Founder and Chairman of the Board
Mr. Stevens is a career entrepreneur, investor and operator with over 20 years of experience. Most recently he founded Applied BioSciences Corp. (OTCQB: APPB). He previously served as a Managing Director at JAT Capital, L.P. managing a $1 billion portfolio focused on TMT, and a Portfolio Manager at S.A.C. Capital Advisors, L.P. since 2012 running a $250mm TMT Portfolio. Scott also served as the Co-Founder and Head of Research at Strata Capital Management from 2006-2012 where he was responsible for the investment process, idea generation, internal screens and analyst management.
Before joining Strata, Scott worked at Ivory Capital Group LLC, a long/short equity fund, from 2004-2006, with a primary focus in managing the firm’s technology portfolio. He was responsible for idea generation, investment analysis, position-sizing, position-hedging and trade recommendations. Prior to that, he worked at Coatue Capital L.L.C from 2001-2004, a fundamental value based long/short equity fund where he helped to build the fund over a three-year period and assisted in the creation of many of the firm’s investing templates and practices. Prior to Coatue, Scott worked at Merrill Lynch & Co. 1998-2001 as an Analyst in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group where he completed over $20B of transactions in various sectors including aerospace/defense, media, healthcare and energy. He also worked in Merrill’s Global Communications Group where he served as an Analyst for the Taurus Fund, a private equity fund specializing in early to mid-stage telecommunications investments.
Scott graduated from the University of Michigan (BA Economics).
Chris Bridges has served as our President since February 10, 2017, and as a director since March 9, 2017. Mr. Bridges has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Vessix Inx, a virtual payment systems business which provides payment services designed for the aviation industry, since January 2013. From January 2009 until September 2013, Mr. Bridges served as a director of Banctek Solutions, which provides merchant bankcard processing services to all types of merchants. From January 2005 until January 2008, Mr. Bridges was Executive Vice President - Acquisitions at PRS Assets, of Denver, Colorado.
Michael Beaubaire, M.D.
Dr. Beaubaire has been the Principal of Beaubaire LLC since 2002. Beaubaire LLC is a life science and healthcare advisory company providing investing and portfolio management, business development execution, strategic consulting and capital raising services to established equity funds, consulting organizations and start-up companies. From June 2017 to July 2019, Dr. Beaubaire served as Chief Executive Officer and a director of Immunomodulation Inc., a privately held biopharmaceutical company. Dr. Beaubaire also served as Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board and Co-Head of Healthcare Investing, of Lincoln Park Capital, a privately held investment company, from 2011 to 2018. In 1990, Dr. Beaubaire graduated with a BA (Biological Basis of Behavior) and a BS (Economics) from the University of Pennsylvania, and graduated with a MD from Northwestern School of Medicine in 1995.
John James “JJ” Southard
President – CBD Products and Director
Mr. Southard is a cannabis advocate and industry-leading expert with an active role in the education and cultivation of the Industry in its early development, with extensive experience in the development of cannabis products focused on the areas of branded, retail and medicinal areas of the industry. Since 2011, Mr. Southard has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Sand Gallery, Inc., a glass-blowing studio and art gallery, located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and founded by Mr. Southard. From 2008 until 2011, Mr. Southard founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of Natural Choice Co-Op, LLC, a cannabis dispensary located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. In 2000, Mr. Southard obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from University of Wyoming.
He is a certified public accountant in the state of New Jersey and holds a B.A. degree in Economics-Accounting from the College of the Holy Cross, and an M.B.A. from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.