Growing a Greener Planet™

Strategic Guidance for Hemp Entrepreneurs, Farmers and Businesses

Our purpose is to inspire and activate a sustainable ecosystem of farmers, testers, processors, manufacturers, retailers and consumers.

“We are a team of experts covering all phases of Hemp farming, testing, harvesting, sourcing materials and finished products. We cover all disciplines from seed to shelf.”

Shawn Landgraf  CEO 

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 “We are excited to continue working with farmers who are turning underperforming real estate into valuable profit producing property. This movement is an unprecedented opportunity for land owners in the U.S.”

Gary W. Bolis Jr. President

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What We Do

Financing, Private Equity & M&A

We help connect the dots between capital and great emerging companies.  Ask us about which organizations are positioned for the most growth. Our team walks alongside you as your advocate, helping you stay up to date with industry trends every step of the way. Let us assist you in identifying capital to fund your organization.

Consumables, Products & Retail

Are you looking to launch innovative products in the CBD space? We work with you to evaluate your brand and product opportunities. Are you B2B or B2C? The Universal Hemp team can help with an organization’s product formulation, campaign strategy, volume based contracts, e-commerce, digital presence, social media plan, distributor negotiations, product packaging, storage and fulfillment.

Land & Property Development

We are experts in constructing your strategic real estate plan to take advantage of this enormous opportunity. What is your ROI per every 10 acres of land? Regardless of where your business fits into the industrial hemp ecosystem your business will have a footprint, permits to pull and real estate needs. Hemp can also be used for environmental remediation or to increase the profit of underperforming farmlands. Let us show you how to maximize your profits.

Certified Seeds, Farming & Harvesting

We have identified the market leaders in certified seeds and best practices in the US farming and harvesting space. Industrial Hemp production starts with selected certified and approved cannabis seeds (strains that have less than .3% of THC). The plants can be genetically altered for growth time, fiber strength, and CBD output. Learn about new technology, processes and intentional steps that protect against disease and encourage a quicker plant lifecycle. As a faster growing crop, proactive best practices pay high rewards.

 

Processing & Testing

We are partners with the most innovative and cost efficient processors and testing labs. Are you reporting the correct information to keep your lab or facility up to code? Having a reliable laboratory to test your biomass resources or products gives you valuable metrics for your organization. Learn about equipment, time savers, refining methods, and who to hire in order to maximize your yield per acre.

Supply Chain & Manufacturing

What is your supply chain and manufacturing strategy? We can help broker hemp biomass to fuel your production needs. Processed hemp can be made into plastics, fuels, hempcrete, hemp wood, nutrition supplements, foods, pharmaceuticals and much more.

Meet Our Team

Our organization’s experience includes business, management, real estate, finance, manufacturing, nutrition, brand development, product placement and marketing. Each one of our members brings a very unique skillset to the offering.

Shawn Landgraf

CEO

Shawn Landgraf leads the short-term and long-term growth strategy for Universal Hemp. He works alongside our Board of Advisors and the leadership team to forecast market opportunities in the hemp industry and execute the organization’s mission. Shawn was the CEO of Magnus Associates before co-founding Universal Hemp. Magnus Associates is a management- consulting firm with advisory expertise in domestic and international private equity, investment banking, and business development matters. Over the past several years, Magnus Associates has provided consulting services to companies such as Coffee Digital, Sport Safety International, Magnus Gyan (where he served as President), Qwips (where he currently serves as a Director), and Capstar, on a range of business matters, including merger & acquisition analysis, operational redesign and sales strategy. He received his honors degree in finance from Pennsylvania State University and currently sits on the board of Sport Safety International and Qwips.

Jude P. Desiderio

National Sales

Jude P. Desidero leads the national sales and product strategy. He is responsible for developing key growth sales strategies, understanding customer trends and executing action plans. Jude is a great relationship builder and has a passion for nutrition and wellness. He was born into the natural/organic food & vitamin industry as a 4th generation DeBole, a pioneering natural pasta company started in 1932 by his Great Grandfather in Greenwich Village. He grew up working in the warehouse, attending trade shows, running the retail store, and supporting the broker network. After graduating from the University of Delaware with a degree in Biology, he joined DeBoleʼs full time and focused on sales and operations. He helped to rebrand and redesign the core line of pasta, and as an industry innovator, introduced a full line of gluten free pasta to the market in the early 90ʼs. In addition to his responsibilities at DeBoleʼs, he took over and ran the familyʼs natural vitamin and health food market, which was started in 1962 and had been credited as one of the first, in the newly founded industry, on Long Island.

