Since launching in 2019, RYTE has assembled an industry leading team and a unique set of vertically-integrated assets with the mission of bringing the highest quality wellness and CBD products to consumers with the upmost integrity, transparency and value. Every day RYTE’s team wakes up to deliver on this mission in order to improve people’s lives and make CBD accessible to all. RYTE’s team is based in Boulder County, Colorado and is funded by a local private equity investor.
Andrew is the Chief Financial Officer at RYTE™ Brands where he is involved in brand investment, budgeting, financial analysis, and legal negotiation. He is passionate about business analysis and the use of Microsoft Excel.
Prior to joining RYTE™, Andrew worked at The Broe Group as Senior Director in charge of investment research and investments. He received his Master of Business Administration from Georgetown University and played minor league baseball with the Diamondbacks organization.
As a Midwesterner, Andrew enjoys cold weather, calorie-dense foods, and beer. When he is not at work, you can find him with his wife and son, watching Duke University sporting events or squeezing in a workout.
Andrew is excited to partner with you. You can reach him at 303-398-0509
Stefanie joins RYTE™ Brands with an extensive background in food manufacturing. She has a Ph.D. in food safety microbiology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as well as deep experience in quality systems development and implementation. She has developed a unique expertise in risk management paired with consistently delivering quality products to market. With 17 years of experience in the food/beverage industry including plant based, fermented, organic, Kosher and non-GMO products. She’s thrilled to be starting a new venture in the functional food segment with RYTE™ Brands where she plans on building an environment in which quality is the top priority.
Eric is the V.P. of Sales at RYTE™ Brands, responsible for sales of RYTETM’s bulk and consumer offerings including distillate, pre-formulated blends, crude oil, and branded products. Eric also works closely with RYTE’s portfolio partners to amplify their growth – providing retail trade guidance, strategic direction, and market insight.
In the industry since 2014, Eric has a wide-ranging background in bulk/retail sales, manufacturing/processing, brand & product development, compliance, education, and testing. He regularly participates on industry panels speaking on a wide range of topics, and has launched multiple brands and dozens of products into the market
Before joining RYTE™ Brands, Eric led Wholesale/Retail (B2B) Sales at Balanced Health Botanicals, one of the fastest growing brands in the CPG industry and parent company to both CBDistillery and BOTA. Under his leadership, monthly sales of branded products increased by 750% and overall corporate revenue increased from $10MM to $68MM. Fueling that growth was an increase in store count from several hundred outlets to over 5000+, with monthly sales in the Independent Channel growing from $125k to $1.2MM. Under his direction, national placement included products in Albertsons, ULTA, TJ Max, and Sierra Trading Post.™
Prior to joining Balanced Health, Eric was principal and founder at Full Spectrum Advisors, a boutique sales, marketing, and product development consultancy focused on the cannabis industry. Before founding FSA, Eric served as VP of Revenue for Sansal Enterprises in Pueblo, CO where he gained first hand, “on farm” experience in cultivation and processing (not to mention cloning, harvesting, drying, and greenhouse operations).
Eric spent his early career on Wall Street, working for 14 years on the Chicago Stock Exchange as a Broker /Dealer (Cheevers and Company) where he carried his series 7 and 24 licenses. He attended Miami University in Oxford, OH, where he earned a Bachelors of Science in Marketing with Minors in German and Political Science.
Originally from the Windy City, Eric spent his earlier years playing soccer and beach volleyball, eating Deep Dish (Gino’s East), and rooting for the Cubs from Section 140. These days he can be found hiking around Boulder with his kids, tent camping in a national forest, or skiing the trees.
Kristen is the Director of Brand Development at RYTE™ Brands where she is involved in both the start-up and continued success of brands. She is passionate about taking someone’s big ideas and bringing them to life.
Prior to joining RYTE™, Kristen worked in sports medicine treating professional and recreational athletes for 9 years. She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in Duluth, MN and played college soccer for 4 years.
