President and Chief Executive OfficerExpand
Mr. O’Keefe officially joined Flower One in July of 2019 as the Chief Strategy Officer, bringing over a decade of cannabis industry experience and a demonstrated history of success in fundraising, strategic partnerships and brand development. Prior to joining Flower One, Mr. O’Keefe was an early partner and the Senior Vice President of Business Development at MedMen where he played an instrumental role in capitalizing and growing the business into one of the industry’s first national brands. Mr. O’Keefe has advised and worked closely with some of the industry’s most iconic brands such as Cookies, Old Pal, Lift Ticket’s, GPen, Nature’s Lab, and more. In his first two years at Flower One, Mr. O’Keefe has completely re-built the companies brand partner program and implemented a number of key operational improvements resulting in dramatic increases to product quality, pricing, and overall operating efficiencies. In addition, Mr. O’Keefe leads all the Company fundraising efforts and also conducted the successful restructuring transaction that took place in early 2021.
Executive Vice PresidentExpand
Ms. Boyajian officially joined Flower One in October of 2018 following the acquisition of NLV Organics, which she co-founded in 2014. She currently serves as Flower One’s Executive Vice President and was one of the original winning applicants granted cannabis licenses by the State of Nevada. Ms.Boyajian is an established member of the Nevada cannabis industry and well respected as one of the top female founders in cannabis with extensive relationships across the industry. A serial entrepreneur and business operator, Ms. Boyajian received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from USC, and then went on to Pepperdine University where she earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and a second Master’s degree from the School of Law in Dispute Resolution. She has held her license as a Marriage and Family Therapist since 1996.
Chief Financial OfficerExpand
Ms. Grant, a certified public accountant and established financial executive, joins Flower One with almost two decades of finance and accounting experience. Ms. Grant’s experience spans over diverse industries including professional sports, gaming, entertainment and non-profits. Most recently, Ms. Grant was the Vice President Controller for the Las Vegas Raiders football team, the Chief Financial Officer to the Arena Football League and previously a key financial executive at Las Vegas Sands Corporation, where she spent seven years building the company’s finance department. Ms. Grant holds a Master’s in Accounting degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Chief Operating OfficerExpand
Tim Shoemake has over 25 years of experience in global agriculture, and food and beverage manufacturing for some of the largest brands and retailers in the world. Tim has founded multiple companies in the food and agriculture industries, leading to successful exits. His agriculture experience includes complex supply chain and large-scale juice production for industry heavyweights such as Odwalla (The Coca Cola Company), Naked Juice (PepsiCo) and Evolution Fresh (Starbucks). Tim’s career in private label juice manufacturing includes exclusive partnerships with grocery leaders such as Costco and Safeway. Tim has true seed to sale experience across multiple industries. After entering cannabis, Tim has worked in the industry for both multistate and publicly-traded companies in California, Colorado, and Nevada. Mr. Shoemake is a graduate of Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management, and has served on multiple boards, including Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Agribusiness Advisory Council and the Orange County Fair’s Centennial Farm Foundation. He is a certified connoisseur, having completed the rigorous Ganjier Certification courses, as a Certified Ganjier candidate.
Pateel B. Arakelyan
Ms. Arakelyan is In-House Counsel and Director of Compliance for Flower One. She joined the company in 2018 following the acquisition of NLV Organics. She originally helped start NLV Organics in 2016, and left her practice in 2017 to join on a full-time basis. Ms. Arakelyan has a background in Workers Compensation and Risk Management. She received her law degree and MBA from Pepperdine University, with a background in Hospitality and Human Resources. Ms. Arakelyan has been in the legal field for over 19 years.
Mr. Sargeant officially joined Flower One in October of 2018 following the acquisition of NLV Organics, which he co-founded in 2014. Mr. Sargeant currently serves as Flower One’s Director of Client services where he oversees all relationships and opportunities the company has with dispensaries and VIP personnel. Prior to co-founding NLV Organics, Mr. Sargeant founded a non-profit organization in California and continues to be actively involved with the organization and its ongoing initiatives. Mr. Sargeant also has an impressive career as a professional athlete with the National Football League, starting in college for the Fresno State Bulldogs, after which he played for the Detroit Lions and the former Oakland Raiders, now known as the Las Vegas Raiders. He also played in the National Football League in Europe for the Rhein Fire in Germany, winning the World Bowl Championship, and the Scottish Claymores in Scotland. Mr. Sargeant completed his career in sports where he played in the Arena Football League for the Carolina Cobras, Milwaukee Mustangs, and Los Angeles Avengers.