THE LATEST: Santa Fe Farms becomes element6 Dynamics

element6 Dynamics

(formerly Santa Fe Farms originally founded by Steven Gluckstern, Gary Chavez, and Cole Daeschel) provides nature-based solutions to industry that accelerate the regeneration of the planet by addressing its serious carbon imbalance. Its large-scale cultivation of industrial hemp will sequester vast amounts of carbon and be processed into essential value-added hemp-derived materials for major paper/pulp, plastics, and animal feed manufacturers that further impact the planet by reducing tree harvesting, hydrocarbon emissions, and livestock methane emissions.

The company will also be both a net-negative carbon business and an important source of nature-based carbon offsets used by enterprises seeking to reduce their carbon footprint to meet their ESG goals and/or regulatory requirements.

Welcome to our new name and branding. Santa fe farms is now element6 Dynamics.

A name that better reflects who we are, who we serve and the profound responsibility each and every one of us at element6 Dynamics has to our mission, our partners, our clients, our shareholders and the impact of carbon on our planet.

Our name and logo treatment capture who we are. Our unique custom typography, lowercase at the beginning is designed to reinforce the approachability of our organization and the approachability to the science of carbon (element 6 on the periodic table). Our custom number has a fitting space to appear adjoined to the word element, and the color gradation from earth to sky, from land to ocean visualizes our range of offerings and impact. The second half of our name is Dynamics; a word whose meaning is important to us because we are an organization that “…stimulates growth, development, or change within a system or process.” Our company is at the forefront of an industrial paradigm shift away from putting carbon into the atmosphere to taking carbon out.

We are about carbon and change. We are element6 Dynamics.

We are grounded in the science and the realization of the power of hemp which is a climate smart commodity.

We are challenging the imagination of scientists, leaders of industry, universities and capitol hill to think different,act different and be a part of a movement to address the perishability of our planet.

We are an organization that is focused on impact and not just activity.

We are about carbon and the immediacy of change

We are embracing science and turning imagination into impact.

We are element6 Dynamics.

Science

element6 Dynamics is at the forefront of an industrial paradigm shift away from putting carbon into the atmosphere to taking carbon out. element6 Dynamics uses the hemp plant’s ability to capture carbon from the atmosphere, locking it into its plant fibers and into the soil, where it has many beneficial effects including soil regeneration and remediation. Industrial hemp grows rapidly in a wide range of conditions, sequestering large amounts of carbon (approximately 5 tons of CO2/acre/year, more than most forest ecosystems) while enhancing soil health. Industrial hemp is also rich in cellulose and other materials that make it an ideal and sustainable source of industrial fibers, oils, and plant-based proteins, among many other products.

Imagination

Modest innovations in materials science and production processes allow for the large-scale adoption of sustainable industrial hemp-based materials to displace destructive materials and processes in common use today. element6 Dynamics is currently engaged in a range of R&D partnerships with leading universities as well as strategic development and supplier discussions with major corporations in the paper, plastic, and protein industries. Imagine what is possible.

Impact

element6 Dynamics’ impact is multi-dimensional and goes well beyond addressing our planet’s serious carbon imbalance. How we do it is as important as what we do. Our nature-based solutions create significant economic opportunities for farmers nationwide, including our many partnerships with Indian Country. Similarly, our planned network of processing facilities will create circular economies in communities around the country. Cultivating industrial hemp on land previously compromised by industry delivers still more impact, as the practice can remove toxins and provide a range of other restorative benefits. The dynamics of what we do and how we do it are far-reaching and their impact is ever-growing and evolving.

Leadership

element6 Dynamics has a hand-picked team of dedicated, talented, innovative subject matter experts in their respective areas. This team includes specialists in agricultural and farming; Genetics; global supply chain management; processing and extraction; marketing and business development and sales.

