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We are industry-leading cannabinoid experts with over 30+ years of experience and an unbeaten track record of success
Engaging and enabling partners to perform at an accelerated rate through science, expertise, and our vast industry network.
Years of vertically integrated cannabinoid seed-to-sale operations expertise
Chief Executive Officer
Ian Miller is a serial entrepreneur whose professional, educational and personal experiences have helped shaped his career and positioned him as a striking leader in the cannabinoid industry. His journey to and through the cannabinoid space began with his formal education, having completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Architectural Design, with a concentration in accounting, and went on to complete his Master of Science degree in Building Construction, both from the University of Florida. Ian also co-created the Molecular Genetics degree path at the University of Florida’s Honor College, and through the conceiving of the program, gained an intensive background in genetics, horticulture, and accounting.
After college, Ian found great success in managing ultra-high-end construction projects in the Miami Beach area, executing extremely detailed projects up to $18,000 per sq. Meter. After a variety of increasing-responsibility positions in the construction industry, including founding two successful construction firms, Ian joined Merchant Services LTD as a Vice President and Macro-Procurement Specialist. In this position, Ian maintained all external and internal sales and marketing relationships across over 300 points of contact, as well as provided training and support for the company and organization-wide sales efforts. As macro-Procurement Specialist, Ian assisted internal and external business procurement to include all referral partners and acquisition of merchant business from $5 million to $2 billion annually.
Ian then went on to join the Alpha (founding) Team of Loop, Inc., now known as Samsung Pay. At Loop, Ian ran a hugely successful Kickstarter-based crowdfunding campaign as well as provided the design, consulting and initial fabrication of the physical form-factor which, in large part, is responsible for the success of the company in the consumer market. It was also during this time that Ian and a partner brought the world’s only serial-production carbon-fiber yacht manufacturer from Sweden to North America, successfully integrating cross-cultural and cross-Atlantic teams for a successful enterprise.
Ian entered the industry as Founder and CEO of the Solace Companies, a wholesale-vertically-integrated unlimited licensee in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ian worked tirelessly in raising $22 million in private equity to develop a greenfield, bespoke cannabinoid cultivation, and processing operation including advanced predictive current control (PCC) and predictive torque control (PTC), as well as highly advanced extraction and manufacturing technologies. The Solace Companies received the only ever flawless license-activation inspections in the state, won Best Operator and Best Concentrate only seven months after initiating operations, and continues to serve as the benchmark for “pharma-grade” medical and adult-use cannabinoid production in the state.
As Chief Executive Officer of Catalyst BC, Ian will combine his professional experiences of exceeding goals, entrepreneurship, operations and strategic success with his aspirations to provide fulfilling jobs and support the local community to ensure the ongoing ingenuity of, and innovation by, Catalyst BC in the ever-expanding and evolving cannabinoid industry.
Chief Operating Officer
After nearly a decade of working for Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, specializing in Multiple Sclerosis, Michael Williamson realized the therapeutic benefits of medical cannabinoid and relocated to Denver, Colorado to pursue a career in the cannabinoid industry. In 2008, Michael co-founded and operated Kind Love; a vertically-operated medical cannabinoid company in Colorado. Both award-winning and nationally recognized, Kind Love has been, and continues to be, celebrated for its unique and diverse cultivars as well as highly-sophisticated and as a cutting-edge medical cannabinoid center. During his time at Kind Love, Michael accumulated over 20,000 legal, compliant hours in both cultivation and dispensary operations.
In 2013, Michael received the nomination for Master Cultivator of the Year, and soon after took his career in a new and rewarding direction by focusing on the developmental and operational side of the business through consulting first-time cultivators on the design and build-out of large-scale cultivation facilities. As a solution to many client’s desires and the ongoing necessity to maximize growing space, Michael developed and patented a cultivation tray that, by fitting in a pallet or carriage rack, would allow indoor cultivators to grow on multiple levels. This new racking system, paired with the demand from many cultivators to maximize grow space, led Michael to co-founded Greenhaus Industries.
