Grown Rogue COO Tom Fortner has retired.

Fortner, who came out of retirement to join the multi-state operator in June 2021, completed his one-year contract and will return to a life of sailing, according to a company release. Grown Rogue says this departure will reduce corporate expenses by more than 10%.

“Tom came out of retirement to help us streamline our operations by creating efficiencies, disciplines and standardization across our approximately 200,000 square feet of cultivation in Oregon and Michigan,” said Obie Strickler, CEO at Grown Rogue. “I want to thank Tom for all his efforts over the past year and wish him well as he goes back to his love of sailing full time.”

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Adam August, CFO of a Grown Rogue subsidiary, will transition to senior vice president of Grown Rogue.

“Adam has been an amazing partner and advisor since we went public in 2018,” Strickler said. “His passion, expertise in financial planning and corporate strategy has allowed the company to flourish into the business we are now operating.”

See Grown Rogue’s Obie and Sarah Strickler LIVE!

Obie Strickler and his wife Sarah Strickler, Director of Community Relations at Grown Rogue, will speak live at Cannabis Conference 2022, August 23-25 in Las Vegas. They’ll speak on the all-access session, “How To Launch a Cultivation Business,” and will be joined by Ball Family Farms Owner and CEO Chris Ball and Trulieve Chief Production Officer Kyle Landrum.

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