TOMMY JOHNSEN

Visionary leader passionate about the establishment of authentic brands and sustainable business practices.
Qualifications
  • 10+ years of small business management.

  • Adept at business development, branding/marketing, sales & customer service.

  • Strong familiarity with strategic planning, human resources, accounting and recruitment.

  • History of increasing brand recognition, sales and profits.

  • Experience in information technology, cannabis and media industries. 

Education
B.A. from The Evergreen State College

Olympia, Washington | 2010-2013

Focuses in Sustainability, Business Management, Branding & Media.

Present Activity
IRON LOTUS | GODAI CREATIVE

Owner | Seattle, Washington | 3/2018 - Present

  • Producing photo and video media for the cannabis & real estate industries and other professionals.

  • Solving problems for cannabis-related businesses with a focus on regulatory compliance, technology & software solutions and media (branding/marketing/advertising).

  • Developing websites utilizing content management systems (CMS) such as Wix, SquareSpace and others.

Cannabis Experience
Sage Management Group

Owner | Seattle, Washington | 12/2012 - 3/2018

  • Administer and manage cannabis retail stores, production licenses (growers) and processor licenses (manufacturers) in Washington State.

  • Create business plans, financial pro-forma, slide decks/presentations and other strategic materials for startups entering the cannabis industry.

  • Recruit, train and manage individuals from a variety of backgrounds in regulatory compliance, traceability systems and software.

  • Work with shareholders to value their investments in cannabis businesses and help to broker the sale of their investments to purchasers.

Aloha botanics

Independent Contractor | Okanogan, Washington | 10/2017 - 2/2018

  • Develop, manage and grow state-wide sales of whole cannabis and extracts.

  • Customer service point-of-contact for retail cannabis stores.

  • Develop SOPs and maintain regulatory compliance with the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board rules, regulations and Washington State Laws.

  • Managed and trained employees in state-required traceability system (GrowFlow) and oversaw transition from the state’s former backend database (BioTrack THC) to a new traceability database (Leaf Data).

  • Branding, graphic & web design and social media management.

  • Near- and long-term sustainability, infrastructure and site planning.

  • Maintenance of network/desktop computer systems & CCTV security infrastructure.

WINTERLIFE CANNABIS

Independent Contractor | Seattle, Washington | 5/2016 - 10/2016

  • Statewide sales of edibles and infused products.

  • Customer service and relationship management.

  • Increased sales by 40% from Q2 to Q3 of 2016.

  • Continued previous sales management and customer services roles while transitioning from sales manager to general manager.

  • Up-scaled manufacturing processes to accommodate expanded sales growth.

  • Process improvement with company ownership and production managers.

  • Managed and trained employees on state-required traceability system (BioTrack THC).

  • Product design of “C-Juice” designed for use in common nicotine-based vaporizer devices.

  • Human Resources, Recruitment, Quality Assurance/Control, Vendor Relations, Procurement and compliance training.

The Reef

Independent Contractor | Bremerton, Washington | 11/2015- 4/2016

  • Oversight of the final stage of store build out, established accounts and relationships with vendors (legal, advertising, product, etc.), hired assistant manager and staff for soft opening,

  • General Management of business and to act as face of the retail cannabis store.

  • Vendor relations: product procurement, receiving, inventory management and product photography.

  • Bookkeeping: QuickBooks Online, cash management, accounts receivable/payable, State & Federal tax filing/payment, payroll and employee time sheets.

  • Created SOPs and compliance practices in accordance with Washington State Liquor & Cannabis Board and other State laws.

  • Managed and trained employees on state-required traceability front end (GreenBits).

Northwest Grown

Founder | Seattle, Washington | 11/2013- 5/2015

  • Acted as the contact person with attorneys, leasing agents, landlords and all other significant parties.

  • Strategic planning for creating a long-term cornerstone of Washington State’s agricultural industry.

  • Creation of roadmap to navigate regulatory compliance, property acquisition, fundraising campaign and infrastructure development.

  • Recruited and managed foundational team with expertise in genomics, accounting, marketing and construction/facilities.

  • Forecasted company position in market, created construction budgets, negotiated property lease and conducted interviews.

Media Experience
Xperience

Band Manager | Seattle, Washington | 8/2012 - 7/2014

  • Executive production of three music videos, one mixtape and one album.

  • Placement of musician on two national tours (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis 2012/2013). 

  • Built musician’s brand to a level of national recognition.

sbdvsn studios

Founder | Olympia, Washington | 7/2011 - 12/2012

  • Brought local artists, faculty and students from The Evergreen State College together to form recording studio.

  • Focused on branding, web development, marketing and sales. Additional responsibilities in corporate administration, business development, bookkeeping and event planning.

  • Raised over $20,000 in start-up funding.

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