Jude has an extensive network of contacts in the natural/vitamin industry and has worked with many major retailers and distributors in the natural channel. In addition to a strong sales background, he has broad experience in marketing, product development, sourcing, production and operations. Jude has an extensive natural and holistic background and has a passion for the future utilization of hemp in so many areas of our world.

Keal M. Blache

National Marketing

Keal M. Blache leads the national marketing effort. He is responsible for planning, developing, implementing and measuring community engagement strategies. Keal advises on pricing, product placement, e-commerce, influencer activations, social media, advertisement and public relations. has a strong marketing and finance background. Most recently he was the CMO of thumbprint, a marketing logistics firm and currently teaches Sport Media & Technology at UCF. In 2015 Keal founded Loba Creative, a digital creative and marketing agency. He is a Detroit native and moved to Orlando to attend his alma mater. Keal graduated from UCF with a degree in finance and a minor from the DeVos Sports Business Management program. He was honored in 2017 as a top 30 under 30 UCF Alumni. His experience started in the banking world, working in enterprise information systems and investment banking at Suntrust (Atlanta) and Sumitomo Trust (NYC), respectively. He has also held sports marketing positions at UCF Athletics and the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Before LOBA, he worked as the head of marketing and branding at Insurance Office of America (IOA). Keal helped the organization develop their brand experience, identified scalable opportunities for improvement, and worked on partnerships with the Magic, Jaguars, Raiders, Hornets, Wizards, Capitals, Lightning and many other teams.

Taylor Martin

National Industrial Production

Taylor Martin is responsible for developing Universal Hemp’s sustainable industrial hemp platform. With a strong passion for the hemp plant, Taylor ensures that we secure the highest quality crop to begin production of large scale, industrial raw hemp material to the American marketplace. With the goal of bringing the full spectrum of the hemp product materials to market, Taylor works to provide quality research, industry partnerships, sustainable systems, and commercial production to the budding industrial hemp space. He brings over a decade of experience within the cannabis industry, from direct action activism all the way to start up medical cannabis and hemp farm/product development. His experience within the cannabis market and reputation for activism and patient advocacy helped secure his position as a writer, social media influencer, and thought leader in Maryland’s medical Cannabis and industrial hemp cultural space. He hosts educational workshops and seminars on both hemp and medical cannabis, free to the public, in a continued effort to normalize these sister industries. His patient advocacy guides his industrial hemp management strategy, making sure that industry standards are developed around the health and safety of both industry workers and consumers. As an expert at connecting the dots between the hemp plant and modern industry, Taylor facilitates relationships and strategic education to incorporate hemp into contemporary business models, and where needed, develops SOP’s and best manufacturing processes for newly developed businesses. Born and raised in Bethesda Maryland, Taylor earned his degree in Biology from Bucknell University in 2012 and has applied his knowledge and passion to bringing the medical cannabis and industrial hemp markets to full legal, compliant industry ever since.

Gary W. Bolis, Jr.

National Real Estate

Gary is responsible for planning and implantation of multiple business verticals in the rapidly growing hemp industry which includes the sourcing of farms for planting, irrigation, testing, harvesting, extraction and processing. Additionally, Gary is involved in forming lasting partnerships with hemp farmers to obtain and convert their green waste into sustainable industrial production materials to create a systematic model for GROWING A GREENER PLANET.

Gary is a an experienced real estate developer with over 25 years of experience in Developing a Better Community through thoughtful development while conserving over 2,500 acres of land for future generations to enjoy. With access to over 75,000 acres of farmland in the eastern United States he is uniquely positioned to provide opportunities for Universal Hemps’ continued growth.

A graduate of Temple University’s Fox School of Business in Philadelphia, PA with dual majors in real estate and business law he also became President of the Legal and Real Estate Society as well as the co-founder of the Rho Epsilon real estate fraternity. If you are involved or considering entering into the hemp industry in the next five years contact us today for a free consultation on how we may assist you.

gbolis@universalhemp.net

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