Leadership

Phillip Swindells

CEO & Co-Founder

Phil has managed GVB’s farming and manufacturing operations since the company’s inception. Through hands-on experience and a commitment to innovation, he has become an international expert in the field of CBD extraction and scaled CBD production. Phil is a graduate of Colby College in Maine with a BA in economics.

Jack Feldman

President & Co-Founder

Jack became interested in the emerging industry of legal cannabidiol after graduating from the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business with a BS in finance in 2016. While serving in various finance roles at Fisher Investments, he conducted extensive research on equipment and methods of CBD extraction. This led to the initial business plan for Grass Valley Biopharma, which he cofounded in 2017. 

Drew Spiegel

Chief Operating Officer

Drew is an accomplished entrepreneur with a proven track of success. While attending Indiana University he co-found the successful boutique social media marketing firm Loudley. Loudley’s clients included Live Nation, a Fortune 500 events promoter and Chinese E-Commerce giant JD.com.  Using his marketing business as a platform Drew began focusing on E-Commerce where he pioneered the free plus shipping business model in a number of consumer markets. He joined GVB in 2018.

Advisory Board

Theodore Swindells

Principal and Chairman

Ted Swindells brings more than 30 years of experience acquiring, investing in, building, financing, and advising publicly traded and privately held companies across a broad range of industries. He has been a principal in his own firms and a partner in various venture capital, investment banking, and merchant banking firms in New York, San Francisco, and London. His specialty is financing and developing growth companies across a range of sectors, including agriculture, natural resources, energy, technology, and telecommunications.   

Ted has a highly successful track record of combining timely business and market strategies with effective management teams to bring early-stage high-growth companies to public markets or other investor liquidity events. His ventures have represented more than $2 billion dollars in public and private equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic alliances. He has held senior venture capital positions with Drexel Burnham Lambert, RubiconVentures, Hambrecht & Quist, and Woodman Kirkpatrick & Gilbreath. Ted is a philanthropist and major supporter of a number of nonprofit organizations involved in community service, education, and the arts.

Edward Mooney

Senior Advisor

– Corporate Development

Edward Mooney has more than 25 years of experience in all facets of corporate development, governance, and compliance for publicly traded companies and privately held ventures and investments. His background spans corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, investor relations, and regulatory compliance. Edward has a wide range of experience in due diligence, transaction structuring and analysis, interim corporate management, SEC filings and compliance, and investor/corporate communications. He is currently a Director and Chief Administrative Officer for a private company developing telecommunications projects in Mexico and the Caribbean. He is also an advisor to a California firm developing advanced AI-based personality mapping technology for use by marketers and other segments, and is managing member of a number of investment entities in the agricultural, finance, and consumer product categories.

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