Dixies’ Tripp Keber Moves To BR Brands; Co-Founder Chuck Smith Is New CEO

COLORADO:  “Pot Baron” Tripp Keber is turning over the reins of Dixie Brands to co-founder Chuck Smith.  The flamboyant co-founder is relinquishing his CEO role and will “ascend to a new role within Rose Capital affiliate, BR Brands,” according to a company press release.

Dixie Brands is the owner of Dixie Elixirs & Edibles, Therabis, and Aceso Wellness.  The release went on to announce that the company has agreed on terms to partner with Rose Capital, as its ongoing capital and strategic partner. Rose is partnering with Dixie management in a mutually designed market expansion and growth plan and will be providing on-going growth capital, strategic advisory and operational partnership. The new financing has been fully structured and is contingent on final documentation and necessary Dixie shareholder and Rose investment committee approvals. The Rose and Dixie partnership is underpinned by the same vision and thesis for the future of cannabis consumer packaged goods (“CPG”) and the need for best-in-class, responsible, consistent and dependable cannabis CPG manufacturers. This partnership reflects the marriage of the best-in-class product branding, brand awareness, and footprint of Dixie Brands with the best-in-class financial and operational expertise of Rose Capital and their strategic relationships.

As part of the broader strategic partnership, Tripp Keber, Dixie’s current President and CEO, will be joining the team at BR Brands, where he will lead brand partnership / acquisition initiatives. BR Brands will leverage Keber’s extensive network, entrepreneurial background and expansive knowledge of the North American legal cannabis industry to identify, incubate and integrate the strong brands and operators into the BR Brands ecosystem. With Keber’s move, Dixie’s Co-Founder and current Chief Operating Officer, Chuck Smith, will assume the role of President and CEO of Dixie Brands, Inc.

“Today’s announcements are further validation of the brand strength and national recognition we have developed with Dixie,“ said Chuck Smith, President and CEO of Dixie Brands, Inc. “Our partnership with Rose Capital is the exact catalyst we need to take Dixie’s best-in-class product branding, market position, and existing footprint to drive the explosive growth that Dixie is poised to capture.”

“On both a personal, and professional level, I am so honored to be part of this new partnership in this industry,” said Tripp Keber. “Although I am embarking on a new journey with BR Brands, it is truly just an extension of the vision that I saw for Dixie, and the industry, when I established Dixie with my partner and friend, Chuck Smith. I am eager to continue driving the evolution of the Cannabis market forward with BR Brands. I am able to take on this new venture because of the solid position Dixie is in, to execute our explosive growth strategy in 2018 with the leadership of Chuck and the great team of dedicated professionals at Dixie. There is much more to come for both BR Brands and Dixie and I am excited to be able to help shape the future of both.”


ProMAXGrow Names Christie Lunsford Chief Operating Officer

NEW YORK: Pro MAX Grow has announced the hiring of Christie Lunsford as its new Chief Operating Officer, reporting directly to Chief Executive Officer Jeff Gasman. Mrs. Lunsford will drive Pro MAX Grow’s rapid national growth through managing operations, developing entrepreneurial relationships and building infrastructure around the company’s specialized horticultural LED lighting technologies.

“We are thrilled to welcome Christie Lunsford to the Pro MAX Grow family,” said CEO Jeff Gasman. “As majority support for cannabis legalization fuels a national policy shift and our company continues to experience rapid growth, this is a great time to bring Christie on board. Her unique blend of skills and cannabis industry experience will be a great asset toward our development of innovative horticultural lighting technologies.”

Christie Lunsford brings a track record of more than 10 years in cultivation, manufacturing and medical cannabis advocacy to Pro MAX Grow. Over the past decade she has held senior level positions from notable companies such as Dixie Brands and the National Cannabis Industry Association. Most recently Christie founded Endocannabinoidology, a consulting firm providing cannabis science, technology and education management to the cannabis industry. Additionally, she was voted Cannabis Woman of the Year at the 2015 Cannabis Business Awards.

“I am excited to join Pro MAX Grow, a dynamic company with the overall goals of promoting sustainability within the cannabis industry and assisting state legal cultivators in producing energy sufficient, high-yield grows,” said Christie Lunsford. “I look forward to spreading the word about energy consumption stewardship as well as the unique ability cultivators have to impact the outcome of carbon footprint in the world’s fastest growing industry.”