Grupo Flor Expands Its Executive Team

Steve Podell joined Grupo Flor to oversee the retail and distribution of the dispensaries and licensed product. In addition, Steve is focused on developing strategic sales plans based upon company goals and ensuring customer satisfaction in all brand touch points. Prior to joining Grupo Flor, Steve was an executive at Cypress Consulting where he helped his clients implement customized solutions for key business challenges such as revenue growth, cost reduction, technology utilization, process improvement and profitability enhancement.
David Hessler joined Grupo Flor’s manufacturing company, 710 Combinator to lead all manufacturing and engineering activities to ensure effective and efficient use of facilities and personnel so that the best practices are in place. David has over 20 years of global experience in Supply Chain Management in the tobacco industry (Europe, Russia, Asia-Pacific) working with Japan Tobacco Intl, RJ Reynolds Intl and Phillip Morris Intl. With eight overseas assignments in executive management and operations in Europe, Russia, and Asia, David gained a deep understanding of global and regulatory challenges and played a key role in developing strategies to defeat or mitigate those challenges.

From Silicon Valley To Salinas Valley – Grupo Flor Hires Former Apple Finance Manager As CEO

Grupo Flor and its family of cannabis companies, announced the appointment of Paul Henderson as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining Grupo Flor, Paul served as the Chief Financial Officer at Indus Holding Company, a cannabis manufacturer where he helped guide them through a vertical integration strategy. Prior to Indus, Paul served as the Worldwide Financial Services Manager at Apple, where he was instrumental in establishing the global Enterprise and Educational financial structuring teams.

“I am very excited to join Group Flor. The company has built an incredible business based on real estate assets and cannabis licenses that is unmatched in California,” said Paul Henderson, CEO of Grupo Flor. “Our leasing company, Grupo Properties is the springboard for the vertical integration of our other business units as well as our strategic partnerships that allow us to operate in a very efficient way. You can expect to see our flagship dispensary, East of Eden, open in Salinas by January 2018.”

Paul has spent the majority of his career successfully launching new initiatives and business units within larger enterprises. Immediately after graduate school, Paul joined GE Capital in their globally acclaimed leadership development program where he worked on the most challenging projects with senior leadership. Prior to graduate school, Paul spent five years at the prestigious investment banking firm, Goldman Sachs, where he led the global team responsible for building their private bank that grew to become a $25 Billion entity.

Paul received an M.B.A. in Finance, Strategy, and Entrepreneurship from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University and a B.A. from Brigham Young University. He and his wife and son live in Morgan Hill, CA. Paul spends most of his free time cycling and trail running. He has completed several half Ironman triathlons and trail ultra-marathons.

The Grupo Flor family of cannabis companies is shaping the future of the market, by inviting visionary entrepreneurs to participate in all aspects of the cannabis industry. They have developed a vast ecosystem of private equity, real estate leasing, cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, equipment financing and retail operations, providing necessary resources throughout California’s regulated market. Grupo Flor has emerged as leaders in the local cannabis industry.