To date, Michael has designed and consulted on over 9 million sq. Ft. of both indoor and outdoor cultivation spaces for not only multiple companies across the United States, but Canada, Columbia, Australia, and Switzerland. Furthermore, Michael has assisted with the cultivation of over 2,000 compliant harvests, including the harvest of 50 acres of industrial hemp in 2015, one of the nation’s first legal crops since 1937.
Most recently, Michael served as Director of Operations for FLRish & Harborside Farms, a 47-acre farm with 320,000 sq. Ft. of controlled-environment greenhouse cultivation and nursery production located in Monterey County, California. During his tenure as Director of Operations, Michael was responsible for existing infrastructure renovations, new glasshouse, and headhouse design and construction, as well as daily operations.
In addition to being co-founder to innovative cannabinoid production companies, such as Kind Love and Greenhaus Industries, he has also founded other companies that operate in the space, such as Allele Genetics, and is co-owner of Good to Go Management. In addition to Michael’s prowess in cultivation and business development, he maintains vast expertise in controlled environment agriculture, row crop and commercial kitchen design, COGs analysis, OSHA & safety, workflow maximization, and compliance. Along with his skill set obtained through years of cannabinoid production experience, Michael is Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certified from Cornell University. As Chief Operating Officer of Catalyst BC, Michael will fuse his developmental knowledge and operational experience to provide full-scale support and strategy to emerging cannabinoid producing operations.
Over the past decade, Leif Olsen has led a vast and innovative career, and through it, has become a renowned and successful veteran of the industry. In 2008, Leif co-founded and operated Kind Love; one of Colorado’s first and most successful medical and adult-use companies. During his time as owner and operator of the vertically-integrated seed-to-sale operation, Leif logged over 15,000 hours of hands-on operational experience. This experience led Leif to develop an extensive skill set in various areas of operating a cannabinoid business, such as processing and retail facility design, harvest and curing operation, SOP development, scalability, work-flow, vendor sourcing, and brand development.
Leif worked tirelessly to establish Kind Love as an industry leader, and through it, developed highly sought-after experiences and abilities that would catapult his career further into the industry. In both seeing the need and answering the demand for his expertise and guidance, Leif sold Kind Love to co-found Good to Go Management (GTG), a cannabinoid consulting firm which encompassed a suite of services to cater to, meet the needs and exceed the expectations of operational and emerging companies. During the first year of operations, GTG worked with a client to receive one of the top-ten ranked cultivation and dispensary licenses in Maryland, a state with one of the most competitive application processes to date. As operations continue to expand, Leif and the GTG team have consistently provided proven operational expertise to some of the largest companies in the cannabinoid industry.
In conjunction with GTG, Leif and partners have developed multiple ancillary companies, such as Allele Genetics, an extensive, cannabinoid-rich genetics library of proprietary strains, and Greenhaus Industries, a leading custom design/build source for vertical cultivation solutions. In addition to his ancillary endeavors, Leif simultaneously held the position of Supply Chain Manager of FLRish at the Harborside Health Center in Oakland, the largest medical retailer in the United States, which services over 200,000 registered patients in California.
As Chief Marketing Officer of Catalyst BC, Leif accentuates his experience with his compassion for those who find relief in cannabinoid based therapies to provide clients with the tools needed to meet the demands of both medicinal and recreation consumers and forge a successful business. He dedicates his energies and resources to the patients and communities that he serves and continues to consult with many of the original people for which he was a caregiver. Leif’s passion for the potential of cannabinoid-based treatments to change people’s lives provides him with the fuel needed to continue to lead and influence individuals and companies in the burgeoning industry.
For over two decades, Jerry Kieran has acquired expertise in a myriad of lighting solutions, focusing primarily on horticultural lighting. Jerry’s extensive career began at Holophane Lighting; a company focused on providing lighting systems for commercial, industrial, outdoor and emergency applications. During his time at Holophane, Jerry continuously held the record as the highest-ranking sales engineer and by expanding their business model through the incorporation of services, was able to secure 8% of the company’s revenue.
After nearly a decade of service at Holophane, Jerry went on to become the GM of Engineering Services for Eco Engineering. In his role, Jerry worked closely with ESCO and Fortune 1000 companies executing design-build services. His passion for ensuring precision in design implementation, as well as enabling clients to meet all buildout regulations and exceed business goals, were further developed through extensive pre and post company evaluations.
