Sunstrand (Founder, CEO)
Gradient Engineering, Inc.
Throughout the course of his career, Dr. Riddle has developed highly specialized design, analysis, manufacturing and testing experience in the field of composite materials. These tools have been honed in a wide variety of industries including wind energy, automotive, power distribution, manufacturing, material sciences and hydronic heating. Dr. Riddle founded Gradient Engineering Inc., a firm focused on supply innovation, material evaluations, and research and development for the growing composites industry. Most recently, he started Sunstrand to focus these important concepts specifically on natural fiber composites. He has authored and co-authored numerous papers and began his career as a Mechanical Engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s National Wind Technology Center. He received his Bachelor of Science and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Montana State University, as well as a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University.
Matthew Smith, J.D. (Vice President)
Campbell & Smith (Founder, Partner)
Matthew Smith is an Attorney-at-Law licensed to practice in the state of Kentucky. Matthew received his B.A. from Centre College and his M.B.A from Walden University before eventually going back to school to earn his J.D. from Northern Kentucky Chase College of Law. Prior to going to law school Matthew worked as a financial advisor with Waddell and Reed where he focused on asset protection. His practice at Campbell & Smith Law is focused partially on businesses involved with the development of Hemp in the state of Kentucky.
Annie Rouse, MBA (Secretary)
Think Hempy Thoughts (Founder)
Annie is a U.S. Fulbright Scholar who spent a year in Calgary, Canada assessing the environmental life cycle of utilizing industrial hemp within the construction industry. She modeled hemp building materials within hempcrete and biofiber hemp blocks, assessing the materials’ carbon footprint, resource depletion and toxicological impact. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Environmental Policy and an MBA from Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. As an eco-enthusiast, she advocates and educates on industrial hemp and environmental stewardship through her website and philosophy Think Hempy Thoughts.
Josh Hendrix (Founder)
CV Sciences, Inc. (Director of Business Development - Domestic Production) Hendrix Hemp (Founder, President)
Born and raised in the Bluegrass State and a University of Kentucky alumnus, Mr. Hendrix relocated back to Central Kentucky in 2014 on a mission to help rebuild the US hemp industry. Seeing a need to bring famers, processors, manufacturers and supporters of the industry together, Mr. Hendrix founded the Kentucky Hemp Industries Association that summer and still serves on the Board of Directors. He also became an active member of the Kentucky Hemp Industries Council where he now serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors. In 2015 he created and became President of Hendrix Hemp, a licensed hemp producer that manages hemp cultivation on his family’s, Mayflower Farm, in Mount Sterling, KY. In early 2016 Mr. Hendrix was appointed to the Technical Advisory Board for the National Hemp Association and accepted a role on the Senior Advisory Board of the institutional trading platform for hemp, Seed CX. Currently Mr. Hendrix serves as the Director of Business Development – Domestic Production for CV Sciences, Inc. where he works with numerous universities, farmers, businesses, and organizations to help facilitate the infrastructure necessary to establish a modern domestic supply chain for hemp in the United States.
Joseph W. Hickey
Venture Development (Founder)
Atalo Holdings, Inc.
Mr. Hickey’s roots in the hemp industry began in 1993 as founder and Executive Director of the Kentucky Hemp Growers Cooperative. Soon after, he was convincing then Gov. Brereton Jones to form the Hemp Task Force (to study the feasibility of hemp as a Kentucky cash crop). In 1998, Mr. Hickey was a founder and board member of Kenex Ltd, Canada’s first commercial hemp seed and fiber processing company. For over a decade, Mr. Hickey helped start and grow a number of environmentally conscious and organizations, including Tierra Madre, LLC with Woody Harrelson, Baswood, and Prairie Pulp & Paper. Upon Kentucky’s reintroduction of hemp in early 2014, Mr. Hickey became a founding member of Hemp Oil Kentucky, Kentucky Hemp Seed Research & Development Co. and Kenex Kentucky. He is currently working with farmers, state regulators and attorneys to bring Kentucky its first commercial scale hemp seed breeding, crushing, and fiber processing facility.
Kentucky Hemp Industries (Founder)
Putney + Whitney Architects
Moseley is a 6th generation Kentuckian, landowner, architect and founder of Kentucky Hemp Industries, LLC. He has helped spread awareness and education about industrial hemp and is a a well-known advocate for legalization in the U.S. His company, “works to invest in new industry technologies so Kentucky can compete in a global market, research hemp product lines in textiles, nutrition and personal care and provide ancillary services to navigate the regulatory environment of growing and processing hemp in the U.S.” Mose brings a keen eye for design and is interested in issues relating to land use, building & construction, energy, and transportation systems.
Atalo Holding Group (Founder, Director) Hemp Oil Kentucky (President)
David Spalding, was a founding member and director of the Kentucky Hemp Growers Cooperative in 1994, and a co-founder and president of Madison Hemp and Flax Company from 1996 until 2004. He was a co-founder and vice-president of the Kentucky Hemp Museum and Library from 1994 until 2010. Mr. Spalding retired from the University of Kentucky in 2014 where he was an extension associate for the Horticulture Department responsible for establishing on-farm demonstration plots and conducting research on vegetable production and variety trials to determine the best varieties for Kentucky farmers. Prior to going to work for the University of Kentucky, he managed the Kentucky Agricultural Marketing Cooperative, a local vegetable marketing cooperative a start-up. From 1975 to 1985 Mr. Spalding worked as a contracting officer and economist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture where he purchased red meats for donation to the School Lunch under the Agricultural Marketing Service program. He also represented the Agricultural Marketing Service on the “World Outlook Board” for purchasing meats, grain, and oil seeds. William holds a B.S. in Agricultural Business from Western Kentucky University and a M.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Kentucky.
Tier 3 Technologies
Vice President of Business Development
William Paynter is the Vice President of Business Development and Partner Relationships at Tier3 Technologies. Tier3 Technologies, started eleven years ago, is a premier partner of Riverbed providing customers with strategies to reduce Information and Technology costs and increase efficiency of company applications.
William is personally responsible for partnership development to grow and expand the customer base. He also maintains legislative business relationships with State Government and commercial clients. As a member of the Executive Team, he is responsible for the long term strategic plans for Tier3 Technologies. William is currently rebuilding his team and organization in transforming and implementing business processes that will streamline Tier3 Technologies’ operations therefore enabling the Teams to better succeed meet goals set by the Account Executives. Along with his corporate responsibilities and legislative duties across the country William is an avid Thoroughbred enthusiast and strong advocate for the growth of Agribusiness in his native Kentucky. His family has owned and operated farms in Kentucky since the 1800’s and currently operates Oak Hill Farm in Versailles, KY.
William is actively pursuing his Executive MBA at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX while commuting from company headquarters in Louisville, KY. He is expected to graduate in May of 2017.