OUR STORY

IKNK Brands™ is creating a dynamic portfolio, spanning both cannabis and hemp CBD ecosystems, supported by cultivation, manufacturing, retail and global distribution.

 

IKNK Brands™ leadership brings decades of expertise in finance, cultivation, retail, R&D and branding, with the ambition to build the world’s most iconic vertically integrated, "MNO" Multi-National Operation.

 

IKNK Brands™ cannabis operations are located in California and Colombia respectively. Our hemp based CBD distribution platform currently

 services 6 countries and 4 continents.

 

OUR VISION

The company was founded with a vision of fusing the worlds of legacy cannabis operators with high performing, unconventional business professionals around the world, to create a unique and scalable model. The company was built on the backbone of cannabis culture and a people first attitude. 

 

The plan was to bring like minded people together create a culturally balanced organization and through our collective expertise, position the company to be a global leader as a Multi-National Operator, while remaining dynamic in this ever changing environment.

 

We are excited to see how we have bridged the cultural gap, not only in the United Stated and Colombia, but in each country we operate.  To sum it up it’s a plant that has had a profound impact on our lives and we want to share it with the world. 

 

IKNK BRANDS

INTERNATIONAL

 

global footprint in over 6 countries

 

LEADERSHIP TEAM

CEO/DIRECTOR

BRIAN BACA

Brian is the founder and CEO of IKNK Brands™, a 3-time HempCon Cup winner for both concentrates and topicals. Brian brings 16+ years of traditional finance and business experience, with the most recent 10 years specializing in business and commercial banking. Prior to forming Ikänik Farms, Brian has served as Vice President for one of the largest financial institutions in the country.

PRESIDENT/DIRECTOR

BORJA SANZ

DE MADRID

Borja brings over 15 years experience in emerging markets. Former CEO of inhabit SAS Colombia, a leading import, export company who introduced innovative European construction technology and products to the Latin American market. He is the managing director of BCE investment group and sits on the board of Sanz International Jewelry Group, as a third generation "Sanz", whom serve the Spanish and Moroccan royal families.

CFO/DIRECTOR

ryan ciucki

Ryan was the former CFO for a global lifestyle brand with $100M in annual sales.  Prior to that he was CFO of a lifestyle retail chain with $70M in annual sales and 78 store locations.  Ryan brings with him 10+ years of senior level management experience with a deep focus on enhancing cash flow, debt retirement, EBITDA expansion, strategic financial, and human resource decisions.

COO/DIRECTOR

bill keating

Bill Keating brings 25 years of senior management experience in consumer-packaged goods, retail, energy and environmental markets with public and early stage companies. He was President of Laurentian Resources, a consulting business focused on developing and marketing consumer natural products, prior to which he was CEO of Kitchen Cartel Inc, a chain of pop up retail stores. Most notably Bill was Managing Director for Corning Canada Inc.

SVP OF MARKET DEVELOPMENT

JOE DEVLIN

Joseph M. Devlin is the Senior Vice President of Market Development & External Affairs at Ikänik Farms®. Prior to joining Ikanik Mr. Devlin created and then led California’s first municipal office for regulating cannabis. Under his leadership as Chief of Cannabis Policy and Enforcement, the City of Sacramento became a national leader, pioneering industry best practices on social responsibility, security, equity and more. Joe has over 20 years of public policy experience, including tenures with California State Legislature as well as local government.

VP OF SALES AND DISTRIBUTION

chAD WHITE

Chad has over 16 years of extensive experience in cannabis consulting and government affairs in the California cannabis marketplace. He is founder of Blunt Brothers and was managing director of Cali Consultants, a leading cannabis consulting firm that managed medicinal cannabis cultivation operations in Washington, Nevada and California.

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS LATAM

SERGIO MEDINA

Director of Operations LATAM

 

Sergio studied Chemistry at the Autonomous University of Madrid and Law at the College Cardinal Cisneros, MBA and is part of the Madrid Chamber of Commerce. Sergio brings years of operating leadership and experience through his career of running multiple companies in the construction sector..  Additionally, he is the founder and partner of the Group Avintia.

HEAD OF AGRONOMICAL RESEARCH

JAVIER GARCIA

PhD of Science, Specialist of high management, BSc Agronomical engineer. 14 years of scientific research and six years as head of scientific teams. Head of agronomical department at PIDEKA, responsible of the investigation with cannabis plant breeding.

GENERAL COUNCIL/DIRECTOR OF COMPLIANCE

ryan kocot ESQ.

Prior to joining IKNK Brands™ , Ryan consulted with cannabis businesses across the entire supply chain in addition to litigating hundreds of criminal cases as a trial attorney. He is the Founder and Chair of the Cannabis Law Section of the Sacramento County Bar Association, and has been featured in Forbes, Marijuana Business Daily, and Benzinga.

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR/QC

MARTA VEGA

Martha Liliana Vega is a Pharmaceutical Chemist and Specialist in Quality Process Management and Innovation, with more than 22 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry.  As a Technical Director, Head of Research, Stability and Quality Control, bringing with her extensive experience in Development and Formulation of products for human consumption, veterinary and cosmetic use.

DIRECTOR OF SOURCING/CULTIVATION

LONNY HADLEY

Lonny brings over 20 years of cultivation experience and 10+ years of dispensary management.  With his primary focus in CBD, he has spent the last 10 years developing pain management strains and is a certified consultant.

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