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Vape Holdings is a company focused on the acquisition and development of innovative companies in the vaporizer industry. The Company strives to provide consumers with the healthiest, most sustainable options to market, and to drive innovation in a rapidly expanding industry.
Vape intends to aggressively market healthy vaporization options as it identifies companies and brands that are synergistic with the Company’s vision and business model. While many claim that the changing times are bringing about a “new” industry, Vape holdings has put together a management team that has been actively involved in this space, helping to build a better tomorrow for vaporizer enthusiasts.
The Company’s founders accept the status quo as nothing more than a starting point, a place from which to build a better, safer, more effective alternative. And that starts with HIVE.
Kyle Tracey brings extensive developmental and managerial experience in the public cannabis space to the Vape Holdings executive team.
Mr. Tracey’s diversified experience literally from the ground up to top executive positions includes tenures where he helped develop several integral brands in the space, working as an R&D Specialist for companies like BC Northern Lights and Eco Growing Systems, as well as owning and operating a major horticulture light manufacturer.
As Co-Founder and former President of GrowLife Inc., Mr. Tracey helped to grow the company’s market cap from 10M to over 100M while establishing a trusted and respected industry brand. Upon his departure from GrowLife in 2013, Kyle recognized the market opportunity for a more sustainable and efficient vaporization medium, and developed the HIVE Ceramics brand under the VAPE umbrella.
Strategically appointed as Chairman and CEO of VAPE Holdings Inc. on December 30th 2013 for his industry credentials, work ethic, and capacity to innovate, market, and sell relative industry products, Mr. Tracey delivers the imperative contacts and respect to achieve market penetration for VAPE Holdings brands and products.
Kyle’s association and experience with High Times Magazine, various live event promoters and high profile artists, and entertainment industry powerhouses, all have the potential to position VAPE Holdings business units for expansive sponsorship opportunities and global success.
Mr. Tracey holds a B.A. in Business Management from the University of Rhode Island.
President, Board of Directors
Joseph Andreae, a native of the Washington D.C. area, has been an instrumental part of several top brands in the rapidly growing MMJ industry. After working in the hospitality sector, Joe decided to team with a dispensary and concentrates laboratory in Boulder, Colorado on a new initiative.
Joe’s leadership and expertise assisted in making those companies successful and earned him useful relationships and pedigree in the emerging vertical. Mr. Andreae has spent the last 5 years moving from state to state, following the industry and laws as they’ve progressed. His most recent project in Colorado boasted an impressive 15,000 square foot cultivation facility, the city’s first licensed indoor concentrate extraction laboratory, and a beautiful store front that saw a 650% increase to $6M in sales following Joe’s arrival.. Previously, Joe was also a national sales manager of a successful LED lighting company based out of California and remains an active member on several MMJ brand boards, executing a collective vision and strategy for the industry.
Allan Viernes, CPA, MBA
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Mr. Viernes specializes in public and private accounting and finance, SEC matters, corporate restructuring and bankruptcy, mergers and acquisitions, and financial modeling and analysis. Mr. Viernes has served in such positions as Chief Financial Officer of an oil and gas company, Corporate Controller of a software company, and consulted with various retail and restaurant franchises and commercial real estate companies through troubled debt restructurings and leveraged buy outs. Mr. Viernes also has past experience as an auditor with McKennon Wilson & Morgan, a PCAOB registered accounting firm, focusing on audits of private and publicly-held companies. Mr. Viernes graduated with a Bachelor of Administration with a concentration in accounting from Devry University, earned a Master of Business Administration from the Keller Graduate School of Management, and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Creative Marketing Director
Nick Jackson brings an entrepreneurial branding spirit and legal background to the Vape Holdings team.
Mr. Jackson’s experience ranges the legal aspects of intellectual property, licensing, distribution agreements and commercial contracts for major brands and entertainers, including Verizon, Burberrys, Coldplay and Paul McCartney. Mr. Jackson previously headed up business affairs at clothing brand Maharishi, where he was involved in all areas of business from legal to day-to-day operations, including distribution and sales agreements. After leaving Maharishi, he discovered his entrepreneurial spirit in founding the lifestyle brand Twelve Bar and Carbon Beach, a merchandising and branding company focused on working with musicians and the monetization of their brands.
Appointed as Creative Marketing Director of Vape Holdings, Nick will utilize his experiences in branding, licensing, distribution and sales. Mr. Jackson has the entrepreneurial drive to help take Vape Holdings to the next level by continuing to penetrate new markets.
Mr. Jackson holds a MA in Classics and Jurisprudence (Law) from Keble College, Oxford University.