Ave Miller is a veteran sales and account manager that has been in retail management, retail sales for 7+ years and the cannabis retail sales space for 2.5 years. Ave transitioned into the cannabis space in 2017 and was one of the original members of the Select Oil California Launch. During this time he learned all aspects of the cannabis vape industry and was immediately placed into a management role and was head of manufacturing and Fill production. Shortly thereafter, Ave transitioned to being Assistant manager of supply chain and curating relationships with 100+ growers in the state. Ave Co-Founded Fly Beverage Co in January 2020 and has been instrumental in the early market traction the company has seen to-date.
GMR Executive Spotlight Interview Q & A:
Full birth name: Ave Benjamin Miller
Title: Chief Global Sales Officer
Company: Fly Beverage Co.
Years at current company: 1 year and 3 months
Most successful professional accomplishment before cannabis: Named top performing store manager for the western region of Zumiez, INC, a specialty clothing store for their annual holiday sales contest. When I arrived at the store it had experienced a loss of 10% per year for the previous seven years. By focusing on the details, and developing strong relationships with customers and staff, sales increased by 27%!
Company Mission: Providing affordable and accessible cannabis to the masses
Company’s most successful achievement: Developed relationships resulting in product placement at nearly 200 California dispensaries expanding into 23% of the dispensaries in California in less than 12 months.
Has the company raised any capital (yes or no), if so, how much?: Yes! We are on a bootstrapped start-up budget and have raised around 750K our money through friends and family.
Any plans on raising capital in the future? Yes, we are raising funds for expansion and are looking to raise another 2 million dollars.
Most important company 5 year goal: Scaling into every market in North America, Israel and globally with healthy growth and sales and sustainable strategic partners.