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Boulder, Colorado-based manufacturer of a proprietary line of optimized lighting, environmental control and air sanitation systems for state-regulated cannabis cultivation facilities, Surna Inc. (OTC:SRNA), introduced a whole new senior management team yesterday to lead the company, execute its growth plan, and most importantly to increase revenue. As of yesterday, Surna has a new CEO, CFO, Head of Sales, Director of Project Management, and Director of Operations.
New CEO: Christopher Bechtel
Surna's Board of Directors appointed Chris Bechtel as the Company's new President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Bechtel joined Surna's Board of Directors back in late May of this year. Mr. Bechtel succeeds and replaces former CEO and President Trent Doucet, who has assumed a new role within Surna. Doucet will assume a new role as the Company's Vice President Business Development for the West Coast, focusing especially on California.
Bechtel has over 30 years of experience as an executive, entrepreneur and consultant, managing and advising businesses from start-ups to divisions of large Fortune 500 companies. Bechtel became involved in the cannabis industry three years ago as a private investor, consultant and advisor. In September 2014, Bechtel joined the advisory board of Supreme Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (TSXV:FIRE), a Canadian licensed producer of medical marijuana under ACMPR. In November 2014, Bechtel was appointed as an independent director and the chairman of Supreme, where he served in such positions until resigning in April 2016. From October 2014 to April 2016, Bechtel also served as a director of ebbu, llc, a privately-held, Colorado-based company offering a line of branded cannabis products and a bulk oil extraction service for marijuana producers.
New CFO: Paul Kelly
Surna's Board also appointed Paul Kelly as the Company's new Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. Kelly has over 30 years of senior financial experience including significant experience with both emerging and larger companies. Kelly has provided financial and transactional services to emerging companies including: strategic and business planning, debt and equity financing, government contracting, accounting and IT systems analysis, operations and supply chain management, financial planning, program management, and other senior management services. While this seems to be his first role in the cannabis industry, his years of experience working for much larger companies than Surna should provide him with the knowledge necessary to exceed expectations.
New Head of Sales: Camille Lupton
Surna hired Camille Lupton as its new Vice President of Sales and Project Management. Lupton has over 30 years of sales, sales leadership, project management and operational management experience. She has spent the last 26 years in the oil and gas services sector, starting as a Regional Sale Representative in New Orleans for Omni Laboratories in 1990. Over the next 16 years, until Omni's sale to Weatherford International in 2006, her client-focused efforts in sales and project management were a key contributor to Omni's growth. Following the Weatherford acquisition, Lupton held leadership roles within the Weatherford Labs Product Line, serving as U.S. Operations/Sales Director, Western Hemisphere Director and Director of Global Business Development & Strategic Development. She was part of an executive team that was responsible for the integration of 13 acquisitions into a unified organization under a single banner.
New Director of Project Management: Jaime Loos
Jaime Loos joined the Company as its new Director of Project Management. Loos is a seasoned project manager with over 15 years' experience with companies such as Omni, Weatherford International and NASA.
New Director of Operations and Product Development: James Holmstead
James Holmstead was hired as the Company's Director of Operations and Product Development. Holmstead has worked operations and production for over 15 years, most recently with Eaton Corporation's (NYSE:ETN) lighting and hydraulics divisions.
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