Halo Collective Names Cannabis Veteran Sky Pinnick as Chief Marketing Officer
Experienced Branding, Marketing and CPG Executive to Lead Halo’s Market Expansion Initiatives
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Toronto, January 4, 2022 – Halo Collective Inc. (“Halo” or the “Company”) (NEO: HALO) (OTCQB: HCANF) (Germany: A9KN) today announced that Sky Pinnick has been appointed as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Mr. Pinnick brings significant marketing and branding expertise, particularly in the cannabis industry, to Halo and will lead the Company’s market expansion initiatives as it grows its portfolio of products and distribution channels.
Mr. Pinnick is an experienced cannabis industry professional, having co-founded Phantom Farms in Oregon in 2008. At Phantom Farms, he was Chief Executive Officer, leading the company until its acquisition in 2018 by C21 Investments Inc. (CSE:CXXI) (“C21 Investments”), a vertically integrated Multi-State Operator. Mr. Pinnick then transitioned to CMO and Director of C21 Investments, where he oversaw the company’s innovative marketing team and guided the deployment of C21 Investment’s branded consumer packaged goods business. Mr. Pinnick began his career as a Producer and Senior Designer at Microsoft Studios. After Microsoft, Mr. Pinnick co-founded and was CMO of a successful tech company with a proprietary video compression technology used by media giants like MTV, AOL, and NBC, which was acquired in 2000. From that exit, he built his production company, Rage Productions, known for producing award winning films, a television series for NBC Sports, and TV commercials for companies such as Facebook, Nike, GoPro, RedBull, Garmin, and PetSmart.
“I’ve been entrenched in brand building for the past couple decades and I’m excited to join Halo’s progressive team as we focus on expanding operations in Oregon and California,” commented Mr. Pinnick. “Halo’s ability to deliver consistent growth in these two highly competitive states during this period of rapid transformation is a testament to the Halo team and its market positioning. I’ve been a shareholder for years and now, as a team member, I look forward to the opportunity to assist in elevating Halo’s brands and building its retail presence in Southern California and helping to unlock its true potential.”
Halo has been concentrating its focus on the West Coast and bolstering its brand offerings in California and Oregon. The anticipated opening of the new Budega™ retail stores in North Hollywood, Hollywood, and Westwood will be an excellent opportunity to showcase and build brand awareness for Halo’s existing and new brands in development.
“Halo Collective has several well-established legacy brands, Hush and Winberry Farms, that are ripe for an experienced cannabis professional to build upon,” said Kiran Sidhu, CEO of Halo. “In addition to heading marketing, Sky will be leading all of Halo’s new product development, brand refreshes, as well as building our retail brand Budega. We are excited to leverage the expertise he brings from having created one of Oregon’s most reputable brands – Phantom Farms – and the work he did at C21 Investments, and we are eager to add his marketing and business experience to the team.”
About Halo Collective Inc.
Halo is a leading, vertically integrated cannabis company that cultivates, extracts, manufactures, and distributes quality cannabis flower, oils, and concentrates and has sold approximately eleven million grams of oils and concentrates since inception. The Company continues to expand its business and scale efficiently, partnering with trustworthy leaders in the industry who value Halo’s operational expertise in bringing top-tier products to market.
Halo currently operates in the United States in Oregon and California. The Company sells cannabis products principally to dispensaries in the U.S. under its brands Hush, Mojave, and Exhale, and under license agreements with Papa’s Herb®, DNA Genetics, Terphogz, and FlowerShop*, a cannabis lifestyle and conceptual wellness brand that includes G-Eazy as a partner and key member.
As part of continued expansion and vertical integration in the U.S., Halo boasts several grow operations throughout Oregon and two planned in California. In Oregon, the Company has a combined 11 acres of owned and contracted outdoor and green house cultivation, including East Evans Creek, a six-acre grow site in Jackson County with four licenses owned and operated by Halo and two third-party licenses under contract to sell all of their product to Halo; Winberry Farms, a one-acre grow site located 30 miles outside of Eugene in Lane County with a license owned and operated by Halo; and William’s Wonder Farms, a three-acre grow site in Applegate Valley, under contract to sell all of its product to Halo pending the closing of Halo’s acquisition of its licenses and business assets. Halo has recently acquired Food Concepts LLC, a master tenant of a 55,000 square foot indoor cannabis cultivation, processing, and wholesaling facility in Portland, Oregon operated by the Pistil Point entities.
In California, the Company is building out Ukiah Ventures, a planned 30,000 square foot indoor cannabis grow and processing facility, which aims to include up to an additional five acres of industrial land to expand the site. Recently, Halo partnered with Green Matter in California to purchase the Farm in Lake County, developing up to 63 acres of cultivation, comprising one of the largest licensed single site grows in California. Halo also plans to expand its operations in California by opening three dispensaries under the Budega™ brand in North Hollywood, Hollywood, and Westwood.
In Canada, Halo acquired three KushBar retail cannabis stores located in Alberta as a first in its planned entry into the Canadian market, leveraging its Oregon and California brands. With the KushBar retail stores as a foundation, the Company plans to expand its foothold in Canada.
Halo has also acquired a range of software development assets, including CannPOS, Cannalift, and, more recently, CannaFeels. In addition, Halo owns the discrete sublingual dosing technology, Accudab. The Company intends to spin-off these assets and its intellectual property and patent applications into its subsidiary Halo Tek Inc. and expects to complete a distribution to shareholders on a record date to be determined by Halo.
Halo recently completed the sale of certain of its non-U.S. operations to Akanda Corp. (“Akanda”), whose mission is to provide high-quality and ethically sourced medical cannabis products to patients worldwide. As an independent company, Akanda is seeking to deliver on this promise while driving positive change in wellness, empowering individuals in Lesotho, and uplifting the quality of the lives of employees and the local communities where it operates, all while limiting its carbon footprint. Akanda combines the scaled production capabilities of Bophelo Bioscience & Wellness Pty. Ltd., a Lesotho-based cultivation and processing campus located in the world’s first Special Economic Zone (SEZ) containing a cannabis cultivation operation, with distribution and route-to-market efficiency of CanMart Ltd., UK-based fully approved pharmaceutical importer, and distributor that supplies pharmacies and clinics within the UK. With a potential maximum licensed canopy area of 200 hectares (495 acres), Bophelo has scalability that is arguably unmatched in the world today. Following the sale, Halo is Akanda’s largest shareholder.
For further information regarding Halo, see Halo’s disclosure documents on SEDAR at www.sedar.com
Halo Collective Inc.
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