Honu Enterprises Inc.
Q1: What do you know about our organization? What makes our mission meaningful to you? Why are you interested in committing your time and energy to us?
A: Combination of several organizations that came together to drive change in the newly developed industry with a streamlined focus for real change.
Q2: What do you think are the characteristics of a great board member?
A: Knowledge of the Industry and understanding of the issues the industry faces. Open mind to know that all businesses in the 502 industry are different and the pain points that each sees varies ever so slightly. This knowledge is something that I posses and have seen over the last 2.5 years of being a live Producer/Processor.
Q3: Do you have prior board leadership experience? If so, what and when?
A: Yes, I was on the Executive Board for the Cannabis Farmers Council for nearly 2 years. I was also on an advisory board for the LCB for rule making.
Q4: What specific skills, connections, resources, and expertise do you have to offer and are willing to use on the behalf of the organization?
A: Honu Provides Bulk Oil to nearly 25 other Producer/Processors in the State of Washington. We purchased over $1,000,000.00 of flower from other farmers last year. We are in 300+ stores with our products and have nearly 100 SKU's currently being distributed throughout the state. We have also started branching out into other states with our brands.
Q5: Fundraising is a significant obligation of board service. Are you comfortable asking for money to help fund the mission of the organization?
A: Yes, My wife and I used to run the largest Childhood Cancer Fundraising event in the world shaving more than 610 Heads of volunteers willing to stand in solidarity with children who have to go through cancer treatments. In 2012 we raised over $579,000 and were able to donate this money to OHSU and Doernbecher Childrens Hospital.
Q6: Do you have any worries or concerns about joining the board?
A: Yes, Time! I am a very busy man and need to make sure that my time is spent well. One of the reasons I stepped down from the Cannabis Farmers Council is the meetings started at 1 hour and blossomed to over 2.5 hours. This frustrated me and I had to step down.
Q7: Do you have personal aspirations that could be enhanced by board service?
A: Yes, in branching out to other states. Being on a board that focuses on the issues that Cannabis Farmers, Processors and Retailers may face enhances our ability to make real changes in states we are not in currently.
Q8: What is your motivation of being involved in the cannabis industry?
A: I have consumed Cannabis for over 30 years and have always believed it would be legal in my lifetime. I used to work in Coorperate America and have always been interested in owning my own business. The legalized cannabis industry gives states the ability to provide safe, lab tested cannabis to consumers.
Q9: What professional or personal constraints on your time or service might you anticipate? What kind of autonomy do you have over your calendar?
A: I run the Washington business of Honu and we are a very busy company (we all are, I know). I am able to setup my own calendar agenda and as long as I have enough planning I should be able to make just about any meetings work.