Every one of our companies has a hand-picked team of dedicated, talented, innovative and creative experts striving for excellence in their respective areas. This team includes agricultural specialists; leaders in global supply chain management; experts in processing and extraction; marketing, branding and sales wizards, and tech and platform-building gurus. All business operations are overseen by Steven Gluckstern, Ed.D., MBA, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Santa Fe Farms, who has over 30 years business experience ranging from founding start-ups to managing multibillion-dollar corporations. He has previously served as CEO and as Chairman and Board Member of both public (NYSE) and numerous private companies and non-profit organizations. Under his direction, each sector of Santa Fe Farms is synergistically connected creating an unparalleled enterprise in the Hemp Industry.

Jeff Apodaca

EVP & Chief Business Development Officer

Beth Brandstatter

VP Investor Relations

Hunter Buffington

VP Animal Proteins & Policy

Deanna Byck

EVP & Chief Brand Officer

Gary Chavez

Chief Scientist

Isaac Cohen

EVP Cultivation & Proteins

Stuart Cowan

EVP & Chief Scientist

Brando Crespi

SVP Climate & Carbon

Cole Daeschel


Barry Dungan

CEO Rio Grande Analytics

Roger Fragua

Senior Advisor Indigenous Affairs

Steven Gluckstern

Executive Chairman Santa Fe Farms
Chairman Board of Managers

Kimberly Kovacs

Chief Executive Officer
Member Board of Managers

Ben Leonard

SVP General Counsel

Rick Schawelson

President & Chief Operating Officer

Bodhi Urban

VP Growth R&D

Mike Lauder

SVP Global Commercial Compliance & Operations

Center Pivot Group

Sergio Nieto

Sergio Nieto

Member, Board of Managers

Adrian Zelski

Member, Board of Managers


Ben Barnes


Rick Keating

Chief Strategy Officer