Jerry’s extensive experience in lighting solutions, market strategy, and client success led him to co-found Evolution Energy and Light, a manufacturer of energy efficient lighting solutions. Later, Jerry thrived in his role as VP of Global Sales at Illumitex, further expanding his expertise in innovative lighting technology. Most recently, Jerry served as the Chief Business Development Officer of a bioengineering company focused on LED-based lighting systems.
As Executive Chairman for Catalyst BC, Jerry utilizes his expertise in go-to-market strategies, company expansion, and financial performance to position clients for long-term success. Jerry earned a BS from Clarkson University in Interdisciplinary Engineering and Management and his MBA from Columbia University, having graduated with honors.
Director of Genetics & Breeding
With over 20 years of cultivation experience, Eric Forington brings an immense amount of ingenuity, expertise, and passion to the Catalyst BC team in his role as Chief Research Officer. Eric has successfully bred cannabinoid producing varietals for over a decade, with over half of that time focused on developing genetics for state-licensed medicinal and recreational markets.
In 2011, Eric founded 303 Seeds, one of the first legally-licensed seed companies in his home state of Colorado. At 303 Seeds, Eric has focused efforts on operational procedures for plant propagation and pollination in highly-sensitive and controlled environments, as well as overseeing the execution of those procedures at multiple licensed cultivation facilities across Colorado. Today, 303 Seeds is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado and has expanded operations into numerous legal states across the country. Because of its repeated ground-breaking genetic developments in both medicinal and recreational industries, it remains at the forefront of cannabinoid producing genetics in the United States.
In 2012, after more than a decade and countless hours of cannabinoid producing plant R&D, Eric shifted his focus from the psychoactive cannabinoid compounds to also include non-psychoactive cannabinoids including CBD, CBG, CBC, and CBN. His breeding work and developed genetics, which have won several industry awards, have boasted some of the highest lab-tested CBD and CBG plant specimens known in the market. Eric has also worked to develop industrial hemp varietals, secured by the University of Colorado as part of their Genomic Research Initiative.
Beyond his expertise and experience in breeding and genetics development, Eric also possesses a heightened acuity in project development and management, sales and marketing operations, and compliance. As Chief Research Officer, Eric will implement and expand his already vast skillset in horticulture, medicinal and recreational markets and business development.
Executive Vice President
Brad Crafton’s passion for the sciences, and how they apply to farming and factories, began as a child, as his father was a USDA farm-services agent and his grandfather an engineer responsible for the retooling of factories, these generational careers heavily imprinted on and intrigued Brad. As a student at the University of Mississippi, Brad studied Anthropology with a particular interest in world systems theory and the evolution of technology, and also had the opportunity to work on the university’s nine-acre cannabinoid research farm, which operated under a long-standing DEA permit.
Brad also attended Humboldt State University, where he learned the modern farming techniques of cannabinoid producing cultivators, as well as the development and use of biodiesel. The potential of biodiesel captured Brad’s interest, and upon his return to Mississippi in 2001, started home production. It was also during this time that Brad was offered a job to start an applied R&D program at the Mississippi Mineral Resource Institute. During this period, Brad learned how to and became successful at developing projects, securing funding, executing pilot scale, and industrializing by aligning with the private sector.
In 2008, Brad bet on the expansion of the medical market and moved back to Humboldt County to create Humboldt Analytics, a full-service crop management lab and consulting service. After using the lab to case study various large-scale farms, Brad began focusing his business on compost, potting soil, and fertilizer. He started two bulk-compost and potting soil businesses in Humboldt, both of which are operational today, and developed cutting-edge products to increase client performance while lowering costs.
That business led Brad to secure the position of Director of Horticulture for one of the largest Tier-3 producer-processors, BMF WA, in Washington state. By streamlining workflow, supply chain, and establishing a total management system, Brad was able to gain a fourfold increase in the company’s product output and mean potency, while simultaneously lowering the cost of goods. Brad’s success in Washington led to an offer from PrimeEx, which had recently acquired a proprietary extraction technology that needed to be developed and deployed throughout the industry. Through managing all aspects of the site location, permitting, build out, and startup of the large-scale extraction & post-processing facility, Brad ensured the company’s goal of the refinement of CBD from raw biomass to any value-add intermediate product was met and exceeded.