Stuart Cowan

EVP & Chief Scientist

Isaac Cohen

EVP Cultivation & Proteins

Michael Lauder

Executive Vice President - Commercialization

Bodhi Urban

VP Growth R&D

Ben Leonard

General Counsel

Shane Mutter

VP Strategic Partnerships

Hunter Buffington

VP Animal Proteins & Policy

Norman Hull

VP Farm Partner Program

Beth Brandstatter

VP Investor Relations

Lori Graziano

Corporate Controller

Jeff Apodaca

Business Development Officer

Senior Advisors

Robert Lee Sanchez

Senior Advisor Cultivation & Strategy

Ben Barnes

Senior Advisor, Political Strategy

Roger Fragua

Senior Advisor, Indigenous Affairs

Board of Directors

Robert Lee Sanchez

Senior Advisor Cultivation & Strategy

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Kimberly Kovacs

CEO

Kim Kovacs is the Chief Executive Officer at element6 Dynamics, (previously Santa Fe Farms). Prior to joining element6 Dynamics, she was the Chairman and CEO of The Arcview Group, a financial services company offering a range of equity funding from early-stage to M&A, pre-IPO, and consulting across the cannabis and hemp industries. Kim is also Managing Director of Arroyo Ventures, a strategic advisory and investment firm that provides a place for high net-worth female investors and exceptional entrepreneurs to connect and empower women to invest and seek investment. Prior to Arcview, Kim was the CEO and Founder of MyJane, a wellness technology platform that curates cannabis products for women’s wellness. Kim has had a long career as an entrepreneur, investor, and mentor – having founded 6 companies, raising more than $120M in equity capital for these ventures, and negotiating several hundred million dollar exits. Kim currently sits on the board of the OCTANe Group, a leading technology and life science accelerator and capital provider for Southern California.

Stuart Cowan

EVP & Chief Scientist

Stuart brings 25 years of experience in regenerative design, finance, and systems and is a skilled design thinker, researcher, transformations architect, and leader of transdisciplinary initiatives. Stuart is Co-Founder of Autopoiesis, LLC which applies complex living systems models and frameworks to regenerate communities, ecosystems, and organizations. He served as a Transaction Manager and founding team member with Portland Family of Funds, an innovative sustainable community investment fund that has closed $3 billion in transactions. While at Ecotrust, he led the development of the Reliable Prosperity framework for a regenerative bioregion, which provides a fractal integration of patterns of natural, social, and economic capital. He is the co-author with Sim Van der Ryn of Ecological Design (Island Press, 1996/2007). He received his doctorate in Applied Mathematics from U.C. Berkeley.

Isaac Cohen

EVP Cultivation & Proteins

Isaac is responsible for element6 Dynamics’ day-to-day execution of its cultivation and protein businesses, working very closely with the genetics, production, compliance, and R&D departments. Isaac came to element6 Dynamics (formerly Santa Fe Farms) through High Grade Hemp Seed where he was COO. Prior to that, he was the Product Manager for MTech Systems, a software company, developing software for the Animal Agriculture (Protein) industry, with clients such as Cargill’s Protein Division, Perdue Farms, and Pilgrim’s Pride. With MTech Systems managing all accounting and production tracking for these vertically integrated agriculture operations, Isaac spent over a decade working with the entire food supply chain and all departments within these companies, from accounting to operations.

Michael Lauder

Executive Vice President - Commercialization

Mike is EVP focused on Global Commercial Compliance and Operations for element6 Dynamics (previously Santa Fe Farms). In this role, Mike reports directly to the President & COO and is tasked with coordinating the Company's international expansion, with securing favorable commercial terms for the Company in its international and domestic contract negotiations and for assisting with general organizational structure. Mike came to the Company via its acquisition of High Grade Hemp Seed where he served as CEO providing Enterprise Leadership, Corporate Strategy/ Structure/Execution expertise as well as support to in-house counsel on Legal matters. His background includes 25+ years in finance and leadership roles including corporate development, mergers and acquisitions and private wealth management. He has previously led, executed and participated in M&A, PE/VC transactions with a cumulative valuation in excess of $500M for Jabil, a public, Fortune 100, diversified global manufacturing company. He went to the University of Tampa Sykes College of Business where he received a B.A. in Business Finance.

Bodhi Urban

VP Growth R&D

As a leader in the industry, Bodhi and his team developed foundational strains like Cherry Wine and Berry Blossom which are the basis of quality hemp genetics today. Through the expertise and partnership with universities like (CSU) Seed Laboratory and other lab partners, he is pushing innovation while delivering consistent and pure hemp seed genetics to farmers. He is passionate about working with farmers across the country so they can continue doing what they love – planting, growing, and harvesting sustainable crops that provide value to consumers and making a decent living to provide for their families. 

