Andy Schnack currently serves as an Operations Advisor and Project Manager for Catalyst-BC. Andy graduated from The University of Alabama in 2009 where he majored in Criminal Justice and was a member of the Crimson Tide Swim team. After graduating from Alabama, Andy attended Valparaiso University School of Law but struggled to treat nerve complications that had developed from a swimming injury. After diligent research and support from his doctor, Andy made the life changing decision to leave Law School and move to California where he had safe access to medical cannabis. Here, Andy dove head first into the cannabis industry and began exploration into cultivation, extraction and infusion.
In 2013, Andy utilized his experience in California to begin his professional cannabis career at Kind Love, the premier medical cannabis dispensary in Denver, Colorado. Here, Andy specialized in patient care, compliance and inventory control. Andy parted ways with Kind Love in 2015 to fulfill his dream of opening a dispensary in his hometown of Quincy, IL. Alongside his partners, Andy helped establish Herbal Remedies Dispensary by overseeing the entire application process through to successful licensure and earning the state’s first perfect licensing-inspection score. Since its founding in 2015, Herbal Remedies Dispensary has become one of the fastest growing and top-rated dispensaries in Illinois – priding itself in customer service and education. In 2016 Andy joined the Good to Great Management team as Project Manager and Content Developer. He utilized both his management and writing skills to assist on client projects that would lead to successful licensing in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Florida.
In 2017 Andy was recruited by Harborside Farms in California where he collaborated with software engineers to beta-test and successfully develop a brand-new seed to sale tracking software. Andy developed and trained an inventory control department and on-boarded the software to compliantly track over 150,000 plants and 4,000 lb. harvests in real time. In 2018, Andy Rejoined the Good to Great Management Team as the Project manager and Operations Advisor for the parent company Catalyst BC. Andy’s education and diverse background has helped him excel in developing detailed standard operating procedures, employee training manuals, and data analysis programs to aid in optimizing operational efficiency.
With a background in the American legal system and a technical mind, compliance and attention to detail comes natural to Andy. As a project manager and operations advisor, Andy looks to continue to feed his passion for helping others and positively impact as many lives as possible through cannabis.