Brad has also worked with clients in Las Vegas and Hawaii to oversee and scale operations to meet market demands. As Executive Vice President of Catalyst BC, Brad works with industry leaders to create a total-solutions approach to the modern cannabinoid production and extraction.
Laura Anderson began her professional career in the electronic discovery legal field, where for nearly a decade she progressed from providing project management for hundreds of internal projects to the document management of numerous cases for law firms nationwide. While seeing to the operational needs of the Denver location where she worked, Laura was additionally training managers for various other locations, including Phoenix and Portland. Laura received multiple awards of excellence for her operational prowess and work ethic, including the Above and Beyond Award, after having been nominated by her management.
In 2015, Laura was approached by the former owners and founders of Kind Love, a premier vertically integrated medical organization in Denver, to join their consulting and management firm, Good to Go Management. The firm assists clients nationwide with their full-spectrum needs in the cannabinoid industry, from application to licensure, standard operating procedures and staff training for dispensaries, cultivation, and manufacturing facilities to facility design, financial modeling, and productivity optimization. Laura was initially hired to take on the administrative and accounting needs of the company as the Business Manager, but soon also took on the role of overseeing project management for several clients, including a winning dispensary and cultivation application in Maryland.
As the firm expanded, Laura proceeded to become the Operations Manager for Catalyst BC, where she continues to manage the operational needs Good to Go Management, but also the entire suite of ancillary companies under the Catalyst BC umbrella. In this position, Laura excels at her numerous duties, which include all accounting needs, such as bookkeeping, taxes, AP/AR reporting, financial modeling and forecasting, assisting in license application projects for clients by organizing all parties responsible for the application as well as managing expectations and timelines and coordinating numerous vendors used across the Catalyst BC platform. Laura works closely with all six owners under the Catalyst BC umbrella, and continues to develop internal processes to ensure the success and coordination of all Catalyst BC companies.
Committed to the betterment of her community, Laura has remained involved with numerous non-profit organizations from an early age. Most notably amongst her volunteer work is holding an active chair on the Patient Advisory Board- UC Health Anschutz WISH, assisting on Habitat for Humanity housing builds, planning and event development for multiple fundraisers for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children), and overseeing a companywide toy drive for Children’s Hospital Colorado.
Facilities Operations Manager
Rich Tanguay possesses almost three decades of agricultural operational and production experience, having begun his professional career at the Buena Vista Caneros Vineyards in Sonoma, California. For 25 years, Rich worked his way from Lab Technician to Winemaker to General Manager. Throughout Rich’s career in the wine industry, he has been successful in the procurement of grapes with paramount characteristics to increase product quality, expanding company clientele into local restaurants and trade locations, budgeting, training, brand development, and regulatory compliance.
In 2016, Rich went to work as the Operations Manager of Harborside Farms, a vertically-integrated medical greenhouse, and processing company. Here, Rich managed the daily operations of the facility and was involved in capital expenditure planning, long-term budgeting, and design and implementation of new technologies and processing equipment.
As Facilities Operations Manager for Catalyst BC, Rich is responsible for overseeing client operations in an onsite fashion to optimize their existing processes. Rich works closely with clients operating in the medical and recreational space to develop long-term buildout and infrastructure planning. His years of experience managing vineyards for large-scale wine producers lends high credibility to his expertise in greenhouse and indoor plant production, as well as his skills in day-to-day management, leadership training, regulatory compliance, inventory tracking software, and quality control.
Andy Schnack is a cannabinoid industry professional with a vastly diverse background. In 2009, Andy graduated from the University of Alabama, where he majored in Criminal Justice and was a member of the Alabama Crimson Tide Men’s Swim Team. Swimming injuries and nerve complications led Andy to cannabinoid based treatment, and after achieving great success through it, chose to leave law school to move to California and explore numerous options for a career in the industry, including cannabinoid cultivation, extraction, and infusion.