As a true Minnesotan, Kristen grew up eating significant amounts of green bean casserole and had a snowmobile when she was 6 years old. When she is not pursuing new brands in the hemp space, you can find her mountain biking.
Kristen is excited to help maximize your brand’s potential. You can reach her at 303-872-5940
David serves as Senior Associate of RYTE™ Brands. Within this role, David oversees industry research, commercial efforts, and university partnerships.
David brings with him 10+ years of experience in financial services, covering the healthcare industry. David holds a B.A. degree from Wake Forest University and an M.B.A. from The University of Denver.
In his free time, David coaches tennis and does his best to keep up with his wife, Emily, who works for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee.
Please reach out to David at Dloewenthal@rytebrands.com with any questions or needs concerning RYTE™ Brands.
Sadie joined RYTE™ Brands in November of 2019 as the Crew Foreman for the Hemp Farming and Processing Operations. Sadie acts as a direct supervisor to our labor force and helps manage the day to day operations.
Sadie has several years of experience working directly with Cannabis and over 7 years of experience as a crew leader. Sadie promotes a high-energy, high-passion work culture and passes on her excitement throughout the organization.
When Sadie is out of the office, she spends her time exploring the rugged mountains of Colorado dreaming about her next big venture. When Sadie isn’t away in the mountains you can find her at a nearby river with her two dogs in Loveland Colorado.
If you are interested in Hemp Farming and Processing employment opportunities, please email a cover letter and application to Sadie at SBurkard@Rytebrands.com
In October 2019, Josh joined RYTE™ Brands to serve the role of Plant Manager. Within this role, Josh oversees and manages all operations associated with Hemp Farming, Processing, and Oil Production.
Josh brings with him over 10 years of experience in Agricultural Production and Manufacturing and holds a Bachelor of Science degree focused on Environmental Horticultural from Colorado State University.
In his free time, Josh is an avid Fly Fisherman and often finds himself accepting the temptations of trophy fishing around the world. When unable to throw flies at water, Josh is typically assisting his Fiancé with their unreasonably-sized vegetable garden in Firestone, Colorado.
Please reach out to Josh at Jhess@rytebrands.com with any questions or needs concerning RYTE™ Brands Hemp Production and Processing Operation.
Alex is the Director of Corporate Development at RYTE™ Brands where he is involved in identifying opportunities, brand investment analysis, and accounting. He is passionate about creative problem solving and driving success in his team-mates.
Before joining RYTE™, Alex worked for OtterBox out of Fort Collins Colorado managing customer interactions. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Business and Resource Economics from Colorado State University.
As a person who grew up in Colorado, Alex is used to wearing shorts outside in winter and is a strong believer that crocs will someday make a comeback. When he isn’t busy wrapping his mind around new ideas, you can find him hanging out with his girlfriend and their pets, hunting or fishing, or enjoying the outdoors with a local craft beer.
Alex would be excited to hear about any opportunities you may have in mind. You can reach out to him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cole joined RYTE™ Brands in April of 2020, joining the team as a Sr. Accountant. He is extremely detail-oriented and dedicated to all accounting procedures and practices.
Cole graduated with a Bachelor degree in Accountancy at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. He went on to work in the Snow Removal industry as an office manager & accountant.
When Cole is not crunching numbers, he enjoys exploring the outdoors. He will most likely be found cruising with the top off in his Jeep with his best dog friend Yondu, the Blue Heeler. Cole also enjoys a little friendly competition with America’s favorite past time: bowling. A huge football fan; you can catch him rooting for the Steelers.
RYTE™ is a vertically-integrated hemp and CBD company that owns the farm, the processing, and consumer facing brands.
We’re passionate about pursuing high-growth while delivering the most premium and innovative products on the market. RYTE™ is wholly owned by a multi-billion dollar Denver based private-equity firm. We have built a unique culture by hiring people that drive for success and have an infinite mindset. We value integrity, open communication, and kindness.