Victory Hemp Foods (Founder, CEO)
Chad moved from California in 2014 and put down roots in Northern Kentucky, where his company Victory Hemp Foods is based. Victory Hemp Foods processes American Grown Hemp Seeds into Hemp Heart, Hemp Seed Oil, and Hemp Seed Protein at their facilities in Kentucky and Vermont. Chad is an entrepreneur passionate about developing impact based businesses with sustainable supply chains. A graduate of the Village Capital Agricultural Accelerator his network in the food system is far reaching at high levels in the private and public sectors. The White House invited Chad to represent Kentucky and Victory Hemp Foods at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Palo Alto, where he met with POTUS’s Entrepreneurial Ambassadors and 700 other entrepreneurs from 170 countries to work on solving for some of the world most pressing issues here at home and abroad, including food security. He’s dedicated to bringing hemp into the rural economy where sustainable economic development is a priority.
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.
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.