About Golden Leaf Holdings
To be the leading, consumer-driven company focused on wellness solutions grounded in science and research that leverages our differentiated brand portfolio to deliver superior customer value.
Bill Kulczycki – President and CEO
Bill Kulczycki brings over 40 years of experience to Golden Leaf as an executive with public and private companies involved in the outdoor industry, where he has successfully built strong management teams, improved profitability, and provided support and advice on acquisitions as well as distribution strategies. Mr. Kulczycki’s experience includes 28 years as Vice President of Patagonia Inc./Lost Arrow Corp.; four years as CEO/President of C.C. Filson of Seattle; four years as Brand President of Gregory Mountain Products, and V.P. of Black Diamond Inc., a publicly traded outdoor company; and two years as Executive Director of Mountain Khakis of Jackson, WY. While at Patagonia, Mr. Kulczycki was responsible for Global Sales and Marketing, as well as Product Development.
William Simpson – Founder
William founded Chalice Farms turning the company into one of the leading cannabis brands and retail dispensary chains in Oregon. After experience with the communications industry, mortgage business and venture capital funding start-ups, William became involved in Oregon’s medical marijuana industry. He designed and installed numerous grows in the Pacific Northwest and started The Green Future Garden Hydroponics LLC in 2009, which included a consulting element focused on building-out dozens of state-of-the-art grow facilities. In 2013, William received a license to open-up one of Portland’s first medical marijuana retail locations, the Powell House Cannabis Club. The following year he launched the Chalice Farms brand along with updating the dispensary to the new brand platform. William leveraged this early experience in the medical marijuana industry to develop innovative manufacturing, sales and marketing practice for the Chalice Farms brands and retail platforms.
Jeffrey B. Yapp – CMO
Jeffrey B. Yapp is an accomplished corporate entrepreneur who has built a successful career on his unique vision to see opportunity where it isn’t obvious. His strength lies not only in his highly innovative ideas, but also in his ability to get things done regardless of obstacles. Yapp has applied his strategic marketing and consulting skills with various clients, including Microsoft, Vice Media, Xbox, Windows and Swirl. As Strategic Partner to Microsoft, Yapp is an integral driver of growth for Microsoft’s online and retail operations, its fastest growing division. Yapp developed and completed a joint venture with Vice Magazine to develop into one of the hottest networks in the world, Vice Media. Over the course of his extensive career, Yapp has been committed to bringing innovation to the corporate environment including General Foods, Ernest and Julio Gallo Winery, Cablevision, Hollywood Video, 20th Century Fox and Viacom. Jeff graduated from the University of Michigan in Business Administration, and with honors from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
John Magliana – Corporate General Counsel
John Magliana, Corporate General Counsel, is a widely recognized general counsel and transaction lawyer with over 31 years in planning, negotiating, structuring, conducting effective due diligence examinations and implementing international and domestic business transactions to his clients’ optimum tax and business advantage. He has been lead counsel in literally hundreds of business transactions including both equity and asset sales and purchases, as well as all forms of reorganizations, financings, and restructuring, involving both public and private companies. John has also served in a variety of business capacities over the years with early-stage and established companies, including President, V.P. of Corporate Development, Secretary and a Director, giving him a practical insight that is rare for attorneys. John was here at the inception of the Company and helped guide management through the strategic business and legal decisions which ultimately led to the Company going public in October of 2015.
Board of Directors:
Karl R. “Rick” Miller, Jr. – Director
Mr. Miller is a seventh generation Oregonian with a prominent local presence as an entrepreneur, highlighted by his co-founding of Rogue Venture Partners, a private equity firm that provides funding and mentorship to other entrepreneurs in Oregon. He was also a founder and served as chairman of the Avamere Group, one of the Northwest’s largest senior care and housing providers. Mr. Miller currently serves on the boards of the Oregon Investment Council, Diabetomics, Payless Pharmacy and is Chairman of Portland State University Board of Trustees. Rick is past chairman of the American Health Care Organization, the Oregon Health Care Association and the Portland-based chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization. Mr. Miller also previously served as Chairman of the Board at Golden Leaf for approximately 2 months in late 2015, before stepping down due to personal reasons.
Peter Saladino – Director
Peter is a passionate entrepreneur who has built and managed a variety of successful companies. He founded BMF Washington, one of the largest cannabis producer processors in the state of Washington. He has designed and developed turn-key marijuana facilities in Seattle and Raymond, Washington. In addition, Peter is the principal owner of the South Fork Business Park which is a 20 acre site zoned exclusively for cannabis production. He helped found the Washington CannaBusiness Association which has played a significant role in supporting the growth and evolution of the legal cannabis industry in Washington. Peter is also currently President of Charter Construction, a multi-state construction company with over 300 employees and sales of $150,000,000 annually. He is a graduate from the University of Washington and sits on the board of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of King County.
John Varghese – Director
Mr. Varghese has a deep background in mergers and acquisitions, investing, operations and the capital markets. Mr. Varghese’s professional experience ranges from private equity, venture capital and investment banking to senior management and Board of Director roles in various industries in both public (TSX and NASDAQ) and private companies. Having held CEO, COO, SVP and CFO positions, his career has included senior management roles within multi-national corporations including Quarterhill Inc., CI Financial Corp., Royal Bank Capital Corporation, Midland Walwyn Capital Inc. (Merrill Lynch Canada), Dell Computer Corporation and Jim Pattison Industries Ltd. He has served on over 20 boards, acting as Chairman on six of those, as well as chairing multiple compensation committees and participating on numerous audit committees.
Alex Winch – Director
Alex Winch brings to GLH more than 30 years of financial industry expertise, particularly regarding the capital markets in the U.S. and Canada. His career includes working on Bay Street in Toronto as a stock market analyst with McCarthy Securities, Davidson Partners, and Sprott Securities. After starting up and running a private stock market research company, Grange Avenue Research Corporation, Mr. Winch went on to launch hedge funds in both Canada and the U.S.. In addition, he has experience launching companies through his time with solar focused energy provider, Mondial Energy. Mr. Winch’s career also includes positions on various boards, including those of Thunderbird Resorts and Sunreports. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Physics from Queen’s University. Alex Winch is a CFA® charterholder.
Bob McKnight – Director
Bob, co- founded Quiksilver in 1976 and has served as the company’s President, CEO and Chairman of the Board since its inception until 2015. Under his watch, Quiksilver has grown from a startup to a worldwide corporation with revenues of $2.5 Billion. Today, Quiksilver, Inc. is a globally diversified, world leader in outdoor lifestyle apparel with their three main brands of Quiksilver, Roxy and DC. Quiksilver, Inc. has over 5000 employees, operates in over 100 countries and has close to 700 retail stores in the world. Bob served on the Quiksilver Inc. NYSE Board as Chairman for 27 years. Today Bob serves as a consultant and Ambassador to the company, and manages the Quiksilver Foundation. He is also on the Board of Otis College of Art and Design, The Wrigley Institute, The Ocean Institute in Dana Point, and Jones Trading and Associates. Bob continues to teach classes in finance and entrepreneurship annually at USC, UC Irvine and Stanford.
Gary Zipfel – Director
Gary served as capital partner and board level advisor for start-up stage companies, providing business planning, strategic direction, and scenario analysis. He worked with companies from a diverse array of industries including cannabis, vertical green space appliances, mountain home design and construction, commercial real estate, bicycle parts design and manufacturing, digital advertising, jet engine repair, healthcare notification systems, restaurants, and breweries.