Ben Leonard

General Counsel

As General Counsel to element6 Dynamics, Ben oversees and manages all legal aspects of the company and its operations. Ben previously served as a senior associate attorney at the nation’s leading hemp and marijuana boutique law firm, Vicente Sederberg, LLP, where he specialized in corporate and securities law. He regularly counseled clients on corporate and transactional matters, including formations and financings, IP licensing arrangements, general commercial transactions, real estate matters, and mergers and acquisitions. Ben holds a Bachelor of Arts from Marquette University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Shane Mutter

VP Strategic Partnerships

Shane Mutter is the VP of Strategic Partnerships at element6 Dynamics. Prior to joining element6 Dynamics (formerly Santa Fe Farms), he was CEO of Seed2System Hemp Company, a Longmont Colorado health and wellness business that brought a "Farm to Table" approach to the CBD space. Shane has a passion for people. Developing strong relationships is his innate strong suit - within the team, vendor partners, and client relations across all channels (industrial, e-commerce, retail, and private label customers). Prior to his time in the hemp industry, Shane was President and CEO of Doerr Furniture; an 84-year-old home furnishings business in the French Quarter of New Orleans. In addition to his time at Doerr, he also managed the operations of a regional home furnishings business in South Louisiana and Mississippi for 14 years. As a former executive in the home furnishings industry, Shane is drawing on that experience to build solid relationships in the industrial hemp space to help elevate the industry by focusing on providing nature-based solutions for various business that he serves.

Hunter Buffington

VP Animal Proteins & Policy

Hunter Buffington works in Policy and Advocacy across multiple divisions of element6 Dynamics as well as Animal Proteins in the Cultivation Division. Hunter was the Executive Director of the Hemp Feed Coalition, whose mission is to increase agricultural markets by shepherding hemp products through Federal approval with the FDA-Center for Veterinary Medicine. As the Coalition Director, Hunter led the submission of the first hemp animal feed application to AAFCO and FDA- Center for Veterinary Medicine in 2020. She has utilized her experience working with regulators, policymakers, nonprofits, and businesses to implement strategies for sustainable development that include economic, environmental, and social benefits. Prior to the Hemp Feed Coalition, Hunter worked as a public policy consultant as well as with other Colorado-based non-profit organizations. Hunter has a Master of Science Degree from Regis University.

Norman Hull

VP Farm Partner Program

Norman is the VP of element6 Dynamics’ Farm Partner Program. For the past 12 years prior to that, Norman has successfully designed, built, operated, and managed industrial indoor, outdoor, and greenhouse cultivation sites. As an entrepreneur, Norman has started a number of businesses including Solis CBD Farms, Abundance by Design (a permaculture-inspired earth works company), Norman Hull’s Land Services, Wine Country Patients Collective. Norman is also the owner of several rental properties in the Sierra Foothills.

Beth Brandstatter

VP Investor Relations

Beth directs all aspects of Investor relations of element6 Dynamics (formerly Santa Fe Farms) and has over 20 years of business development, brand strategy, and digital marketing expertise. Previously, she was co-founder and CxO of a SaaS enterprise-level marketing technology platform. She completed two successful eCommerce business exits in the natural beauty, and health and nutrition spaces in 2019. She believes that to create change and impact in the world, you must positively perpetuate life through conscious business practices.

Lori Graziano

Corporate Controller

Prior to joining element 6 Dynamics, Lori Graziano has been providing accounting services for over 20 years for business startups and entrepreneurs. Lori launched her career as the owner of a small marketing company. Through a unique and innovative approach to advertising, Lori developed radio campaigns and hosted events solely for the solar industry. During this time, Lori realized that the responsibility of providing actionable game plans for new industries and implementing strategic methods for continued growth began with financial tracking while simultaneously realizing that her passion was in supporting companies utilizing alternative methods beneficial to the environment. Through continued education and a multitude of relationships assisting CPA’s, EA’s, and accounting firms, Lori later began working with health and wellness clients, functional medicine, and ultimately the hemp industry. Upon meeting with High Grade Hemp Seed, Inc. in 2018, Lori joined their team as Controller for the organization, contributing to the setup and development of the internal accounting systems and maintaining responsibility for the accurate delivery of accounting methods, reporting, and budgets. Ultimately, she was invited to continue the journey with element 6 Dynamics.

