Executive Spotlight 420 Special: Matt McGinn, Co-founder of Spacestation, Fly Beverage Co, and Apollo Distribution
Matt McGinn is the co-founder of Spacestation, a cannabis-infused beverage co-packing company, Fly Beverage Co., and Apollo Distribution as well as Chief Strategy Officer of Hardcar.
In 2013, McGinn founded Blackeye Roasting Co., which quickly expanded across several Midwestern States in major convenience store locations.
Along with his team, McGinn oversaw the design and buildout of the company’s 30,000 square foot co-packing and cold brew coffee production facility, a coffee roastery, and two cafes in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
In 2017, McGinn left Blackeye and joined with Macai Polansky to co-found Spacestation. Serving as COO, McGinn was instrumental in bringing Spacestation’s first clients to market, as well as helping create Fly Beverage Co. the brand house for Spacestation.
Pivoting to expand Fly Beverage Co.’s brands, McGinn helped oversee the launch of Nectr, Matts High Soda, and Uncle Arnie’s Iced Tea Lemonade. Nectr and Uncle Arnie’s Iced Tea Lemonade are sold in over 140 Licensed California Dispensaries, with additional plans to launch product lines in Oregon, Maine, Colorado, Massachusetts, and the country of Israel.
GMR Executive Spotlight Interview Q & A:
Full birth name: Matthew McGinn
Title: Co-Founder, Chief Strategy Officer and Product Formulator
Company: Fly Beverage
Years at current company: 14 Months
Most successful professional accomplishment before cannabis: Built a regional CPG coffee Roasting Company, 30k sqft contract manufacturing facility in Saint Paul, MN for beverage retort manufacturing and scaled a CPG business in 18 months into over 3500 accounts before taking an acquisition in 2019.
Company Mission: Simply put, our mission is to make more cannabis beverages (like our Uncle Arnie’s, Matt’s High Soda and Nectr. https://mattshighsoda.com/) as well as cannabis edibles, more affordable to the daily consumer. We intend to give the traditional market a run for its money!
Company’s most successful achievement: Number 1 fastest selling Cannabis infused Beverage. 152 Retail, licensed Dispensary account pickups in 6 months, with a bootstrap budget.
Has the company raised any capital (yes or no): 700,000 from friends and family
Any plans on raising capital in the future? Aggressively raising 2-4 Mil more
Most important company 5 year goal: Product will be sold in all 50 states, and internationally. This will happen.