Spotlight – Jeane’ H.

We are so happy to have our amazing Community Relations/Public Relations Manager, Jeane’ Holley. She comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience that we are extremely thankful for. Harvest is in the business of growing not only our incredible product, but also the incredible people who make up the Harvest family.

Q: What inspired you to work in the medical marijuana industry?

I am family-oriented, and I thought it was cool for Ariane to begin this journey alongside her family. I have known Ariane for well over 20 years, and I admire her entrepreneurial savviness and tenacity when faced with challenges as a black woman. I have also worked alongside Ariane on multiple projects and was honored to have the opportunity to work with her on this new business venture.

Q: What is the most important aspect of your job as the Community Relations Manager?

The opportunity to make the communities that we serve and impact aware of the amazing work taking place with Harvest of OH, in addition to highlighting that we are black owned, and family operated.

Q: What kinds of challenges do you face in your position?

With the medical marijuana industry comes a lot of red tape. Being a creative individual, you have a lot of ideas coming to mind and would like to implement them, but unfortunately, due to the compliance regulations in place, some of those ideas don’t come to fruition.

Q: What has been your proudest moment with the company so far?

Just being a part of the Harvest family. We are setting trends in the medical marijuana industry, and I am thankful to be on this journey.

Q: What advice would you give to someone interested in working in the medical marijuana industry?

Learn about all aspects of the industry. This is an evolving industry with so much to learn, with regulations forever changing or being updated.

Q: How has your previous experience prepared you for this one-of-a-kind opportunity?

My experience in multiple industries, from radio, music, sports, and government, has taught me to be adaptable. I have been fortunate to work in industries where no day is the same, and with that, sometimes things don’t always go as planned, but you must be willing and open to adjusting to the new course of action to accomplish the task at hand.

Q: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

As of late, with all the running around for my daughter and all her volleyball activities, I enjoy being at home when I have some down time. Peace and quiet. Tranquility!

Q: Do you have any hidden talents?

When I was younger, I played the piano and the violin. Now, if you asked me to play something now, that is a different story. I’m sure I can still pull it off. Mary Had a Little Lamb LOL

Q: What is one place on the planet that you would love to visit?

Bora Bora. I love tropical destinations!

Q: : Who is your favorite comedian and why?

Mike Epps is a funny man.

Q: What, in your opinion, is the most exciting aspect of life?

Each day we are blessed with another opportunity to get it right.

Q: Who is your hero and why?

My mother as a single parent, my mother made many sacrifices to ensure that I was provided with the opportunities, knowledge, and tools necessary to be successful as an adult. I may have not shown my appreciation then, but I now know the importance of the lessons she taught me, and I am forever grateful to her. And she continues to come through for me as an adult and for my daughter. I know I can always count on my mom to have my back. BLESSED!

Spotlight – Chad F. & Angelo W.

As Harvest of OH grows, it is critical to have individuals who are dedicated and passionate about the medical marijuana industry and helping those in need, such as Sales Manager, Chad Fuller, and Outside Sales Manager & Brand Ambassador, Angelo Welborn. With the introduction of our exclusive Harvest Flower, our sales team has truly worked hard to help Harvest of OH reach the next level and bring our brand and products to patients across Ohio.

Q: How long have you been in the medical marijuana industry?

Chad: 3.5 years

Angelo: I’ve worked in the medical marijuana industry for a year now and it’s the best career decision I’ve made so far. I believe this is the best industry.

Q: What inspired you to work in the medical marijuana industry?

Chad: After watching my father suffer with PTSD, I wish I knew then what I know now about the ability to improve lives through the goodness of medical cannabis.

Angelo: How distinct this industry and its patients are. I can’t tell you how many patients’ stories I’ve heard in the past year about how medical marijuana impacted their lives in a positive way. I like to help others, and I don’t mind spending time with patients, listening to understand. It might sound corny, but I like seeing random people/total strangers happy because sometimes it is not all about you.

Q: What is the most unique aspect of your position?

Chad: Being able to work alongside the cultivation team daily and being able to see the development of new strains for the patients.

Angelo: The patients with whom I work. I’ve spoken to a wide variety of patients who have lost a loved one, are dealing with anxiety, depression, war vets with PTSD, long-term illness, or pain from past surgeries. I love hearing these stories just to hear at the end that medical marijuana is.
It isn’t a cure, but it helps ease the mind and ease the pain over painkillers or whatever else that person may have tried. The young lady I spoke with in Chillicothe had a muscle disorder where she couldn’t walk. The doctors have NO IDEA why or what is going on. They gave her all types of pain meds and she told me nothing else had worked for her besides medical marijuana.

Q: What is one aspect of the world that you wish you could change?

Chad: Cannabis reform to remove barriers to research and to restore the lives and communities most impacted by Federal Prohibition Policies.

Angelo: Again, this might sound cheesy, but I wish I could change the mindset of some individuals in the world. I think sometimes, and I’m guilty as well, we get so caught up in our own lives and things we have going on that we forget that it’s not always about us. Sometimes it’s about the next person who may not be as fortunate as you. Obviously, taking care of yourself first is yes, and I could say world peace is making sure everyone is financially stable, but I feel like caring for the next falls under that category as well.

Q: What are your interests outside of work?

