Executive Spotlight:

Full birth name:
Jay Evans

Title:
CEO and Co-Founder

Company:
Keirton Inc.

Keirton is a global leader in engineering solutions to streamline cannabis cultivation and — since launching in 2007 — has outfitted 80% of the world’s leading cannabis producers, across over 30 countries, with custom equipment.

Years at current company:
13 years (2007-present)

Education profile:
Keirton is the outcome of my professional experience in electronics and telecommunications, and my passion for the positive impact cannabis can have on the mental health and well-being of millions of people across the world. That said, I would consider myself a life-long learner – I’ve continued education by seeking experts in business, mentors, and reading a minimum of 24 business books a year.

I’ve also been a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization since 2015, through which I’ve benefited from various university programs around the world, including London, San Diego, and Portugal. I also actively participate in my Forum group, touring successful businesses along the West Coast to learn from CEOs and their leadership teams. I have recently joined YPO where I look forward to learning from other great leaders.

This approach to learning has really allowed me to draw from various perspectives to facing challenges.

Most successful professional accomplishment before cannabis:
When I was ten years old, I had a paper route. Every morning, I was up, out and making my deliveries by 5am. It made my mother pretty nervous considering it was usually dark outside at that time, but sticking it out, even after being regularly chased by dogs, made everything seem easier after that. It’s one of my earliest memories of feeling like I’d accomplished my goal and feeling like “I’d done it”.

Company Mission:
Cannabis can play an important role in many people’s lives – from supporting mental health to chronic and acute illnesses, cannabis can help many people improve the quality of their lives and wellbeing.

That said, when cannabis became legal for medical use in Canada in 2001, I saw how demanding medical cannabis production was – the harvest and production of cannabis took tens of people, if not more. This led to a strain on the supply chain and, ultimately, people who needed it having systemic issues accessing good quality, reliable cannabis.

We are driven by our passion to transform the cannabis industry for the better – for producers and consumers alike. We do this through our commitment to ongoing transformation. We leverage first-to-market automation technology and exceptional customer experience to address the market’s largest pain points: quality and safety. Professional cannabis producers have come to rely on our award-winning proprietary Twister trimmer technology for safe, efficient, reliable, and professional cannabis trimming and production. Whether it’s with small home grow trimmers or elite solutions that trim over 600 lbs. per hour, industry professionals have grown their business and improved their bottom line for over a decade with Twister trimmers.

Company’s most successful achievement:
One of the things that I’m most proud of is the scale of our impact on people around the globe. Our Keirton team has developed a range of innovative engineering solutions that streamline commercial cannabis cultivation.

Since launching in 2007, we’ve outfitted over 80% of the cannabis industry’s leading legal cannabis producers, across over 30 countries, with custom equipment. We have established ourselves as a global leader in engineering solutions to streamline cannabis cultivation. Additionally, our products, including our Twisted Trimmer — a high-volume leaf trimmer — process about three million kilograms of legal cannabis every year.

Has the company raised any capital (yes or no):
No

Any plans on raising capital in the future?
Not at this time.

Most important company 5-year goal:
We are focused on the impact that we can have on access to safe, legal cannabis. We are working to expand our business and transform the industry. Our five-year vision is to provide technology improving the entire cannabis value chain. We are prioritizing integrating artificial intelligence and machine learning technology into cannabis production and cultivation. AI will improve the safety and quality of the flower, alleviating ongoing consumer and cultivator concerns.

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