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Cultivation General Manager
Cloning, feeding, and curing processes

WesExpert Cultivation General Manager with 10+ years in cultivation

Relevant Skills

Reducing waste and creating efficiencies, decreasing overfilling and over-processing, overseeing operations to increase profitability

Expertise Summary
  • Wes is the Cultivation General Manager for a multi-state cannabis operator.
    • As Head of Cultivation, he improved cloning (technique & frequency), feeding (kept amount of water for flowering plants at 1500 ml/day but changed to dozens of small bursts per day), and curing processes, resulting in improvement of THC from 14% to 20% average in the first 4 months–improved to 23% average in first 6 months).
    • He also saw improvements in grams per square foot (from 35 to 75), AB bud percentage (from 35% to 60%), total terpenes, ability to increase flower room density, and overall cannabis quality.
  • When adult-use cannabis launched, he increased site headcount from 38 to 134 in 3 months and reached 185 in 6 months.
    • He increased the canopy from 10,000 total sq. ft. to 41,000 sq. ft. with plans to bring the site to 100,000 sq. ft.
    • Wes also increased output from 5,000 to 50,000 units per week and launched dozens of SKUs and new form factors, including edible gummies, vape carts, and disposable vape carts.
    • He also launched statewide wholesale 6 months ahead of budget.
    • They are selling $400,000 per week to 12 of 26 dispensaries with ongoing negotiations to add 9 stores in Q3 2022.
  • As the Director of Operations at a candy company, Wes grew overall profitability by 5% for the top-selling SKU by ensuring weight variance was managed properly as well as waste reduction, which produced $250K in net profits in the first 2 months and $1.5 M in the first year.
  • As Vice President of Regulatory Compliance, Quality Assurance, & Control for a food manufacturing company, Wes improved profits by $1M in the first year by reducing waste and creating efficiencies to improve straight throughput and decreasing overfilling and over-processing.
  • Wes also worked as Vice President of Operations and Supply Chain for a top 20 US shell egg producer.
    • He had overall P&L responsibility at the vertically integrated farming operation for 11 entities.
    • He improved profits from $2 million to $4 million in the first full year.
  • Margins increased from 7% to 14% in his second year and within a few years were averaging 19%.

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