WesExpert Cultivation General Manager with 10+ years in cultivation
Reducing waste and creating efficiencies, decreasing overfilling and over-processing, overseeing operations to increase profitability
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%.