Thoughtful Brands Inc. is an eCommerce technology company that develops, produces and markets natural health products through various brands in North America and Europe utilizing its proprietary direct-to-consumer platform. Through continuous strategic acquisitions, the company has a strong footprint in the CBD and nutraceutical product markets.
Thoughtful Brands Team
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Hoggan has more than 18 years of specialized experience in leadership, global development and entrepreneurship from key business sectors. Early in his career Ryan shouldered an important role at Hoggan Health Industries, where he led operations, development and marketing efforts. After identifying an untapped niche, he founded Hoggan Medical, which launched over one hundred health, fitness and medical device products in over 23 countries, and negotiated contracts with worldwide customers both big and small—including the Mayo Clinic, Boeing, Daimler AG and the Los Angeles Lakers (NBA). After two productive exits and a stint working with venture funded firms for a family office, Ryan tapped the power of natural health products—both personally and professionally—when a health scare spurred him to research and subsequently embrace holistic products. He has since launched hundreds of products in the essential oil, CBD and beauty product sectors. He specializes in product research and development, develops strong networks with manufacturing sources and successfully tackles markets across North American and Europe. Since 2014, Mr. Hoggan has solely focused on building companies, innovating new products and creating brands for people seeking solutions in natural health, netting over $300m in sales. As CEO of Thoughtful Brands, Mr. Hoggan brings his extensive experience to further expand the Company as a manufacturing and eCommerce leader in the natural health products sector. He also sits on the Board of Directors for Core One Labs, Inc., an emerging business in the psychiatric assisted psychedelic medicine sector. Mr. Hoggan holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Westminster College, an MBA from The University of Arizona and a Master of Global Management (MGM) from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Mr. Shacker has worked extensively in the cannabis and finance space over the past six years and sat on the board of directors for the publicly trading cannabis lifestyle company Weekend Unlimited Inc. He has been in charge of leading the expansion into international cannabis markets and has overseen and developed operations from the ground up. He entered the cannabis space by founding a cannabis extraction company which specialized in licensing proprietary formulas to producers. Mr. Shacker holds an Honors Business Administration degree from Ivey Business School specializing in finance and has also served as Chief Operating Officer of CanPac Investment Corp and as an Associate at Stadnyk and Partners.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Balderson has over 17 years of capital market experience. Mr. Balderson is the President of Flow Capital Corp. a private consulting company that advises public companies in a multitude of industries. Mr. Balderson is also the president of Harmony Corporate Services Ltd., and leads a team that provide bookkeeping, accounting, filing and corporate secretarial services to publicly listed companies. Mr. Balderson is an officer and director of other TSX Venture listed companies. Mr. Balderson is a former Investment Advisor with two Canadian Securities dealers, and a graduate of the University of British Columbia.
Mr. Starke is the Chairman of Hampstead Private Capital, a Bermuda based merchant bank focused on financing and advising small to mid-market, fast growth companies. Over the course of the last five years, Mr. Starke has focused on the cannabis sector and has acted as a founder, early stage shareholder, financier, advisor and director to multiple cannabis companies in sub-sectors ranging from genetics, cultivation, distribution, and e-commerce that have cumulatively generated over $3 billion dollars of market capitalization. Currently, Mr. Starke is the Chief Executive Officer of Franchise Cannabis Corp., a leading European focused pharmaceutical cannabis company with distribution networks across eighteen countries and the current market leader in Germany. Mr. Starke holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Queen’s University.