CEO and Director
Barry was a member of ArcView Group, the premier angel investor group in the industry, from 2015 to 2017 and he served as Mentor for Canopy San Diego. Southern California’s premier cannabis accelerator during 2016 and 2017. Barry and his wife Stephanie Founded and Incorporated FlowerKist, Inc. in January of 2017.
Barry’s past career accomplishments are colorful and filled with significant levels of success. In his early career he was a top music business concert tour promoter who handled tours for Artists such as The Oakridge Boys, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Ronnie Millsap, The Beach Boys, Three Dog Night, The Little River band, The Pointer Sisters, Marshall Tucker Band, Kenny Loggins.
Barry started his financial services career in 1984 with EF Hutton as a retail stock broker, where he was # 1 in the nation for opening new accounts and generating gross commission. Following EF Hutton, Barry was a top producing financial consultant for Merrill Lynch where he served a large number of retail clients as well as raising capital for many Merrill Lynch offerings. Barry joined Prudential in the capacity of Vice President-Investments, sourcing capital for real estate, oil and gas private placements, as well as aircraft leasing. In the past 15 years, Barry has had tenure on Madison Avenue with New York Private Placement Exchange as a Vice President, followed by partnering on Investment Banking projects with SPTW, Inc. a boutique NYSE member firm. He has also served as managing director and owner/operator of a very successful micro-cap investor relations firm which he sold in 2007. Over the years Barry has worked with over 100 OTC Markets companies and been involved in six very successful Mini-IPO’s or Direct Public Offerings.
Stephanie worked for 10+ years in Healthcare in Oncology at Mountain States Tumor Institute in Boise, Idaho. At St. Luke’s hospital Stephanie worked in Pediatrics, Radiation, Chemo and Hospice Care, as well as making the lead blocks used in the XRT machines for Radiation patients. She received her national E.M.T. certification while living in McCall, ID and volunteered with the Fire Department. During her time in McCall, Stephanie worked closely with the Broker of Tamarack Resort which led her to a move to Rancho Santa Fe, California to work closely with the Broker. After moving, she earned the opportunity to work for Tony Robbins at his Corporate office in San Diego as an Event Coordinator working with clients internationally.
It was while working in Hospice and Health Care years ago living that first sparked Stephanie’s interest in “alternative” or Holistic Care while seeing patients benefit from the use of alternative therapy. She notes that she saw miraculous results from patients using cannabis which ultimately lead to improving their quality of life.
Since then, Stephanie has had life-changing, healing experiences in her life with alternative medicine and has continued to find interest in a healthier way of life and. It is up to each of us to live life to their fullest potential, and Stephanie has the drive to help us all reach that. Stephanie is passionate about fashion, beauty and healthcare, by founding FlowerKist this has given her an opportunity to fulfill all those desires while allowing her an opportunity to help the busy mom or female executive maintain a healthier lifestyle through the use of safe, non-toxic CBD infused health, wellness and makeup products by rejuvenating the dormant receptors in a person’s body.