of greenhouse & field production, global product sourcing, and mass market retail channel distribution.  Greg has held roles as grower, operations manager, financial analyst, GM, COO, and CEO & Founder.  National clients that have included: Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Kroger, Safeway, Walgreens, Costco, Home Depot, 7-Eleven, and amazon.com, among numerous other wholesalers and retailers.

Greg’s strong startup, finance, operations and management background has led him to experience all aspects of controlled environment production utilizing the latest technology, genetics, hydroponics, and financial management systems.  Greg brings his agile awareness of trends to the table, knowing how and when to change business approaches to meet the evolving needs of the market to drive growth and increase profitability.

With a BBA in Accounting and Finance from University of Portland, Greg started his career as an auditor for a national CPA firm.  Taking that experience, he became commercial manager for Ameri-Cal Floral/Johnsen Nurseries/Five Star Farms where Greg managed all aspects of sales, distribution and product development while also working to install the first large scale (over 1MM square feet of greenhouse) commercial hydroponic flower growing system in the USA.

With this background, Greg also founded Ameri-Cal Produce, a successful hydroponic greenhouse tomato startup.  And, then as owner and CEO of Ameri-Cal Floral and Fusion Floral, Greg created an innovative domestic and foreign product platform that serviced mass market retailers with emerging products, enhanced category management through ultra-efficient sourcing, logistics and manufacturing all with the focus centered on the ever changing consumer.

Along with being CFH, Ltd.’s COO, Greg is an ongoing investor and advisor to the venture AgPollen, an alternative almond tree pollination startup that is addressing solutions to the bee pollination shortage.  He is also actively involved in many organizations and charities, as well as guest lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business.

DR. GRANT ORVIS

Director of Genetic Development


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Dr. Grant Orvis is the Director of Genetic Development for CFH, Ltd., and directs both Genetic Development and Research Development activites at CFH, Ltd.  

Dr. Orvis holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Reproductive Biology from The University of Texas- Houston.  With over a dozen Peer Reviewed Articles in such publications as Molecular Endocrinology, Developmental Biology, Cancer Research, and Congenit Anom, Dr. Orvis offers invaluable experience to the CFH, Ltd. team.

Serving as Vice President of The Industrial Hemp Research Foundation in 2015 and Founder of The Colorado Hemp Cooperative in 2014, Dr. Orvis carries powerful industry expertise and knowledge.   He also holds Sitting Member positions for both Colorado Industrial Hemp Advisory Committee and National Cannabis Industry Association Scientific Advisory Committee among other organizations.

Dr. Orvis has mentored, tutored, lectured and held professorship positions at various universities and for various organizations throughout the country including: City College of New York, Gerstner Sloan-Kettering Summer Undergraduate Research Program, and Harlem Children’s Society.  In 2010, Dr. Orvis was the Poster Winner at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and has recieved many other honors throughout his career.

Invited lectures have included: “Cannabis Genotypes, Phenotypes & Chemotypes. A look into Colorado’s Green Revolution”, which was presented at MD Anderson Cancer Center for the Behringer Alumni Symposium in April 15, 2017, and “Traversing the World of Scientific Research and Education” presented at The City College of New York/Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Partnership Conference in New York, NY, September 5-7, 2012.

Along with Dr. Orvis’ position as Director of Genetic Development for CFH, Ltd., he currently serves as Agricultural Genetics and Facility Sterility Consultant for BoCo Farms and Executive Director for the Colorado Hemp Cooperative.

JOSH FULMER

Greenhouse Manager


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Josh Fulmer is the Greenhouse Manager for CFH, Ltd. and is involved in daily operations of plant propagation and management, as well as all greenhouse operations. 

As a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University’s College of Agriculture, Josh has extensive experience in Horticulture, Business Production, Plant Pathology & Research and was involved in the propagation and cultivation of a variety of teaching, economic, and research crops.

Throughout his career, Josh has held positions as Foreman, Salesman and Grower experiencing the full span of operations in a Greenhouse environment.  For both Behmerwald Nursery and Pennsylvania State University, he played a central role in greenhouse and outdoor nursery crop IPM, scouting, planning, nutrient, and disease management.  

As Head Grower for Whalen’s Greenhouses in Pennsylvania, Josh oversaw all aspects of crop production including not only IPM, nutrient and disease managment, but diagnosing and correcting client issues, and monitoring, maintaining and repairing of all greenhouse mechanical systems.

BARBARA COSPER

Plant Pathology Specialist


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Barbara Cosper is the Plant Pathology Specialist for CFH, Ltd., and handles various daily operations involving plant production and plant health.  With a M.S. in Plant Pathology from Auburn University, and a B.S. in Horticulture, Barbara brings an impressive 35+ years of both domestic and international experience to the CFH, Ltd. team.

Her research work with soybean varieties in the Agronomy and Soils Department at Auburn University, led to the release of new soybean varieties with the results published in scientific journals. This work included breeding through cross pollination, field evaluation, selection for disease resistance and yield, inoculation and disease screening in greenhouse environments, computer analysis of data, and teaching agronomic crop production labs.

Most recently, Barbara managed a  hydroponic greenhouse in upstate New York growing lettuce and other speciality greens for a farm to table restaurant. She has   worked as a Plant Pathologist at the University of the Virgin Islands, Agricultural Experiment Station in St. Croix, owned a very successful retail florist shop in North Carolina, as well as co-developed a hydroponic tomato greenhouse facility on the small island of Montserrat, West Indies. As grower, researcher, and owner, Barbara not only brings to the CFH team her knowledge of plant production and plant pathology, but management and marketing skills.

Her background experience includes such various knowledge as working with farmers of diverse backgrounds, extensive hydroponics skills including the use of Bato Buckets, perlite grow bags, and coco coir grow bags, experimentation with raised beds and vertical towers, and skilled monitoring of pH and EC while maintaining optimum growth conditions and sanitation.

DEAN COSPER

Integrated Pest Managment Specialist 


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As Integrated Pest Managment Specialist for CFH, Ltd., Dean Cosper is involved in daily operations of Plant Production & Plant Health.

With a M.S in Entomolgy and a B.S. degree in Horticulture from Auburn University Dean offers a powerful, 40+ years of both domestic and international experience in the Horticulture Industry.  

Dean has held such positions ranging from Hydroponics Production Specialist, Greenhouse Manager, Horticultural Technician, Researcher and Pest Management Specialist to Owner, Manager, Founder & Caribbean Entrepreneur.   As Manager and Founder of Green Umbrella Fruit Farm in Alabama, Dean was responsible for the successful planning, development, and production of 40 acres of drip irrigated diversified crops including strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, peaches, plums, pumpkins, and cut flowers.  And, as owner of Cosper Flowers in North Carolina, Dean successfully owned and operated a company selling retail and wholesale cut flowers. Dean also developed a hydroponic tomato business on the island of Montserrat, West Indies.

With his experience in pest monitoring and the use of biological pest control methods, along with maintenance of optimum plant growth conditions, propagation and production of vine crops, and NFT lettuce production, Dean brings a diverse and substantial level of experience to the CFH, Ltd. team.