Our Team

Together we have a combined 200 years of experience in legal, finance, marketing, operations, real estate, and retail in highly regulated complex industries

Paul’s corporate career spans 20 years with vast expertise in leading Operations, Business Development, Distribution, Product Management, and Finance departments. He led a team at Goldman Sachs during the bank’s launch of GS Bank USA taking the operation from concept to $24B in assets in less than 24 months. At GE he worked on high visibility projects like raising institutional capital for the real estate business, creating partnerships in the alternative fuel space with large automotive fleet manufacturers, and restructuring an entire sales and support organization. Then at Apple he was responsible for all global education and enterprise finance programs under the Apple Financial Services brand. Together with reseller financing programs, this business grew in excess of $1B in lending volume. He joined the cannabis industry in 2016 as a CFO where he was instrumental in growing revenue 8x during his tenure. He joined Grupo Flor in Sept 2017 leading and expanding the company from real estate to a fully vertically integrated cannabis company.

BA: Brigham Young Univ. MBA: Carnegie Mellon Univ.

Paul HendersonRead Bio
Chief Executive Officer

Chuck’s corporate career spans over 30 years in investment banking, commercial real estate, and entrepreneurship. He has extensive experience operating companies in highly regulated emerging industries, as a key player and founder in the launches of successful companies in the subsea oil and gas technology services and Canadian geotechnical drilling services sectors. A deal maker, Chuck worked on Wall Street in Equity Capital Markets for Merrill Lynch in London, and subsequently as a successful commercial real estate broker. After completing his undergraduate studies, he served as a United States Naval Aviator and instructor pilot, leading missions around the globe. His professional focus is on developing scalable organizations to match complex operating and regulatory environments.

BS: University of Virginia, Mechanical Engineering MBA: London Business School

Chuck DrakeRead Bio
Chief Operating Officer

Marjorie is a seasoned executive with vast experience across marketing, branding, communications, business scaling, product development, design, and sales. She has 20 years experience in the cannabis industry building innovative global brands and scaling small start ups into large, successful enterprises. She has built multiple large scale retail, e-commerce, and delivery platforms, pioneered early CBD animal brands and cannabis products, developed educational training programs for hemp and cannabis brands around the globe and driven successful media and marketing campaigns for international expansion. She has developed a multitude of leading cannabis brands and related auxiliary services across most legal U.S. states and worldwide. Marjorie has held high level positions with companies such as The Food Network, Tikun Olam Global, Treatibles, and Auntie Dolores.

BA: New York Univ. MBA: New York Univ. Culinary Degree FCI/ICC

Marjorie FischerRead Bio
Chief Marketing Officer

Mark is a global finance leader with a record of building high performing teams, creating solid platforms, and delivering results in challenging environments. He has 17 years’ experience in commodities, distribution, manufacturing, and finance as well as 7 years accounting public practice experience with a Big 4 firm. He has expertise in executing complex strategy to deliver corporate finance objectives, ensuring sustainable business practices. Mark has been a public company CFO (NYSE: Eagle Materials) and, as CFO of the commodities conglomerate ECOM Agroindustrial, was instrumental in growing revenue from $2.2B to $5.5B over a 7 year period.

BA: Univ. of North Carolina MBA: Southern Methodist Univ.

Mark DendleRead Bio
Advisor, Chief Financial Officer

Since 2009 Gavin has been a CA cannabis business attorney representing collectives under the Prop 215 medical structure. He has been integral in the political process of Monterey County and State regulatory structures. He co-founded several successful CA cannabis business operations between supply chain and hardware including; Reaper, hand-held power shears for trimming cannabis, Indus Holding Co., which launched Altai Brands, a low-dosage edibles brand and brought Colorado’s Dixie Elixirs to the California market. Gavin is a member of the California State Bar Association, a legislative committee member of the California Cannabis Industry Association and is a founding member of California Cannabis Manufacturer’s Association.

BA: Univ. Southern California JD: Whittier Law School

Gavin KoganRead Bio
Founder, VP Government Relations

One of the first cannabis commercial brokers in the state of California and deeply involved in local politics, including playing a crucial role in the passage of Monterey County measure Y which allowed commercial cannabis industry to thrive in the area. Deep understanding of the intersection of compliance, legal, and real estate and how local ordinances affect property values and acquiring property that is compliant with local and state laws. Mike has owned and run restaurants and retail establishments across a range of industries spanning multiple locations all with year over year growth, and he sold all businesses for substantial profit. Managed a $20,000,000 private real estate portfolio for 7 years with an annual IRR per annum between 15%-65% returns to the fund. Mike has been instrumental in the aggressive real estate strategy Grupo has practiced since it’s founding ensuring ongoing foundational revenue.

Mike BitarRead Bio
Founder, VP Retail

With a proven track record of over 20 years as an entrepreneur Omar’s career spans cannabis, hospitality, real estate, and the automobile industry. 10 years managing and owning real estate companies throughout Monterey County, specializing in both residential and commercial real estate. Owned and managed car dealerships that did in excess of $20,000,000 in annual sales and owned and managed several restaurants in Northern California with sales from 3-5 million annually. Omar has been integral in strategic real estate and cannabis license acquisitions Grupo has made since its inception.

Omar BitarRead Bio
Founder, VP Business

Over 20 years of experience in politics and international business as a leader and entrepreneur. Mark’s nationality is Mexican and Colombian and spent many years growing up both countries providing a strong cultural grasp of these strategic partners. After serving more than a decade under CA governor Gray Davis, Mark launched an international business in Latin America where he operated a global supply chain consisting of commodity goods. He is a current member of the CA Coastal Commission and deeply engaged in CA policy.

BA: Univ. Southern California

Mark VargasRead Bio
President, Grupo Flor International

Wes has many years of experience spanning sales, distribution, marketing, and merchandising. He is acutely tuned in to the competitive cannabis market landscape, expansion opportunities, and industry developments; allowing him to expertly manage risk, sales forecasting, revenue, and compliance. He is a 3rd generation wine and spirits distributor affording him extensive knowledge of how to maximize sales and satisfy customers in highly regulated complex markets. Since 2014 Wes has been building successful sales and distribution businesses in the CA cannabis industry in San Diego, LA and Orange County. He was most recently the founder and CEO of Shelf Life, Southern California’s leading distributor of some of the most recognized brands in CA cannabis.

BS: Colorado Technical Univ. MBA: Univ. of New Haven

Wes EderRead Bio
VP Distribution Sales

Sam is a crop scientist who studied horticulture under world-renown plant scientist Dr. Cary Mitchell at Purdue University. He has deep expertise in hydroponics, LED lighting, propagation, and all aspects of plant production. He has worked on all types of crops during his career with a strong emphasis on cannabis cultivation. Sam acted as lead consultant to NASA working on their strategy for growing live plants on the International Space Station. He was most recently recruited by Fluence Bioengineering to head up their research studies on optimal LED light exposures for indoor cannabis cultivation before joining Grupo.

BS: Univ. of Georgia MS Horticulture: Purdue Univ.

Sam BurgnerRead Bio
Crop Scientist