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Employee Feature – Chris Burke

How did you end up working for Good Chemistry? I had known Steve for a couple years since before he began at GC, and once he started I kept a peripheral eye on him and the industry. I had come to a point in my other career paths that I was no longer feeling satisfied and challenged, so when I was talking with him in late 2013 and he mentioned he was in need of help at the store I couldn’t help but grow interested. After taking a bit of time to ponder the options and reflect on my passion for cannabis, I decided this was the move I wanted to make and informed Steve. We talked and I was soon in the store being introduced to Matthew by Steve, and the rest is history.

What is your role? I am the General Manager of the Colfax store.

What makes you come to work every day? There is a never-ending chain of unique challenges to keep me occupied. Also, we have a great group of interesting people in the store that I enjoy surrounding myself with.

What has been your favorite project at Good Chemistry? It would be difficult to isolate any single project I have been a part of that I enjoyed more than another. I think it has been the never-ending series of changes and projects that have kept me engaged and challenged in a way that I really enjoy. Whether it has been making the many aesthetic and/or operational changes at the Colfax store, opening in Aurora, developing the S.T.A.T.S. guide, or simply running the day-to-day operations of the Colfax store, there has always been interesting and challenging ways to apply myself and grow.

Where would you like to see Good Chemistry in the next 5 years? That’s a question I would have difficulty answering with specifics. The industry and cannabis’ acceptance on a national level is in such a constant state of flux, and there is so much possibility as to what will even be allowed and where, that to try and say where I would like to see us is impossible for me. I would just say that I would like to see GC staying true to the core values that separate us from the other professional environments I have worked in, while continuing to push ourselves as pioneers of this revolution that is the freeing of cannabis.

 
What are some of the things you like to do outside of work? Outside of work I am a bit of a busy body. I spend a lot of time with my dog, Lebowski, walking around the neighborhood and exploring the parks. I recently started to walk slacklines, and I ride my bike, swim, run and strength train regularly, as well as smoke a LOT of blunts in between. I also cook quite a bit and do a lot of juicing, and hope to be hunting for my own meat within the next few years as well.  Plus, I do all of the same stuff as everyone else in CO like hiking, skiing and outdoors-ing, but that’s boring to repeat so I will forego

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Employee Feature: Danny Burns, Manager‐ in‐ Training at Good Chemistry Aurora

How did you end up working for Good Chemistry?

How I ended up working for Good Chemistry is a long story that was a long time coming. To summarize; they were looking for quality, hard working and passionate employees, I was looking for a company I could grow with, and voila.

What is your role?

My current role is a manager in training at Good Chemistry Aurora. Being a manager in training allows me to do everything from budtend, to open up the store.

What makes you come to work every day?

The great people I work with, as well as the remarkable cannabis product’s we sell. I have been infatuated with cannabis for the last 15 years, so to be in this environment means everything to me. What has been your favorite project at Good Chemistry? My favorite project at Good Chemistry has to be expanding. We get busier by the day, which means we need more of everything. Being part of something ever growing is extremely exciting for me.

Where would you like to see Good Chemistry in the next five years?

I would love to see the expansion of GC and GC nurseries to be know as the premiere cannabis nurseries with a reputation of producing premium quality products and a known passion for production and operational excellence.

What are some of the things you like to do outside of work?

I really enjoy spending time with loved ones. There is nothing better than spending time with people who truly enjoy spending their time with you. The only thing that tops that for me, is when you are able to travel with these same people out of town. Having people you enjoy doing trivial day to day things with, like play videos games, is that much more gratifying when you are somewhere in an environment unfamiliar to you all. Other than that, furthering my knowledge of this ever changing cannabis industry is on top of my list to do outside of work.

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Good Chemistry Employee Feature: Andrew Jones

What is your role at Good Chemistry?

Director of Information Technology

How did you end up working at Good Chemistry?

I had been working in IT / software development for the healthcare industry for most of my career and I loved the aspect of making people’s lives better.  With the dawn of cannabis legalization in Colorado, I left the healthcare industry and began working on multiple software products that could be used in the cannabis business.  One of my colleagues and friends (Stephen Spinosa, VP of Operations) and I had been in contact on and off for several years, and he informed me that Good Chemistry was hiring.  I came in to interview for a completely different role hoping to get my foot in the door with a company I admired and thought was doing awesome things.  Upon talking to the team at Good Chemistry, we found that there was a serious need for an IT professional on staff and I was hired to help streamline, automate, and enhance the entire technology infrastructure within the organization.

What attracted you to Good Chemistry?

Working with several cannabis startups I had the opportunity of meeting with many dispensaries and grows in Colorado, and I was always most impressed with Good Chemistry.  From the people that worked there, to the product, to the care and thought that was ingrained into the culture, I always felt Good Chemistry was the premiere cannabis business in Colorado.  It was also my personal favorite dispensary as a consumer, so it was a very easy decision to come on board when the opportunity arose.

Most Rewarding Achievements?

It sounds cheesey, but everyday at Good Chemistry is rewarding in some way.  During my time with the company I have assisted in converting several manual processes over to automatic/software based solutions.  I have had the opportunity to work with all aspects of technology from software design to interfacing with various types of hardware (scales, scanners, POS systems to name a few).  Overall it is most rewarding knowing that the work I do effects the company as a whole and has a positive impact on people’s day-to-day work.

What are some of the things you like to do outside of work?

I love to play video games, watch Kung-Fu and horror movies, and spend time with my 2 beautiful daughters.  I find myself on my personal computer tinkering with new software or writing little programs more than I’d like to admit.  Oh yeah, and sometimes I even get out to enjoy the beauty that is Colorado.

What is your life motto?

This too shall pass

Latest Album?

Wu-Tang “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)” – it’s oldschool but in heavy rotation at my house

Last Book?

I’m re-reading Stephen King’s “IT” to get ready for the new movie!

Favorite TV Show?

Blood Drive

Car person or motorcycle person?

Car – I don’t trust myself on a motorcycle.

Cat person or dog?

Cat – meow meow

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