Experienced Executive Team Leads the Company’s Focus on Supporting Georgia Farmers & Promoting Wellness Through the Highest-Quality CBD Products
ATLANTA (Oct. 23, 2019) – Harvest Connect LLC, a leading Georgia-based hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) extraction and retail company, has organized an executive team with proven ability to build consumer-trusted brands to help make Georgia a major player in the emerging agricultural and economic sectors of hemp, CBD and medical marijuana. From Fortune 50 managers to successful start-up entrepreneurs and stewards of more than 10 national brands, Harvest Connect’s leadership has experience with public companies as well as those heavily regulated by federal agencies.
Chief Executive Officer Kevin P. Quirk leads the parent company, Harvest Connect, and its brands that include Graceleaf LLC, Georgia Good, CBD Store and More, and a charitable foundation (to be named). Quirk is a public company executive with more than 25 years in general, brand and financial management. He brings knowledge of FDA and USDA compliance through founding and selling an organic juice company, as well as deep consumer packaged goods (CPG) background holding management roles at The Coca-Cola Company and Anheuser-Busch.
Harvest Connect is positioned well for gaining results for its investment partners, Georgia farmers, and Georgians who suffer from chronic pain and other ailments. The company has been successful in its first round of funding preparing the way for the opening of its first retail location, a hemp processing facility once permitted, and a medical marijuana license once approved by the state.
“We have very aggressive plans in Georgia and cannot wait to begin processing in order to help Georgia farmers and Georgian’s who suffer,” says Quirk, CEO of Harvest Connect. “We appreciate the herculean efforts the state and Governor Kemp are going through to get these new industries up and running as quickly as possible. Our focus is to make their job easier ensuring we have the best processes, manufacturing practices and reporting available for when they are up and running.”
Harvest Connect plans growth in several areas through its brands:
- Graceleaf, with a mission to be the leading provider of hemp-derived CBD products in Georgia, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Harvest Connect that will provide wholesale and retail products from non-psychoactive cannabinoid products from hemp and CBD, which contain little to no THC. The company’s first product is Graceleaf CBD Gum.
- Georgia Good defines the company ethos for its wholesale business and is a division under Graceleaf. It is the entity that will sell the same oil or ingredients processed by Graceleaf to wholesale customers for use in their own consumer products.
- CBD Store and More will offer products at retail to consumers featuring the Graceleaf brand as well as other premium branded products. The flagship location is slated to open in Historic Roswell, Georgia in Q4 2019, with other locations planned for expansion to key Georgia markets.
- Pending regulatory approval, Harvest Canopy will be the company’s wholly owned subsidiary focused on the low-THC medical marijuana market helping Georgians suffering from various ailments.
In April 2019, Georgia’s Hope Act was enacted which provides for the production, manufacturing, and dispensing of low THC oil in the state. Following that, the Georgia Hemp Farming Act was signed into law in May 2019 legalizing the production and sale of hemp and hemp products such as CBD, textiles and more. To operationalize these new laws, Georgia policymakers are creating a commission to oversee the licensing process issuing to a select group of companies that apply to legally grow, produce and sell hemp, CBD and medical marijuana products. It has attracted many competitors to the state from across the nation.
The Harvest Connect team, however, is made up of people who have lived and done business in the state of Georgia for decades and are driven by a passion for seeing this industry thrive in a way that best serves the farmers, investors, and consumers across the state. Harvest Connect will apply for both the hemp and THC licenses when that process is created and launched by their respective regulatory departments.
Harvest Connect is a member of Georgia Grown, a marketing and economic development program of the Georgia Department of Agriculture, and brings a homegrown focus on bringing economic and wellness benefits to Georgians. To learn more about Harvest Connect, visit myharvestconnect.com or LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.