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Arthur Jaffee

Founder and CEO

Arthur was a founding member of Elixinol and played an integral role in the growth, market penetration, and overall strategy that led Elixinol to an IPO on the Australian Securities Exchange in January 2018.

Arthur has since developed ECS Brands into an established partner of choice for hundreds of brands, manufacturers, and processors looking to excel in the growing Hemp industry.

Arthur has built an extensive network and a reputation for honesty, reliability, and entrepreneurship that has enabled him to attract a high-quality team of professionals to drive the growth of ECS as a respected leader in Hemp based wellness.
Dan Schulz

Dan Schulz

Chief Innovation Office

Dan treated thousands of patients in massage and chiropractic care before co-founding Elixinol and dedicating a decade to research and development in hemp foods nutraceuticals and nanotechnology.

Dan and the Elixinol team won the 2016 European Hemp Industry Innovation award for developing the world’s first 100% plant-based water-soluble CBD oil.   In 2019 he received the Australian Certified Organic Cosmetic Product of the Year for developing SativaTM, the world’s first Certified Organic hemp-based skin and hair care line.

Dan continues to pioneer wellness innovations for ECS Brands, including an innovative 100% plant-based Nano-Gel.

Dr. Hastings

Chief Science Officer

A seasoned Food Safety Engineer and Laboratory Director with 10+ years of research leadership and testing experience in the food and beverage safety food production, and higher education sectors. Recognized for demonstrating a natural aptitude for leading laboratory teams, as well as for creating laboratory and testing management programs, I have a history of contributing to company growth throughout my career. 

Professional focal points include laboratory design and buildout, method development for analytical equipment, Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP), Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), ROI and cost analysis, regulatory practices, supply chain management, management development, infrastructure  development, and project management. 

Delivering superior administration on the latter areas of expertise requires utilization of effective communication skills, negotiation skills, as well as business acumen, project management, and resource management to support efficiency and maximum returns.

Francine Ettenson

Chief Financial Officer

Francine’s background includes over 20 years in finance with companies such as JP Morgan Chase and Deutsche Bank before transitioning to the Hemp Industry.

Francine was a founding member and CFO of Elixinol (USA), successfully navigating the company through a three-year historical audit during its IPO.  She also served as CFO for The Hemp Plastic Company and is credited with discovering a proprietary manufacturing  formulation to improve product stability enabling the company to create its first commercial hemp plastic pellet.

Francine’s ability to integrate corporate intelligence with emerging industries makes her a tremendous asset to ECS.  

arthur-jaffee

Arthur Jaffee

Founder and CEO

Arthur was a founding member of Elixinol and played an integral role in the growth, market penetration, and overall strategy that led Elixinol to an IPO on the Australian Securities Exchange in January 2018.

Arthur has since developed ECS Brands into an established partner of choice for hundreds of brands, manufacturers, and processors looking to excel in the growing Hemp industry.

Arthur has built an extensive network and a reputation for honesty, reliability, and entrepreneurship that has enabled him to attract a high-quality team of professionals to drive the growth of ECS as a respected leader in Hemp based wellness.
Dan Schulz

Dan Schulz

Chief Innovation Office

Dan treated thousands of patients in massage and chiropractic care before co-founding Elixinol and dedicating a decade to research and development in hemp foods nutraceuticals and nanotechnology.

Dan and the Elixinol team won the 2016 European Hemp Industry Innovation award for developing the world’s first 100% plant-based water-soluble CBD oil.   In 2019 he received the Australian Certified Organic Cosmetic Product of the Year for developing SativaTM, the world’s first Certified Organic hemp-based skin and hair care line.

Dan continues to pioneer wellness innovations for ECS Brands, including an innovative 100% plant-based Nano-Gel.

Dr. Hastings

Chief Science Officer

A seasoned Food Safety Engineer and Laboratory Director with 10+ years of research leadership and testing experience in the food and beverage safety food production, and higher education sectors. Recognized for demonstrating a natural aptitude for leading laboratory teams, as well as for creating laboratory and testing management programs, I have a history of contributing to company growth throughout my career. 