Jeff Apodaca

EVP & Chief Business Development Officer

Jeff has over 34 years of business experience ranging from business development to starting up and building multibillion-dollar divisions for Univision Corporate, AOL, and the CBS Television Network both in New York and Los Angeles. In 2010, he returned to New Mexico to run Univision’s stations and digital property in the Mountain States. In 2018, he founded HDH LLC/FathomNM LLC developing harvesting and off-loading platforms within the hemp industry for New Mexico and Colorado Farmers. HDH/Fathom was purchased by Santa Fe Farms in 2020.

Robert Lee Sanchez

Senior Advisor Cultivation & Strategy

Robert Lee Sanchez, Senior Advisor of element6 Dynamics, is a pioneering entrepreneur in nuclear pharmacy. He formed the first licensed nuclear pharmacy in the United States in Houston, Texas, serving as CEO and Chairman. In two years, he took the company public with multiple venture capital partners including Warburg Pincus. He led the effort to have the American Pharmaceutical Association extend board certification for the practice of Nuclear Pharmacy and in 1982 the association launched its program. On the business side, Mr. Sanchez made multiple acquisitions in the medical field including mobile CT services. He developed an R&D practice with the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel to develop imaging enhancement media for NM/MRI. In less than 12 years, his nuclear compounding services captured over 90% of nuclear medicine departments prompting U.S. News & World Report to recognize Nuclear Pharmacy among the 100 fastest growing companies in the United States. In 1991, he launched a wealth management practice. Mr. Sanchez has served on the Board of Regents at New Mexico Tech University, served as Chairman of the University of New Mexico Board of Regents, and served on the UNM Hospital Board of Directors. Mr. Sanchez is one of 12 founding Trustees of the Albuquerque Community Foundation.

Ben Barnes

Senior Advisor, Political Strategy

A protégé of President Lyndon Johnson, Ben Barnes won a seat in the Texas House of Representatives at the age of 22. Three years later, Barnes was elected Texas Speaker of the House. At 26, he was the youngest Speaker of the House in state history. Five years later, Barnes was elected lieutenant governor, again the youngest ever, garnering the most votes of any statewide candidate in Texas history. Using the same energy that drove his political career, Barnes left government and built a multi-million-dollar real estate empire. He now focuses on public policy, business development, business startup investing, and philanthropy. Barnes, a lifelong Democrat, remains a major player in national politics. In 1995, he was named a Distinguished Alumnus of The University of Texas, an honor bestowed on such luminaries as Lady Bird Johnson and Walter Cronkite. In 2010, The Houston Chronicle named him one of the ten most influential Texans in Washington. Today, Ben Barnes headlines a successful public policy firm with offices in Washington, D.C., and Austin, Texas. The Ben Barnes Group has a global presence and represents numerous Fortune 500 firms, trade associations and business groups.

Roger Fragua

Senior Advisor, Indigenous Affairs

Roger has dedicated his professional career to the advancement and development of American Indian communities and has more than 30 years of formal and professional experience in developing energy, natural resources, and economies of Tribal communities in both Canada and the United States. Roger is currently the President of Cota Holdings, LLC, and Executive Director of Flower Hill Institute, whose mission is to support Tribal community and economic development in the energy, natural resources, water, and economic development sectors. Cota Holdings is currently engaged with several Tribal development projects as well as supporting energy companies’ efforts within Indian Country. Roger served the Tribes as the Deputy Director of the Council of Energy Resource Tribes (CERT), based in Denver, Colorado. Prior to joining CERT, Roger worked as a manager for Enron Corporation in Houston, Texas where he was instrumental in creating innovative business concepts and promoting partnerships between Tribes and Enron. Roger has also worked with the Western Governors’ Association and the National Tribal Environmental Council on State and Tribal relations as it relates to environmental issues. Roger is deeply committed to the advancement of Tribal sovereignty to preserve Tribal cultures, protect Tribal environments and develop Tribal economies.

Sukhi Singh

Sukhi Singh is an entrepreneur, investor, and advisor to high-growth, vertically focused technology companies. Currently, he is actively involved with several software and healthcare in the areas of strategy, sales, marketing, and operations. Since 2007, Sukhi has actively invested in private software and services companies with two IPOs (RealPage and Marqeta), and two exits (Twistle and Appirio) to public companies (Wipro and Health Catalyst). He began his tech career in 1999 as the Founder and COO of OpsTechnology, the leading enterprise spend management solution to the real estate industry. The company defined the software category for the vertical and was acquired by RealPage in 2008. At RealPage he led the spend management business division, including the RealPage Marketplace for 3rd party integration partners. He also was a member of the management team that transitioned RealPage to a public company on the NASDAQ in 2010. Sukhi began his career as the Vice President of Operations at Crest Asset Management, a boutique property management firm located in the Southwest. There he managed large-scale construction projects, sales, marketing, collections, and maintenance across the portfolio. He holds a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois.