In 2013, Andy’s journey took him to Denver, CO, where he began specializing in inventory control at Kind Love, the premier medical operation in Denver, Colorado. Andy parted ways with Kind Love in 2015 to fulfill his dream of opening a store in his hometown of Quincy, IL. Alongside the Herbal Remedies team, Andy oversaw the entire application process through to successful licensure, earning a perfect score upon inspection. Since its founding in 2015, Herbal Remedies has become one of the fastest-growing and top-rated retailers in Illinois.
Andy joined the Good to Go Management (GTG) team as Project Manager in 2016, where he utilized his team and time-management skills to manage and ensure the success of client projects. As a part of the GTG Content Development team, Andy was a valuable asset for all forms of written content, including applications, SOPs, outreach, and training. In 2017 Andy was recruited by Harborside Farms in California to collaborate with software engineers to successfully onboard a new inventory control system, compliantly tracking over 150,000 plants and 4,000 lb. harvests in real time.
In 2018, Andy joined Catalyst BC, the parent company of Good to Go Management, as the Operations Advisor. In this position, Andy continues to specialize in compliance adherence by developing detailed SOPs and Training Manuals, as well as providing staff training, education, retail work-flow, and seed-to-sale tracking management. His background in criminal justice and law, combined with his experiences with cannabinoids, lends immense credibility to his ability to understand, conform to and execute all matters of compliance with great attention to detail. Andy’s hopes his experiences with medical cannabinoids, both professionally and personally, combined with his passion for helping others, will continue to positively impact as many lives as possible.
Roy Cantrell, Ph.D.
With almost four decades of experience as a plant breeder in both the public and private sectors, Roy Cantrell brings immense expertise and sought-after specialty to his role as Scientific Advisor at Catalyst BC. His career began on his family farm in Texas and has taken him around the world. Through international experience, he has gained insight and diversified expertise in plant breeding, international and digital agriculture, environmental science and sustainability. As a published writer, Roy has co-authored 5 book chapters and 77 scientific papers on various aspects of plant genetics and breeding. He has also assisted in the development and public release of 15 cotton varieties, 11 cotton germplasm lines or genetic stocks, and three wheat cultivars.
Roy worked for Monsanto for over a decade and held various roles including Cotton Discovery & Molecular Breeding Lead, Global Cotton Breeding Lead, and most recently Global Breeding Outreach & Partnerships Lead. In these roles, Roy championed the modernization of North American and Indian breeding programs, led the transition to Single Seed Descent (SSD), and launched multiple Root Knot Nematode (RKN) resistant varieties. Roy also led the successful germplasm transition from BollGard 2 Roundup Ready Flex to Bollgard 2 Xtend Flex, while sustaining genetic gain for yield and fiber quality. In his role as Global Breeding Outreach & Partnership Lead, Roy led outreach efforts in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Genetic Improvement of Tropical Legumes in Africa, Borlaug Training Foundation, and the Monsanto Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program.
The ongoing passion for advanced topics such as Global Breeding Management, Genetics and Society, Breeding Methodology (Optimizing Genetic Gain), Molecular Breeding and Germplasm Diversity and Introgression has continued to fuel Roy’s global influence. In 2000, Roy was one of the framers and founders of the International Cotton Genome Initiative (ICGI).
Roy has taught numerous graduate and undergraduate courses in Plant Genetics, Genetics & Society, and Plant Breeding, as well as trained multiple Ph.D., MS and Post-Doctoral students in Plant Breeding. His education includes a BS in Crop Science from Texas Tech University, an MS in Plant Breeding and Genetics as well as a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Genetics from the University of Minnesota, St. Paul.
Our Core Values
Our work speaks for itself. With success in every area of the industry our consistent and relentless performance is key to the development and growth of our partners.
We are driven by a love for the cannabinoid community and the industry that surrounds it. Supporting, developing, and seeing our partners flourish is our greatest achievement.
Everything we do is with 100% focus, because you can’t be 99% compliant in this industry. There is no room for error and our fierce attention to detail and thorough planning give us our advantage.