Chad: Reading, working out, and constantly thinking of ways to improve the accessibility of Harvest products to the patients of Ohio.

Angelo: Outside of work, I like to spend time with my son, Zion. He’s 3 years old and keeps me on my toes. I also enjoy playing sports on the weekends, traveling, and hanging with my friends when we all have the time. I like going to concerts and sporting events, and I want to travel with my son here soon as well, so he can see the world!

Q: If you won a million dollars, how would you spend it?

Chad: Reinvest in stocks, gold, and silver after a fun weekend with my friends!

Angelo: I would make certain that my family is secure, and that if my son decides to have a family, they are also secure. Give some money to charity and make sure my friends’ families are well off.

Spotlight – Brandon J.

We are extremely fortunate to have such a talented and dynamic group of people working for Harvest of OH. We caught up with Brandon Jones, the general manager of Harvest of Columbus and IT manager, for a very informative Q & A. Brandon has come a long way with the company, having been one of the first employees hired when it was still in its infancy. Brandon has since become a valued member of the Harvest of OH family, and we can't wait to see how he evolves even further as Harvest of OH expands to become Ohio's most popular dispensary.

Q: What drew you to a career in the medical marijuana industry?

Back in early 2019, a friend of mine applied at a dispensary, which I wasn’t aware was a thing in Ohio. I wanted to find an extra part-time job in an industry that I love, and I was able to find a career.

Q: How did you start working for Harvest of OH?

I interviewed for a part time position at our Columbus location, and they liked my background so much, asked if I would be interested in a GM position back in my Hometown of Dayton/Beavercreek. I took the opportunity and once the dust settled and we were ready to open, I jumped at the opportunity to run our flagship Columbus location.

Q: What about your position inspires you the most?

I have learned a lot about different products and types of medical cannabis forms that are geared towards helping patients in every way possible.

Q: What advice would you give to someone considering a career in this industry?

Helping people and resolving issues. Both of those things make me happy and keep me going. I get to work in IT in the cannabis industry & run a dispensary! A lot of hard work, but a dream job.

Q: What’s the most unique part about working at Harvest of OH?

The executive team. They are extremely supportive, and I can give them a call any time I need something, and they make it happen.

Q: What is a typical day like as a general manager and IT manager?

Busy! I am either answering questions and resolving issues for our external customers, or our internal customers. I do love being in both positions as I believe it allows me to identify needs in the shop as well to make the experience more seamless for patients and employees.

Q: What values of Harvest of OH do you align with the most?

People. We are all about helping people. This company doesn’t only grow some of the best flower, but some of the best people as well. We also strive to offer the best service to our patients and make a lasting impression.

Q: What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

I love building apps, audio engineering, videography, and reading books. Also love playing basketball whenever I get the chance.

Q: When was the last time you had a completely new experience and what was it?

My visit to Aruba was amazing. Their night life, food, and culture were amazing.

Q: What is an interesting fact about you that most people don’t know?

I am a percussionist. I play drums, xylophone, timpani, you name it.

Q: What would you do with your winnings if you won 2 million dollars?

Buy mother a house, put a million away, and probably buy 200k in stock options lol.

Q: What is one thing on your bucket list?

I honestly do not have a bucket list. I take life as it comes, no regrets.

Q: Where do you see yourself in ten years?

I like to dream big, so hopefully a retired stay at home dad.

Spotlight – Aspen F.

As part of our ongoing celebration of International Women's Month, we'd like to celebrate Aspen F, our manager at Harvest of Beavercreek, as a woman in leadership here at Harvest of OH. We had a nice little Q&A session so you could all see how amazing she is!

Q: What drew you to a career in the medical marijuana industry?

While being a part of Harvest of Ohio, I have been able to feed my brain and gain tons of knowledge about the benefits of medical marijuana. Medical cannabis is such a rapidly growing industry but still plays a major role in federal criminalization. All in all, I am excited about the evolution and the medical benefits of the plant that makes me so passionate about the future.

Q: Why did you choose Harvest of Ohio?

I take pride in our dispensary being in my hometown community, in which I grew up. Our owner, Ariane Kirkpatrick’s drive is something that also made me cling to Harvest of Ohio! She is very engulfed in creating change in our community and is someone I look up to because of that.

Q: What have you learned from your time in the medical marijuana industry?​

I have learned a lot about different products and types of medical cannabis forms that are geared towards helping patients in every way possible.

Q: What advice would you give to someone considering a career in this industry?

Go for it! There is so much to learn, no day is the same, and every day you play a part in promoting cures and educating others on the many health benefits of medical cannabis, despite the medical cannabis stigma.

Q: How do you keep yourself inspired and motivated?

The process of going from seed to sale, from start to growth, is something that motivates me in my everyday perception of life. Every day is a new day to keep going and growing stronger at something you love to do.

Q: What would you read if you could only read one book for the rest of your life, and why?

I would choose to read blogs, newspapers, or anything informational because I am always so interested in news or reports on what is going on in the world around me.

Q: Which year has been the most exciting in your life so far?

This one so far!

Q: What animal would you be if you could be any animal?

A mighty and rare Jaguar!

Q: What was your most recent gift to someone?

A customized hat I made.

Q: What is an unpopular point of view that you hold?

Lemon Starburst are the best flavor! Hands down!

Q: If you were a superhero, what superpower would you have?

Photographic memory