Professional focal points include laboratory design and buildout, method development for analytical equipment, Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP), Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), ROI and cost analysis, regulatory practices, supply chain management, management development, infrastructure  development, and project management. 

Delivering superior administration on the latter areas of expertise requires utilization of effective communication skills, negotiation skills, as well as business acumen, project management, and resource management to support efficiency and maximum returns.

Francine Ettenson

Chief Financial Officer

Francine’s background includes over 20 years in finance with companies such as JP Morgan Chase and Deutsche Bank before transitioning to the Hemp Industry.

Francine was a founding member and CFO of Elixinol (USA), successfully navigating the company through a three-year historical audit during its IPO.  She also served as CFO for The Hemp Plastic Company and is credited with discovering a proprietary manufacturing  formulation to improve product stability enabling the company to create its first commercial hemp plastic pellet.

Francine’s ability to integrate corporate intelligence with emerging industries makes her a tremendous asset to ECS.  

David Mogill

David Mogill

Chief Compliance Officer & Director of Manufacturing

David “Skip” has over 30 years of experience in the medical device and biotechnology industry with proven leadership in manufacturing, supply chain and compliance. Skip joined

ECS Brands after gaining CBD industry experience with Elixinol. Since joining ECS, Skip has developed the ECS Quality Management System for cGMP compliance to 21CFR111/117

dietary supplements and food safety, as well as USDA Organic certification. Prior to entering the CBD industry Skip served as Vice President for Zynex Medical and Solta Medical. He has also served in various leadership positions with IntelliDx, Dentsply International and other FDA regulated companies, including Medtronic. Skip holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Mark Young

Mark Young

Chief Marketing Officer

Katie Southworth

Katie Southworth

General Manager

Nick Raineri

President of Sales & Operations, FL

David Mogill

David Mogill

Chief Compliance Officer & Director of Manufacturing

David “Skip” has over 30 years of experience in the medical device and biotechnology industry with proven leadership in manufacturing, supply chain and compliance. Skip joined

ECS Brands after gaining CBD industry experience with Elixinol. Since joining ECS, Skip has developed the ECS Quality Management System for cGMP compliance to 21CFR111/117

dietary supplements and food safety, as well as USDA Organic certification. Prior to entering the CBD industry Skip served as Vice President for Zynex Medical and Solta Medical. He has also served in various leadership positions with IntelliDx, Dentsply International and other FDA regulated companies, including Medtronic. Skip holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Mark Young

Mark Young

Chief Marketing Officer

Katie Southworth

Katie Southworth

General Manager

Nick Raineri

President of Sales & Operations, FL

Michael Stears

Marketing Director

OUR ADVISORS

Julie Herzog

Corporate & Commercial Counsel

As head of the corporate/securities practice, Julie Herzog handles a wide variety of corporate, securities and merger and acquisition transactions. She has handled transactions valued at over $4 billion for major public companies and investment banks and enjoys working with a diverse clientele ranging from Fortune 100 corporations to startups, family offices, and venture capital and private equity funds.

Since 2013, Julie negotiated and closed over 100 transactions valued at over $1.5 billion on behalf of our clients. Her clients represent a variety of industry sectors, including energy, health care, technology, manufacturing, real estate, food and beverage, business consulting and other services. She has counseled several hundred companies from inception through initial public offerings or successful sales.

Henry Baskerville

Henry Baskerville

Corporate & Commercial Counsel

Henry Baskerville, recognized by Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, and National Trial Lawyers, is an experienced trial lawyer who focuses on complex commercial litigation, cannabis law, white-collar criminal defense, government contracts, and construction law.

Henry has received an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating, for both legal ability and ethical standards. He also frequently serves as an outside general counsel or in an advisory capacity helping small businesses and startups.

Michael Stears

Marketing Director

Julie Herzog

Corporate & Commercial Counsel

Henry Baskerville

Henry Baskerville

Corporate & Commercial Counsel

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