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 brings more than 18 years of leadership, global business development and entrepreneurship experience in the health equipment, medical devices and natural health products sectors. Following two exists in 2011, Mr. Hoggan spent three years in venture consulting where he worked with a variety of firms specializing in health and wellness products. In 2014, he fell for CBD and essential oils — both personally and professionally — after a personal health scare that prompted him to research and subsequently try holistic products to improve his health. The experience ultimately led him to become a Partner and President of Unified Funding. Through the operations of Unified Funding, LLC, the business has generated a database of over 4.5 million customer records and facilitated over $200 million in consumer transactions from more than one million paying customers in sectors such as beauty, nutrition and CBD products. Mr. Hoggan holds an MBA from The University of Arizona and a Master of Global Management (MGM) from the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University.
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.