Loren Kieve

Loren Kieve is a first-chair trial lawyer with decades of experience in resolving challenging, high-stakes disputes. He has represented and advised major U.S. and foreign companies and individuals in a broad variety of trials, appeals, and settlements, including securities, insurance coverage, construction, environmental, derivative, financial services, commodities trading, antitrust, contract, RICO, insurance sales practices, products liability, defamation, personal injury, employment, discrimination, real estate, mine disaster, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other commercial cases. His cases have involved complex foreign parties and issues, major government contract matters, including civil and criminal false claims act cases, and formal and informal administrative proceedings and other inquiries. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in nationwide class actions and arbitrated both international and domestic cases. He has repeatedly been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of commercial litigation, and his firm has also repeatedly been commended as one of the Best Law Firms. For the nineteenth year in a row, he has been named as one of the top “Super Lawyers” in business and commercial litigation in the San Francisco Bay Area. When he practiced in Washington, The Washingtonian magazine listed him among the city's top lawyers. He attended Stanford University and has law degrees from Oxford University and the University of New Mexico. He was a law clerk to two federal judges on three courts, including the Ninth and Tenth Circuits. Before starting his own firm, he was a partner with three international firms based in Washington, D.C., New York, and Los Angeles. He was raised in Santa Fe and has maintained strong ties with the state and its elected officials. He was appointed by President Clinton and confirmed by the Senate to the board of trustees of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, and reappointed by President Obama. During his 28-year tenure, he has overseen the IAIA’s growth from a bare parcel of vacant land to a thriving campus and becoming the nation’s preeminent Native American educational institution. For his service to the IAIA, Stanford, the legal profession, and other institutions, he was inducted into Stanford’s Multicultural Alumni Hall of Fame and has also been honored by the University of New Mexico with its Bernard S. Rodey Award (to an individual who has “devoted an unusual amount of time in a leadership capacity and whose efforts have contributed significantly to the field of education”). In addition to chairing and serving on the boards of a broad range of national and regional 501(c)(3) organizations, he served from 1985 to 2013 as a director, executive committee member, and co-manager of Flint Industries, Inc., and The Flintco Companies, Inc. (Native-owned U.S., Canadian and South American oilfield services and construction companies), based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is a member of the Metropolitan Club of the City of Washington, D.C., and is an enrolled, registered member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

Victoria J Mora

Victoria J Mora is an avid learner and visionary leader. Wherever Victoria has served in leadership roles, she has been a changemaker who brings a keen ability to see what “isn’t there yet”, a dedication to questioning the status quo in service of possibility and excellence, and strategic thinking that is both disciplined and flexible. She has made her career in education, having experienced first-hand its transformative power. Between 1992 and 2016, Victoria served as a faculty member, dean, and vice president for advancement at St. John’s, the “Great Books College” in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Annapolis, Maryland. As dean, Victoria worked collaboratively to update the academic program, develop innovative admissions programming, and transform college demographics by introducing diversity within the student body and faculty. As vice president for advancement, she set a new strategic direction, oversaw college-wide restructuring, and designed, executed, and exceeded the goal of a major fundraising campaign. Since 2016, Victoria has been president of the United World College USA in Montezuma, New Mexico, the only U.S. campus in an international movement of 18 schools and 150 national committees dedicated to making education a force for peace and a sustainable future by bringing young people from all over the world together to learn and live while confronting social, economic, and national and cultural divides. Joining during a time of turmoil, Victoria effected a turnaround at the school, set the vision and strategy for a new direction, and is currently enjoying implementation of the strategy as well as leading a campaign to fund it. Grateful to be an all-scholarship, first-generation college student, graduating Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of New Mexico in 1985 and receiving a Ph.D. from Yale in 1992, Victoria gives back by serving on educational, community, family foundation, and international boards—including currently on the Creative Santa Fe board, the Simon Foundation board, and as Vice Chair of United World College International—and by mentoring women new to leadership roles. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum.