Speaker Bios

Speaker Bios 2017-10-25T16:00:58+00:00

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Scott Reach
Scott Reach
Scott Reach is the founder and COO of RD Industries, an award winning breeder for Rare Dankness (one of the most well-known brands in cannabis) and the owner and operator of a 54,000-square-foot cultivation facility/dispensary in Denver called House of Dankness. Rare Dankness strains are grown and traded worldwide thanks to international seed banks. Reach has consulted on hundreds of grows over the last five years and countless more before that. His Denver facility is one of the most high-tech, automated cannabis cultivation sites in the world. The new House of Dankness dispensary opened in December in Denver and has rewritten the boutique dispensary experience.
Jody Vukas
Jody Vukas
Jody Vukas is the Design & Operational Specialist behind the Denver based company, Smart Grow Pros. Jody has been in the cannabis space for the last 15 years, 8 of which have been in the regulatory space in Colorado. Jody also works with clients in several legalized states and Canada where he and SGP are designing and building highly efficient grow facilities which include heat and CO2 recapture.
Robert Hanifin
Robert Hanifin
Robert Hanifin is a climate consultant at Ludvig Svensson’s American subsidiary. Rob earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Environmental Science from Dickinson College and has a strong background in Agriculture Research and Development. His past experience includes perennial field crop R&D and greenhouse-based Agricultural Biotechnology R&D. His field and greenhouse trial concentrations span from academia to government institutions, and the private sector.
Phil Johnson
Phil Johnson
Phil has a BSC Honours Degree in Horticulture from Pershore College in the UK, where he specialized in glasshouse crop production. Following his degree, Phil worked as a Grower Manager for Humber VHB for 7 years before joining GRODAN as a Technical Advisor and Business Manager in 2003. He is also an international presenter at Horticultural conferences.
Theo Tekstra
Theo Tekstra
Theo Tekstra is the Product Marketing Manager of Gavita International, and is also responsible for the Gavita educational programs. He writes for several magazines, is a speaker on horticultural events and is regarded an authority in the field of horticultural lighting. Theo is involved in product innovation, research and has a background in electronics and high-tech product marketing.
John van der Wilk
John van der Wilk
John van der Wilk has been in the Horticulture industry for 32 years and with Priva for 20 years. Currently, John is the Vice President of Business Development for Priva where he leverages his passion for strategic innovation to support and grow his customers’ businesses. John works globally to develop key partnerships that strengthen new opportunities.